Creamy Leek and Potato Pesto Soup

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Hi, my name is Ari! I'm a wife and mama to a beautiful family. We are a lot a bit dramatic and live life without any dull moments. I love to make healthy and wholesome meals in the kitchen, with a little bit of chocolate cake on the side. My passion is to help others live a healthy lifestyle in all aspects. Whether it's a kale salad, great cardio, waffles on Sunday, or enjoying the crazy moments of wife and motherhood.

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Soup is always a hit or miss with my kids. If there are vegetables or green stuff in their soup chances are it’s a no for them. No matter how many cheesy grilled cheese sandwiches I make as a side… they still aren’t having it.

Then it hit me one night when they scarfed down their mashed potatoes that I’ve never tried making them potato soup. Liquid mashed potatoes!

To be honest, I don’t love potato soup, I would much rather have a broth loaded veggie soup, but with just a touch of pesto and cheese, these soups have become my favorite! I won’t lie, a grilled mozzarella and tomato sandwich paired alongside doesn’t hurt either.

Oh, and if you have kids, go ahead and leave out the pesto..because it’s green and you know how kids are with green foods!

Creamy Leek and Potato Pesto Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tb. olive oil
  • 1 large leek, both green and white parts chopped
  • 2 pounds gold potatoes, peeled and chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 large vegetable bouillon cubes
  • 2 cups whole milk, or coconut milk for vegan version
  • 1 cup prepared pesto
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil on low/med heat. Add the leaks, stir occasionally, and cook until softened. Add the potatoes, stir, then add the broth and milk.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer on low until the potatoes have softened.
  3. Let soup cool to room temperature. Never put anything hot in the Magic Bullet.
  4. Using the large cup for the Magic Bullet Blender, ladle in the cooled soup to the blender in batches, and blend until creamy. Return blended soup to the pot to reheat. Thin with more milk if needed for a desired consistency.
  5. When serving, add 1-2 tb pesto swirled in to the soup, then top with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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