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Posted by wkf on July 29, 2012 Uncategorized

GARDEN HARVEST Leek-Potato-Rainbow Chard Soup

The leeks in my garden are begging to be dug up – Time for Soup!

My first time to grow leeks – they’re easy to grow!


Olive Oil




Rainbow Chard


Jalapeño (optional)

White wine


Chicken Stock

1 to 2 tbl Butter

1/2 to 1 cup of Milk

Salt (or homemade Celery Salt) and pepper

Slice leeks and shallots into 1/4 inch coin shapes

Smash and finely mince a large garlic clove

Remove the stems from the rainbow chard and finely dice

Finely dice some celery and the optional jalapeno

My home grown celery is only about 5 inches tall – very flavorful tho!

Heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot.  Sauté the diced leeks, shallots, chard stems, celery, jalapeno and minced garlic on medium low for 15 or so minutes until soft and translucent, do not brown.

Cook the onion mixture low and slow so as not to brown the veggies.

(While the onion mix is cooking, dice your potatoes approx 1/2 inch.)

The smaller the potatoes the quicker they cook. Love, love, love the Puck free range chicken stock, it is worth the premium price!

Add about 1/2 cup white wine to the cooked onion mix and turn the heat up to medium high – stir and scrape up any bits while reducing the wine until it is gone.

Stir in the potatoes and chicken stock and enough water to cover the vegetables by about an inch.  Cook on a low simmer for about 30 minutes until the potatoes are tender.  While the potatoes are cooking slice the rainbow chard leaves into 1/2 inch strips.  Add the chard to the soup about 10 minutes before the potatoes are tender.


The chard will only take 5 or 10 minutes to cook. Do not let the soup boil, just keep it at a slow bubbly simmer.

When potatoes are tender, stir in a tablespoon or two of butter and 1/2 to 1 cup of milk.  Do not let the soup boil once the milk is added.

Once the milk has been added be sure not to let the soup boil as it could curdle –

Serve with a sprinkling of celery salt or freshly chopped parsley.

Yup – that’s my homemade celery salt floating on top. Finely minced parsley would be almost as good!

This is my first year to grow leeks and I never got around to looking up care and harvest info on them.  A few of my leeks have bloomed – the flowers look like those giant purple allium blooms only they are white.  Garlic chives have white blooms also.  I noticed on a slice from a leek that had bloomed that the flower stem goes all the way to the root.  It was tougher in texture than the other leeks but it cooked up nice and soft.

See the difference in the slices?

I am so proud to tell you that the leeks, garlic, shallot, chard and celery are all from my garden!  Drought?  What drought?