Leek, bacon & potato soup

Leek, bacon & potato soup

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(207 ratings)

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 potatoes, 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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20th Nov, 2014
This just didn't do it for me. I used my usual trinity of carrot, onion & celery for depth. Used crispy fried smoked bacon in the soup. Just too bland for me. If I make it again, I will add some chilli powder or English mustard to (hopefully give it some oomph.
19th Nov, 2014
Getting tons of snow here in Canada, so this soup was perfect for warming everyone up. Easy, quick, healthy and filling. Ingredients are often at hand. A top pick!
19th Nov, 2014
I made this tonight with a few tweaks..... as I had no bacon, I added about a 1/4 sausage of spicy chorizo, left out the cream too as was creamy enough when blended. Bloody gorgeous!!!!
13th Oct, 2014
Delicious, satisfying soup! Added garlic and a carrot to mine, omitted the cream completely to keep calories down. Gets a 5/5 from me.
30th Sep, 2014
I made this for the first time and halved the ingredients as best i could. Its turned out so well. Usually, when I use a recipe for the first time its usually my learning curve so that the second time it's perfect (if that makes sense). This turned out I perfect. So tasty.
20th Sep, 2014
Absolutely delicious. Didn't use any cream, beautifully rich and creamy without it (not surprising considering the amount of butter used!). Used a whole pack--7 rashers--of smoked streaky bacon, chopped up in the soup, which gave a lovely flavour that wasn't too strong. Definitely adding to the list to make regularly!
14th Sep, 2014
Very tasty soup and easy to do. I agree, the cream at the end is not necessary, unless you want to have a "swirl" shape on it.
The Reddrops
25th Aug, 2014
Lovely soup! 5 stars from me and my husband. No need for the cream.
19th Jun, 2014
This soup was amazing. One of my new favourites. That said, I did the numbers on the ingredients and found that its actually around 280 calories per serve when you split it 6 ways. Might try it without the cream next time like some people have suggested.
15th Jun, 2014
This soup was amazing! Best soup ever and was a winner with my bf. best thing was it instantly got rid of my cold and stuffy nose. Great for colds and will definitely bring it out for dinner parties. I followed the recipe exactly to the gram. Keep the ratio of leeks to potatoes roughly the same. This soup is yuuuum!


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