Potato Leek Soup

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a recipe here.  I made this over the weekend, in two steps. The first night, it was basic Potato Leek Soup, and frankly, a little bland.   The next night, I tried to make it a little more interesting, and it was delicious.   I’ll save you the boring part and get right to the better version.

Olive oil
2 large leeks, rinsed thoroughly and sliced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 shallots, diced
4-5 cups chicken broth
5 fist sized red potatoes, peeled and roughly cubed
20 peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dry mustard or 1 T Dijon mustard
1 tsp salt (or more)
1-2 cups milk (I like non-fat, but cream is traditional)

To top:

6 slices of crisp bacon, crumbled
3-4 green onions, washed and sliced thinly

Cover the bottom of a heavy, large pot with olive oil, heat to medium hot.  Add leeks, garlic, and shallots, stir until tender.  Add broth and potatoes and spices, and let simmer until potatoes are tender.  Carefully pour mixture into a blender and puree until smooth, pour back into the pan and test for seasoning.  (It will often need salt at this point, perhaps another bit of mustard.)   Add milk or cream until the soup is the consistency you like, and let heat, but do not boil.  Put a pat of butter in each bowl and add soup, then top with bacon and green onions.

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10 thoughts on “Potato Leek Soup

  1. Sounds wonderful, Barb. Leeks are so underrated, aren’t they? I love the buggers! I’ll have to try this recipe on a chilly day…thanks!

  2. Ruthie

    My taste buds are on overdrive! May have to include your recipe as my ‘starter’ for my Christmas dinner. Love leeks. Thanks, Barbara

  3. Ruthie

    p.s. For Thanksgiving, I’m attempting a ‘dry brine’ on my turkey. Wish me luck.

  4. I love them, too, Yvonne.

    Ruthie…good luck on the dry brine. Report back.

  5. Love your recipes, Barbara. Your veggie lasagne turned out so well, the non-meat eaters have requested it for Thanksgiving.

  6. Love that, Lee! My vegetarian is coming home for Thanksgiving, so maybe I’ll make some, too. Just to have around for dinner one night, or maybe I’ll wait till Christmas (he’ll be home for both…!)

  7. Debbie

    Well, you know, bacon!

  8. Barb, I made this recipe last night – could not stop eating! Delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  9. So glad you enjoyed it, Yvonne. Simple and hearty, right?

  10. Yes, delicious warmth on a blustery day.

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