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Potage Clamart (Turnip-Leek Potage)


Potage Clamart (Turnip-Leek Potage)

** Clamart is a suburb outside of Paris.

The key to this soup is the fresh peas – so if using frozen, buy the best quality.

4 Servings

6 tbsp. olive oil or butter or mixture of both
1 cup fresh peas
1 carrot
1 turnip
2 leeks
4 cups of water
Thyme & rosemary to taste
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp. heavy cream
Salt to taste

Cut carrot, turnip and leeks into thin slices.
Pour oil/butter into soup pot. Add peas, carrots, turnips & leeks. Cook slowly over very low heat for 2 minutes. Stir continually.

Add 4 cups of water, pinch of salt, thyme and rosemary.
Bring the soup to a boil & then reduce heat to low & cook on low for 30 minutes.

Turn off the heat & let the soup rest 15 minutes.
Run the soup through a blender or food processor to puree then return to the soup pot.
Add the beaten egg yolk and heavy cream & stir well.

Serve hot.

Recipe Review:

This recipe is from Twelve Months of Monastery Soups. Plenty more excellent soups in this book! I highly recommend it.

This soup is simple, fresh and light tasting. Very lightly seasoned so you can taste the vegetables.

For this soup, variations I would suggest exploring would be to roast the carrot & turnip first and then slice them & put them in the soup. It would create an earthier tone.

Alternatively, for a more green spring-like flavor, adding 1/2 cup additional peas and garnishing with wilted spinach or swiss chard.

If you’re up for more dairy, up the heavy cream or try 1/4 cup of sour cream to make a richer soup.


Share the Gift of Life This Summer


While you’re out enjoying the summer sun and having some fun, don’t forget to share the gift of life with people in need.

The Red Cross is in a critical blood shortage and donors are needed. Your blood or platelet donation this July during Disaster Education Awareness Month can help build a blood supply strong enough to meet ongoing and emergency needs. Remember you can donate whole blood every 56 days.

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I’ve been donating since I was a teenager. Donations take about 30 minutes. I especially like giving at the center on Market Street for the comfy donation loungers and the air conditioning!

You can book an appointment online at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

Some statistics from the Red Cross:

Help save the day!

  • One out of 10 people admitted to the hospital needs blood products.
  • When disaster strikes, blood needs can be immense – and immediate.
  • The Red Cross has the unique ability to move blood around the country through it’s National Inventory Management System.
  • All blood types are needed, but people with type O have a special gift to give.

O how we need you.

  • Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type.
  • Type O positive can be transfused to patients with any positive blood type—or about 8 out of 10 people
  • Hospitals use type O negative blood in most emergencies when a patient’s blood type is unknown.
  • About 40 percent of people have type O positive and 7 percent have type O negative.

More information on their flyer here:

So if please consider taking a short amount of time out of your summer day to help save a life!

Thank you!