Chicory-Leek Soup

 Warming Soup Recipes

Total Time:
45 mins
3 quarts


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 large leeks, white and tender green parts only, chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds

  • 6 pounds chicory, tough outer leaves discarded, the rest chopped

  • 2 1/2 quarts chicken stock

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons mild honey

  • Salt and freshly ground white pepper


  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the leeks, celery and caraway seeds and cook over moderate heat until the leeks soften, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Wipe out the saucepan.

  2. Meanwhile, prepare an ice water bath. In a large pot of boiling salted water, blanch the chicory in batches until tender, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicory to the ice bath to cool. Drain and squeeze dry, add to the leeks and toss.

  3. Working in batches, in a blender, puree the vegetables and stock. Strain the soup through a coarse sieve into the saucepan; bring to a simmer. Stir in the vinegar and honey. Season with salt and white pepper and serve.

Make Ahead

The soup can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Serve With

Sourdough croutons and dollops of fresh goat cheese.

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