When you think of spring, which ingredients are you excited to cook or bake with?  Leeks and lemons immediately pop into my mind for some reason.  I love the traditional vichychoisse.  Such a simple soup of potato and leeks yet it so so beautiful and fun to dress up with croutons or sour cream.

I am kind of a Food Network junkie and a couple of my favorites to watch are Ina Garten and Giada.  It seems like no matter what they make, I am printing out the recipes 5 minutes later and adding as many of the recipes as I can to my weekly menu.  Ina made this soup a couple of weeks ago and she really turned up the flavors on the traditional potato leek soup.

It’s amazing how roasting vegetables low and slow in the oven really brings out a depth of flavor you never even knew was possible.  The preparation for this soup begins by roasting yukon gold potatoes, lovely spring leeks and peppery arugula until they are tender and caramelized and I finished it with rich, tangy sour cream.  Serve the soup with a crusty baguette so you can sop up all of the goodness.

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place chopped potatoes and leeks onto a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for 45 minutes, or until tender

place arugula on top of roasted vegetables and return to the oven for 5 minutes or until arugula is wilted

place roasted vegetables into stock pot

pour in chicken broth and use immersion blender to blend until smooth

stir in half and half

then sour cream and salt and pepper to taste

serve with warm, crusty bread

Which flavors or ingredients make you think of spring?

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4 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Ina and Giada are my favorites too! I’d love to have dinner with both of them. I love leeks and lemons (particularly Meyers) as well.


    • Mercedes
      Apr 03, 2012 @ 11:13 am

      I wish I could have dinner with you, Giada and Ina! Thanks for the comment!


  2. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    This sounds so good, and I’m not usually a fan of potato soup! I’m really into spring flavors right now, my favorties are leeks (LOVE), peas and arugula!


  3. Cassie
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    This looks fabulous Mercedes! I love soup of any kind, any time of the year. Great flavors here!


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