Potato Leek Soup

We’ve had some really rare weather here this year. But even though it has been sunny and incredibly beautiful, it’s still really cold (not East Coast cold, but cold.) So the good old comfort food standbys are still appealing.

Potato Leek Soup with bacon and cheddar cheese

I love soup. I don’t make it for dinner often because my husband doesn’t consider it a meal. But last week I got a wild hair and just had to have some leek soup. Because I love leeks! They’re in the onion family with a milder, less obnoxious onion flavor-delicious!!

I had never made it before, but since it turned out so great-with rave reviews from my other half, I thought I would share the recipe.

You will need:

1 cup of butter

1 1/2 cups of sliced leeks

4 cups diced potatoes

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups half and half (you can certainly use heavy cream instead, that would be extra delicious!)

salt and pepper to taste

cornstarch (if you want to thicken your soup. I didn’t have any…)

Bacon crumbles (optional)

Shredded Cheddar Cheese (optional)

1. Prepare your leeks. Cut off the green tops and the roots on the bottom.

Potato Leek Soup Whole Leeks

Cut them in half, length-wise.

Potato Leek Soup Prepping Leeks

Then slice them to preferred thickness.

Potato Leek Soup Sliced Leeks

Throw them into a bowl and cover them with cold water. Swish them around a lot! This is important! Leeks have dirt all throughout the entire thing-pretty gross. This is the best way I’ve found to wash them thoroughly. Rinse them once or twice, then put them in a collander to rinse once more.  Set aside.

Potato Leek Soup Washing Leeks

2. Prepare potatoes. Peel them if you prefer and cut to the size you want. Remember, the smaller they are, the less the cook time.

3. Melt butter in a large pot.

4. Add leeks to the butter. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until leeks become tender.

5. Add potatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil.

6. Once its boiling, add the half and half. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 20-30 minutes, until potatoes are tender.

7. Add salt and pepper to taste. The soup is done if you’d like. But if you want a smooth soup, you can blend it, in batches. Or you could blend half of it, to keep some chunks, and have some smoothness. My husband prefers lots of chunks, so I used a slotted spoon to just smush around a bit, but kept most of the chunks intact.

8. Top with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon. (I am not a fan of cooking bacon. I hate flipping the strips in the pan, oil spattering everywhere. Then once cooked, its not as easy as I would like to chop it up into crumbles. So, instead, I cut the bacon into little pieces before cooking. It made life a lot easier for me. )

Potato Leek Soup with bacon and cheddar cheese without title

*The original recipe is from Life Tastes Good blog. I have adapted it for my family, our tastes, and ingredients I had on hand.

I hope you enjoy!!

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22 Comments

  • Reply WearingL

    One for the try-new-meals list, leeks have become my refound ingredient. I never liked them as a child and avoided them until recently. It will be brave to have such a big soup with it but hopefully we will love it!

    February 24, 2015 at 11:29 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      LOL! No pressure!

      February 24, 2015 at 11:38 am
      • Reply WearingL

        Finally got round to make it, its a different kind of soup then Im used to having but its something new and actuallu surprisingly nice 🙂

        February 26, 2015 at 12:38 am
        • Reply mamabyfire

          Awesome!! How did you feel about the leeks?…

          February 26, 2015 at 1:02 am
          • WearingL

            Starting to like them more, its certainly something I will add to more meals

            February 26, 2015 at 1:28 am
          • mamabyfire

            Lol! I need to step out of my comfort zone a bit more too and try new things.

            February 26, 2015 at 1:30 am
  • Reply mamalisa4

    Nom! Nom! Nom! Looks delicious!!

    February 24, 2015 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply workingmommagic

    This looks great, I love soup but I tend to agree with your hubby and think of it as more of a lunch food, but this one looks hearty!

    February 24, 2015 at 3:32 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thanks! Yeah, it actually is filling-which surprised him.

      February 24, 2015 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Melissa (Wading Through Motherhood)

    I love potato soup and bacon. I like leeks too but my husband doesn’t but maybe he wouldn’t notice. =)

    February 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      If you blended it maybe he wouldn’t. Lol!

      February 24, 2015 at 5:33 pm
  • Reply Mommy A to Z

    This sounds awesome! I love soup too, although my husband, like yours, isn’t necessarily wanting it for dinner. But there are days I need soup too! Will give this a try 🙂

    February 24, 2015 at 6:49 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      That’s exactly why I made it-I needed soup!

      February 24, 2015 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Marie Ann Novak

    Looks so yummy! Always looking for a great recipe to warm our tummies during the cold winter!

    February 24, 2015 at 7:51 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Yes! I love this one, it was so comforting!!

      February 24, 2015 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply andthreetogo

    Great idea for how to cook the bacon! I had never thought of doing that!
    This soup looks amazing! I am pinning it to try later.

    February 25, 2015 at 3:49 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thanks! It made it so much easier!

      February 25, 2015 at 9:05 am
  • Reply The Trophy WifeStyle

    OMG yummy!!! I love potato soup! It’s one of my favs 🙂 could really use a nice warm bowl of this right now to warm me up from this ridiculously cold weather

    February 25, 2015 at 1:09 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      I know! I can’t believe how cold it is everywhere!

      February 25, 2015 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Naomi

    It reads amazing! You can add diced chicken at the 15 minute mark (stir it in a bit so it’s all seperated), and it makes a thick chicken soup!

    March 12, 2015 at 10:11 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Love it!! I’m a huge fan of chicken in my soup!! Yum!

      March 12, 2015 at 10:17 pm

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