Leek and Potato Soup

I had my first taste of leek and potato soup in a small pub in England. At that point I hardly knew what a leek was and had certainly never cooked with one in my own kitchen.  The creamy, hearty soup caught my attention quickly with its green hue and I knew I could learn how to add this soup to my collection of recipes. Some leek soups call for cream or milk; this version doesn’t. I find the pureed vegetables give enough of that smooth texture to make a bowl of this soup a comforting meal.

Here are the ingredients I use. Play with the ratio of potatoes to leeks to suit your taste.

4 potatoes (I used Yukon, about 2 pounds), cut into small pieces
3 leeks, cleaned and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 small onion, diced
3 TB butter
3 cans chicken stock (14.5 oz)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Parsley for garnish

1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven
2. Add the leeks, onion and potatoes, cook them for 8-10 minutes to let them soften.
3. Add the salt, pepper and the chicken stock. Bring to a boil then simmer for 25-30 minutes.
4. Use an immersion hand blender to puree the soup.
5. Garnish with parsley and enjoy!

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  1. says

    I really like using leeks too but find that all too often they are quite a bit more expensive than green onions or shallots so I usually land up using them instead. Shame because they are so good. Your soup has me longing for a long lunch in a warm cozy pub.

  2. says

    What is it about the English and their pubs that we can’t find here. Or even the Irish? There is an ‘Irish Pub’ near me that serves quesadillas…that is SO wrong! :)

    This is a favorite and today seems appropriate for soup. When it’s gloomy it warms the soul while also filling the belly doesn’t it?

  3. says

    Holly! First off – your site has changed since I was here last…OH MY GOSH! It’s gorgeous! And your pictures look great! Did you get a new camera? I love that we were thinking leeks in the same week. Tis the season! I’m going to subscribe to you by email now because I don’t see your posts enough in GFC! Everything I’m catching up on looks amazing! GREAT work!!!

    • says

      Thanks so much, Sarah! I did get a new camera so the last 4 or 5 posts probably have benefitted from the nicer dslr, though I still use my iphone frequently for shots taken while cooking. I am trying to work on the site design and my next goal is to add recent posts up top similar to how you have yours displayed in a row of photos. Thanks again for your kind words! Holly

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