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Neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes) is traditionally served mashed together as a side dish, but to modernize it, I've turned it into a soup. Scots like spicy food, and I have flavoured the soup with a little Indian curry paste to give it some spark. Reserve some of the leek greens for garnish.

Servings: 6


2 tablespoons butter

2 cups sliced leeks, white and light green parts only

2 cups diced rutabaga

1 tablespoon mild Indian curry paste

4 to 5 cups chicken stock

1½ cups peeled and diced baking potatoes

Salt and freshly ground pepper


¼ cup yogurt

1 tablespoon chopped leek greens


Heat butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Add leeks and sauté until just softening, about 3 minutes. Add rutabaga and curry paste and sauté, stirring, for 2 more minutes or until fragrant. Add stock, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add potatoes and simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are soft when pierced with a fork.

Purée soup in blender or with a hand blender and season with salt and pepper to taste. Reheat when needed and garnish with yogurt mixed with leek greens.

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