I went to our local farmers market this weekend and picked up some wonderful local fruit and produce, I also finally met Cathy from Wives with Kniveswho was just as lovely as I imagined her to be. It’s been raining and cold here this week so when I saw fresh leeks at one of the booths I instantly wanted to make a big pot of potato leek soup. We headed to a friend’s house for dinner and I brought this soup. It turned out flavorful, hearty, and very delicious. It was a big hit with all of us.
Potato Leek Soup:
- 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 large leek, white and light green parts only, washed and chopped
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1 shallot, diced
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced
- 4 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 8 cups of chicken stock
- 1 tsp of thyme
- Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
- 1 cup of milk or cream
- Cheddar cheese, for topping
- Fresh parsley, chopped
How to Make Potato Leek Soup
Cook the bacon over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Once the bacon is crisp, remove it and place it on a paper towel. Crumble into little bits and set aside for garnish.
Add the leeks, celery, and shallots to the Dutch oven (add a bit more olive oil if there isn’t much bacon grease). Cook on low until tender and soft, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the potatoes, stock, thyme, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cook until the potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes.
Once the potatoes are tender, remove the bay leaf. Blend the soup just a little bit with an immersion blender being careful to keep most of the soup chunky. Add the milk, taste, and re-season if needed. Serve hot with cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and fresh parsley sprinkled on top. Enjoy.
Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net