Slice four leeks, white bits, into 5cm slices
Chop five garlic cloves roughly
Heat. 4 tablespoons oil and one of butter
Fry leeks and garlic until transparent but not browned
Get some salt in there (about 2 teaspoons) and pepper as much as you can
Add 2 kg of peeled sliced potatoes and fry a little more, but still don't brown anything
Tip in a litre of chicken stock
Bring back to boil and then turn down the heat to simmer slowly until potato is soft, about 40 minutes - covered.
Take off the heat, blend with a stick mixer
Add some boiling water until it's the right soup consistency for you
Pour in some cream and top with huge amounts of fresh chives
Served hot or cold
Leeks $6, potatoes $4.
Still under $15, and this will do two meals for a family of five. Easy
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