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)

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

nbcooper's picture

lovely soup liked it much better without the cream

georgiou's picture

I love soups but i cant usually find somthing i like a lot...this soup is REALLY nice..! i didnt expect that when i first looked at the ingredients! VERY EASY AND TASTY...!

suzywatt's picture

delicious soup made more than once now, i leave out the cream for healthier and don't add bacon for veggie and it is great, so easy so delicious. Thanks

nildesperandum's picture

not a great lover of soup but this was delicious will do again.

jennahead's picture

My boyfriend said this was the best soup he'd ever tasted! I have to agree, it is extremely yummy!

showbeastie's picture

Instant hit! Soup is a meal in itself.
Used smoked bacon lardons with the onions instead of streaky.
Served with homemade wheaten bread. Perfect!

topcat554's picture

Only soup I have ever tasted that beats this is my mum's lentil! Used leeks of the allotment and will definitely be making this again, a big hit with hubby and me and several other plotters who joined us for lunch.

s4mth3m4n2k9's picture

This was excellent very comforting best soup I have ate.

ben2311's picture

OMG , this was lovely , have just made it and it has to be the best soup i have tried.

250501's picture

This went down a treat with the kids & me-its really tasty especially with the crispy bacon.I've saved the rest for my husband which will be
ideal after an evening shift.

jojosmiles's picture

forgot to rate it!! hehe

jojosmiles's picture

I just made this delicious soup for a couple of pensioners who have specific dietry requirements. I left out the cream, some of the frying butter and didn't use the bacon sprinkles - and it was still a lovely, hearty soup which i'm sure will be recieved with lots of ummmmm's and ahhhhhhh's!! Thank you!!

helga61's picture

I followed Birgit's suggestion to use semi-skimmed milk instead of cream and it still turned out to be gorgeous!

laura_lou's picture

Amazing soup! Made it twice over the weekend. Really tasty!

joness2's picture

Delicious I did it without the cream and was lovely. Have made extra to freeze for lunches and there is no way you can iss the crispy bacon out!!


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