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
This classic soup combines tender potatoes with flavorful leeks, resulting in a comforting and nourishing bowl of goodness.
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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