Paprika Potato Potage

Kanchan KoyaBy Spice Spice Baby  , , , , , ,

August 30, 2014

All too often, potatoes are thought of as fattening comfort food and not much else but that's absolutely not the case. They are a source of vitamins and minerals especially vitamin B6 that is indispensable in the synthesis of amino acids which are building blocks for protein in the body. They are also starchy and superb for the energy demands of growing babies and toddlers. Cauliflower, like all cruciferous veggies, is brimming with phytonutrients which help detoxify the body. It's also a great source of vitamin C and is being studied extensively for its anti-cancer effects. It can be a bit hard to digest for some which is why we combine it with fennel to aid digestion and also packs a vitamin C punch. Leeks are milder and sweeter than onions and my absolute favourite especially with other delicate ingredients like fennel and potato. They provide folate and phytonutrients making this potage (essentially a thick soup) truly nutritious comfort food for babies and everyone else. The gruyere cheese and paprika elevate the dish to a yummy place.

  • Yields: 5 5oz baby servings


1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika

1/2 leek white and light green parts sliced

1 Russet or Yukon Gold potato chopped

1/2 fennel bulb chopped

1/2 cauliflower head coarsely chopped

1 cup water or chicken stock

1/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese

Salt and pepper to taste (skip salt for babies)


In a pot for which you have a lid, heat the oil until warm but not smoking. Add the paprika into the oil and sauté for 10 seconds to activate the flavours. Add the leeks and sauté for 2 minutes until softened. Add the potatoes, fennel, cauliflower and water or chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook with lid partially on until the potatoes are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Puree the mixture, stir in the grated cheese and add salt and pepper if using. Enjoy as a baby puree or soup for the whole family. It also works well as a sauce for grilled chicken!

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