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“This is a fantastic soup recipe...very simple but elegant. The recipe is from Simply French, the cuisine of Joel Robuchon. The soup is very creamy even though you add a touch of cream at the end.”
1hr 15mins

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  1. Peel, quarter, rinse, and drain the potatoes. Set aside.
  2. Trim the leeks at the root. Split them lengthwise for easier cleaning.
  3. Rinse well under cold running water, and then transfer to a bowl of cold water to soak for about 5 minutes.
  4. When all the grit has settled to the bottom of the bowl. remove the leeks and dry thoroughly. Chop coarsely and set aside.
  5. In a medium-size stockpot, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over low heat.
  6. Add the leeks and cook , stirring often, until tender but not browned, about 3 minutes.
  7. Add the water. Salt the water and add the potatoes.
  8. Cover and simmer gently for 35 minutes.
  9. With a food processor, blender, or immersion mixer, process the soup until smooth.
  10. Return the soup to the pot, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil.
  11. Skim any impurities that may rise to the surface.
  12. Add the cream, and after a few seconds, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.
  13. To serve, ladle the soup into warmed soup bowls and sprinkle with the herbs.
  14. Serve immediately, allowing guests to season with pepper to taste.

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