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Leek and Potato Soup

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My friends Mom used to make this all the time when I was younger, and I refused to try it.  One day, when I was much older, I decided to give it a shot.  Oh how I wish I had tried it sooner, it is a favorite of mine…and would be so good with some crumbled up bacon or pancetta in it as well, though I still have not tried that yet.  It is a filling, eat on a cold day meal, with some warm crusty bread.

Serves 6-8 for about $1.00/serving

INGREDIENTS:

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1 bunch of leeks, sliced and cleaned well – ($2.78)

2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and diced – ($0.79)

2 onions, diced – ($0.66)

6 branches of celery, sliced – ($0.89)

salt and pepper to taste

4 cups chicken or veggie broth – ($1.36)

Half and half – ($0.44)

1/4 cup butter – ($0.25)

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When you slice up leeks, you find all sorts of dirt and grit in there.  You need to clean them really well.  I have found that slicing them, and then rinsing and straining them works really well.

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Saute diced veggies, except for the potatoes, in the butter until they are soft.

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Add broth and potatoes, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Add Half and half until consistency of a cream soup.  Season with salt and pepper.

ENJOY!!