Making potato leek soup at home is a rewarding and effortless experience. This classic soup combines tender potatoes with flavorful leeks, resulting in a comforting and nourishing bowl of goodness. With minimal ingredients and simple steps, you can create a hearty and satisfying dish. The creamy texture of the soup, along with the delicate sweetness of leeks, makes it a perfect choice for a cozy meal. Whether enjoyed as a starter or a main course, homemade potato leek soup is a comforting option that will warm your heart and soul. Embrace the ease of preparation and relish the delicious simplicity of this timeless soup.

Potato Leek Soup

Jenn Segal
A French classic, this creamy potato leek soup is quick, easy, and comforting.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Soup
Servings 6 people


  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 large leeks, white and light green parts only (roughly chopped, about 5 cups)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled and smashed)
  • 2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes (peeled and roughly chopped into ½-inch pieces)
  • 7 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Chives, finely chopped (for serving)


  • Melt the butter over medium heat in a large soup pot. Add the leeks and garlic and cook, stirring regularly, until soft and wilted, about 10 minutes. Adjust the heat as necessary so as not to brown.
  • Add the potatoes, broth, bay leaves, thyme, salt and pepper to pot and bring to a boil. Cover and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are very soft.
  • Fish out the thyme sprig and bay leaves, then purée the soup with a hand-held immersion blender until smooth. (Alternatively, use a standard blender to purée the soup in batches; see note.)
  •  Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. If soup is too thin, simmer until thickened. If it's too thick, add water or stock to thin it out.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.


Note: If using a standard blender to purée the soup: be sure not to fill the jar more than halfway; leave the hole in the lid open and cover loosely with a dishtowel to allow the heat to escape; and pour blended soup into a clean pot.
Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The soup can be frozen, without the cream, for up to 3 months. Defrost the soup in the refrigerator for 12 hours and then reheat it on the stovetop over medium heat until hot. Once heated through, add the cream and bring to a simmer before serving.
This recipe is courtesy of Jenn Segal from Once Upon A Chef.

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