Lemony Leek and Mushroom Soup

Leeks on cutting board

Welcome spring or early fall with this Greek-inspired soup, rich with leeks, mushrooms and herbs in a lemon-flavored broth.

Serves: 8 or more

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large leeks, white and lightest green parts only,
    chopped and well rinsed
  • 32-ounce carton vegetable broth
  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pound very ripe, juicy tomatoes, diced, or
    one 14- to 16-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 10 ounces baby bella or cremini mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 2 to 4 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon, or more to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons minced fresh dill

Heat the oil in a large soup pot. Add the leeks and sauté over medium heat, stirring frequently, until they just begin to go limp.

Add the broth, turnips, celery, bay leaves, and 2 cups water. Bring to a gentle boil, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and mushrooms and continue to simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

cremini (baby bella) mushrooms

Season to taste with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Remove from the heat. Allow the soup to stand for several hours, or cool and refrigerate overnight.

Before serving, heat through as needed. Stir in the parsley and dill. If the vegetables seem crowded, adjust the consistency with more water, then adjust the seasonings and lemon juice.

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One comment on “Lemony Leek and Mushroom Soup

  1. Marie

    Oh this is exactly what I needed on this dreary southwest Washington morning! Lemons!Leeks! Parsnips! I have these very ingredients and I was at a loss as to what to do with them. I grew the lemons myself on a little tree in a big pot, inside in the winter and out on the deck in the summer. The parsnips and leeks came out of my ‘winter garden’. I cannot face one more bowl of potato leek soup. I’ll start this immediately so it can mellow on the back of the stove a while. I think I’ll serve it with croissants!

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