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Creamy Leek and Potato Soup

Updated on March 4, 2015
Welcome to my Creamy Leek and Potato Soup recipe
Welcome to my Creamy Leek and Potato Soup recipe | Source

Two Tricks Make This Soup Stand Out From the Rest

* quick stewing in stead of cooking

* my own little trick with potatoes

Chopping leek into small pieces is an absolute must for this recipe.
Chopping leek into small pieces is an absolute must for this recipe. | Source

Important Tip Before You Begin

Leek must be chopped really fine.

That way it will soften quickly and that is important for keeping all the nutrients.

We all know that vegetables don't need to be processed too long so you want to make sure you have healthy soup, but soft vegetables.

All You Need is This

My leek and potato soup basic ingredients
My leek and potato soup basic ingredients | Source

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 50 min
  • Yields: Serves four people approx. 16 fl oz of soup.

Ingredients

  • 500g (approx 1 lb) leek, fine chopped
  • 100g (4 oz) butter
  • 2 to 3 potatoes, medium size
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sweet ground red pepper
  • 50ml (2 fl oz) cooking cream, optional
  • up to 700ml (2,5 pints) water
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Vegeta seasoning
  • smoked meat, optional

Instructions in a Nutshell

  1. Wash and chop leek.
  2. Melt butter on medium heat.
  3. Add leek and some water and stir well.
  4. Add meat, cover and stew for some 10 min.
  5. Grate potatoes and add them too.
  6. Stir well, add more water if needed and stew until potatoes are done.
  7. Season to your liking.
Butter is my favorite foundation of many soups and stews and it goes so well with vegetables.
Butter is my favorite foundation of many soups and stews and it goes so well with vegetables. | Source

Melt the Butter

If you prefer not to add that cooking cream at the end because you find it too heavy, this little trick with butter in stead of oil will add that beautiful aroma to the meal, the one you just can't get with an oil.

Put the butter on medium heat and melt it. Be very careful and don't go anywhere, not even for a minute. Butter is very tricky and it can burn so quickly getting that dark burned color and strong smell and you would have to throw it away. Therefore the moment it's completely melted be sure to either take it off of the stove or add the next ingredient immediately.

I Make My Leek and Potato Soup in a Deep Skillet

I really love cooking in a deep skillet. I know it's not exactly meant for soups, but this is not an ordinary soup anyway :) I love the way I can melt butter with this non-stick inner surface.

The fact that a skillet is not as deep as a pot makes it very easy to stir while cooking yet it's just deep enough to prevent accidental over boiling. One more thing I love about this pan is that it's just super easy to clean. I truly recommend it.

Let the Stewing Begin

Now add that fine chopped leek
Now add that fine chopped leek | Source

Cover the Skillet

Once the butter has melted add the chopped leek and stir it well. You can raise the heat a little and now's the time to add some water. What you're doing now is stewing and you don't want your leek to be drowning in too much water but just enough to prevent burning both leek and butter. So pour a pint or so (300 to 400ml), cover with the skillet cover and let it stew.

Add some smoked meat if you like
Add some smoked meat if you like | Source

To Make the Aroma Even Better

Leek and potato soup goes very well with nice piece of smoked ham or some sausages (spicy ones if you like). Sure you can substitute that with those artificial flavored powders, but this is so much better. If you don't eat meat forget this whole idea and enjoy your veggies :)

I season my leek and potato soup with Vegeta
I season my leek and potato soup with Vegeta | Source

So Much Better Than Salt

Vegeta is probably the most famous product my country exports all around the world. It's been used in my family for generations as the best seasoning mix and not only for soups, but also for stews, meat loaves, sauces and roasts.

Besides the main, blue line of Vegeta packages now there's this green line, with less fat and with no MSG (Monosodium glutamate).

You must try it!

Tip

Always be careful with seasoning mixtures, especially if you cook some smoked (i.e.salty) meat together with the leek. You don't want your main leek flavor to be covered by too many additives and soup to be too salty. So, in this recipe use one teaspoon, stir a little and taste it to see if you want to add some more.

