Rustic Potato Leek Soup

Kathy D


A hearty recipe for potato and leek soup from Cook's Illustrated. The recipe leaves the leeks and potatoes chunkier to create a hearty soup. Enjoy!


★★★★★ 2 votes

10 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 5 c
    low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 lb
    red potaotes (4-5 medium), cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 tsp
    fresh thyme, or 1/4 t. dried
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • ·
    salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 3 lb
    leeks (8 medium), white and light green parts, halved and sliced thin
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced

How to Make Rustic Potato Leek Soup


  1. Bring the broth, potatoes, thyme, bay leaves and 1/2 teaspoon salt to boil, covered, in a large saucepan. Reduce to simmer and continue to cook, covered, until needed in step 3.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large Dutch oven over med-high heat. Stir in leeks, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt, cover and cook until leeks are wilted and softened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in broth mixture. Bring to simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 4 to 7 minutes.
  4. Off heat, remove bay leaves and mash some of the potatoes against the side of the pot to thicken soup to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

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About Rustic Potato Leek Soup

Course/Dish: Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: Irish

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