Leek, bacon & potato soup

Leek, bacon & potato soup

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level



Serves 4 - 6

This soup keeps well in the fridge and is easy to freeze

Nutrition and extra info

  • Don't add cream until you reheat
  • Easily doubled / halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving (for 6)

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  • 25g butter
  • 3 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 400g pack trimmed leeks, sliced and well washed
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1.4l hot vegetable stock
  • 142ml pot single cream
  • 4 rashers streaky bacon, to serve

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  1. Melt the butter in a large pan, then fry the bacon and onion, stirring until they start to turn golden. Tip in the leeks and potatoes, stir well, then cover and turn down the heat. Cook gently for 5 mins, shaking the pan every now and then to make sure that the mixture doesn’t catch.
  2. Pour in the stock, season well and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 20 mins until the vegetables are soft. Leave to cool for a few mins, then blend in a food processor in batches until smooth. Return to the pan, pour in the cream and stir well. Taste and season if necessary. Serve scattered with tasty crisp bacon and eat with toasted or warm crusty bread on the side.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, April 2006

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kayclemwistow's picture
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Lovely soup, just to runny for me. Will definitely make again, but with less liquid.

angelicwave's picture

This soup is amazing, I made it with smoked streaky bacon for extra flavour and added chorizo to give it a kick like another person had suggested it was lovely with some crusty bread, and I added the cream ....it's a sin not to add it to a soup :)

vikster67's picture
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I have made this several times and its very easy, very tasty & very warming.
I don't add cream or the crispy bacon at the end. And its delicious without.

gillbaillie's picture
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I love this recipe and use it regularly (don't usually bother with the cream though), but discovered today that it's even better when using smoked streaky bacon and half vegetable stock and half chicken stock.

FaithNoMango's picture

I liked this, and I used the cream, as this was the first time I'd tasted leek and I found the leek very flavoursome... It was very thick and the cream I used actually thinned it out a bit. Perhaps the store bought vegetable broth I used was too overpowering? In any case I think I would even go so far as to water this soup down next time. But it was very tasty. Better too tasty than not tasty enough

sassles's picture
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This just didn't do it for me. I used my usual trinity of carrot, onion & celery for depth. Used crispy fried smoked bacon in the soup. Just too bland for me. If I make it again, I will add some chilli powder or English mustard to (hopefully give it some oomph.

LauraTerry's picture
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Getting tons of snow here in Canada, so this soup was perfect for warming everyone up. Easy, quick, healthy and filling. Ingredients are often at hand. A top pick!

mundowt's picture

I made this tonight with a few tweaks..... as I had no bacon, I added about a 1/4 sausage of spicy chorizo, left out the cream too as was creamy enough when blended. Bloody gorgeous!!!!

shami68's picture

Delicious, satisfying soup! Added garlic and a carrot to mine, omitted the cream completely to keep calories down. Gets a 5/5 from me.

kcandme's picture
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I made this for the first time and halved the ingredients as best i could. Its turned out so well. Usually, when I use a recipe for the first time its usually my learning curve so that the second time it's perfect (if that makes sense). This turned out I perfect. So tasty.

bsbdesja's picture
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Absolutely delicious. Didn't use any cream, beautifully rich and creamy without it (not surprising considering the amount of butter used!). Used a whole pack--7 rashers--of smoked streaky bacon, chopped up in the soup, which gave a lovely flavour that wasn't too strong. Definitely adding to the list to make regularly!

Lucylemonpip's picture

Very tasty soup and easy to do. I agree, the cream at the end is not necessary, unless you want to have a "swirl" shape on it.

The Reddrops's picture

Lovely soup! 5 stars from me and my husband. No need for the cream.

McMatty's picture

This soup was amazing. One of my new favourites. That said, I did the numbers on the ingredients and found that its actually around 280 calories per serve when you split it 6 ways. Might try it without the cream next time like some people have suggested.

EllieY's picture

This soup was amazing! Best soup ever and was a winner with my bf. best thing was it instantly got rid of my cold and stuffy nose. Great for colds and will definitely bring it out for dinner parties. I followed the recipe exactly to the gram. Keep the ratio of leeks to potatoes roughly the same. This soup is yuuuum!

Clancyrose's picture

I added a few handfuls of baby spinach and just under half a bunch of flat leaf parsley and let them cook down when I added the stock. Good way to add a bit more nutrition and subtle flavor :) yummy recipe, but like people have mentioned previously, this doesn't need the cream.

mother_ship's picture

Very tasty!

sabrina74's picture

made this soup for lunch with friends tomorrow, I was going to add the cream, but I think it tastes delicious with out, and it makes it a bit healthier, also I toast some brown bread and to use as croutons, also I didn't puree it left it a bit more chunky and I will add an additional potato next time and I may toast some cumin seeds to add

Taishi's picture

This soup tastes great!
Simple to cook and is a really nice soup for family and friends to enjoy.
Could have a few improvements, which would enhance the flavor even further. I posted them in tips if anyone wants to do this.

ruthy10's picture

Hi made this for my husband and I and we thought it was lovely and tasty. I am quite calorie conscious and when making this I weighed everything to 1/3 of the recipe as it serves up to 6 and this made just a good enough lunch portion for two people.
I replaced the butter for fry light spray, I used the elmlea single light cream and the soup tasted delicious. I will definitely be making this again and as it will keep for a couple of days in the fridge I will be taking some to work in my soup pot.