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 (196)

izaseth's picture

This was a lovely, tasty soup, very easy to prepare and enjoyed by my whole family. Don't miss out adding the bacon to the soup at the end as it's such a flavorsome addition to the soup.

cat888's picture

Blimey this is good soup!! I am going to live on this through the coming winter and I cant wait!

angryadam's picture

First time that i'v made this one, very very nice! my girlfriend thinks that i'm going to cook forever. little does she know that im secretly teaching her to cook too!

jbodman's picture

Very tasty and so easy to make!

angfen's picture

Very good and pracitcal, as I cooked it from before, kept it in fridge and just warmed it up when ready to serve. I did not include so much water, half the water is enough.

holliewebb's picture

absolutely lovely! very easy to make, i will definitely be making this regularly and will try adding carrots, peas etc thank you :)

marywesterback's picture

As before, we all loved this soup, and it is now my daughters favourit! I didn't have any cream so I added a dolop of Philly and it was lovely.

natalieisaflower's picture

What a super soup!! Was even better after being refrigerated and re-heated!!

ruthiewatkinson's picture

superbly delicious soup! I have made it several times for family and friends all of whom have loved it - even my then ten month old nephew! Definitely worth making!

georgeb74's picture

Absolutely beautiful and no need for the cream - it's already a lovely, rich soup.

pjkester's picture

This is also great as a basic chunky soup without the milk or cream. Only blend briefly into chunks using a hand blender. It still tastes great, but healthier and chunky for those really chilly nights!

joannemonk's picture

Really delicious, I use chicken stock instead of vegetable because I prefer the flavour

catrionawalker's picture

Made this soup lots of times, sometimes with the help of my children and they love it!

ol1vemag's picture

This is a really gorgeous soup, even if you don't add the cream.

tom_kat79's picture

Absolutely my favourite home-made soup ever! Have made this lots of times; with the full stock content and sometimes less - depending on how far it needs to go round/how thick I want it! I always try to freeze the leftovers but it tends to get defrosted the very next day! I also added some tinned sweetcorn the last few times I made this and it was such a hit that I will now add this every time I cook. Give it a go!

kfurber's picture

I also did a lower fat version and omitted the cream, and it was still yum! Will make this again and again!

johnatchinnor's picture

Very tasty. Be sure to use smoked streaky bacon as this gives it more flavour

birgit's picture

Used semi skimmed milk instead of single cream. If you use slightly less stock than the recipe suggests and slightly more milk thank the 142 ml suggested for single creme the resul is stil lovely and creamy.

merrysee's picture

Really lovely comforting soup, my partner raved about it, i served mine with warm garlic bread, truely yummy.


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