4 to 6 servings
FOR THE SOUP
TO MAKE THE CRÈME FRAICHE: gently warm the heavy cream. Remove it from the heat and combine it with the buttermilk or sour cream in a glass bowl. Mix well, cover and let stand at room temperature overnight. Give the mixture a good stir once it has thickened, then cover and refrigerate. It will thicken even more once chilled.
This luxurious, silky smooth potato soup showcases a brilliant emerald mound of pesto floating on the surface—perfect for St. Patrick’s Day dinners. Make the pesto ahead of time. If you can’t obtain enough fresh basil, look for a good quality jarred pesto for this recipe. Crème fraiche is often available at a good cheesemonger or in some specialty food shops. You can easily make your own, though. Serve this soup with thin slices of toasted baguettes.
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