This is a simple delicious soup that is comforting and soothing when feeling sick and tired from cancer treatment. If homemade chicken stock is available in the freezer, use it instead of water to... make this homey, light Leek & Rice Soup even more nourishing.
Heat the olive oil in a large heavy saucepan over a medium-low heat. Add the leeks, carrots, and celery with 2 tablespoons of water. Sprinkle with a little salt and sweat them partially covered for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the vegetables have become tender.
Add the remaining water. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Add the rice and a generous pinch of salt.
Return the soup to a boil then cover and lower the heat to a simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the rice is just tender. Serve with lots of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
For extra flavor, if a parmesan rind is vailblr, add it to the soup with the rice and water. Parmesan has ‘umami’ and adding the rind to the soup will make it savory, and not cheesy. Remove the rind before serving, and cut into a small dice and return it to the soup.