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Potato Leek Soup is a simple, flavorful soup that is total comfort food. This creamy potato leek soup recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

Bird's eye view of Potato Leek Soup in a pot.

We have been making this same recipe for more than 10 years. Our version of potato leek soup is creamy, chunky, and full of delicious leek flavor. This soup is total comfort food and we absolutely love it!

  • What kind of potatoes should I use?

    This recipe works best with yukon gold potatoes. These golden potatoes have a thin skin so no peeling is required. This recipe also works with red potatoes or peeled russet potatoes.

  • What is the best way to clean leeks?

    Slice off the top dark green part where it begins to branch out, leaving only the white and light green stalk. Slice off the bottom root end. Slice the stalk in half lengthwise to reveal the layers of the leek. Rinse under cold water to remove any dirt. Rinse the dark green portion as well, if using.

  • What part of the leek do you cook with? What do you do with the green part of leeks?

    Recipes will designate whether you should be working with the whole leek, just the white stalk portion, or the dark green leaves. Most commonly, you will only use the white and light green stalk portion of the leek. The dark green leaf part of the leek is full of flavor. It is edible, but requires a much longer cooking time than the white portion of the leek. It can be used to make stock or used to wrap fish. If you desire to sauté it, ensure that it sautées for a long period of time to soften.

If you liked this recipe, you may also be interested in some of my other classic soup recipes:

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Bird's eye view of Potato Leek Soup in a pot.
Potato Leek Soup is a simple, flavorful soup that is total comfort food. This creamy potato leek soup recipe is sure to become a family favorite.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 2 leeks sliced, white and pale green parts only
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups diced yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Cook leeks in butter and 1 teaspoon salt about 10 minutes. Stir frequently.
  • Stir cornstarch into leek mixture. Slowly add in broth and stir to dissolve cornstarch mixture.
  • Add potatoes, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and add cream and simmer 30 minutes until potatoes are tender. Serve hot


Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 1535mg | Potassium: 707mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2135IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 4.6mg
Course: Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Potato Leak Soup
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Heather Heitkamp-Brown
July 2, 2020 6:22 pm

4 stars
Very rich. I should have read 1/2 cup butter then add two cups heavy cream=rich.
It’s delicious though, if you’re mentally prepared. I added more potatoes to make it a little thicker, and pureed it.

May 2, 2020 6:00 pm

5 stars
Delicious!! Thank you!

April 23, 2020 7:28 pm

This is a family favorite and a new staple in my dinner options! Today is my 5th time cooking it and I can’t make it without sharing some with my mother in law!!

Kimberlyn S
April 13, 2020 7:37 pm

5 stars
This is my second time making this soup within a few weeks. It’s absolutely delicious!! Yum!!

Kimberlyn S
May 11, 2020 6:15 pm
Reply to  Kimberlyn S

I believe this is my fourth time making this soup now over the past couple months. I’ve used whipping cream, half n half, and creamy cashew milk and it’s all come out great. It’s so good I even added a little kale this past time for color.

Kimberlyn S
June 27, 2020 8:55 pm
Reply to  Kimberlyn S

Made this delicious soup again tonight probably my fifth or sixth time. Yes it was hot outside so I had the air conditioner on a little cooler while making it. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Brenda Cressman
February 1, 2020 4:12 pm

5 stars
Delicious! My first attempt at Potato Soup and I am extremely pleased. Love all the Stay at Home Chef recipes!

Andrea Gouff
January 14, 2020 6:55 pm

5 stars
So yummy!! Even my picky eaters likes it!! Thank you!

January 10, 2020 11:25 am

5 stars
It is a very nummy soup. I’m going to try to make it only I will use more broth instead.

January 10, 2020 8:48 am

5 stars
I love so many of these recipes I find myself turning to it daily

January 10, 2020 12:46 am

I love this recipe except I will use veggie broth as I don’t eat meat. Thank you

January 10, 2020 12:29 am

5 stars
Can’t wait to make this

January 9, 2020 10:14 pm

Excelent and delicious

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