Rather than sizzling on the stove, these leeks nestle into a roasting pan with white wine, vegetable broth, a few sprigs of thyme, and a scattering of cubed butter. An hour or so later, you shower them with nutty-salty Parmesan and slide them under the broiler for one last burnishing blast.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2021


Credit: Marcus Nilsson

Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr 30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Trim dark-green tops and root ends from leeks and discard; halve lengthwise. Remove thick, tough outer layers (2 to 4 total, depending on size), discarding or reserving for another use. Thoroughly wash and drain leeks, keeping them intact. Arrange in a snug single layer, cut sides up, in a broiler-safe baking dish or skillet.

  • In a small saucepan, boil wine 30 seconds. Add broth and return to a boil; season generously with salt and pepper. Pour mixture over leeks, then sprinkle with butter and thyme. Cover dish with parchment-lined foil.

  • Roast 45 minutes. Uncover and continue roasting until leeks are very soft and broth mixture is reduced by half, 20 to 22 minutes.

  • Switch oven to broil. Sprinkle leeks with cheese. Broil 6 to 8 inches from heating element until bubbly and browning in places, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve warm, with some of braising liquid.