Leek, bacon & potato soup

Leek, bacon & potato soup

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4 - 6

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

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

Nutrition per serving (for 6)

kcalories
175
protein
6g
carbs
15g
fat
11g
saturates
16g
fibre
4g
sugar
5g
salt
0.68g

Ingredients

  • 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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Method

  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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regthellama's picture
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Does what it says on the tin. Satisfying and exactly what you expect.

cakeanyone's picture
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Simple but delicious. I used homemade chicken stock but only had 700ml so made up the rest with milk and didn't use the cream.

craig2562's picture

My girlfriend loves this and regularly gets me to make a batch of it up for her and her friends. Really tasty.

kirstos's picture
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For some reason the site will not allow me to rate this but it is a BIG 5! I bought the cream with the intention of using it as per the recipe since it was my first attempt, but having tasted the soup without the cream decided to give it a miss. The consistency was also spot on - utterly delicious.

amy_natalia's picture

We really enjoyed this soup, first time making it. I didn't have enough leeks... I know the main ingredient! I had about half of what was needed and you could still taste it. It smelt lovely whilst it was cooking.

chezgigg78's picture
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Delicious, a firm family favourite :)

ebsnare's picture
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Cannot recommend this soup recipe enough! I'm hopeless at making soups with any sort of flavour but this was absolutely delicious. Making again this week with dry cured, smoked back bacon. I left out the cream as didn't think it was necessary.

benatjamins's picture

Excellent recipe. So tasty and the recipe is so quick and easy. Try using 0% fat free yogurt instead of the cream. As well as the bacon on top, try adding some homemade croutons as well.

beatletx2011's picture
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SORRY forgot to rate!!

beatletx2011's picture
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Gorgeous soup!!..I used milk instead of cream however to make it a lighter soup. Served as a starter for a sunday roast and then for a main snack along with bread and buffet meal for a light tea!
loved by all!!

ruthdavies's picture
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So yummy, so quick, so easy! A really filling mid week supper.

chill1's picture
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Oops and forgot to say I used 1100ml of stock instead of the 1400ml stated. I also used smoked rashers!

chill1's picture
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Absolutely delicious. Made this yesterday afternoon, included the bacon but didn't add in any cream once soup was made as felt the soup was creamy enough as it was. My son said it was the nicest soup he ever tasted!

nicbash's picture
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So good, I used smoked streaky bacon as it didn't say weather it was smoked or unsmoked, tastes fantastic. The only issue which i will rectify next time is its to watery. I used 200ml less stock than it stated and no cream or milk. I was going to use some milk instead of cream but way to watery. I shall use large potatoes next time and hopefully this will work

millsmelanyl's picture
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Amazing!

I'll admit I added a head of garlic, addicted to the stuff, and this came out beautifully!

gabrielabrach2's picture
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Very filling and a quick recipe to make. I was so quick I forgot to add cream (fewer calories) but even without it the soup was really tasty. Lovely, even my partner who is not very fond of soups liked it!

bimbobaby's picture
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Made a batch of this for lunch for work.
Was delicious. Didn't bother with the crispy bacon on top because of reheating it at work. I used creme fraiche rather than cream.
Reminded me of chicken and mushroom soup from the supermarket (which I can't have as I'm coeliac & have gone without for years) so was a lovely surprise!!

cowen84's picture
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oh, and i omitted the butter - enough fat rendered out of the pancetta for it not to be needed.

cowen84's picture
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Delicious! Used a pack of pancetta instead of the bacon (as that is what i had in the fridge) and just finished my 1st bowl of soup and was disappointed when i got the bottom of the bowl - I didn't want it to end!!! Can't wait for lunch tomorrow now!
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kaszamar's picture
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Just made it. God it's good! :-) my first ever leek and potato soup. I had really streaky bacon from a farm so I cut most of the fat off, fried it and used the fat that came out of it instead of the butter. But I'm sure it would taste just as good with butter. Definitely will make it again.

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