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  • Leek and potato soup

This soup is highly indulgent. It's creamy and packed full of flavour. Serve with fresh bread rolls for a substantial lunch or dinner.

785 people made this

IngredientsServes: 8

  • 225g butter
  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 625g maris piper potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 475ml double cream

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:1hr ›Ready in:1hr15min

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Cook leeks in butter with salt and pepper until tender, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir cornflour into stock and pour stock into pot. Add the potatoes and bring to the boil. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in the cream, reduce heat and simmer at least 30 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

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Reviews in English (736)

Lovely soup but no idea why you refer to it as indulgent with all natural ingredients and less than 20g carbs?-08 Jul 2012

10 OUT OF 10.............. FAB-25 Jan 2011

I made this after I went potato picking and needed to use up lots of lovely fresh potatoes and I was very impressed. I doubled the amount to make up a big pan. Everyone that had some said how nice it was and I will definitely use this recipe again.-16 Nov 2015


Creamy Potato Leek Soup

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Creamy, savory, and with an (optional!) cayenne kick, this is a twist on a traditional French comfort food. This Creamy Potato Leek Soup is so incredibly easy to make that it’s sure to become a staple in your house this winter. Just top with fresh chives and serve warm for a meal your family will love.

I’ve noticed lately that it’s getting dark out much earlier now. Pretty soon I’ll be driving to work in the dark, and leaving work in the dark. But that doesn’t seem so bad when I think of the warm, home-cooked meal we’ll be having that night.

It’s the time of year where I want to hibernate and just sit in my cozy house with a good book, a crackling fireplace and a warm bowl of something hot to eat.

That’s right. It’s officially soup weather.

Nothing quite warms you to your bones the way a good bowl of hot soup does. This Creamy Potato Leek soup does exactly that, while also satisfying your comfort-food cravings. The best part? Besides for being really cheap to make (the main ingredients are potatoes and leeks), this fancy-looking soup is really, really easy to make.

I’ve made this in the past, but I’ll be honest, I really resisted making it this winter. I’m not sure why. Andrew has been asking me to make this recipe for a few weeks now. I’m pretty sure I planned to a few times, but then conveniently “forgot”. (Hey, there was Slow Cooker Kale and White Bean Soup to be made! Also, I’m over-worked. Feel bad for me.)

When I finally did make it, he had three big bowls of it.

Next time, I’m planning on making a double batch.

I think my hesitation has to do with the fact that we moved in August, and most of my kitchen stuff is now sitting in a storage unit. Including my immersion blender.

Did I mention that Andrew and I moved back in with my parents for the next few month? It turns out that weddings and houses are expensive, particularly in the North East US, so we’re saving up for a down payment on a house, and a hall for the wedding. It’s been a bit crazy, but so far, so good.

It’s not quite my own kitchen, but I do like my parent’s gas stove better than my old electric one. I just feel like cooking on real flame heats better than hot metal. That’s just my opinion, though. I’ve still cooked many delicious things on my old electric stove.

So, immersion blender-less, I used my parent’s big food processor for this recipe. My other option was a blender, which would have worked just as well, depending on what you have available to you. You may have to work in batches. I scooped the entire pot of soup into the food processor in one batch, it depends how big your appliance is.

After all was said and done, I’m really glad I made this.

There’s only a few ingredients in this one and they’re all pretty cheap to buy (yay for easy/cheap recipes!). Potatoes, leeks, onion, butter, broth, garlic, cream, salt, pepper, and cayenne. You probably have half of these ingredients in your pantry already. Personally, this is what I do when I have leftover potatoes from another recipe. Even if I have to go buy leeks, it’s so worth it.

The cayenne part is optional, if you like a bit of spice in your life.

She does not like spicy food. Which I remembered a bit late.

So, the cayenne is optional. If you hate spice, like my mom, then just leave it out. The soup will still be delicious, I promise.

I also used a Dutch oven to make this soup. If fact, I’m going to take a moment now to express just how much I love my Dutch oven. It’s cast iron, but coated with enamel. It has superior heating abilities (we’re talking even, delicious conductivity, people). I’m pretty convinced that everything that comes out of my Dutch oven takes like magic.

But mostly potato leek soup magic.

If you haven’t invested in a Dutch oven yet, and you want to, I highly recommend checking Amazon. I don’t have an affiliate link for you, but mine is a Lodge brand and I bought it from there. It’s a great price as far as Dutch ovens go, and I can attest to the delicious, delicious food that’s come out of mine. Maybe one day I’ll drop $500 on a top-quality Dutch oven, but I probably won’t.

If you don’t have a Dutch oven, don’t worry. It’s not a make-it or break-it kind of deal here. Just pull out your big ole’ (at least 3 quart) soup pot and follow the directions as usual.

