Chunky Fish Soup with Leeks and Bacon

Lovely warming soup, great as either a starter or for lunch.

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 700g whiting, skinned, boned and cut into 3cm chunks
  • 1 tablesp. olive oil
  • 4 streaky bacon rashers, smoked if possible, finely diced
  • A knob of butter
  • 3 medium leeks, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 500g potatoes, cut into small cubes (approx 1½cm)
  • 1 litre fish or chicken stock
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 600ml whole milk
  • 340g can sweetcorn, rinsed and drained 
  • Handful chives, chopped
  • 4 tablesp. cream (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

To Cook

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add in the bacon and sauté over a high heat until crispy. Remove to a plate. Add a knob of butter to the saucepan, reduce to a medium heat then add in the leeks and garlic. Fry gently for 5 minutes until softened, but not coloured. Add the potatoes and cook for a further minute. Pour in the stock and lemon rind, cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. With a slotted spoon, remove half the potatoes and leeks from the stock and set aside.

Transfer the remaining potatoes, leeks, stock and milk into a blender or food processor and whizz until smooth. Pour back into the saucepan, add the sweetcorn, bacon, fish and the potatoes and leeks you have set aside. Cover and gently heat for 3-4 minutes until the fish is just cooked through - don't boil. Stir in chives and cream, if using, then season to taste.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with some crusty wholemeal bread.

Nutritional Analysis per Serving

Protein: 32g
Carbohydrates: 56g
Fat: 15g
Iron: 1.5mg
Energy: 484kcal

(via Bord Bia)