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Simple Leek and Potato Soup with Ham

by Laura on May 3, 2011

Stubborn grey winter is hanging on in Minnesota. We had snow fall briefly yesterday and a couple of days before that, and the temperatures have been in the low 30s. The trees are still bare, but the buds have begun to pop on shrubs and lilacs despite the cold, and the owls have returned. On days this cold it seems that the sun will never warm and the leaves will never unfurl. If it’s chilly in the evenings where you are, too, this soup is a nice way to warm up. The potatoes are incredibly creamy, and the flavors are soft, unlike the weather outside. I added some cubed ham for my Sweet Boy, who is rowing in this bitter cold, but you could keep it simple, too. Ask your butcher for an extra thick slice if you plan to add it.

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1 Lizzi May 5, 2011 at 12:37 am

This looks wonderful. And with the weather rapidly cooling down here – and freezing nights and frosty mornings becoming an everyday occurrence – dishes like this seem just perfect to me right now!

2 Laura May 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Thank you, Lizzi! Hope you’re enjoying your s’mores et al, too.

3 Lizzi May 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm

S’mores et al are going down extremely well! I’m enjoying spending cold nights inside, roasting marshmallows on my tiny little stove-top, pretending it’s a big roaring fireplace ;)

4 alayna September 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Just wanted to thank you for this recipe! We made it exactly as planned, but used thick-cut bacon instead of ham because it was what we had. It was absolutely DELICIOUS, and perfect for a chilly night. Thanks again!

5 Laura October 10, 2011 at 7:52 am

So happy to hear that you enjoyed it. Thank you.

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