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 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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25th Jan, 2012
Absolutely delicious. Crispy bacon was a lovely touch. Didn't bother with the cream it was so tasty enough without it. Will be making it again.
24th Jan, 2012
This is absolutely delicious, the bacon is a great addition to a regular leek and potato soup! If anything it tasted better on day 2 after being kept in the fridge overnight and then reheated. So good I've now made it several times!
22nd Jan, 2012
Really lovely soup. I didn't add the bacon and it still tasted lovely.
16th Jan, 2012
Definitely lives up to its 5 stars from 115 votes!
12th Jan, 2012
my favourite soup recipe of 2011.
8th Jan, 2012
Forgot to rate it!
8th Jan, 2012
Brilliant soup. All the family loved it. Left out the cream and I add any veg in fridge needing used up, eg cabbage, celery etc. Make it time and again as my hubby's favourite.
4th Jan, 2012
This is a lovely tasty recipe which is very cheap and quick to make. Instead of garnishing with crispy bacon, I made croutons from cheese and thyme topped toast drizzled with olive oil and I used full cream milk instead of cream to cut down on calories (although I did use the butter). I also threw in a handful of fresh peas after cooking and blending to add to the colour and texture.... yum yum! My little boy loved it too!
5th Dec, 2011
Nice, simple soup. Persnally I leave out the cream as, like a lot of soups, it adds nothing and simply kills the flavour.
29th Nov, 2011
Just had a spoonful before freezing it.... tastes delicious! I wouldn't use so much stock though...


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