Creamy smoked salmon, leek & potato soup

Creamy smoked salmon, leek & potato soup

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(35 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 8
Creamy and low-fat aren't words you often hear together, but that's exactly what you get with this freeze-ahead starter

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal240
  • fat11g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre3g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.58g
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  • large knob of butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 2 large leeks, halved and finely sliced



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

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1kg floury potatoes, diced



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

  • 1l chicken or vegetable stock
  • 100ml double cream
  • 200g smoked salmon, cut into strips
  • small bunch chives, snipped


  1. Heat the butter in a large saucepan and add the leeks and bay leaf. Cook over a low heat for 8-10 mins or until the leek is really soft, then stir through the potatoes until coated in the butter. Pour over the stock and cream and bring to the simmer, then gently bubble for 10-15 mins until the potatoes are really tender. If freezing at this stage, slightly under-cook the potatoes, then defrost and bring back to a simmer to finish cooking them and continue the recipe.

  2. Add two-thirds of the smoked salmon, stir through and season. Serve the soup in deep bowls with the remaining smoked salmon and snipped chives on the top.

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28th Dec, 2011
absolutely gorgeous. Enjoyed by everyone from 3 to 73 years old.
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7th Dec, 2011
This is a great winter recipe, real comfort food on a chilly day. We followed the recipe as is, but might try it with single cream next time
21st Nov, 2011
I made this more like a thick chowder by reducing the amount of stock and using single cream. It was absolutely delicious and is now one of my favourites. It's great to find simple recipes that are both tasty and nutritious
2nd May, 2011
Very simple to make and extremely tasty - went down well at a dinner party as a starter.
22nd Mar, 2011
I made this soup using single cream instead of double and instead of using smoked salmon, i chopped up several fillets of salmon to make this a main meal. This was absolutely delicious! My guests loved it! Amazing recipe!
13th Feb, 2011
Fantastic dinner party starter! Stuck to the original recipe however, replaced the double cream with low-fat cream. This recipe is easy, can be prepared ahead of time and tastes special. Oh and the fresh chives are essential!
31st Jan, 2011
I made this last night. We had it with focaccia bread and it was heavenly. I made a couple of changes.. 1. Substituted bacon for salmon as I did not have any salmon. I dry fried the diced bacon before adding to soup. 2. Added 150 ml double cream instead of 100 ml Highly recommended
27th Jan, 2011
I really like this recipe - very tasty! Also it can easily be adapted for vegetarian friends as the smoked salmon can be added after the soup has been cooked and, of course, by using veg stock instead of chicken.
5th Jan, 2011
Made this for a starter on Christmas day and everyone loved it. Very easy to make and would highly recommend it. Can't wait to make it again.
26th Dec, 2010
Made this for Xmas dinner and everyone loved it. Added one sweet potato because I had loads. Would highly recommend.


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