Potato and Maui Onion Soup

Potato and Maui Onion Soup

So, so rich and creamy, even without cream.


Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

2 T olive oil (or 1 T oil and 1 T unsalted butter)

1 large sweet onion - Maui, Vidalia, or Walla Walla - trimmed and chopped (250 g)

4 medium-large Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and chopped (500 g)

32 ounces Imagine Organic chicken broth

1/2 cup water

Salt and fresh ground white pepper (if you have it, otherwise use black)


METHOD

Set a medium-large soup pan over a medium flame and add the olive oil (or combination with butter). Add the onion and turn down the flame a bit. Sauté for 4-5 minutes until softened. Add the potatoes and stir to combine. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add the broth and water and bring to a low boil. Turn down flame and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked through. Turn off heat and allow to cool. If you are in a rush, transfer it to a bowl and set that bowl in a bigger bowl filled with ice. Stir until the soup is at room temperature.


Blend the soup, working in batches, and strain through your finest mesh strainer into a clean soup pot. Reheat and taste for seasoning. If it's too think you can add more stock or dairy (nonfat, lowfat, heavy cream - your choice, but know that the soup is plenty creamy without the addition of any dairy). But if you deem it too thick you can add up to a cup of liquid.


Serve and enjoy.


If you want to fancy it up a bit, you could add one of three accoutrements:


1. Sautéed leek - Trim white park of leek into 3 inch pieces, then cut in half so you have two half circles. Separate the leaves a bit, then slice very thin strips. Sauté gently in a bit of olive oil until just softened, then spoon them into a light, floating puddle in the center of the soup.


2. Chives - finely chopped and scattered in the center of the bowl.


3. Old school dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche, right in the center.



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