25 Jul 2024
Recipe of the Week: Leek and Potato Soup
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Recipe of the Week: Leek and Potato Soup

I’m on dangerous ground here as I know at least a few French or Americans will claim this soup as their own and the theme for this month is English recipes. But this is no chilled Vichyssoise, the original of which was served by a French chef in a swanky New York restaurant, but a warming, healthy, vegetarian soup that uses up ingredients that are readily available in England (and Sweden!) this autumn.

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25g butter

450g or 2 large potatoes, diced

450g or 3 large leeks, trimmed, washed and sliced

110g or 1 medium onion, chopped

1l vegetable stock

250ml full-fat milk

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

Double cream or crème fraîche, to serve

Chopped Chives, to serve


  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, then add the potatoes, leeks and onions. Cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes or until starting to soften.
  2. Add the vegetable stock and milk and bring to the boil. Season, cover and let the soup simmer very gently for a further 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  3. Whizz with a hand blender or in a blender until smooth. Reheat in a clean pan and place into serving bowls with a dollop of cream or crème fraîche and some chopped chives to serve. Beautiful!

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Recipe by Farrah Gillani

Photo Credit: kern.justin


  • Anastasie 12 Nov 2012

    This TRULY is the best potato soup you could ever have. Rich, creamy, full of flavor. You won’t find better in a can or at a restaurant. The only change I will make next time is I’ll use leeks instead of onions. Simply because I think leeks in soup adds the most delicious flavor – You definetly should give this soup a try

    • Farrah Gillani 13 Nov 2012

      Thanks Anastasie – we love this soup! Good to know about the leeks; I’ll try that next time 🙂

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