Potato, Leek, and Spinach Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 large leeks, thinly sliced (white and pale green parts only)
  • 10 ounces bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 2 large cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 pound yellow potatoes, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 2bay leaves
  • 1 (32 fluid ounce) container chicken stock
  • 4 cups loosely packed fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth, or to taste
  • ¾ cup half-and-half, or to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Put leeks in a bowl with enough water to cover completely. Soak until you’re ready to cook them.

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  • Step 2

    Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Fry bacon in hot pot until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towel to drain. Remove all but 2 tablespoons bacon drippings from the pot.

  • Step 3

    Drain leeks and shake vigorously to dry. Fry leeks and garlic in the reserved bacon drippings until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir potatoes with the leeks; add bay leaves. Pour the carton of chicken stock over the potatoes; bring to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Season soup with salt and pepper.

  • Step 4

    Scoop about half the potatoes, leeks, and garlic into a food processor bowl with enough liquid to cover; process until pureed. Stir puree, bacon, spinach, and half-and-half into the soup; continue heating until again hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Add chicken broth from the can or half-and-half to achieve your desired consistency.

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