If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you might even want to try chopping up some crispy cooked bacon to throw on top of this. I mean, come on, bacon and potatoes? It’s a win-win situation.

Now if you’ll excuse me, a bowl of warm, oh-so-delicious potato leek soup is calling my name.

If you like this recipe, be sure to follow me here on Pinterest!


Ingredients

  • 4 medium leeks , white and light-green parts halved lengthwise, washed, and sliced thin (about 4 cups), dark green parts halved, washed, and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion , chopped medium (about 1 cup)
  • Table salt
  • 1 small russet potato (about 6 ounces), peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (4-inch) sprig fresh thyme or tarragon
  • 1 large slice high-quality sandwich bread , lightly toasted and torn into 1/2-inch pieces (see note)
  • Ground black pepper

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6 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
5 cups water
2 leeks, chopped
1 tablespoon salt
black pepper
2 onions, chopped
1/3 cup butter
1 carrot, sliced
13 ounces evaporated milk
1 stalk celery, sliced
4 chicken bouillon cubes
chopped chives or parsley

Place all ingredients except milk and chives in crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours. Stir in evaporated milk during last hour. Serve topped with chopped chives or parsley.


This is the kind of soup that is so simple to make yet tastes like you really know your way around the kitchen. I grew up loving this classic soup as a kid, and eating it always brings me back to a happy place. Because I grew up with my parents cooking soup from scratch, I have a ton of soup recipes!

I always think of my childhood when I make potato leek soup. Since my parents made soup for dinner as a starter or main dish almost daily, I certainly had my fair share of soup. The soups I enjoyed most as a kid, were the purees, as I was pretty picky. On nights we had potato leek soup, I never complained though, and still to this day crave this soup when the weather gets cold.

Potato leek soup is simple to make, the mild flavors of leeks and the potatoes compliment each other so well. Although I like mine pureed, if you prefer yours a bit chunky you can use a potato masher instead of an immersion blender to give you bigger chunks.


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Peel and roughly slice the carrots. Slice the celery. Peel and roughly chop the onions. Cut the ends off the leeks, quarter them lengthways, wash them under running water and cut them into 1cm slices. Peel and slice the garlic.

Place a large pan on a high heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add all your chopped and sliced ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon. Cook for around 10 minutes with the lid askew, until the carrots have softened, but are still holding their shape, and the onion and leeks are lightly golden.

Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1cm dice. Put the stock cubes into a jug or pan and pour in 1.8 litres of boiling water from the kettle. Stir until the stock cubes are dissolved, then add to the vegetables. Add your potatoes. (Or add the 2 liters of prepared stock) Give the soup a good stir and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on

Remove the pan from the heat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve like this or pulse until smooth using a hand blender or liquidizer. Divide between your serving bowls.


Creamy Potato Leek Soup

As winter ends and spring nears, this soup is a nice bridge between the two. It’s super creamy and very flavorful with minimal ingredients. It makes a large batch, so you can freeze some for another day as well!

Ingredients

  • 5-6 medium russet potatoes, unpeeled and chopped
  • 2 large leeks, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 carton vegetable broth (about 4 cups)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp rosemary
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk (optional)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method

Step 1

Heat olive oil on low heat in large pot. Add sliced leeks and saute until fragrant and softening, 3-4 minutes. Add potatoes, broth, water, bay leaves, and rosemary and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover pot and let cook for 20-30 minutes until potatoes are easily mashed.

Step 2

Add coconut milk if using, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste, and blend until creamy, using either an immersion blender, or regular blender in batches. Serve and enjoy!


Guest

Made this today for the first time & I'm chuffed to bits with it. DELICIOUS

Isabelle P(30)

One of my youngest's favourite soups. Great when he first started on solids. Although I always make a big batch of yummy creamy soup (add a small pot of single cream or enough for your own tastes) and blend it smooth. Have never added cheese to the top, although as I say mine tends to be creamy so not needed it.

Guest

Easy to make but now is a firm favourite in our house.

Guest

Made this but used up some left over chicken stock instead of vegetable, really quick and easy recipe but everyone loved it!

Guest

Going to do this soup tomorrow, just had some leaks given me,i have done dozens of recipes off netmums and i get my leg pulled when i tell them i am a Netmum (74yr old Great Grandad) but i like these recipes, simple straight forward, i will post the results, Thank you all for listing them

Guest

I made this today for me and my two year old. I also added half a parsnip as I had one in the fridge and it was lovely ny son ate a bowl and a half with some ryvita will definitely be making again soon :)

Guest

Absolutely delicious!! So easy to make and cheap to, will definitely be making this loads more times!! Thank you for the recipe!!

