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Potato, Leek and Bacon soup

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Serves 4

An easy to make winter warmer soup with plenty of flavour, great as a starter or main course.

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  • 300g leeks, washed and finely chopped
  • 300g potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 150g chopped smoked bacon, fat removed (unsmoked if you prefer, but smoked adds extra flavour)
  • 700ml vegetable stock
  • 290ml milk
  • Ground black pepper
  • Olive oil


    1. Saute the potato, leeks and bacon in a stock pot with the olive oil until soft but not coloured.
    2. Add the stock and simmer until the potatoes are tender.
    3. Liquidize and return to the pot.
    4. Add the milk and black pepper to taste.
    5. Bring back up to heat and serve.

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Comments (24)

foghorn's picture

One of my all-time favourite recipes - thank you Leek Growers Association!

dillster's picture

Love this soup and make it regularly. This is one of my go-to recipes when I want something quick and simple but delicious. I tend to use chicken or pork stock rather than vegetable, but I can't imagine it makes that much of a difference.

Turns out as good as anything you might get in a decent restaurant.

bluebambi's picture

Love this and so do the rest of the family. Really tasty!

circosontour's picture

Really tasty!

ambertuesday's picture

loved it, did not have any veg stock so used some ham stock left over from Christmas. Was not any soup left and there was only 3 of us. Will be making again.

reianki's picture

Made this soup lots of times, tried using up leftover gammon from xmas turned out lovely! Also tried it by omitting bacon or ham and using chopped chicken this worked really well too x

alisonwatt1's picture

really tasty and easy to make, will definately be making again.

gillyd71's picture

This is by far one of the best soups I have made, easy and delicious. Even my teenager is having a bowl which says something, great receipe will definately be using this time and time again

jenniecox's picture

Absolutely delicious, easy to make, hopefully it will freeze ok as I trebled up on the recipe having bought some leeks whilst they were cheap!

kennethmatthew's picture

I've tried this recipe twice sticking exactly to the quantities given but I found it very salty. I used lean back bacon. Any suggestions anyone? Incidentally we always use skimmed milk and it hasn't separated on reheating

karenbristow's picture

A lovely light soup unlike my usual recipe. Adding the milk limits its fridge life but is essential.

jayzee's picture

For Marie,
I think the problem occurs due to the milk in it. Happened to me too on the third time when i saved some and reheated. Think it's one of those soups that ideally should be eaten on the day but if you do same some just omit the milk from the portions you're saving and when reheating then add the milk.
Also seen on a couple of recipes, they add bicarb to stop it from separating, one on here actually, a tomato one that uses milk in it so you could try adding a hlf tsp. Hope this helps!

ellie_mb's picture

This, to me, is the ultimate leek and potato soup recipe! Easy, delicious, and simple enough to let the flavours of the veg shine through. I can't recommend this highly enough - give it a go!

kiyokomontgomery's picture

It was a delicious soup, and it's soooo easy to make!! Next time though, I should remember to put less veg cube in because the bacon is already salty.

patsi57's picture

I make soup on a regular basis for my family, this one was good. I added half cream half milk to the recipie and it was lovley. very warminig on a day like today ( heavy snow ) just add a nice wedge of crusty homemade bread and your sorted!

laine1223's picture

Everybody loved this recipe, had to make more the next day!

burness1's picture

I make soups weekly for my family and last week made this recipe. disaster!! can someone tell me what went wrong, I followed the recipe and all seemed fine, tasted wonderful. The following day when I went to reheat, the soup appeared to have fermented and separated with a foamy top of about three inches ! and tasted bitter. All the ingredients I used were fresh. Please help.

jayzee's picture

My first leek and potato soup. I've been wanting to do one for ages. I've seen a lot of recipes for leek and potato soup using greek yoghurt, something i never buy and so i saw this one and had everything in and gave it a pop today, and i'll never bother searching for another recipe of this soup! Was so tasty, i loved it, my little son loved it and so did partner who doesn't get as excited about homemade soups as i do! You cn't get more simpler, anybody can make it and it's so lovely! Will be making time and time again! A Fave! :)

fruity21's picture

I used chicken stock too and it was stil delicious, kids loved it! Thanks.

nandjjohnson's picture

Gorgeous soup and perfect to chase away the winter chills. Have made this for a variety of people and they've all loved it. Would thoroughly recommend.


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dillster's picture

Bacon, pork or chicken stock work equally as well as vegetable stock in this recipe.

Sunflower oil works as well as olive oil too.

I'd stick with smoked bacon though as it definitely adds a lot of flavour- unless you have a particular aversion to smoked bacon.

Also be sure to soften everything over a low heat and keep stirring so it doesn't stick to the bottom. The potatoes have a tendency to try to do that.