Appropriate for 4 servings
- 3 Medium leeks thinly sliced
- 4 Slices of bread, peasant without the crust
- 3 & 1/2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup & 1 tablespoon dry red wine
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 garlic clove
- A pinch of saffron threads
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Freshly ground pepper
- Heat the oven to 180° Celcius / 350° Fahrenheit.
- Put the slices of bread on a baking sheet and brush them with some olive oil.
- Bake the bread for about 10 minutes until they become crisp.
- Remove the bread slices from the oven, rub them with the garlic and tear them in very small pieces.
- Put the 3 tablespoons of olive oil and heat it in a saucepan.
- Add the saffron and the leeks, except for 1/2 cup, and cook them for about 4 minutes over medium heat, until they become tender.
- Add the 1/2 cup of red wine and cook over high heat until the wine is reduced to 2 tablespoons.
- Add the chicken stock in the saucepan and simmer for about 3 minutes.
- Stir the bread pieces in and simmer for another 3 minutes.
- Put the mixture little by little in a blender so that it becomes a pureed soup and after you are done put it back in the saucepan.
- Stir the heavy cream in the soup along with the red of red wine (1 tablespoon) and season with the salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Make sure you keep the soup warm while you heat the rest of the olive oil (1/2 tablespoon) in a skillet.
- Put the remaining leeks in the skillet and cook them for 3 minutes.
- Shape the leeks into rounds with a heatproof spatula and sprinkle them with the cheese, a tablespoon of cheese per round.
- Cook the rounds of leeks for about 3 minutes until the cheese melts, put them in a plate so that they cool off and become crisp.
- Put the soup in bowls, put a leek crisp in every bowl and the soup is ready to serve!
Happy New Year everybody! Had a good time? I am sure you did! Had a lot of meat to eat? I am definitely sure you did! Want a detox? Why not?
Soups are meant to be served as an appetizer or a first course and that makes complete sense. Soups have this great effect of preparing the stomach in order to “accept” heavier food and that is why they are used as starters. However, they can also be detoxing for the stomach as with the correct ingredients, they can be very mild and “calming“.
After so much of heavy food recipes, a must for the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holidays, a soup is all you need to give your stomach a break! Even though wine is used in the recipe, you will find the Red Wine Soup quite refreshing and yummy!
So, take a look at the Red Wine Soup recipe! It will prove worthy of your time!Soups are meant to be served as an appetizer or a first course. Click To Tweet