Leek and Potato Soup {FFwD}

This week for French Fridays with Dorie, I made Leek and Potato Soup. This soup is simple, delicious, versatile, and comforting. It’s easy to throw together — once you chop some onions, garlic, leeks, and a potato, all you have to do is put it all together. There are quite a few variations suggested in the recipe, and you could easily come up with many more, making this a great recipe to have in your repertoire, as the possibilities are endless.

This soup is perfect for wintry weather days, but it can also be served cold in the spring or summer. And it can be served chunky, smooth, or somewhere in between. If you can’t find a variation of this soup that you like, you don’t like soup.

To assemble the soup, I began by cooking onion, shallots (my addition), and garlic in butter over low heat. I added leeks, potato, thyme, sage, chicken broth, and milk, and seasoned with salt and white pepper.

I brought the soup to a boil, lowered the heat, covered the pan partway, and simmered the soup for 40 minutes, until the vegetables were soft. I decided to purée the soup in the pot with my immersion blender. I left a few chunks in it, but for the most part, it was smooth.

After ladling the soup into a bowl, I topped it with freshly ground black pepper and white truffle oil and served it with Irish brown bread made with Irish wholemeal flour from King Arthur Flour.

This soup is easy enough to make on a busy weeknight, versatile enough that you can probably make it with ingredients you have on hand, and so delicious that you will want to make it again and again.


  1. September 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

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  2. Cher said,

    December 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Looks great – along with the brown bread. (Isn’t KAF great…) This is such a versatile recipe and I adore it!
    Leeks and shallots should definitely get more love in the stores over here.

  3. Lana said,

    December 19, 2010 at 5:37 am

    We loved the soup, too! It was very subtle, but well balances. I love leeks in all of their incarnations, and I knew that Dorie would not disappoint:)
    I can join the choir and praise your first photo as a gem:)

    • gaaarp said,

      December 19, 2010 at 9:48 am

      I don’t know why American recipes don’t call for leeks and shallots more often. They’re delicious and have a much more subtle flavor than onions. I love cooking with both of them.

  4. Renee said,

    December 18, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Agreed. I love that it was so simple which isn’t always true for all of Dorie’s recipes. I love that it can be easily tweaked too.

    • gaaarp said,

      December 18, 2010 at 11:53 pm

      I’m glad this one was so straightforward. I started the chicken b’stillo today. It’s a bit more involved.

  5. Krissy said,

    December 17, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    I agree…your top photo is great and makes me want to make this soup again. Thinking about a soup and salad bar for New Years…this would be a great addition as it is flavorful and satisfying.

    • gaaarp said,

      December 17, 2010 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks. I want to make it again, too.

  6. Cakelaw said,

    December 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    That’s a ringing endorsement.

  7. Kayte said,

    December 17, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Love all the ingredients, so I know I will make this one…I especially know I will make this one after seeing your photos of it all. Great to hear how you finished it and what you served it with…think I will go a similar route.

    • gaaarp said,

      December 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

      I took the leftovers to work this week. It was great heated up.

  8. teaandscones said,

    December 16, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    This was hard to photograph, but love the top one with all the leeks.

    This was sooooo good. Wondering when I can make it again.

    • gaaarp said,

      December 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      Yeah, I thought the top pictue was more better than the finished product. And it was definitely worth making again!

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