Cock-a-Leekie Soup is Scottish peasant food. Nutritious and hearty enough to chase the wet and chilly weather away. Add some bread and you have a meal. Like all peasant food, there are probably as many recipes as there are cooks who make it. This recipe is a simple one using just chicken, leeks and carrots.
1.25 kg (2lb-12oz) fresh, whole chicken
8 medium sized leeks, well washed and chopped into 2 cm (¾") lengths
3 medium sized carrots, peeled and grated
Salt and crushed black pepper
Add chicken to a large soup pot with enough water to more than cover and add ½ of the leeks. Cover and simmer gently for 1 hour or until chicken falls off the bone. Remove chicken and set aside.
Strain the stock into a clean pot cover and simmer for 10 minutes Add grated carrots and remaining chopped leeks; continue cooking for 20 minutes or until leeks are tender and intensity of flavour has increased. Add some chopped reserved chicken and season to taste with salt and pepper.