Elaine M(529)

I've made this soup twice for my family, and everyone loved it! My 6 year old twins and 11 year old have requested it again, so this is going to be our bonfire night tea with warm crusty bread. Can't wait! :)

Guest

I made this today and it was amazing. Stirring in some white ground pepper definitely gave it an extra little kick. Loving all these recipes, thanks

Guest

I added some stilton cheese to my leek and Potatoe soup over the weekend, it was yummy.

Guest

@donna M - just chuck it all in hun , maybe less water - i would say about 450 mls - you can always add more water at the end to thin it out if its too thick . you can either put it on high for a few hours or on low for longer .

Guest

I noticed everyone is talking about making this in the slow cooker but I can't seem to see the directions of how to do this. Can anyone let me know as I'd love to try it. Thanks

Guest

Just made this today for my sons dinner. Hes 12 months old. Yet to see if he likes it but i think its absoloutly delicious and will go down a treat! :) great cheap meal! thanks!

Karen W(995)

Made this today, it was delicious my little one loved it !

Guest

Made this today, it was delicious!

Guest

I've been making blended Leak and Potato Soup for the family for years, it's the only soup my daughter will eat. I also blend sauces which include onions and tomatoes for meat and chicken dishes.

Guest

i made this last week it was lovely my three year old loved it, made it lastnight too and added carrots for a change

Guest

Made this today and really enjoyed it :o) so easy and yet so yummy. Next time i make it i might add a few more small potatoes as when i blended it it was a little runny for my toddler and a slightly thicker soup would have ment less in his bib and more in his mouth :o) Definaly making it again

Guest

Just made this for first time, very easy and very tasty!!

Guest

Tried this today. My little boy liked it very much. Thanks for a simple and great tasting recipe.

Guest

Just made this for my first time making soup, was delicious, ate it all !! x

SAMANTHA W(480)

Loved it. Will be on the menu for my bonfire night party!!

Guest

this is my fav recipe. with the cold weather here what better food to make than good home slow cooked food. mmmmmmmmmmmm it gets you ready for the snow xx

Guest

very easy and tasty to make loved it

Guest

Making this as I'm typing it. Kids can't wait to try it. :-)

Guest

We love love and potato soup and we normally cook it in a saucepan but thought we would give it a try in our old slow cooked instead (could really do with a new one!). We served it with crusty bread and it was absolutely lovely. It is real comfort food and so lovely as the days are getting colder. I think we will use this way of cooking it in the future.

Guest

I don't actually own a slow cooker but would love to. Therefore, I tried this recipe in my saucepan and all the family are in agreement - I gave them the choice of YUM, O.K. or NEVER AGAIN. Drum roll, the answer was: YUM!

Guest

I have been wanting to learn to make a leek and potato soup for ages, and never thought about using a slow cooker to do it. this was surprisingly easy, and my 22 month old loves having soup (or dip dip, as he calls is, because he likes dipping bread in it!). i feel this may become a regular item in my (albeit limited) cooking repertoire.

Guest

I love leek and potato soup and printed this recipe off last week to make at the weekend. It was a success! Served the soup with tiger baguettes (and gluten free toast for me as I'm a coeliac) and my husband and 2 boys really enjoyed it. Makes a nice veggie change from the chicken soup I always make and is much quicker too!

Guest

lovley , I hadn't added onion to my version before and this was really lovley! Served with crusty bread for my 6 year old who ate it all

Guest

I just made it, wow! Thanks a million great receipe for the whole family and its very healthy too! So simple

Guest

Great recipie. My little boy who wont eat veg actually ate some.

Guest

A really delicious soup that all the family loved

Guest

My son loves this! nearly as much as me lol x

Guest

Leek and potato soup is fab :) I did it in the slow cooker for about 6hours and bunged it in the liquidiser at the end because my teenager doesn't like bits! Next time we have a roast chicken I'm going to make stock with the left over bones and use this in the soup which I think will make it even yummier.

Guest

Oooops. just found my own answer in the conversion table that you give in the slow cooking section. I'll let you know how I get on :)

Guest

has anyone done this recipe in the slow cooker? How long please?

Guest

Just made this soup and have to say it was scrummy! Used new baby potatoes and added extra garlic and blended it. My 21 month old DS loved it and both myself and fiance enjoyed it..actually had 2 bowls, made double amount for lunch tomorrow and fiance flask for work.

Guest

I made this soup as part of the budget planner week. Very easy, used some milk as a previous poster suggested and ended up with a wonderfully thick and creamy soup. A hit with myself and hubby although my daughter was not that impressed! Ate it with crusty bread and have enough left to take to work tomorrow for my lunch.

