Thursday, September 25, 2008


I am so glad the weather is getting colder. I know I'm the same girl who was looking forward to summer, but by the end of the winter I forget how much I love cold weather food. Warm and cozy stay inside food like soups!

This is one of the easiest soups ever. It takes about as much time as mashed potatoes but if you were to serve mashed potatoes for dinner everyone would look at you strangely. Instead serve this. It's creamy, it's filling, it's warm and comforting. It's perfect for curling up and enjoying a roaring fire - and by the way I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to use our fireplace this winter!

Potato Leek Soup
  • 1.5 medium leeks
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 cup heavy cream
  1. Trim the leeks, leaving about 1 inch of the tender green portions, then rinse them. Cut crosswise into slices 1/2 inch thick.
  2. In a large pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. When foaming, add the leeks and sauté, stirring occasionally, until they have wilted a little, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes and carrot, then add water just to cover the vegetables. Increase the heat to medium and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife, about 30 minutes.
  5. Working in batches, puree the cooked vegetables and their liquid in a food processor.
  6. Return the pureed vegetables to the saucepan and season with salt and pepper. Set the saucepan over medium-low heat, stir in the cream and heat to just under a boil.
Serves 2.
Each serving has:
Calories 297.5
Total Fat 11.7 g
Total Carbohydrate 45.0 g
Protein 5.4 g


  1. There is NOTHING more comforting than potato soup. LOVE IT!

  2. Hey! I just made this last night. Great minds...

  3. I prefer summer, but I love when the cool weather of fall comes around because it always pushes me into the kitchen.
    I love this soup.

  4. Love it! Potato soup is perfect for cold weather.

  5. Soup is so perfect for the winter. I'm excited to try this once it gets below 70 degrees!

  6. A very satisfying soup! I'm with you, YAY for cooler weather and comfort foods.

  7. Oh this is one of my favorite soups.

  8. One of my most favorite soups for Fall time, along with butternut squash soup. I never put a carrot in my leek soup but a great idea as it lends some sweetness.

  9. I am also a huge fan of cooler weather :)! This sounds so yummy and comforting. Leeks have such an amazing flavor! We would love to feature your recipe on our blog and possibly our kitchen digital cookbook. Please email if you're interested. Have a lovely day!

  10. This looks really good. I'm going to make this soup this winter.

  11. i'm becoming such a soup-aholic. it's one of the main reasons i can't wait for cooler temps.