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close up overhead shot of potato soup on a plate with a spoon. Soup is topped with cheese, bacon and fresh thyme

Cream Of Leek And Potato Soup

Curl up with a hot bowl of soup loaded with creamy potatoes and leeks topped with cheese and bacon. This hearty soup is made on the stove-top and ready in an hour. It is hearty, hot, and delicious.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Laura Franco

Ingredients 

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 leeks
  • 6-8 medium-sized potatoes
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 cups half-n-half
  • Garnishes - shredded cheddar, crumbled bacon, fresh thyme

Instructions

  • Peel the potatoes to a medium-diced size.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and boil them for 8 minutes, until they are tender but not falling apart.
  • While the potatoes are cooking slice and clean the leaks. Gently peel off any loose leaves from the leek stalks. Slice them thin and place them in a bowl of water for 5 minutes. Any dirt from the garden will sink to the bottom of the bowl.
  • Scoop out the sliced leeks and dry them on a paper towel.
  • In a dutch oven or large soup pot, add butter and olive oil.
  • Cut bacon into small pieces.
  • Add the bacon to the soup pot with the heated butter and oil, and cook until it's golden brown and crispy.
  • Add the sliced leeks and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth and cooked potatoes to the pot.
  • Bring it to a boil; then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 35-45 minutes.
  • Add the salt and pepper.
  • Add the half-n-half and simmer for another 15 minutes.
  • Place the entire soup mixture into a blender and blend, leaving a little bit of chunky texture. Or you can use an Immersion blender to blend the soup right in the soup pot.
  • Pour the soup back into to pot. Taste, add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Serve with fresh herbs, shredded cheddar, and bacon.

Notes

  • When you cut the potatoes, try to keep them a similar size so that they cook evenly. This tip is not just for this recipe, but any time you are cutting ingredients that you are going to use in cooking.
  • To make the soup extra smooth and creamy, blend it until it is fully creamy without any chunky texture.
  • Serve this soup with a small salad or 1/2 sandwich and it's a full hearty, cozy, comforting meal.