Sunday, July 31, 2011

Three soups

Roasted leek and Potato Soup with Leek Broth

Generally I sauté the potatoes and leeks in the pot to make this soup, but I wanted to try something different. So I cut the potatoes (Agria) and leek in big chunks, placed them in a roasting dish lined with baking paper, added olive oil and salt and roasted everything for about 30 minutes. I didn't want the potatoes to become brown, just lightly roasted on the outside, and soaking up the flavour from the leeks.

I washed the green leaves from the leek (the ones that are too hard to be eaten) and place them in a pot of  water with some rock salt. I cooked the leaves until I got a fragrant and light leek broth. I removed the leaves and added the content form the roasting pan, oil included. I cooked everything for other 30 minutes, then blended the soup with an immersion blender.

Pumpkin and Smoked Garlic Soup

Another good soup combo: Pumpkin and smoked garlic.
Here I just cooked some pumpkin (add a carrot for a brighter orange color) in vegetable stock, and before blending I added a couple of cloves of smoked garlic. More garlic salt and spices can be drizzled directly on the plate.

Potato and Broccolini Soup

And then broccolini (from my garden), and potato soup.
Simmer the veggies in vegetable stock, blend and drizzle with
extra virgin olive oil.

All these soups are vegan, inexpensive, easy to make, gluten free, and healthy :-).

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. I agree, they do all look delicious! I especially like the pumpkin & smoked garlic combo.

  2. I like them all. I am not making soup in the hot weather or I am not planning to but I will happily save these for the Fall, when the cooler weather makes it more conducive to eating.

  3. I especially like the Potato Leek combo.

  4. Ciao Alessandra.
    A bit curious, are you Italian, but living in New Zealand? Thank you for your lovely comment, I've again added the vegan version on my list. You have such gorgeous photos, especially these recipes for the three soups are amazing...I don't usually make vegan soups, but only veganize my Taiwanese soups with plenty of asian noodles. I guess my culture/ethnicity allows me to eat only certain soups, I guess. But still, lovely soup ideas. I hope someday I will visit New Zealand, I've heard lots about from Vienna

  5. Great soups, I like the first one best!