Wow - who knew fasting could turn up such GREAT meals?! This is one of those - it is so easy to make and is really delicious. The entire family loved it: hubby, teen son, two youngers and even the toddler! If you are keeping a strict fast, this is quite good without the milk and butter...but with those it has a deeper, richer flavor.
from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Serves 6 as main course, 8 as a soup course
3-4 c (or 1 lb) peeled, sliced or diced potatoes
3 c (or 1 lb) thinly sliced leeks (including the tender green)
2 qt of water
1 T salt
4-6 T cream (or milk) or 3 T softened butter
2-3 T minced parsley or chives (a little less dried)
In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, combine the potatoes, leeks, water and salt. Simmer, partially covered, for 40-50 minutes until vegetables are tender. Mash vegetables with fork, run through food mill, or use a hand blender. Taste and correct seasoning as needed. (If using dried herbs, add now so they can soften up).
You can now cover and set it aside until just before serving - just reheat to gentle simmer if necessary.
Once reheated (or if still hot, when ready to serve), stir in milk, cream or butter. Stir in herbs and serve with a lovely crusty bread.