choose your own adventure recipe: cream of leek soup

cream of leek soup


  • 1 tbsp butter or extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 or 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 bunch of leeks, white part only, chopped coarsely
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup light cream
  • 1/4 cup wine (optional, white or red; if using wine, omit the cream or it will curdle.)
  • salt and pepper if desired

note: to chop the leeks, i cut off the green parts, then slice the white parts lengthwise into quarters…

leeks cut lengthwise

then chop.

leeks chopped coarsely


  1. in a large saucepan, melt the butter or heat the oil, then add the crushed garlic, stir. add the chopped leeks and peas and stir til they begin to soften.
  2. pour in the chicken stock, stir and let sit covered on low to medium heat to let the vegetables cook and fully soften.
  3. in a food processor or blender, purée the mixture until no large visible bits remain.
  4. return the purée into the saucepan, and stir in the cream, and if you wish, the wine.
  5. cook on low heat until the desired consistency is obtained (longer for a thicker soup)
  6. add salt and pepper if you wish.

now here is the tricky part. this soup is simple, fairly quick, and delicious (if you like leeks, peas, creamy soups, and such). but… it looks like green goop. so the key is in the presentation.

for the final reveal, you get to choose your own adventure! (don’t ever say i don’t let you guys have any fun…)

to see ana attempt to make the green goop look pretty by using plain yogurt and parsley as a garnish, view this photo:

green leek soup garnished

oh no! you get attacked by the bad lighting and ridiculous amounts of soft focus! ~ the end.

to see whether an alien would enjoy this green goop, view these photos:

aliens love leek soup

oh snap


you are so clever. the alien loves the soup and tells the mother ship not to destroy earth after all! you save the day, hurray! ~ the end.

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18 Responses to choose your own adventure recipe: cream of leek soup

  1. ella says:

    Ana, you make me laugh girl.
    Love the goop and I love that flower. Only you can make green goop look so pretty.
    Where’d you get the toy story 3 alien?

  2. Jane says:

    hahaha. Funny and delicious, always a great combination. I hope to try this– I think I’ll try the alien version, since I happen to have a green alien toy somewhere around here, and since I’d never be able to garnish it as prettily as you did. Thanks for the recipe, and the laugh!

  3. Christine says:

    You’re so funny. And clever. How do you do those cool things with your photos?

    I wish we could get leeks here, but they are hard to come by. When I return back home, though, I’m sure I will buy them. I love leeks.

  4. Jess says:

    you crack me up with your wit and creativity :) Thanks for starting my day off with a smile!

  5. Van says:

    So creative and funny, love the idea of a choose your own adventure recipe. I want to try this one, it’s getting cold out. Soup is a must!

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  7. Iseult says:

    I read what seems like thousands of those Choose You Own Adventure books! :) Also, cream of leek soup is one of my faves! :)

  8. Alyssa says:

    Lol. Ana, I love a recipe with few ingredients and I’m betting this is really good. The cute little alien agrees, evidently.

  9. I feel so much better knowing that the aliens liked the soup and will not destroy us. I think I will sleep much better tonight knowing this. Seriously, I love how you decorated up the soup with the flower. That is so awesome!

  10. Halima says:

    Well, if the L.G.M. (little green man) like’s it, then it must be delish! I am always looking for a new soup to try out because they are easy to make and fill hungry bellies, esp. when I do not feel like cooking very much (which is most of the time, lol).
    Thanks for sharing this!

  11. Dvora Geller says:

    I just smile and laugh reading your blog. Will definitely have to try this soup some time soon.

  12. After reading your blog here and on The Pyrex Collective I’ve decided to start buying Pyrex when I see it. I will not go crazy with it though. (maybe)

  13. Amanda says:

    hahaha – love it! that green sludge doesn’t look the most appetizing.. which is probably why i don’t really like pureed soups (baby food? no thanks). but i do love leeks, especially with eggs & Gouda!

  14. Abby says:

    haha! Your Toy Story alien makes me laugh…I hear them all going “The Claw” when I see that. ohhh I love that you used white wine, after I ate mine I wondered how that would add to it.

  15. Jo Chopra says:

    Lovely!!!! What a sweet little green fellow. I will make this with scallions – our closest cousin to leeks here in Dehradun. Thank you, ana!

  16. ~*~Patty says:

    Your yoghurt blossom certainly IS the crowning glory…parsley and all!

    your little green monster is too much fun…I like a girl that knows how to play with her food AND cook too! :)

    p.s. last week was hot and sticky here in N Virginia…now it’s like November…great soup weather!

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