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Chilled Watercress Soup


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  • 3 cups watercress - (packed) thick stems trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter - (1/4 stick)
  • 1 1/4 pounds russet potatoes peeled, and sliced into 1/4"-thick rounds
  • 3 large leeks, white and pale green parts only sliced
  • 6 cups canned low-salt chicken broth or more if needed
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh chives


Servings 6


Step 1

Blanch watercress in pot of boiling salted water 30 seconds. Drain; set aside.

Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes and leeks; sauté 4 minutes. Add 6 cups broth. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover partially and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Add watercress; simmer uncovered 5 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.

Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to pot. Mix in cream. Season with salt and pepper. Chill at least 4 hours and up to 1 day. Thin with more broth, if desired. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with chives.

This recipe yields 6 to 8 servings.

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