French Peasant Soup recipe

6 T butter

4 leeks, trimmed, chopped finely

2 C chopped turnip

1 C chopped celery

1/2 C chopped onion

1/2 tsp garlic

3 medium tomatoes chopped or one can plum tomatoes

2 C beef broth (Deb Cotes says: I substituted veg broth and have made with chicken)

2 C water

1 cucumber peeled and diced

salt & pepper

1/4 C uncooked white rice (instant is OK)

3/4 C Cream (Optional, I use Fat Free)


Melt 3 T butter and sauté leeks, turnips, celery, & onion

Add chopped garlic

Add tomatoes, broth, water, and cucumber

Add salt and pepper and BRING TO A BOIL

Turn down and simmer one hour

Strain vegetables and put in food processor (actually, I have become lazy and mash them until they are unrecognizable!)

Return soup to saucepan and add rice.


Add small amount of cream and butter when served (optional)

And of course serve with a fresh baguette

Note: All vegetables measurements can be doubled as can the rice. This is a basic veg. soup recipe you can modify as you choose.

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