Arugula Vichyssoise


  • 3/4 c chopped mostly white part of baby leeks, washed well
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 3 T half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 small russet potato, peeled, grated coarse and reserved in water to cover
  • 2 c low salt chicken broth
  • 1 bunch arugula, washed well and spun dry
  • 1 slice homemade type white bread, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 small plum tomato, seeded and diced, for garnish


  1. In a small heavy saucepan cook the leek with salt and pepper to taste in 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderate heat, stirring, until it is softened.
  2. Then add the garlic, the potato, drained and the broth and simmer the mixture, covered, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the potato is very soft.
  3. Stir in the arugula, simmer the mixture, covered, for 1 minute and in a blender puree it in batches for 2 minutes, or until it is completely smooth.
  4. Transfer the puree to a metal bowl set in a larger bowl of ice and cold water, stir in the half and half and chill the soup, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes, or until it is cold.
  5. While the soup is chilling, in small heavy skillet cook the bread cubes in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over moderate heat, stirring, until they are browned, transfer the croutons to paper towels and season them with salt.
  6. Divide the soup between 2 or 3 bowls and top it with the croutons and the tomato.
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