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Spring Soup (When You're Feeling Broke)

May 8, 2014

This bright soup is so delicious and costs less than $10 to make! Make the most of abundant seasonal produce with this fresh dish starring leeks, potatoes, green beans, and parsley. An herb puree made with parsley and oil adds a richness and shot of vibrant green color.

1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium leeks (white and light-green parts only), halved lengthwise, cut into 1/4-inch slices, rinsed well, and drained

Coarse salt and ground pepper

5 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and halved

4 cups parsley leaves (from 1 bunch)

1. In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high. Add leeks and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until leeks are soft and lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Add broth and potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are barely tender, about 10 minutes. Add green beans and cook until crisp-tender, about 6 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine parsley leaves and 1 tablespoon oil and process until finely chopped. Remove soup from heat and stir in parsley puree.

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