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Leek & Potato Soup


Serves four to six.

Yields 6 cups.

Part of this soup is puréed to add body, but it remains chunky and chowder-like and is also good chilled. If you make it ahead and reheat it, you may need to thin it with a bit of water.

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 large or 3 medium leeks (root and dark green parts removed), sliced crosswise (to yield 2 cups), washed, and dried
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. coarse salt; more to taste
  • 1 hearty sprig fresh thyme
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • Small pinch saffron, crumbled
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 12 oz. Yellow Finn, Yukon Gold, or other medium starch potatoes, peeled and diced (to yield 2 cups)
  • 4 cups homemade or low-salt canned chicken broth
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Crème fraîche, for serving
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a heavy-based pot, heat the olive oil and butter until quite hot. Add the leeks, onions, and salt, and then turn the heat to medium low. Add the thyme and bay leaf. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are slightly softened and a bit browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the saffron, cayenne, and garlic; cook, stirring, for 1 min. Add the potatoes and chicken broth. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a bare simmer, cover, and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Discard the thyme sprig and bay leaf. Transfer 1 cup of the soup to a blender to purée and then return the purée to the pot. Adjust the seasonings. Ladle into shallow bowls; garnish with the parsley, crème fraîche, and pepper.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : with 1 tsp. crème fraîche , Calories (kcal): 170, Fat (kcal): 9, Fat Calories (g): 80, Saturated Fat (g): 3, Protein (g): 4, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5, Carbohydrates (mg): 19, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1, Sodium (g): 360, Cholesterol (g): 10, Fiber (g): 2,

Photo: Amy Albert

Today was unseasonably cool today for June so I thought I would try this soup. Wow!! Amazing how flavorful this soup is with so little ingredients. I loved that this soup taste rich and creamy without the addition of cream or milk. Definitely will be making this soup again.

Easy and delicious. Used vegetable broth, no butter, plain yogurt in place of recipe suggestions. Added lemon zest just before serving.

Lovely soup - great texture (didn't add the cream) and quite low calorie. I have no added suggestions or complaints!

Yummy--and a hit with the kids. I used more potato, vegetable broth (it was all I had), and just enough of it to cover everything. I pureed all of the soup and added cream to adjust thickness. I loved the addition of the cream!

I've made this a couple of times now and it's really good! I think that each serving needs more than a teaspoon of creme fraiche (usually at least a tablespoon). Beware of adding too much cayenne pepper.

I absolutely loved this soup. It was easy to make as well as delicious and healthy. I did add 1 extra cup of potatoes based on an earlier review and I pureed the whole soup rather than just one cup for a creamier taste. This soup was an A+ in my opinion.

This is a wonderfully delicious soup that I've made often over the past years. It freezes well and is nice to have on hand for entertaining. I sometimes add a little cream for more richness, although it doesn't really need it. The cayenne gives it a subtle warm undertone.

This soup is really tasty and I enjoyed making it. However, I think that I would either use more potato or slightly less stock as my soup came out a little more watery than I prefer. Other than that, it was delicious and I highly recommend this recipe. I also garnished it with a few broken pita chips in addition to sour cream (I didn't have creme fraiche) and that was good!

I have used this recipe since it was first published. I belong to a CSA and this time of year I have an abundance of leeks and potatoes - I cannot think of a better way to use them than making this soup. Also, though it is nice to have a hot bowl of soup on a chilly day, this soup is EXCELLENT cold. Really. The addition of saffron gives this soup an amazing flavor and color. Would recommend this for both family and company dinners. Elegant in its simplicity.

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