• 4 cups Yukon Gold potatoes (about 5-6), sliced 1/2″ thick
    • 2 large leeks, finely chopped (about 3 cups)
    • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
    • 2 shallots or 1 small yellow sweet onion, thinly sliced
    • ¼ cup Della Terra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
    • 4 tsps. Della Terra Herbes de Provence Olive Oil
    • 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme or ½ tbsp dried thyme
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 4-5 cups vegetable stock
    • ¼ cup whipping cream or stock
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ½ tsp pepper
    • finely chopped chives for serving

Heat Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a heavy bottom saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, shallots, and chopped leeks. Stir to begin softening veg. Cook for 5-6 minutes. Try to prevent the vegetables from browning too much so that soup will retain a light colour.

Add thyme, bay leaves, potatoes, and vegetable stock and bring to a boil, stirring gently. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer soup for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender and softened.

Remove thyme sprigs (if using) and bay leaves. Use a blender or immersion blender to puree the soup. You may need to do in multiple batches. If using a blender, return the soup to the pot. Stir whipping cream into the blended soup and adjust seasoning to taste. If soup is too thick for your liking, begin adding ½ cup increments of vegetable stock, stirring to blend, until desired consistency is reached.

Finish soup in warmed bowls with a sprinkle of finely chopped chives and a drizzle of Herbes de Provence Olive Oil. For a heartier dish, top with chopped crispy bacon and shredded cheddar cheese.