Recipe | How to make quick and tasty Leek and Potato Soup with bacon

23 Dec

I had bought leeks a few weeks back for a recipe which completely fails my memory now (clearly I didn’t think it was worthy of blogging!) and suddenly I had all these leeks sitting in the fridge and wasn’t sure how to use them.

I finally decided on a leek and potato soup. There were potatoes in the fridge and the weather was starting to become colder so it seemed like a good time to be making soup. After searching and browsing 5 or 6 recipes, I found the most suitable one on BBC Good Food’s website. It was a recipe I seemed to have most of the ingredients for (I found bacon in my search too!) and unlike the others which had called for cream or creme fraiche in the recipe, this one only requested milk. Fine by me, also, so quick and simple to prepare.

Getting to work I fried the bacon in butter,

fry the bacon in a deep saucepan, then add the leek

added the chopped leek and potatoes which I had cubed.

glistening leek and potato with bacon

Once everything had absorbed the butter, it was “glistening” like the recipe said. Time to add stock.

add stock (I added chicken stock) to the leek and potato mixture

The recipe called for vegetable stock however I used chicken stock which I felt was a better choice – you’ve already got bacon in there so any vegetarians are already excluded from a helping of this dish!

I did’t have any bay leaves unfortunately 😦

Bringing everything to the boil, I then left the leek and potato mixture to simmer on a low heat with the lid partially removed for around 20 mins.

Once I was happy everything was cooked and soft to touch, leaving the mixture in the saucepan, I hand blended everything until smooth. Saucepan back on the stove, last few ingredients were added. Milk, seasoning and salt to taste.

add milk and seasoning to taste, done!

That’s it – done. I froze half of my soup and took the other half to work for lunch!

leek and potato soup, delicious!

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2 Responses to “Recipe | How to make quick and tasty Leek and Potato Soup with bacon”

  1. Preshaah February 22, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Made leek and potato soup last night, added a some parsnips as well to mix it up but didnt go for bacon.

    Blended half of it then wacked in some more leeks, new potatos & pea’s to give it a bit of texture.

    Coupled with some fresh bread its straight country side living in Zone 2.

    Like your recipe and will be giving it a try.

    Preshaah x

    • foodieclaire February 22, 2011 at 10:29 am #

      Thanks so much for your comment Preshaah. Love the parsnip addition. I’m a fan of parsnips. I agree texture is good. You’re a bit of a pro aren’t you?! 😉 Zone 2 – ha ha

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