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Potato-Leek Soup Recipe

This savory soup is a dish we especially enjoy for dinner on a cold night. Served with hot homemade bread or rolls, it's delicious.—Patricia Wells, Riverhead, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sliced leeks (white portion only)
  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 5 cups cubed peeled potatoes
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1-1/3 cups cubed carrots
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes


  • 1. In a large Dutch oven, saute leeks in 1/4 cup butter until tender. Add potatoes, celery, carrots, 1/2 teaspoon salt and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt remaining butter. Stir in flour, pepper and remaining salt until smooth; gradually add the milk and bouillon. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir into vegetables. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Yield: 8 servings (about 2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 298 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 774mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

Reviews for Potato-Leek Soup

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bevy21 User ID: 8098658 226173
Reviewed May. 11, 2015

"This is a great soup. It's quick, easy, and flavourful. It is definitely a keeper."

webesmiley User ID: 1150323 219765
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"First time making it tonite--very nummy! Used chicken broth in place of water and added a small chunk of leftover cooked ham that I chopped/diced up. Pretty simple to prepare. Made quite a full pot....looking forward to sharing it with other family and friends."

Cinnylou52 User ID: 7295097 3510
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"This is our new favorite soup! I've made it several times and it's always a hit. I've made it using vegetable broth instead of chicken broth for friends who are vegetarian. Also I usually add about 1 cup of half and half along with the milk. Otherwise it's great just the way it is!"

Marc Erich User ID: 5903957 2865
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"This soup turned out delicious! Very simple to prepare and tasted wonderful! I took my time making it, as I was preparing other dishes as well. A definate addition to my recipe collection!"

Andiluvs2cook User ID: 88826 3092
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2012

"This made a nice pot of soup. I used 2 cups chicken stock in place of the water. Very tasty!"

millersbay User ID: 6526744 3509
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"Ditto what cad222 wrote! This went over well with us all...even my husband who is not normally a fan of soup. He says "this one has some substance!" We will be making it again for sure. (I omitted the carrots and garnished with a little shredded cheese & crumbled bacon.)"

cad222 User ID: 533762 4771
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2012

"Made this tonight with fresh potatoes, leeks, and carrots from my garden. It turned out great. Good fall comfort food!"

keverwann User ID: 1807985 3613
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2012

"This was good, but it needed more liquid and we didn't even add the celery. We also left out the bouillon cubes because we didn't have any. This was a great use of the leeks I found - prewashed, prechopped, and frozen for 1 Euro for a kilogram."

MY REVIEW User ID: 5850950 5992
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2012

"We love this soup, I've made it 3 times in the last month. I use the Knorr homestyle stock concentrate instead of boullion and it is really delicious."

estherbotelho User ID: 4621346 3010
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"Because we are SALT conscious in our household, I used only the first 1/2 tsp. salt with leek and potato and swapped out the water for my homemade chicken broth with less salt and added two garlic cloves minced. I omitted the chicken boullion in the white sauce. Two thumbs up!"

lafleur User ID: 2115534 3608
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2011

"Wonderful flavor! Never cooked w/leeks before. Did make a couple changes, no carrots, an extra cup of leeks, & 6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled. Will definitely make again."

Doctor Z User ID: 5809308 3606
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"The recipe was pretty easy to make. The time to complete the recipe must start from the time the vegetables are chopped. If you are doing that by hand add 20 minutes or so.

I didn't find that the carrots added much and there was quite a bit of butter used. I also tried using frozen leeks. Next time I use fresh leeks, less butter and maybe no carrots. I also need to work on my roux technique. Too many lumps I had to strain out.
The flavor is definitely mild. I might add a few more leeks next time."

Freelance Cook User ID: 5086859 4465
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"awesome mellow flavor... delicious!"

AnnaPeaster User ID: 2168214 5991
Reviewed May. 12, 2009

"This is an excellent soup. It is mild but still has alot of flavor. My husband is always looking for leek patches and bringing home this "fragrant" onion to munch on with a cold beer. He had dug up some small ones (no thicker than a pinky finger)and asked me to find a recipe for potato leek soup. I knew Taste of Home was the place to look."

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