Meat-Free Fridays: Vichyssoise and Spinach and Artichoke Quiche

The weather has been really crazy this spring – one days its hot, and the next day its cold and rainy. Since the temperature has a strong effect on what I feel like eating, this makes it pretty hard to plan ahead. I’m just not one of those people that can eat something like salad when its cold out. What’s great about vichyssoise is that although its traditionally served cold, it’s just as wonderful served hot or at room temperature. Perfect for when you don’t know ahead time what the weather will be!

I served this with a spinach and artichoke quiche. I know its meat-free Friday but there is bacon in this recipe. Whatever. Leave it out if you want and it will be just as good.


  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • 1 large white or yukon gold potato, diced
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • sliced green onions, or garnish

Combine leeks, potato and milk in a saucepan. Let simmer about 15 minutes, or until potato is tender. Remove from heat and stir in cream. Puree using an immersion blender, stand blender, or food processor. Serve immediately, or bring to room temperature or chill.

Serves 2.

Spinach and Artichoke Quiche

  • 1 pie crust
  • 2 slices bacon (optional)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 can fat free evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup gruyere
  • 1/4 cup jarlsburg light

If using, fry bacon in a medium skillet until crispy. Allow to cool on paper towel, then crumble.

Sweat onion in skillet until translucent.  Add spinach to pan and cook until soft. Remove from heat.

Lay out pie crust in a pie pan or tart pan. Sprinkle bacon, onion, spinach, and artichoke over bottom of crust. Beat together eggs and milk. Pout into pie crust. Top with cheeses. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until crust is golden and center is set. Allow to cool slightly before slicing.


I am submitting the vichyssoise to the Souper Sunday roundup at Kahakai Kitchen.


  1. Both look amazing! I love the quiche, I always have a bag of artichoke hearts in the freezer.

  2. Drool. I love quiche.

  3. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    Both vichyssoise and the quiche look outstanding! Fabulous Friday meal!

  4. I’ve never had a vichyssoise before, I love everything in it! I bet it went great with the quiche that is just loaded with goodies. Bacon isn’t meat – it’s candy, so it’s ok!!

  5. I’m like you…I can’t stomach cold salads on cold days. and the weather IS crazy! is it because of global warming or what?
    anyway, I LOVE both recipes…but I’d like the quiche WITH bacon, please! >.<

  6. The soup & the quiche look amazingly delicious! Yum Yum Yum!! Great job!

  7. Those two look great! Not gonna lie, I’d definitely have to include the bacon. Sounds great!

  8. What a healthy and tasty treat! I love vichyssoise soup. Oh I recognized your dinnerware. Isn’t it the Noritake platinum Crestwood? I got the same set for my wedding!

  9. I love vichyssoise! It looks wonderful. I just got the SS round-up posted. Thanks for sending your soup. ;-)

  10. This is a lovely meal. I love potato soup, plain or fancy and your quiche is just beautiful to look at. I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks. Have a wonderful day. I love your blog and will be back often.

  11. thanks everyone!
    Sarah- I’ve never seen frozen artichoke hearts! I’ll have to look for them. I usually use canned, but I almost always prefer frozen veggie to canned (which I think taste like… can)

    Reeni- You’re right. Bacon is totally candy! Yum. Have you every had vosges chocolate bacon bar? To die for.

    Sophia- I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I can never understand when i see people eating salads for lunch in the dead of winter.

    Jackie- thanks for stopping by! Its actually Mikasa Platinum Crown. I think they look really similar though. I love the simplicity of the design.

    Mary-thanks so much, and welcome! :)

  12. Both look delicious! We have been having the same weather over here in RI. I agree with your food & weather, some things just go together. Coming over from Souper Sundays.

  13. Wow you recipe looks amazing. I find artichoke very tasty. Also it has many benefits for healthy life.

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