Leek, bacon & potato soup

Leek, bacon & potato soup

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins


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: per serving (for 6)

  • kcal175
  • fat11g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.68g
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  • 25g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 3 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 400g pack trimmed leek, sliced and well washed



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 3 medium potato, peeled and diced



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1.4l hot vegetable stock
  • 142ml pot single cream
  • 4 rashers streaky bacon, to serve


  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.

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Comments (200)

wathgwen's picture

A bit salty, but overall very good! Will definitely make this again. Only one thing was off- the soup was just a tad watery, so I would say add an extra potato, or a little less stock.

ollamaii's picture

Great! :) I really enjoyed it. Go easy on the salt though as the bacon and the vegetable/chicken cubes are already salty and you could end up over doing.

mikegoddard's picture

Very easy and really nice, even without the cream for a healthier option it's still brilliant.

richardangell's picture

Nice and easy. We made a job lot last year using the leeks and potatoes from our allotment, a family favourite.

karencain's picture

Really nice and easy, very tasty, will definitely cook this again

diamond_sky's picture

Yummy! Added more bacon & potato & it made a lovely dinner.

claremortimer's picture

I made this soup last night. It was very easy to make and tastes fantastic! I served it with crusty bread rolls and my husband also loved it. The bacon adds a great twist to leek and potato soup. I will definitely make this again!

nicky_webber's picture

Mmm just made this for my boyfriend and myself, he is suffering with a cold but I think it did the trick. Really tasty and lovely. I put a few onion crispies on top as I didn't have enough bacon - it worked!

judiper's picture

Very yummy soup! I used smoked back bacon, cut into small pieces and fried my bacon and onion in 1tbsp olive oil instead of butter. I also used 1L of chicken stock and added about 200ml semi-skimmed milk instead of the cream, I like my soup quite thick. Even my son enjoyed it!

bluesnicket's picture

This was delicious. I omitted the cream but I don't think it needed it and I cut down a little on the stock. Garnished with crushed garlic croutons as I had run out of bacon.

stevegibson's picture

Made from our own grown leeks and potatos this is a top soup for cold Saturdays down at the allotment.

stevegibson's picture

Made from our own grown leeks and potatos, this really is a top soup for taking to the allotment.

jackrusselsrule's picture

I started it all off in the pan as in the recipe, then popped it in the slow cooker for a few hours. Didn't use the full amount of single cream, but it's delicious and keeps well in the fridge for a couple of days for packed lunches to heat up at work. Definitely one I will cook again.

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carinedepourcq's picture

When a recipe mentions streaky bacon, I don't know if it is smoked or unsmoked bacon. The taste is really different and could be important for different recipes. Which is used in this recipe?

ctcondor's picture

Yum yum yum, this was lovely! Took a chance as we had friends coming for lunch and I hadn't made this before, but it went down well with everyone including the 3 year old and 1 year old! Great recipe.

cookingpinkdianel33's picture

Absoloutely gorgeous, i found that it tasted creamy enough anyway without adding the additional cream

srenabp's picture

One of my favourite soups ever! I had actually found it in a Hungarian cookbook, so I was surprised to see it on goodfood. :)

deb3052's picture

Super delicous. Warming and hearty soup we all love it!


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