Thinking About Making That Leek Soup Right Now?

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Are you wondering where are the potatoes? Well... I told you this isn't just an ordinary leek and potato soup. Now you're about to see my final trick that makes this soup so creamy and delicious.

Ready?

Here we go!

Very easy way of avoiding flour or cornstarch
Very easy way of avoiding flour or cornstarch | Source

Potatoes Must Be Grated!

As with so many recipes, I learned this simple trick from my grandma. Later on in life I did make my leek and potato soup "the usual" way now and then, boiled leek in water, potatoes sliced in cubes etc. However no one in the family really liked it that way. Then I remembered the soup I used to eat as a child, I made it that way and that was IT, the winning combination. So here it is the same way for you to try to taste that little yet great difference.

Peel the potatoes and grate them by using the coarse shredding grater or a food processor with a coarse shredding disk. I have several graters I use, from really coarse ones to some really fine ones. My advice is not to grate it coarser than on this picture, but you can grate it to smaller pieces if you like. Just don't mash it.

By grating the potatoes you'll get that creamy texture when the soup is done without adding any flour or a cornstarch whatsoever and without those your leek and potato soup will be lighter and really healthy.

If you're wondering what happened to those sausages you saw on the photo above, I took it out to be able to stir and finish the soup easier. No magic here :)
If you're wondering what happened to those sausages you saw on the photo above, I took it out to be able to stir and finish the soup easier. No magic here :) | Source

Time to Make This Soup Creamy

After some 10 minutes of stewing the leek it's time to add grated potatoes, pour the rest of the water over it and bring the soup to its creamy end. Potatoes will need some 15 minutes to soften completely, but of course the exact duration depends on how coarse the potatoes are grated.


This is also just an option and I don't do it every time.
This is also just an option and I don't do it every time. | Source
Hey, did you notice how creamy that soup is by now? Remember what I told you about grated potatoes?
Hey, did you notice how creamy that soup is by now? Remember what I told you about grated potatoes? | Source

Just as an Option

It basically depends on the quality of potatoes. If I'm lucky enough to get those nice potatoes great for cooking and those potatoes do their trick nicely when I grate them, then no cooking cream is needed at all. This time I used very little as you see just to use some ground red pepper that was left on the kitchen counter. So I improvised a bit, so what :)

Leek and Potato Soup Almost Done

I add sweet ground red peppers. This is not necessary for the final taste, but it gives that nice red touch.

If you don't use meat and you like spicy soups then you can use hot peppers for both color and great taste. It's totally up to you.


Voila! My Creamy Leek and Potato Soup is Done!

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      Tamara Kajari 3 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      @Susan Zutautas: Thank you Susan! I'm very happy to be part of your list :)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just wanted to let you know that I'l be adding your recipe to my list of recipes, and thank you.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      This looks delicious. I have a lens about a leek and potato pie - it is a family favourite.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Shouted on FB. Also, I like the idea of cooking in a heavy skillet too!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just recently heard of leek and potato soup and looks like I landed on the perfect recipe from a pro. Your trick with the potatoes for a creamy soup could be applied to other soups as well and especially when you don't want to add the extra calories of cream This sounds healthy and delicious, the perfect comfort food and easy to do. Now I know the difference between stewing and cooking too. Very nicely presented, I felt like I was in your kitchen watching you create delicious...I agree, there is no substitute for butter at times like these. Also, a belated congratulations on being selected one of the top 100 Favorites for 2011, I guess I missed seeing that.

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      RetroMom 5 years ago

      Your recipe looks really delicious and I'm sure it's really good. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I will most certainly try it - sounds quite tasty, indeed!

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Delicious!!! Happy New Year! Congratulations on your lens being chosen as a top 100 Community Favorite for 2011!

