This is my go to soup for any clients that have adrenal fatigue, digestive problems or that are going through chemotherapy. This leek and chickpea soup is so grounding and comforting and those that suffer from adrenal fatigue especially, crave comfort. It is also easy to digest, so instead of the bodies energy being wasted on breaking food down and digesting, the energy can be spent on healing the body and help bring it back to homeostasis. It also contains sulfur; which supports the liver, helps balance the body in stressful times and can help fight cancer.
The LOVE comes from the creaminess that you achieve in this soup, not from 35% cream (although delicious) but from the potatoes and chickpeas. Pure deliciousness!
3 cups leeks (chopped roughly and washed well)
2 medium unpeeled russet potatoes (washed and roughly chopped)
1 can-398ml chickpeas (rinsed)
5-6 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
2 garlic cloves (peeled and roughly chopped)
1/4 cup fresh chives (chopped)
1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh, real parmigiano reggiano
Note- This is not a low carb dish.
Cut and wash leeks well, and only use the light green and white part of the leek; the dark green parts tend to be very fibrous and bitter. It's great in your compost!
In a large soup pot, heat up the oil or butter and sautée the garlic and leeks for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. Add the chopped potatoes, chickpeas and vegetable or chicken stock.
Simmer covered for 25-30 minutes.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then blend with a hand blender or blender.
*If the soup turns out too thick, just add some more stock until you have the consistency that you would like.
I like to add the cheese and chives to every individual bowl because it looks pretty but for real life, just add the freshly grated cheese and fresh chives after you have blended the soup.
Season with Himalayan salt and fresh ground pepper.
You can freeze this soup but when it defrosts it may not look so appetizing because it may separate. Don't worry, once it heats up, just whisk the soup and that creamy deliciousness will come back!
Cook Outside the Box:
I loooove to add crispy organic bacon to this recipe or a dash of truffle oil. Yum!
You could also add some cooked Italian sausage meatballs to the top.
Make yourself a delicious roasted vegetable grill cheese with a warm cup of this soup on the side and thank me after you eat it :)