Potato Leek Soup

POTATO LEEK SOUP

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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POTATO LEEK SOUP

A hearty, creamy potato leek soup

Ready for another soup? Here’s a super simple, classic potato leek soup. It’s another one of my seasonal favourites and so cheap to make! Using minimal ingredients this soup still manages to pack a punch of flavour.

Potato Leek Soup

If you don’t have russet potatoes, feel free to substitute them for a different variety. You also don’t have to add the cream. I feel it nicely compliments the soup and ties everything together, but it’s definitely not necessary. This soup can definitely stand as it’s own meal, but the soup and sandwich combo is one of my favourite meals.

Want to try some other soups?

Roasted Tomato Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

Healthy Broccoli Soup

Sausage Bean and Kale Soup

Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup

A hearty, creamy potato and leek soup
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Soup
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

  • Large pot
  • Hand emulsifier

Ingredients
  

  • 4 medium russet potatoes peeled; quartered
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 stalks leek chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp vegetable bouillon
  • 6 cups water
  • ½ cup 10% cream

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, heat olive oil on medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onions and cook for 2 minutes. Next, turn the heat down to medium and add the salt, pepper, garlic powder and leeks. Mix and then sauté for 12 minutes, ensuring to stir the contents every few minutes.
  • Next, add the potatoes, water and vegetable bouillon and bring to a boil. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
  • Take the soup off the heat and use a hand emulsifier until soup is blended to a smooth consistency. Lastly, add the cream and stir until combined. Soup is now ready to serve!

Notes

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Keyword leek, potato, potato leek soup, soup

Sheppard's Pie

SHEPPARD’S PIE

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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SHEPPARD'S PIE

Not your traditional Sheppard’s Pie…

Traditionally, sheppard’s pie is made with lamb but to be honest, I only found that out a few years ago! My mom has always made her sheppard’s pie with ground beef, so that’s what I’m used to. This dish is so easy to throw together and you basically have a full meal in one go. Delicious beef in a savory gravy with peas, corn and carrots topped with a creamy mashed potato makes for a scrumptious sheppard’s pie.

Sheppard's Pie

How to make it

This dish is the perfect Sunday meal. Serve alone or with a side salad and you’ll be sure to please all!

Start off by boiling your peeled russet potatoes, or your potato of choice, in salted water until tender. Mash your potatoes until you reach your desired consistency. Next, prep your meat mixture by sauteing the onion and garlic and then adding the meat to brown. Once your meat is cooked, drain any excess grease and add your peas, carrots and corn. Now, you can assemble your pie! Add in the meat mixture and your choice of gravy. Stir in the gravy until well combined and then top with your mashed potatoes. For aesthetic purposes, take a fork and score the top of your pie in whatever pattern you choose! Bake the pie to bring it all together but be sure you let it rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Variations:

Instead of beef, you can use ground lamb for a much more traditional sheppard’s pie.

Feel free to use whatever gravy you have on hand or your favourite brand. This time I used a packet of poutine gravy and it was amazing!

Sheppard's Pie

Sheppard’s Pie

Not your traditional pie, but this beef sheppard’s pie is a meal all in one!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course

Equipment

  • Medium pot
  • Large pan
  • 12 x 16 pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 5 medium russet potatoes peeled
  • 42 g gravy packet cook as per instructions
  • 398 ml can of peas and carrots drained
  • 398 ml can of corn drained
  • splash milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Peel and quarter the russet potatoes and place in salted water in a medium pot and cook over high heat. Once water starts boiling, turn down to medium-high heat and cook for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • In the meantime, sauté the onions for 1 minute. Add the garlic, salt and pepper, and sauté for an additional minute. Next, add the ground lean beef and cook until browned for about 8 minutes. Once cooked, drain any excess grease. Add the peas, carrots and corn.
  • Returning to the potatoes, drain and mash them in the pot. Add salt and pepper, butter and a splash of milk and mash until your reach a smooth, creamy mashed potato consistency.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. To assemble your pie, add the beef mixture and gravy to a 12 x 16 pan and mix until well combined. Top the mixture with mashed potato and spread evenly over the top. Using a fork, score the top of the potatoes. Bake for 10 minutes. Next, switch to a high broil and broil for approximately 8 minutes or until potatoes start to brown lightly on the top.
  • Let the pie rest for at least 10 minutes and you’re ready to serve!

Notes

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Keyword beef pie, pie, Sheppard’s Pie

POTATO SALAD

POTATO SALAD

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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POTATO SALAD

With us BBQ-ing so much lately, I simply couldn’t resist sharing another side dish recipe, my potato salad. As a Polish person, you know I love my potatoes, but in this summertime heat serving up a cold version of my favourite side dish is preferred. This easy cold and creamy potato salad is super simple to throw together and can accompany whatever main dish you’re grilling up.

potato salad

How to make it:

Start off by filling a medium pot 2/3 of the way with water and begin to bring to a boil. Next, cut the potatoes in half or quarter them depending on your preference, personally, I like my potatoes to be a bit smaller so I quarter the small potatoes. Add the potatoes to the water (even if it’s not yet boiling, that’s okay) and add 2 tbsp of salt (cooking starch in salted water is key!). Cook the potatoes until tender; they’re ready when your fork pierces through with ease. Drain the potatoes and let them cool.

While the potatoes are cooling, dice the red onion, red bell pepper, celery, radishes, chives, and bacon finely. If you like bigger chunks, feel free to dice the ingredients in larger chunks, just make sure that the ingredients are roughly the same size for a uniform and consistent salad.

Once the potatoes have cooled, combine all the ingredients and mix until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve. For presentation purposes, add some fresh dill on top when serving.

potato salad

Variations:

Vegetarian option: just don’t add the bacon! You can also try throwing in different veggies based on your personal preference.

Vegan option: omit the bacon and substitute regular mayo for vegan mayo.

Want to try some other salads?

Bocconcini Salad

Creamy Broccoli Salad

Greek Quinoa Salad

Potato Salad

A classic creamy potato salad.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10

Equipment

  • Medium pot
  • Serving bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 lbs yellow petites potatos quartered
  • 3 stalks celery finely diced
  • 1 small red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 small red onion finely diced
  • 6 stalks chives finely diced
  • 3 strips cooked bacon chopped
  • 2 radishes finely diced
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Boil the quartered potatoes in salted water under tender. Once cooked, drain and cool the potatoes.
  • Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Garnish with fresh dill and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

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Keyword cold potato salad, creamy, potato, potato salad