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1 quart chicken brother (substituted vegetable broth)
1 cup cream (substituted soy half and half)
In all honesty, it would have been much, much better with the cream. I am getting sick of this soy milk nonsense, but I have less than a month to go. Additionally, I am no baller food blogger and my pantry is not stocked with truffle oil. I do have imported Austrian pumpkin seed oil and of course, the liquid gold Greek olive oil which I used as a garnish. Sauteed mushrooms would have been nice also, if I had those.
Servings: 6 to 8
2 cups sliced leeks, white part only, cleaned and sliced into 1/4 -inch strips (from about 3 whole)
1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) butter
2 sprigs thyme
2 bay leaves
4 1/2 cups diced boiling potatoes (from a scant 2 pounds), peeled and diced into 1/4 -inch cubes
1 1/2 cups diced parsnips (3 to 4 whole), peeled and diced into 1/4 -inch cubes
1 celery root (about 1 pound), peeled and diced into 1/4 -inch cubes
1 quart chicken broth, more as desired
Salt and white pepper
1 cup heavy cream
White truffle oil
1. In a medium heavy-bottom soup pot heated over medium-high heat, saute the leeks in the butter until tender, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, and being careful not to burn the butter. Stir in the thyme and bay leaves and continue to cook until aromatic, about 1 minute.
2. Stir in the potatoes, parsnips, celery root and broth and bring the mixture to a good simmer. Season with one-half teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper, or to taste. Cook until the parsnips begin to become tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and stir in the cream. Continue to cook until all of the vegetables are tender, an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Remove and discard the thyme sprigs and bay leaves.
3. Purée the soup until smooth using a blender or immersion blender. Strain the soup through a fine mesh strainer and season as desired with additional salt and pepper. Add the truffle oil, a few drops at a time, to taste.
4. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve immediately.
With Austrian pumpkin seed oil. Olive oil is better!