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How to make Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup is a traditional and warming soup that's easy to make.

Soup | December 30, 2017 | By

Leek and Potato Soup is one of my favourite winter soups.  It’s one of a triumvirate of Scottish staple soups alongside Lentil Soup and Scotch Broth that appeared on every table when I was a child.  I make a large pot of soup every weekend which also provides warming lunches for the following week.  It’s a real winter warmer and it’s also really easy to make. 

Cut the potatoes into even sized chunks for Leek and Potato Soup

How to make Leek and Potato Soup

First, peel the potatoes and cut into roughly even-sized pieces of about 4cm (1 1/2 in), you don’t have to be accurate.  If you want to soup to cook more quickly then cut all the vegetables smaller. 

Leeks and potatoes sauteed for Leek and Potato Soup

To prepare the leeks, slice off the root end and the very top of the leek, then slice vertically and place upside down in a tall jug of water.  Leave for 10-15 minutes, then agitate the leeks up and down to get rid of most of the earth which may be stuck in the ‘leaves’.  Slice horizontally, then if the leeks still seem to have a bit of earth on them put the sliced leeks in a bowl of cold water and move them around until they are clean, then drain.  

Place the butter and a little oil in the bottom of your soup pot and heat to a medium temperature, add the leeks and potatoes and stir around for about 5 minutes so that the vegetables are covered in the oil and butter and the leeks have started to soften.

Cooked Leeks and Potatoes before blending

Add the stock, then cook.  I use my pressure cooker, so once up to pressure it only takes 15-20 minutes for the soup to cook.  If you don’t have a pressure cooker then it will take 30-40 minutes depending on how large you have cut your vegetables.  

Recipe for Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup
Serves 6
A warming bowl of thick, creamy Leek and Potato Soup topped with crisp fried onions and a swirl of cream.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 400 g prepared leeks
  2. 400 g peeled diced potatoes
  3. 4 chicken or veg stock cubes
  4. 25 g butter
  5. 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  6. 300 ml milk or a mixture of milk and cream
  7. 1.5 litres water
For the garnish
  1. 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  2. 1 tbsp rapeseed or sunflower oil
Instructions
  1. Place the butter and oil in the bottom of your soup pot and heat to a medium temperature.
  2. Add the leeks and potatoes and stir around for about 5 minutes so that the vegetables are covered in the oil and butter and the leeks have started to soften.
  3. If using a pressure cooker bring to pressure and cook 15 - 20 minutes, if you are not using a pressure cooker, bring to the boil, then simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  4. Once cooked, cool slightly then blend with a stick blender or ladle into a blender for a smoother finish.
For the garnish
  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan to a medium high heat and add the onions, fry until golden and crispy. Drain on kitchen paper.
  2. Serve the soup warm with a swirl of cream and topped with crispy onions.
Notes
  1. To prepare the leeks: slice off the root end and the very top of the leek, then slice vertically and place upside down in a tall jug of water. Leave for 10-15 minutes, then agitate the leeks up and down to get rid of most of the earth which may be stuck in the ‘leaves’. Slice horizontally, then if the leeks still seem to have a bit of earth on them put the sliced leeks in a bowl of cold water and move them around until they are clean, then drain.
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A delicious bowl of Leek and Potato Soup

Once cooked add 300 ml milk and blend the Leek and Potato Soup to a fine consistency, reheat and serve hot.  For special occasions, you may wish to garnish with crispy fried onion and a swirl of cream. 

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Luxury version of Leek and Potato Soup

If you are serving this soup for a special occasion and want to be really decadent you can replace the milk with single or double cream to give a rich silky texture.  If you are a fan of truffles, then a little bit of shaved truffle would be a tasty garnish although the fried onions or leeks with a few herbs does add a special something to the soup. 

I serve the Leek and Potato Soup with a swirl of cream and crispy fried onions

 

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Disclosure: Froothie UK sent me the Optimum G2.3 Platinum Series Induction Blender to use and review at home. I have not been paid for this post and was not required to give the Optimum G2.3 blender a positive write up.  All opinions are my own.  Affiliate links included in this post.

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  1. Leave a Reply

    Camilla Hawkins
    December 30, 2017

    I do love leek and potato soup and really should make it more often. Your recipe sounds delicious and the Froothie sounds fab too! Thanks for linking to my parsnip soup:-)

    • Leave a Reply

      Janice Pattie
      December 31, 2017

      Thank you, I love the sound of your parsnip soup and will definitely be making it.

  2. Leave a Reply

    Elizabeth
    January 5, 2018

    Nothing beats a hearty tattie and leek soup! We’ve been enjoying that soup quite frequently this winter. I tend to use the Knorr chicken stock pots for mine and it really makes a huge taste difference. So good, especially with homemade bannocks. 🙂 Happy New Year!
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      Janice Pattie
      January 5, 2018

      Thanks, Elizabeth. I must try those stock pots

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    Nadia
    January 6, 2018

    Sounds so delicious and comforting, Janice! So warming – perfect for this time of year 😀

    • Leave a Reply

      Janice Pattie
      January 6, 2018

      Thanks Nadia ☺️

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