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      Auntiekatkat 5 years ago

      Congrats on being nominated for Community Favorite Lenses of 2011. A wonderful lens. Fortunately we both share one thing it was easier to vote than for most as mine was my "why-I-am a- vegetarian was nominated as well. A proud moment for all of us. Good luck in the voting.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Congratulations on being one of the final 100 favorite Squidoo lenses of 2011!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      My husband loves Potato Soup and this would be different from what we usually have. I think he would enjoy it so I just might give it a try. Thanks and congrats on being in the Top 100 Community Favorites.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the fact that you can vary this Leek and Potato soup recipe in so many ways :)

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      @FernLady: I'm so glad Shirley! Thank you for this nice comment, it means a lot!

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      @FernLady: I'm so glad Shirley! Thank you for this nice comment, it means a lot!

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      FernLady 5 years ago

      I just made your leek soup and it was delicious. I wasn't too sure what my husband would think but he really liked it with the sausage. I will definitely make it again. I also have bookmarked some of your other recipe lenses. They all look so good. Thanks, Shirley

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      Mozaika 5 years ago

      Wow, now I won't be able to sleep!.. It's well over midnight, but the recipe makes me hungry. I love creamy soups, and this one sounds delish. And though I don't quite consider myself a great cook, with all the detailed descriptions and pictures, I'm sure even I can succeed! :) Thank you for a great lens and a wonderful recipe!

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      Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

      I have never cooked with leeks but this soup looks so appetizing! I've never heard of ground sweet red pepper or Vegeta though.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Yes, most definitely! I'm looking forward to trying the recipe. Love the tip about the potatoes! Awesome lens, totally deserving of all those SquidAngel blessings (plus one more).

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My mom, from Belgium, used to make leek soup and I could never get it quite right. She passed away before I got the recipe. Anyway, this looks tasty and I bet it smells great when cooking. I am going to give it a try! Thanks for posting. Squid Angel blessed!

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      OMG - this is making me sooo hungry. Congratulations on your lens being chosen to be featured on the Fall Harvest Fest monsterboard.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Ooooooh this leek and potato soup recipe looks just so yummy. Marvelous display and images are crisp enough to eat. Congratulations on being featured on the Fall Harvest Monsterboard.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      This sounds so good!

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      wolfie10 5 years ago

      i just had lunch, but that looks awesome. well done

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Very likely! Next time I get a bundle of fresh leeks, I'll give it a shot. We like our potato soup with chunks, but I'm going to try your shredding idea.

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      I will. Winter coming up. Soup season.

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      reflectionhaiku 5 years ago

      I have all the ingredients at home so yes, I will definitely give it a try. Thanks for the step by step big photo guide. For me, it really helps.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'd eat this in a heart beat! happy to give you a 'thumbs up' for your lens.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Hello! Yes, I will absolutely try some of your soup ... can you mail me some? I'm in Florida. Yumm!!

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      resabi 5 years ago

      Well it's the middle of the morning and now you have me craving this soup. I'm not a cook AT ALL -- but you've done such an easy-to-follow (and tempting) recipe that I might actually have to try it. Thanks!

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      KarenTBTEN 5 years ago

      It does look tempting, but I am apt to continue 'cheating' when I make potato leek soup. I use Trader Joe's frozen mashed potatoes. It works well since I live in a small studio with a small kitchen unit.

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      This looks positively divine! :::blessed::: Just one question, do you drain your grated potatoes or add the starchy potato juice to the soup?

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      I love this recipe, my mom used to do it all the time. Awesome (and appetite-wetting) lens!

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      hysongdesigns 5 years ago

      maybe some year when I grow my own leeks; otherwise they are very expensive at the store. Looks yummy~

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      Yummy! guess what I will be making this week!

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      BucketTrucks LM 5 years ago

      mmmm, I'm hungry now! This looks like a great recipe, I'll have to try it out.

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Looks real thick! I love real soup, make with real cream and real butter. Not those skim, diluted soup. Your leek and potato soups sounds tasty enough!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks absolutely yummy! Can't wait to taste it. Thanks for sharing this! :)

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      GirlLovesNature1 5 years ago

      Yum! I can't eat dairy so I'd probably stick with oil and no cream, but it looks like it would still be good. That trick about grating the potatoes is neat for creamifying soup - I'll have to try that. Thanks for sharing this.