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Potato Leek Soup

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I have a tendency to complicate things sometimes. I usually over think and stew about things. Life, issues, even silly things like food. I like complex flavors and enough taste bud stimulation to keep me coming back for more. And sometimes I forget that the simplest of recipes can be just as tasty.

“Leek and Potato Soup smells good, tastes good, and is simplicity itself to make. It is also versatile as a soup base…change the formula a bit, add carrots… or anything else you think would go with it.”

– Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child

potato leek soup

I thought it was about time I try making Julia’s Leek and Potato Soup. I’ve eaten it before, but just never made it myself. It is simple, at only 5 ingredients, but still satisfying on a cold fall night with a big hunk of baguette to dip in the soup.

Even though I truly enjoy sitting down to a more decadent meal, a simple family dinner is really where the best family time happens. There’s no huge mess to worry about cleaning up afterward. No mounds of dishes to do. No hours to spend preparing the meal. Just simple, good food and wonderful company.

julia child potato leek soup

As simple and as satisfying as this soup is, I can only imagine how yummy it would be when used as a soup base like Julia mentions. I’m thinking broccoli and cheese would be delicious stirred in. Julia suggests watercress, carrots, string beans, broccoli, cauliflower, or anything else you think would go with it. Smart lady she was!

potato leek soup

Leek and Potato Soup

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

As simple and as satisfying as this soup is, I can only imagine how yummy it would be when used as a soup base like Julia mentions. I’m thinking broccoli and cheese would be delicious stirred in.


  • 3 to 4 cups or 1 lb. peeled, sliced or diced potatoes
  • 3 cups or 1 lb. thinly sliced leeks, including the tender greens
  • 2 quarts water (I used 1 quart broth + 1 quart water)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream


  1. Simmer the potato and leek in the water, partially covered, for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  2. Mash the vegetables in the soup with a fork or pass through a food mill (I pureed because I don't have a food mill). Season to taste - I added a bit of fresh ground pepper.
  3. Set aside uncovered until just before serving, then reheat to a simmer.
  4. Off heat, before serving, stir in the cream. Garnish with parsley or chives, if desired.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 130Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 15mgSodium 593mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 3gSugar 2gProtein 4g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Tuesday 30th of November 2010

I do more with less by making homemade pizza every week. It's a lot of work because I make my own dough and sauce, and grate the cheese, etc, but it's worth it; we save a ton this way!

Melissa W.

Monday 29th of November 2010

make nourishing bone broth with chicken bones after eating the roasted chicken for a couple of meals. Use more lentils. Make more meals from scratch.


Monday 29th of November 2010

I do more with less by doing this: instead of buying cleaning products that are loaded with chemicals... I use 1/2 cup dishwashing liquid and 1 gallon water to clean kitchen surfaces. The soapiness is just enough to get everything clean & very little amount of chemicals on my surfaces! Just put into a cheap spray bottle and you wont be spending $$$ on harmful products :)

Dele O

Monday 29th of November 2010

Doing more with less could be decorating the christmas tree as a family. More work done in less time, and lots of family time together.

anna p.

Monday 29th of November 2010

I try to menu plan. Coupon clipping and bargain hunting also helps!

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