A stew of potatoes, leeks and Guinness Extra Stout? – yes! It is fun, it is silly and it is a recipe we recommend for date night. Best of all, this Irish potato soup recipe makes cooking potato soup easy.
An Irish potato soup made for romance
This recipe is part of a romantic dinner plan Chef and aphrodisiac foods authority Diane Brown created for us. The whole menu of romantic Irish recipes was her playful way of turning St. Patrick’s Day into a romantic occasion. But how does a recipe for classic potato soup fit into a romantic dinner?
Well, you might be surprised to learn that these foods, even the humble potato, are tied with aphrodisiac lore. So does Irish Leek & Potato Soup with Stout belong in an aphrodisiac menu? On St. Patrick’s Day, it sure does. In fact, the whole menu tarts off with a Black Velvet cocktail, continues with this potato soup and finishes with traditional (and aphrodisiac) North Atlantic Salmon in Irish Butter Sauce.
All of the recipes are designed for two, including this potato leek soup recipe, but if you’re thinking St. Pat’s with your pals is more your speed, you can easily double or triple any of these recipes. In fact, you may love the Black Velvet cocktail so much you’ll need to double or triple it even if it’s just the two of you.
A leek and potato soup with no cream
Part of what makes this unique, Irish soup suitable for a date night is that it contains no cream or other heavy ingredients that could slow a night of passion to a grinding halt. It is not a vegan leek and potato soup recipe but you could easily tailor it to a plant-based diet.
How to make a vegan potato soup with stout
Since Guinness is vegan, there is very little in this recipe that needs altering to make a vegan potato leek soup. (Guinness was not always vegan. But a few years ago this iconic, Irish brand made some small alterations to allow those who follow a strict vegan diet to enjoy their thick, dark stout.)
All you need to do to enjoy a vegan Irish potato and leek soup is replace the butter with a vegan substitute. That and trading the chicken stock for a vegan stock are the only steps required to make this potato soup vegan.
This easy potato soup can be made in advance
The best thing about this soup, besides the fact that it contains leeks, considered by the ancient Romans to be one of the finest love “enhancements,” is that it can be made in advance.
If you’re wondering whether it’s fair to call this recipe a soup, you may have a good point. Technically, this Irish potato recipe would probably be classified as a potato stew. A potato soup recipe is generally primarily liquid. A potato stew recipe on the other hand, is something hearty, not so smooth – like this soup. But either way you look at it, this recipe is delicious, satisfying and easy to make in advance.
The soup only simmers for about 25 minutes, so you can either whip it up just before dinner, or make it hours ahead and reheat when you’re ready to make some romantic memories.
Irish Leek and Potato Soup with Stout
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 medium leek well cleaned and chopped
- 1 stalk celery chopped
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 1 bottle Guinness Extra Stout
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 4 medium-sized potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1 tsp sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Parsley for garnish, optional (finely chopped)
- In a stockpot, melt butter and sauté garlic until tender. Add celery and leek and sauté for 3-5 minutes or until tender.
- Sprinkle flour over vegetables, and cook for about a minute.
- Put beer, chicken stock, potatoes and sugar in pot with vegetables and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are soft and broth is creamy, about 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve. Garnish with parsley if desired.
Diane Brown is the author of The Seduction Cookbook. If you love this recipe, order the whole book!
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