Mr Parmentier and the French way to make veggie-soup
I’ve started reading Julie&Julia. The first recipe mentioned in the book is Soupe Parmentier – which is also the very first recipe in the cookbook “Mastering the art of French Cooking”. Having a big cold, I had no choice: I needed soup! So I got quickly leeks and potatoes and started to make the soup.
Before, I was wondering who Mr or Mme Parmentier has been – I know hachis parmentier (a casserole well known in France) and now there comes a soup with the same name? We ask Mr. Google. He helped: Here I found out that Mr Parmentier hasn’t been a cook, but a pharmacist and lived from 1723-1813. He brought the potato on top of French tables – before they had been only in feeding troughs for animals. Great man. (I do love potatoes!)
I was – and I am still – a bit sceptic about the way of making this soup. Usually I would sauté the veggies and then add the liquid like in my favorite potato soup. – Here, you chop the veggies, boil them in salted water and add some butter. That’s basically everything. Yes, it’s easier: chop the veggies, bring them to a boil, lower the heat and leave the kitchen. But…. I think, soup can still be tastier.
However – it’s easy and it’s not soooo bad (in fact – it’s very tasty if you think that it’s only veggies boiled in salted water), so here’s the recipe for 2 hungry people:
250 g potatoes
250 g leek
1 l water
1/2 tblsp salt
1 tblsp butter (next time, I’m going to use less)
Chop potatoes and leeks. Put them in a pot, add water and salt. Bring to a boil, then let it simmer for about 40 minutes until the veggies are tender.
Mash everything with a fork – don’t use a blender, it should still be a bit chunky!
Stir in the butter.
Serve with some chives, if you want.
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