Mum's leek & potato soup with mustard toasts

Mum's leek & potato soup with mustard toasts

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 8

Mary Cadogan says 'This soup is still a favourite of mine and always goes down a treat'

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
314
protein
11g
carbs
31g
fat
17g
saturates
6g
fibre
4g
sugar
0g
salt
2g

Ingredients

  • 50g butter
  • 8 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 5 large leeks, sliced
  • 2 large potatoes, cubed
  • 1.2l vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 300ml milk
  • handful chopped parsley

For the toasts

  • 1 long thin baguette
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

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Method

  1. Melt the butter in a large pan, add the bacon and fry it until it is just starting to colour. Add the leeks and potatoes, then stir well until they are glistening.
  2. Add the stock and bay leaves, season and bring to the boil. Partly cover and simmer for 15 mins, until everything is cooked. Fish out the bay leaves, then purée the soup in batches in a food processor or blender. Return to the pan and stir in the milk. Reheat gently and season to taste. Add more stock or water if the soup seems too thick (this will depend on the size of your potatoes). Sprinkle with parsley to serve.
  3. Make the toasts: heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cut the baguette into thin diagonal slices. Mix the oil and mustard together, then brush over both sides of the bread. Spread them on a large baking sheet and bake for 10 mins. Serve with the soup for dipping. They can be baked earlier in the day and served cold or warmed through in the oven.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2005

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nickelsey's picture

Quick easy recipe with a great taste.

lyndseymac's picture
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Made this about 4 times now. It's delicious. My tip is to also dry fry (or use a little oil) some small chopped up pieces of streaky bacon you have left from the packet until really crispy and then pop a few bits on the top of the soup when in serving bowls. It's a very tasty garnish!

neilst's picture

We are all at home with the flu, made a batch of this soup. It has perked us up no end.

shell250's picture
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Lovely soup it is so comforting. I don't have the bacon or add the milk and it's still v yummy.

marilynpenniall's picture
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This is a great simple recipe that always goes down well in our house hold. Even my parents & in laws have a copy of the recipe & I have to make up a large batch as everyone goes back for seconds every time lol;)

marilynpenniall's picture
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This soup is now a family favourite my husband loves it,
thank you for the recipe.
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Frantic Flapjack's picture
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Pretty average soup. There are much better recipes out there, including this site.

joyce_harbali's picture

I was too cold to go out and shop today, then I found your recipe and had all the ingredients in the fridge............it was absolutely delicouis, so I am going to make it regularly, especially in this cold weather. Thanks.

lydia_schilbach's picture
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I made this today with 3 medium potatoes and no milk (forgot!) and it was gorgeous. I also added the meaty bit of the back bacon, chopped into nice squares and some of the leeks, thinly sliced towards the end, after having blitzed the rest, which meant that you also had some interest in it too. Even my children loved it, which for toddlers, isn't bad at all!

juliamccartney's picture
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Very salty with the smoked bacon and stock so would not add any more seasoning next time. Added a tablespoon of dijon mustard at the end which gave it that extra bit of pzazz!! This served 6 adults (not 8!) A nice recipe - tasty - and the mustard toasts were good too.

Clare90291's picture
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I found there was too much bacon so added less and added some spring onions as well. Delicious! Freezes well.

annamegastar's picture
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Amazing taste, my best soup recipe since a long time

bluehouse's picture

Great little recipe.
I made some adjustments that may be handy for veggies - substituted the bacon with the rind of Parmesan when adding the stock (be careful how long because the flavour may become over-powering).
I also added some peas & used cream instead of milk to keep it nice and thick
the results were fantastic.
Thanks for the Bay leaf idea and the great recipe

wendyhine's picture
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Absolutely delicious. I made a batch of this this afternoon to freeze and can't stop eating it. I bumped the veg as per a previous reviewer (7 leeks and 5 medium/large potatoes) and left out the milk and it is lovely. Will definately be making this again.

flintstone's picture

My first attempt at this and even my teen seems to like it! - as mentioned above I didn't bother with the milk as it was creamy enough without it, def make this again.

messyjessie86's picture
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A lovely soup, although I'm not a normally a fan of leek and potato soup. I added some finely grated cheese into the mustard mix and spread it on instead of brushing - gave it a really nice 'welsh rarebit' taste which was really yummy:)

vanilla1's picture

Forgot to mention the mustard toast was amazing! Whether the heat of the grill/oven takes a bit of the fire out of the mustard I dont know, but they taste fabulous and are the perfect accompaniment to the Leek and Potato Soup-and so easy too.

jkarens's picture
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Made this for the girls coming round and it was given a full house of thumbs up, I will definitely make it again!

vanilla1's picture

Made this today for a dinner party tomorrow and I am delighted how it has turned out. Lovely and thick and very tasty.
I didn't realise it was for 6-8! I thought I had made alot- still, I shall send some down to my mother, just the thing for a winter's night.

peejay's picture
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Got to be one of the best soups I've ever had. Not sure why Frantic Flapjack found it so bad but perhaps the recipe wasn't read and followed. I didn't have enough leaks so halved the recipe thinking, serves 6 to 8 would do a couple of us 2 days. How wrong was that? Don't reckon you could serve 8 with it and you might scrape 6 but not even sure on that one as it's so delish! Will certainly be making it again.

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