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Categories: Entertaining, Vegetarian
Type: Soups and Stews

Despite its French name, this iced soup originates from America. It can also be served hot, with a few cooked shrimp on top

Prep Time: prep 15 mins

Cooking Time: cook 30 mins

Serves: makes 6 servings


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (or butter, if the soup is served hot)
  • 3 large leeks, cleaned, white and pale green parts only, finely sliced
  • 4 3 / 4 cups fresh vegetable stock
  • 1 large baking potato, such as russet or Burbank, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 / 3 cup heavy cream, plus more to garnish
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped chives, to serve
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  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks and cover. Cook, gently shaking the pot from time to time, for about 15 minutes, or until the leeks are softened and golden.
  2. Add the stock, potato, and celery and bring to a boil, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly. In batches, purée in a blender with the lid ajar. Season with salt and pepper and cool completely. Stir in the cream. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours, or until well chilled.
  4. Ladle into soup bowls, sprinkle with chives and black pepper, and add a drizzle of cream. Serve chilled.
  • prep 15 mins; cook 30 mins

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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