Potato Leek Soup with Bacon

Though I’m ready for spring, the weather hasn’t quite caught up with me.  The transition from winter to spring can be a slow one… Especially around here!

Though my tastebuds are ready for the flavors of spring and summer, it’s still quite early for fresh, local produce.  So, my transition from winter foods to spring foods is also a slow one.

I recently came across a big bunch of leeks at the farmer’s market… Leeks always remind me of spring, so I bought them right away. It also didn’t hurt that they were a great deal and much cheaper than the grocery store. Since the weather was still pretty chilly (and still is), I was in the mood for some soup. I decided to make some simple baked potato soup, flavored with the leeks and some bacon. Leeks only get better when they are sauteed in rendered bacon fat… Right?

I baked off some potatoes for my soup, but this recipe would also be a great way to use up some leftover mashed potatoes.  Either way, it’s really simple, but delicious.  Both my husband and I loved this velvety soup!

Potato Leek Soup with Bacon
(Serves 4)

  • 6 small russet potatoes, rinsed and scrubbed
    (or about 3-4 cups leftover mashed potatoes)
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 4 large leeks, chopped and cleaned
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sour cream (optional)

Begin by pricking the potatoes with a fork and baking at 450°F for about 1 hour. Set aside until the potatoes are cool enough to handle.

In the meantime, cook the bacon in a large pot over medium heat until crisp.  Use a slotted spoon to remove it from the pot and reserve for garnishishing the soup.  Add the chopped leeks to the pot and saute over medium heat until tender.

Scoop out the potatoes and add the cooked potatoes to the pot.  Gently mash the potatoes with the leeks using the back of a wooden spoon or spatula.  Add the vegetable stock and milk and stir into the potato and leek mixture and bring to a simmer..  Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve topped with sour cream and the reserved bacon.

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22 Responses to Potato Leek Soup with Bacon
  1. Monica
    March 8, 2011 | 11:03 am

    This soup looks delicous and I love how simple it is!

  2. Evil Shenanigans
    March 8, 2011 | 12:26 pm

    Bacon, leeks, potatoes, and sour cream … Yeah, you pretty much have everything I love in this soup … except chocolate. :D Yum!!

  3. A Bowl Of Mush
    March 8, 2011 | 1:17 pm

    Ooh love leek and potato soup! This one looks gorgeous and I love the idea of having bacon in it!

  4. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies
    March 8, 2011 | 1:29 pm

    Oooh yum! And you know, I have frozen chopped leeks from Trader Joe’s I can use for this. Winner!

  5. Kath
    March 8, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    Looks great, Jen! Have you tried it with chicken broth instead of vegetable stock? I’m thinking I would like it even better that way.

    • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction
      March 8, 2011 | 3:50 pm

      Hi, Kath – Yes, I’m sure it would be great with chicken broth. I just had some vegetable stock in the fridge, so that’s what I used this time around.

  6. Amanda
    March 8, 2011 | 5:58 pm

    Wow does that look amazing or what??!?!? Great job!

  7. bridget {bake at 350}
    March 8, 2011 | 6:19 pm

    That sounds so, so good! It’s a rainy day here; this would be perfect!

  8. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    March 8, 2011 | 6:24 pm

    A baked potato soup, I love it! I’ve always liked the combination of leeks and potatoes it’s one of the classics.

  9. Kristen
    March 8, 2011 | 8:47 pm

    What a creamy comforting bowl of soup!

  10. Robyn | Add a Pinch
    March 8, 2011 | 8:56 pm

    Oh my! I love potato leek soup. This looks so good!

  11. Joy
    March 8, 2011 | 11:25 pm

    This looks wonderful. I love potato soup.

  12. Nutmeg Nanny
    March 9, 2011 | 12:34 am

    This looks delicious! I have been a major soup kick lately. I will have to give this on a try…yum!

  13. Tracey
    March 9, 2011 | 1:46 pm

    Oh, that looks so yummy Jen! It’s chilly again here today and I could definitely go for a bowl of soup, especially one topped with bacon!

  14. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite
    March 9, 2011 | 6:17 pm

    A perfect segue into spring. Fortunately we have a LOT of homecured pancetta hanging around (literally!) so this will be featured on our menu in the next week!

  15. Wenderly
    March 9, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    Gorgeous! Just gorgeous!

  16. Tracy
    March 10, 2011 | 5:04 pm

    I know what you mean about the painfully slow transition to spring and fresh, local produce. This soup sounds absolutely wonderful and I must try it!

  17. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles
    March 10, 2011 | 11:07 pm

    I’ve never made this, but always love it when I find it on a menu somewhere. Yum – I’ll have to try it!!

  18. Jamie | My Baking Addiction
    March 12, 2011 | 4:12 pm

    Ahhh bacon! Love it…now I’m craving soup!

  19. Peggy
    April 15, 2011 | 5:28 am

    I definitely love how simple this soup is!

  20. Dan
    May 3, 2011 | 9:30 pm

    I like the baking the potatoes before adding them to the soup – very neat.

  21. Carole
    May 4, 2011 | 12:04 pm

    I used heavy whipping cream instead of milk and I added the cooked bacon to the leak while cooking instead of using it as a garnish. This was sooooooo good! Thanks!

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