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Potato Leek Soup

Delight your senses with a creamy and comforting potato leek soup. Discover the delicate flavor of this classic dish, perfect to warm you up on cool spring days.

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Potato Leek Soup Recipe

Origin and history

The origin and history of the potato leek soup recipe can be associated with traditional European cuisine, especially with regions that have cultivated leeks and potatoes for centuries. Leek and potato soup is often considered comfort food, with modest origins and full of comforting flavors.

Traditionally, leeks and potatoes were accessible and abundant ingredients, often grown in local gardens and used in everyday cooking. The simple and nutritious recipe has become appreciated in villages and cities, being an efficient way to transform ordinary vegetables into a tasty and satisfying meal.

Over time, cream of leeks soup with potatoes gained popularity and came to be appreciated outside the home as well, being present in restaurant menus and in cookbooks all over the world. Through its adaptations and reinterpretations, this recipe has continued to be loved and to inspire various gastronomic cultures.

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Variants and customization for potato leek soup

There are ways to customize the recipe for potato leek soup to satisfy individual tastes and dietary preferences. Here are some suggestions for options and customization:

  • Vegan leek and potato soup: Replace the cream and milk with vegan alternatives, such as oat milk or rice milk, and omit the cream. This option will offer you a creamy and delicious soup, without animal products.
  • Leek and potato soup with / without cream: For those who prefer a richer consistency and a more intense taste, adding cream to the potato leek soup will provide a creamy texture and an added flavor. If you want to skip it, try the vegan version above.
  • Leek and potato soup with milk: Replace water or broth with milk for a richer and more nutritious soup. The milk adds an additional creaminess and a subtle sweetness that perfectly complements the flavor of leeks and potatoes.
  • Bacon leek and potato soup: For extra flavor and crispy texture, you can add fried bacon cubes or pancetta as a topping for the cream soup. This will bring a delicious balance between the salty and sweet flavors of the soups.
  • Best herbs for leek and potato soup: Sprinkle fresh herbs, such as parsley, thyme or tarragon, at the end of cooking to add a fresh and aromatic note to your leek soup.
  • Other options: Experiment with other vegetables, such as carrots, celery or asparagus, to add more complexity and nutrition to your recipe. You can also try adding spices, such as nutmeg, curry or paprika, to give it a unique and unmistakable taste.
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Serving suggestions

To complete the culinary experience with cream of leek soup with potatoes, here are some serving suggestions that will improve the taste and appearance of the dish:

  • Complementary garnishes: A simple spoonful of cream or Greek yogurt added to each portion will provide additional creaminess and perfectly balance the flavors. You can also add some fresh leaves of parsley or thyme for extra freshness and a colorful appearance.
  • Bread croutons: Cut old bread into cubes and fry them in the oven until they become golden and crispy. These bread croutons can be sprinkled over the soup to add texture and taste and create a pleasant chewing experience.
  • Savory toppings: For extra consistency and flavor, try adding some delicious toppings. Crispy cubes of bacon or pancetta, grated Parmesan cheese or fried sunflower seeds are just a few examples that will turn the cream soup into a culinary feast.
  • Toasted bread with butter and garlic: Serve the cream of leek soup with potatoes alongside thin slices of toasted bread, spread generously with butter and chopped garlic. This classic combination will perfectly complement the flavors and offer you an unforgettable gastronomic experience.
  • Trying some complementary drinks: Pair the cream of leek and potato soup with a refreshing and refreshing drink, such as a light and fruity white wine or fresh mint lemonade. These drinks will perfectly complement the delicate taste and offer a balanced and harmonious culinary experience.
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Potato Leek Soup
Delight your senses with a creamy and comforting potato leek soup. Discover the delicate flavor of this classic dish, perfect to warm you up on cool spring days.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Soups
Cuisine European
Servings 6
Calories 367 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 leek stalks only the white part, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 kg white potatoes cleaned and cut into cubes
  • 7 cups vegetable soup/stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup liquid cream
  • ½ cup chives chopped


  • In a large pot, over medium heat, add the butter. When the butter is melted, add the sliced leek, the crushed garlic and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes, until the leek becomes soft and slightly golden.
  • Add the potatoes, soup, bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper and leave on high heat until the herbs. When it has boiled, leave the fire low and cover with a lid. Let it cook for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Remove the thyme sprigs and bay leaves from the pot.
  • Then puree with a blender until the composition becomes creamy.
  • Add liquid cream over the creamy soup and mix to incorporate, leave on low heat for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve the soup hot, sprinkled with chopped chives.


Calories: 367kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 6gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 1562mgPotassium: 866mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 2483IUVitamin C: 43mgCalcium: 90mgIron: 3mg
Keyword cream, leeks, potatoes
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Friday 8th of March 2024

Perfect way to start this season!