Mum's leek & potato soup with mustard toasts

Mum's leek & potato soup with mustard toasts

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(31 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

Serves 8
Mary Cadogan says 'This soup is still a favourite of mine and always goes down a treat'

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal314
  • fat17g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein11g
  • salt2g
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Ingredients

  • 50g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

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

  • 8 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
  • 5 large leeks, sliced
    Leeks

    Leek

    lee-k

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

  • 2 large potatoes, cubed
    Potato

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

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

  • 1.2l vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 300ml milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • handful chopped parsley
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

For the toasts

  • 1 long thin baguette
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

Method

  1. Melt the butter in a large pan, add the bacon and fry it until it is just starting to colour. Add the leeks and potatoes, then stir well until they are glistening.

  2. Add the stock and bay leaves, season and bring to the boil. Partly cover and simmer for 15 mins, until everything is cooked. Fish out the bay leaves, then purée the soup in batches in a food processor or blender. Return to the pan and stir in the milk. Reheat gently and season to taste. Add more stock or water if the soup seems too thick (this will depend on the size of your potatoes). Sprinkle with parsley to serve.

  3. Make the toasts: heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cut the baguette into thin diagonal slices. Mix the oil and mustard together, then brush over both sides of the bread. Spread them on a large baking sheet and bake for 10 mins. Serve with the soup for dipping. They can be baked earlier in the day and served cold or warmed through in the oven.

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riskyangie
3rd Apr, 2016
Just made this recipe, it's very nice. I didn't add bacon as I don't eat red meat, But I did put couple of garlic cloves in and it needs plenty or seasoning. My husband liked it (but said he would have liked to try with bacon), as a compromise I fried up some chunky lardons and topped his soup with those which made him happy!
berbera
2nd Nov, 2015
Mixed feelings about this recipe. Some depth of flavour was missing. However, I don't live in the UK and have no idea about the weight of 8 rashers of bacon. In my case 8 rashers were about 90 grams. Maybe that was not enough. It would really help if weight is mentioned in the recipes as well.
nickelsey
21st Jan, 2014
Quick easy recipe with a great taste.
lyndseymac
11th Feb, 2013
5.05
Made this about 4 times now. It's delicious. My tip is to also dry fry (or use a little oil) some small chopped up pieces of streaky bacon you have left from the packet until really crispy and then pop a few bits on the top of the soup when in serving bowls. It's a very tasty garnish!
neilst
31st Jan, 2013
We are all at home with the flu, made a batch of this soup. It has perked us up no end.
shell250
15th Nov, 2012
5.05
Lovely soup it is so comforting. I don't have the bacon or add the milk and it's still v yummy.
marilynpenniall
15th Jul, 2012
5.05
This is a great simple recipe that always goes down well in our house hold. Even my parents & in laws have a copy of the recipe & I have to make up a large batch as everyone goes back for seconds every time lol;)
marilynpenniall
15th Jul, 2012
5.05
This soup is now a family favourite my husband loves it, thank you for the recipe. ********************************************************
Frantic Flapjack
29th Apr, 2012
1.05
Pretty average soup. There are much better recipes out there, including this site.
joyce_harbali
16th Jan, 2012
I was too cold to go out and shop today, then I found your recipe and had all the ingredients in the fridge............it was absolutely delicouis, so I am going to make it regularly, especially in this cold weather. Thanks.

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Splodge81
9th Nov, 2015
5.05
Use smoked bacon it really lifts the flavour of this already awesome recipe!