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

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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.

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Comments (195)

andy24's picture

Made this for my wife's mates at work. They are all dieting so I left out the cream. They voted it the best soup they have ever had!

jimdrew's picture

A very nice soup, the bacon really ads flavour.

jet190788's picture

Very nice soup, easy to make and simply delicious with a french stick. Definately enough for 6-8 as a starter!

rhianthomas1984's picture

Gorgeous winter warmer! I also left out the cream and it was perfect, definitely one of my favorite soup recipes. Will make time and time again.

fizzbomb's picture

Love this, always turns out perfect & because hubby has high cholesterol I replace the butter with Benecol Olive and leave the cream out

tracinda's picture

This is pure comfort food, absolutely delicious, the bacon adds a lovely smokiness to the soup. The best leek and potato soup I've ever tasted or made!

sweetsparrow's picture

This is the best leek and potato soup recipe I've come across. Lovely and even better reheated the next day! I used 2 stock cubes, one chicken and one veg and it was perfect.

coxykins's picture

Just made this in advance for my parents coming to sunday dinner tomorrow, and got my husband to taste a spoonful to check it - he's just polished off a whole bowl of it and I think I'm going to have to lock the fridge as I store it overnight, or else I fear he may sneak down in the night and scoff the lot!! It tastes amazing - even without the cream added.

thirteengloves's picture

Yummy yummy yum yum

ffowles's picture

Delicious and easy to make! Definitely recommend.

louiseabrantes's picture

Yum Yum, Delish! Much more filling than I had thought it would be, lovely!

mandydunn's picture

Have just used my excess potatoes to make this soup. Very easy to make, smells delicious but I am going to freeze it for the winter.

alibunny's picture

Made this for a family day on my son's 7th birthday - went down a treat - had to print off the recipe for my relatives they enjoyed it so much.

Only difference to recipe was to substitute salt for garlic salt. Family coming over again this weekend to celebrate my twin girls 4th birthday - will be using this recipe again. Super delish !

adi3000's picture

i n thought this was great tasted nice too was better than tinned soup and i freezed some and had it later it was still as good as when i first made it thanks.

kimann88's picture

The first soup I've made. Foolproof, very easy to make and extremely tasty. Like many of other users, I left out the cream and the bacon for a low fat version. Also because I thought it tasted lovely as it was - didn't want to accidentally spoil a great result!

bethyb63's picture

amazing soup. will be making again. Thanks for the recipe.

amannion9's picture

Was looking for a potato and leek soup recipe and was sceptical about putting the bacon in but it does wonders. Definitely use a smoked streaky bacon for flavour. Used only about a third of the amount of cream specified (if even) and it was really creamy, and used a lower fat brand, as well as adding some parsley. A great soup!

west1871's picture

Really nice soup, didn't need the cream. Used my trusty stick blender to blend the hot soup as I hate extra washing up!

eleanormayo's picture

A great soup - I didn't bother with the cream and must have had very green leeks as it turned out a much brighter colour than in the picture!

kerryatter's picture

This soup is delicious! I put extra bacon in (and saved some crispy bacon to serve on top). I also added a dash of worcester sauce for a small kick.

This is fab served with crusty tiger bread


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