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Leek & Potato Soup

The holiday season is a time of warmth, togetherness, and of course, fabulous food. As you plan your holiday gatherings, consider starting your meal with a seasonal dish that looks and tastes like comfort and elegance.

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Simple Leek and Potato Soup. This recipe is a celebration of simplicity, combining a few humble ingredients to create a bowl of pure, heartwarming goodness. So, let's explore how this soup can set the perfect tone for your holiday feast.


The delicate sweetness of leeks, the creamy richness of potatoes, and the aromatic allure of onions and garlic create a delicious blend of flavors that evoke a sense of comfort and elegance. This soup not only warms the soul but also serves as a welcoming prelude to a festive feast, allowing guests to savor the anticipation of the delectable courses yet to come.


Prep the Leeks: Begin by slicing the tougher, dark green tops off of the leeks. Slice the leeks lengthwise and then chop into thin semicircles. Thoroughly wash the leeks to remove any dirt by filling a large colander with water and breaking them apart in your hands in the water to encourage all of the silt out from between the layers.


I always give my leeks a spin in a large produce spinner full of water, empty, rinse again, and then give them a second spin to dry off and get any last remaining bits of dirt out. This is a very important step because leeks can be SUPER dirty and the last thing you want is someone feeling grit when they're eating this silky soup.


Prep the Potatoes: Thoroughly wash and peel your potatoes for this recipe, removing the skin will give your soup the luscious texture you're looking for. I also suggest using a kitchen scale to weigh your potatoes in order to keep the texture perfect and the flavor in balance.


Too much potatoes will lessen the delicate flavor of the leeks and could create a gumminess to the soup that you don't want, so try to be precise to make sure the leeks are the star of the show and you get the silky mouthfeel you're looking for!


Leek & Potato Soup Recipe

Serves 6-8 in 40 minutes (more like 8-10 if you're serving small appetizer portions!)


Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons butter

  • 4 leeks, sliced thinly

  • 3 shallots, sliced thinly

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 pounds yellow potatoes (about 8 medium potatoes)

  • 7 cups chicken or vegetable stock

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme (you can leave them whole)

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • Fresh thyme, for garnish if desired

Directions:

  1. Sweat the leeks and shallots in butter and a generous pinch of salt in an 8 quart soup pot over low heat, don't brown them, just sweat them until they get a bit soft.

  2. Add garlic, bay leaves, and thyme; stir for just one minute.

  3. Add potatoes and stock; bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft enough to break with a fork.

  4. Remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs.

  5. Purée with an immersion blender in the pot or transfer to a blender in batches; be careful when blending hot liquids! (My Ninja blender has a spout top that I open to release steam so I can just dump it all in but not all blenders have that feature!)

  6. Return your soup to the soup pot and add the heavy cream.

  7. Taste for seasoning, serve!

This soup can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for 2 days so it's definitely a holiday appetizer or starter that can be set and forget; just remember that you may need to add a splash of stock and cream when you reheat it. Reheat in a pot over very low heat, stirring well to prevent scorching, never in the microwave.


Leek and Potato Soup is an ideal choice for the holiday season because it showcases the beauty of seasonal produce. Leeks are at their prime during the cooler months, making them a perfect addition to a seasonal winter menu. Paired with hearty potatoes, this soup embodies the essence of comfort and warmth, which are precisely what we're looking for during the holidays.


I hope you give this simple yet elegant recipe a try this soup season! Let me know if you do, I love hearing from y'all about how my recipes worked out for you! You can tag me in stories and posts or DM me on Instagram and TikTok @LizaHomesteads!





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