Potato Leek Soup

Let face it, when you have a classic recipe like Potato Leek soup, there really is nothing you need to say about it that hasn't been said. The soup is centuries old.

This is a favorite soup of mine, not so much revised as revisited. The simple addition of a a touch of bacon fat adds another dimension to this classic.


Recipe: Potato Leek Soup



  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat
  • 3 leeks, sliced in half lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise
  • 5 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 1/2 pounds (4 large russet) potatoes, peeled, cut into large chunks
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water


  • Heat the butter and bacon fat over medium high heat in a large soup pot.
  • Add the leeks and cook 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until wilted.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, stirring to mix well.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Cook the soup uncovered 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  • Remove the soup from the heat and fish out the stems from the thyme sprigs.
  • Puree the soup using an immersion blender, or carefully transfer the soup to a food processor or blender. Puree the soup until very smooth.
  • If the soup is too thick, add a little water or stock. For a richer soup add milk or cream to thin the soup.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Cheryl D Lee




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