Sunday, 14 August 2011

Leek and Potato Soup

We marketed today. Adelaide is blessed with some of the best produce markets I have ever had the pleasure of shopping at. Leeks were in abundance - small tender white leeks. Divine.

So for our Sunday supper, the lovely husband (with his helper: Charlie) made the most delicious leek and potato soup.

He made a huge batch, so I can enjoy it again tomorrow too.

Leek and Potato Soup

Image from here

1 tbs olive oil
20g butter
3 leeks, pale section only, halved, washed, dried, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1kg potatoes, peeled, chopped into small cubes
1.5l of chicken or vegetable stock
150ml light pouring cream
Fresh herbs, finely chopped, to serve


Heat oil and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the leek and garlic and toss to coat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes until soft.

Add the potato and stock to the pan. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and cook, 30 minutes or until potato is tender. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool.

Transfer one-third of soup to the jug of a blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a clean saucepan. Repeat, in 2 more batches, with remaining mixture.

Place the soup over low heat. Add the cream and warm through. Season with salt and pepper.

Ladle among serving bowls. Sprinkle with herbs and serve immediately with crusty bread.

Enjoy. These winter days and the desire for soup will soon diminish for the year...


  1. That looks yummy. I made carrot and ginger soup this week x

  2. Delish! We've been living on P & L soup this week. I tweeted about my amazing work in the kitchen but had a slight spelling error. It didn't make the soup sound all that yummy - "Potato and LEAK". Oops.


  3. I love how soups focus on the things least used to make it taste good.

    If there was no butter or cream, it'd be a pretty rubbish tasting soup.

    That's why I'm one saaaaad vegan sometimes. I'm like, "Oooh! Leak and potato soup? Sounds amazing. Then I realize it's not what I'd expected."

  4. Yum! I love leek and potato soup but I haven't made it for ages. Going to try out your recipe this week :)

  5. Have just eaten breakfast but that still looks yummy. I have a leek & zucchini soup recipe which is to die for but haven't made it this winter, must dig it out before the heat arrives.

  6. Potatoe & Leek is my absolute favourite soup. I've just planted some little leeks in my vegetable garden for this very purpose! Grow my pretties grow so I can eat you :)

  7. Oh yum!!!! Now would you kindly send your lovely husband up this way to make me a batch??

  8. I think soup is probably my favourite thing about winter, and leek and potato is one of my faves. Adelaide definitely has some of the best markets doesn't it? We had to leave adelaide at the end of last year, and i really miss the fresh food shopping adelaide has to offer. Melbourne has some great stuff too, but it is all harder to get to, so I don't make the effort nearly as much as i did in adelaide.

  9. Btw, have you tried leek and fennel? It goes beautifully smooth in a good blender, and takes scrumptious! (and doesn't have the carbs that potatoes do!)

  10. I love potato and leek soup, but no one else in the house does. I still make it though!

    LOVE your new look blog too lovely xxx

  11. I love potato and leek soup, although it does have that slightly weird texture sometimes that makes me go 'ick!'. You? x

  12. Oh yum! That looks beautiful.

    And that photo is stunning. You're a food stylist/photographer in the making. x

  13. Yum! Inspiration, we haven't had any of this soup this year... will clip your recipe to my new toy Evernote. Love your new font, it's very friendly and fun- lovely.


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