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Recipe by: Lisa Prince

Le’CHOP Soup

This is a great way to use leeks and chard. If you aren’t a fan of the heat, leave out the habanero or try a jalapeno. The stems can be a little bitter so try using the leaves instead. We liked leaving some of the potatoes in chunks when blending. Domino Ireland won first place with this delicious soup in the NC Vegetable Growers Contest at the NC State Fair.

Servings: 4
Cook Time: Prep Time: 20 minutes; Total Time: 45 minutes
Meal Type: Entree
NC Ingredients: Leeks, Chard, Habanero, Onion, Potato

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Tbsp. avocado oil
leek, light green and white parts, finely chopped
cup swiss chard stems, finely chopped
habanero pepper, seeded and finely chopped
sweet yellow onion, finely chopped
cups chicken stock, divided
potato, diced
cup buttermilk
Tbsp. onion powder
Tbsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste


In a Dutch oven, heat avocado oil on medium-high heat, then add leek and swiss chard. Cook for 3 minutes until softened. Add habanero and onion and cook until onion is translucent. Move contents to a bowl.

With Dutch oven still hot, deglaze with ½ cup chicken stock. Add remaining chicken stock and bring to a light boil adding potatoes. Then cook for about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir in onion and garlic powder. Add cooked vegetable mixture back into the Dutch oven and simmer for one minute. Remove from heat.

Pour half of the mixture into a food processor, blend and pour into a bowl. Add remaining vegetable mixture to the food processor and blend slowly, adding the buttermilk. Combine all back in the Dutch oven, add salt and pepper, stir then heat on low to warm back up. Or use a submersible blender.

Garnish with chives and a small dollop of sour cream if available.


Recipes found on this page are from Got to Be NC members, staff, industry partners and Stove Side Chats. Stove Side Chats is Got to Be NC’s cooking show hosted by restaurant marketing specialist Chad Blackwelder. This series invites chefs and home cooks from around the state to teach you how to cook with in-season North Carolina deliciousness.