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Rachel Allen's Potato, Leek, and Smoked Bacon Soup

Potato and leek soup is one of those meals that every home cook should have in his or her repertoire. The soup is filling, cheap, easy to make, and almost always tastes more complex than its name implies. In Rachel's Irish Family Food, Rachel Allen adds even more complexity to the standard purée by building the soup base with smoky bacon. She also ups the allium quotient by adding a chopped onion to the mix, and finishes it all of with a bright swirl of parsley pesto. More

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