Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Potato and Leek Soup

This weeks soup is an old classic, but a classic that I had never bothered with in the past. I mean, how exciting can potato soup be? And it surely can't be that good for you? Well, first of all, it turns out that potato and leek soup is really yummy, and if you want it to have the little something extra, you could always stir in some bacon. Secondly, it's not really that bad for you. I mean, like everything, too much of it will probably make you a bit fatter. But potatoes are good for you just like all vegetables, especially if you leave the skin on like I do. Leeks are green so they must have good stuff in them. Plus instead of using cream to make the soup creamy I used buttermilk, which gave it a slight tang as well as reducing the amount of fat in it (also, I had buttermilk in the fridge, and no cream, and I don't like cream anyway, so it was a win-win situation). Yet even without the added dairy, I was amazed at how creamy the soup got after blending together just the potatoes and leeks. This is definitely comfort food at it's best and when I look out the window and see driving rain I am very glad that I made so much of this and stored lots in the freezer for later.

Potato and Leek Soup

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon cooking oil
3 leeks, sliced
700 grams chopped potatoes
2 cubes vegetable stock (or just water)
2 cups water
1 cup buttermilk
Bacon pieces (cooked) (optional)
Salt and pepper to season

In a large saucepan heat the butter and oil, then cook the leeks until they are slightly soft. Add the potatoes, vegetable stock and water. Then simmer for about 20 minutes or so, until the potato is cooked.

Pour the soup into a blender or use a stick-blender to process the soup until it is smooth and creamy. Then stir in the buttermilk, the bacon if you are using and season with salt and pepper.


  1. I love potato and leek soup. Cheers

    PS a big thank you for following Carole's Chatter!

  2. Hi Jaimie,
    This is one of my favorite fall and winter soups, and your recipe looks awesome! Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Great that you linked in, thanks. have a good one


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