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May 3, 2010

Quick and easy leek and potato soup recipe

Classic leek and potato soup 

At this time of year, I love to make transition soups, those that can be served hot or cold. Enrich this soup with a bit of cream or, even better, Greek yogurt at the end, and it becomes vichyssoise. I prefer it just as it is, thick and rustic and rich from the potatoes, sweet from the leeks and a little bit of butter. Truly, this quick and easy soup is good at any temperature. Serve it with crusty bread or some pão de queijo from your freezer and a salad for the perfect lunch or light supper.

Quick and easy leek and potato soup

Serves 4-6.


2 large leeks, white part only, root trimmed off
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
1 medium onion, diced
3 medium red-skinned potatoes, diced (do not peel)
1 large Idaho baking potato, peeled and diced
2 Tbsp roughly chopped fresh dill weed, plus more for garnish
1/2 tsp dried thyme or 1 tsp fresh thyme leaf
4 cups homemade or low-sodium chicken stock
Plenty of kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste (if using store bought stock, you probably will not need extra salt here)
Greek yogurt or heavy cream (optional)


In a Dutch oven (I use a 4-quart size), heat the olive oil and butter. Cook the leeks and onion in the pot over low heat until limp but not brown. Add remaining ingredients except yogurt or cream, and bring to a boil. Cook, covered, over low heat until potatoes are tender, 20 minutes or more.

Puree the soup with an immersion blender, or in a food processor (in batches, if necessary) and return to the pot. Taste, and adjust seasoning with more dill, salt and pepper, if necessary. Add more stock or a bit of water if the soup is too thick (usually not needed).

If you're going to serve this cold, remember that you will need a bit of extra seasoning and salt.

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Posted by: Cookin' Canuck | May 3, 2010 at 08:45 PM

Beautiful! I love that this soup can be served hot or cold - perfect for our indecisive weather right now. The dill is a really nice touch.

Posted by: T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types | May 4, 2010 at 11:33 AM

This will be perfect when the leeks and potatoes start to roll off the farm this summer!

Posted by: susan from food blogga | May 4, 2010 at 01:49 PM

Leeks add amazing flavor to soups, don't they? This sounds perfect to me, Lydia. I'd have it warm though. I'm always cold. :)

Posted by: Lydia | May 4, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Cookin' Canuck, I also love soup that can go with the weather. Fresh dill is the key to the vibrancy of this simple soup.

TW, what could be better than soup made with farm-fresh ingredients?

Susan, today I'd have this soup warm, but this past weekend, it was absolutely delicious cold. Fickle New England weather.

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