Rainy Day Cabbage, Potato and Leek Soup

11 Mar

I hasn’t stopped raining here for five days and it’s not supposed to be stopping any time soon. I am not going to complain though as I wake up this morning to the news about the earthquake and terrible Tsunami after effects in Japan and the Pacific. My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected and anyone with family or friends out there.

I’m definitely not going out in this weather which means cooking something with what I have in the fridge. I found this recipe on The Red Spoon. It may not sound very glamorous but it really is delicious, a perfect rainy day soup to warm you from the inside out.  And I had all the ingredients in my fridge, bonus!!

The cabbage gives a real background flavour punch to the soup and the fried cabbage topping gives it extra texture. The creme fraiche swirl is scented with lemon zest and lifts all the other flavours to a different level. It is home comfort happiness in a bowl.

Cabbage, Potato & Leek Soup Recipe

serves 3 – 4, vegetarian/ vegan without the creme fraiche. Adapted from a The Red Spoon recipe

  • 1/2 head cabbage, core removed & chopped
  • 3 tbsp creme fraiche, sour cream or greek yoghurt
  • zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp butter (or olive oil for vegan)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large leeks, just white & light green parts, rinsed & sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 big potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 piece of parmesan rind (optional) I used Manchego rind with the black bit cut off
  • 1 & 1/4 litres veg stock
  • salt & black pepper
  • parsley, chopped for garnish

In a large pot, heat 1 tbsp butter & 1 tbsp olive oil over a medium heat. Add the cabbage, a large pinch of salt and a grinding of pepper and cook until tender but not brown, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the creme fraiche, lemon zest & juice together in a  small bowl, cover and put in the fridge.

When the cabbage is cooked, separate out 3 or 4 tablespoons into a bowl for garnish. Add the other tbsp butter to the pan with the cabbage, then add the leeks & garlic and cook for a further 2 or 3 minutes until the leeks have softened. Then stir in the potatoes, parmesan rind (if using) and the bay leaf. Add in the veg stock and season well with salt & pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

Remove from the heat and take out the bay leaf & parmesan rind. Blend carefully with a stick blender until smooth. Add more stock if you want to thin out the consistency (I didn’t need to), taste for seasoning and reheat to serve.

Serve the soup piping hot in warmed bowls garnished with a spoonful of the reserved cabbage, a swirl of the lemon creme fraiche, some chopped parsley and an extra grinding of black pepper.

This is feel good food, to lift the spirits and make you forget about the rain. This one’s for you Mum, enjoy!!

I’ve got to take the dog out in this….!

13 Responses to “Rainy Day Cabbage, Potato and Leek Soup”

  1. Tes March 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Oh I would want that soup in the rainy day. It sounds so comforting and delicious🙂 Your post actually makes me miss rain now🙂

  2. tiffany March 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    I needed this soup yesterday! It was POURING all day! The sun’s out today, but I would STILL eat this soup! It looks great!

  3. A little bit of everything March 11, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    rainy days and soup go hand in hand. love the sound of your soup. so comforting. thanks for sharing

  4. sarah March 12, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    Oh yum! I just saw a recipe I wanted to try for something similar but now I might need to change directions. Perfect for all of our rainy March weather here in Seattle.

  5. Medeja March 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    Cabbage soup I was havng quite often at home, but for the first time I see creamy blended cabbage soup🙂 Looks really delicious and perfect for rainy day🙂

  6. jenn from muchtomydelight March 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    What a lovely garnish floating up top! Sounds like an interesting combo of flavors too.

  7. Meg (The Red Spoon) March 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Yay! I’m so glad you made it and liked it! I love all your pictures of Spain, it is definitely on my list of places I want to visit!

  8. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen March 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    It’s raining here too…and now you have me wanting some of that soup! YUMM-O!! ♥- Katrina

  9. fooddreamer March 12, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

    That is some gorgeous rainy day soup. Rain can really bring you down sometimes, but it’s also a wonderful excuse to do nothing but cook and bake, so it isn’t all that bad!

  10. Mateja March 13, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    Absolutely my kind of soup, what a combination cabage-yum and leeks-yum,yum! Thank you for sharing, have a great weekend🙂

  11. Liz March 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Perfect rainy day soup!!! Gorgeous photos…I’d love a bowl🙂

  12. Clarkie @ Beloved Green March 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    The presentation on this one looks amazing! Nothing better then some soup on a rainy day.

  13. the good soup March 17, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    Potato and cabbage soup sounds so dowdy but it really needs an image revamp doesn’t it? Because nothing about its sound does justice to how good the combination tastes.

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