Cream of Leek and Vermicelli Soup

Leek and Pasta Soup

Ingredients

4 leeks
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 cups milk
2 ounces vermicelli, broken up
Optional: Top with grated parmesan cheese
Optional: Top with parsley

Instructions

Wash the leeks and cut them down to 2 inches below where the green leaves separate from the whole stem. Slice the lower stems and bulbs lengthwise in half, then crosswise about ¼-inch thick. Rinse thoroughly and drain. Melt butter in a heavy soup pot and saute the leeks gently, uncovered, for about 15 minutes. Don’t let them brown. Add another tablespoon of butter if needed.

Add flour to soup pot and stir well with leeks. Cook at very low heat for 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine chicken stock, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat, and ladle 1 cup of the stock into the leek-and-flour mixture in the soup pot. Mix well. Add 2 cups milk to the leek mixture. Cook the mixture gently, stirring often, for another 10 minutes. Turn off the heat. Bring the remaining chicken stock to a boil, add the vermicelli, and cook for about 5 minutes, until the vermicelli is soft. Add the stock and vermicelli to the soup pot, and heat through.

Optional: After serving in bowls, top with grated Parmesan cheese and/or parsley.

Yield: 

Serves 6-8.

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Soup photo

It also doesn’t appear to be a cream soup.

Photo vs recipe

I've always been bothered when the photo of the completed recipe doesn't match the recipe's
list of ingredients. The photo in this case shows something orange, perhaps carrots or butternut squash or sweet potatoes, while nothing in the ingredient list indicates anything like that. I know that soup can include virtually anything of one's choosing, but it makes me wonder if something was left out of the recipe. It's just a small pet peeve!

leek soup recipe

The Editors's picture

We understand your frustration, Jodi. But please notice that above the recipe image there are some suggestions for add ins to the soup-hence the orange intruders!