Leek & Potato Soup

Leeks and potatoes

When leeks come into season in the fall, you’ll generally find them at their freshest and cheapest.  With the cooler weather, most appetites will welcome a hearty soup like this popular Irish delight.

Preparing the Leeks

sliced leek
Leeks have to be thoroughly rinsed to remove the grit that can get between the layers of the bulb. I chop off the dark green part since it is too woody to eat. Cut off the tops right at the end of the light green part where the rings are still fairly tight together. Next, slice lengthwise to fan out the layers. Spread open the layers under running water and rinse well. Chop up the leaks into 1 inch sections and toss into the soup pot.

Leek & Potato Soup
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
309 calories
48 g
22 g
9 g
11 g
5 g
514 g
784 g
9 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
514g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 309
Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 5g
23%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 22mg
7%
Sodium 784mg
33%
Total Carbohydrates 48g
16%
Dietary Fiber 6g
25%
Sugars 9g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
44%
Vitamin C
95%
Calcium
8%
Iron
20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 medium leeks, rinsed well and chopped
  2. 5 medium white potatoes, peeled and cut into roughly 2 inch pieces.
  3. 1 yellow onion
  4. 3 tbsp butter
  5. 6 cups chicken stock
  6. 1 cup fresh parsley, stems removed
  7. 1 bay leaf
  8. ½ tsp thyme
  9. 1 tsp sweet paprika
  10. 1 tsp salt
  11. 1 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Sauté the leeks and onion in butter until tender.
  2. Add all the other ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  3. Remove the bay leaf.
  4. Add in batches to a blender and transfer to another pot or container.
  5. Reheat, adjust seasonings if needed and serve
Notes
  1. I've garnished here with paprika and chives (notice the green and orange colours of the Irish flag). Serving suggestions include: Irish soda bread, croutons or chopped bacon.
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calories
309
fat
9g
protein
11g
carbs
48g
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