Wednesday, May 03, 2006
After last nights extravaganza I needed something small & simple for dinner tonight especially seeing as how I’m out for dinner again tomorrow night! So I cooked up one of my favourite soups from Jamie Oliver’s The Naked Chef, you have to try this, it is really very good.
Chickpea & Leek Soup
340g chickpeas, soaked over night (or a tin as I use)
1 medium potato, peeled & quartered
5 medium leeks
1 tablespoon olive oil
knob of butter
2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
salt & freshly ground black pepper
850ml chicken or vegetable stock
Parmesan cheese, grated
Extra virgin olive oil
Rinse the chickpeas, cover with water, add the potato & cook for about an hour until all tender.
Meanwhile, remove the outer skins of the leeks, wash carefully, discard green bits & slice finely. Warm a thick bottomed pan, add the oil & butter, leeks & a generous pinch of salt & sweat gently until tender & sweet, this will take about half an hour if you are patient.
Add the drained chickpeas & potato & cook for a minute. Add the stock & simmer for 15 minutes.
Next whiz it all up with a bamix, add some parmesan to taste, season with salt & pepper & enjoy!