Guest

Just like to say I made this last week and the husband, daughter and myself thoroughly enjoyed it - clean bowls all round with no leftovers :) I found it nice and easy to make, thank you for sharing this recipe.

Guest

Fab recipe :) I added milk and 2 large spoonfuls of philidelphia, and served it with garlic bread. It's incredibly filling!

Guest

Made this for my 20 month old who loved it as did we. I used low salt chicken stock and blended it up before serving, went down a treat. Really easy to make too!

Guest

I made this soup today for our family. My husband and I loved it and LO ate it nicely too. She wasn't overly keen buy shes going through fussy phase lately. I used 700 ml of stock and 200 ml milk, turn out very nice and creamy. I served it with little croutons, which my daughter hapilly fished out from a bowl. Would reccomend 100%.

Guest

This is easy to make and my husband says it's the best soup he has ever had!

Guest

I made this to use up a giant leek that someone gave us! I added milk to it as someone suggested in the reviews. I have to say it wasn't my favourite, but I am pregnant so I don't know how reliable I am as far as taste goes! My 2 boys and my husband loved it. Clean bowls all around! I had to fib and call it milk soup as neither boy is fond of potato, and even though my 3 year old sussed me and noticed the potato, they both ate a big bowl full.

Guest

Made this for tea it was gorgeous. Had it with crusty bread. Loved by all the family including a fussy 6 year old! Will make this again.

Guest

We always make this with lamb stock and my 2yr old refuses to eat it without! Also much nicer if you blend it, makes a lovely thick creamy soup.

Jennie W(29)

Thanks for this recipe. Made this for my dinner today & my 19mth old DD ate the lot (theres also some left for our lunch tomorrow!)Will make this again

Guest

I was terrified of leeks and a bit nervous of giving my 13 month old soup as he only wants finger food at the moment, but it was an almighty triumph. It was so so good and my little one ate a whole big bowl and loved it. So happy

Guest

I make my Leek and Potato soup exactly the same but when I add my stock I also add 3/4 pnt milk just to make it that extra bit creamy. yum!!

Guest

so easy to make and really really yummy. lisa.

Guest

this is my fave soup! Add some smoked bacon for an extra tasty soup :)

Guest

WoW i made this soup for lunch today for the family and they all loved it .really cant wait to make it again :)

Guest

I thought this was really tasty and i only used boiling water instead of stock!! i've made it a few times and eat it with crusty bread.

Guest

Let me start by saying that I'm not a soup person, but have decided to start looking for one I might enjoy as the ease of one pot cooking is appealing. So made this today and although it didn't impress two of my three fussy eaters the third went back for seconds. Was easy to cook. smelled great.. ok didn't look so good but it did taste great. I'm raring to get cracking on the next now. lol.

Guest

made this soup yesterday- it's lovely my 22 month old loved it as well as my hubby and I. I will be making it again next week. I added some cream and blitzed it so it was nice and thick. A big thumbs up in my household!! :-)

Guest

I made this soup for myself and my 15 month old son. We both loved it and it's so easy to make. I will definitely be making it again soon. Thanks!

Guest

Really gorgeous warming soup. So quick to make, everyone enjoyed even my fussy 2 year old. We had with lovely crusty bread. I would reduce butter next time though!

Angela P(96)

Easy to make. I blended it at the end as I like the texture. Mmmm very tasty !

Elizabeth g(92)

My family love this soup and if you add cream at the end it's even better Liz G.

Guest

Oh wow! Far yummier that expected. Whizz up in a blender at the end to get that thick, creamy style soup. I ate the entire batch myself. Making more today though.

Guest

We loved this soup, even my daughter who is just not a soup person liked this.

Guest

Leek and potato soup is my all time favourite. My 18 month old loves it with bread in. Improved with loads of fresh ground black pepper. YUM!!

Guest

I put garlic and carrots in my soup. All the family love it! ven my 10 month old baby!

Guest

1st time ive made soup and it is fab iwe love it!!

Guest

All my family love this wonderful soup, is easy and supreme. Many thanks. Arancha M.

Emma D(285)

I love Leek & Potato soup and anyone I ever bought I didn't like. I've tried other receipes and always made a mess and it was horrible. This soup is delicous and isn't hard to make at all. I am not a very confident cook so I can't wait to make it again for my DH when he comes home from working away. My DD loved it too. Thank you!!

Guest

This is really delicious, quick and easy too! I only used a small knob of butter and slightly increased the other ingredients to make a bit more, plus added a bay leaf. it doesn't hang around because its so lovely so make plenty!!

Guest

The whole family loved this - the kids even asked for seconds - now that never happens! Great.

Guest

My family really enjoy this soup. It's very easy to make. I only use 1/2 the butter though.