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.
I’ve been making this same recipe for more than 10 years. In fact, the first time I published it online was way back in 2009 on my now defunct RachsKitchen blog, which is the place that got me started in this whole world of recipe publication. My 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:
- Creamy Vegetable Soup
- Split Pea Soup
- Old Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Slow Cooker Turkey Soup
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Potato Leek Soup
- 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
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