"Poundage" because this soup is packed with some extras to help put some weight back on my dad. Most people are usually trying take off a few pounds here and there, but if you have someone you love who has been ill and has lost weight, this is a very comforting soup that can help bulk them back up.
I brought this to the hospital the other day (really, any outside food is appreciated if you're stuck in the hospital) and it was a hit.
I started out with a typical potato-leek soup recipe: 2 medium leeks and one small onion, chopped and sweating in olive oil and about 3 TBSP of butter. (Remember, I'm trying to make this rich!)
Season with salt once they have started to sweat and soften.
Then I added about 1/2 cup of white wine and let that simmer for a few minutes.
To that I added about 6 medium sized Yukon Gold potatoes. (Next time I think I will use a mixture of Idaho potatoes and Yukon Golds, just for a different flavor and texture.) Top with about 4 cups of chicken stock, or however much it takes to cover the potatoes.
An odd addition to this was a can of white beans, because while I was trying to make this a calorie-heavy soup, I also wanted some nutrition to it. The beans add both protein and fiber.
Lastly I threw in a bay leaf for good measure and set the pot to simmer, lid on, for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes were soft enough to purée.
(Remove the bay leaf first!)
Once puréed (I find an immersion blender is easiest), I added about 1/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese (because that's how much I had left) about 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese, and about 3/4 of a cup of mascarpone cheese instead of cream (made in Vermont, so pasteurized and therefore transplant-safe.) Season with salt (or garlic salt if you prefer) to taste.
Garnish with chopped chives (and yes, that has a dollop of mascarpone in it as well) and you're all set.
Another tasty garnish option is a drizzle of good olive oil.
Those options of course was not enough for me tho, so I crisped up some prosciutto and used that as the extra garnish for the portion I brought to my dad.
Cute note: While he was happily chowing down on his soup, he stopped and looked at me and said,
"Wait, you said this is potato leek soup, right?"
To which I replied in the affirmative.
"But, there's meat in it."
"I thought you'd like that little extra touch, Dad."
"Oh... it's good!" and he kept eating.
He has no idea just how many "extras" I put in his soup for him.