Soup Potato and leek soup in a bowl

Published on July 6th, 2014 | by Gareth


Leek and potato soup

This week has been personally challenging and also ‘nuts busy’. I had to make daily, prioritised To Do lists just to avoid starring blankly at my computer screen like a stunned mullet.

When there is so much going on, it’s easy to skip making time for myself.  Perhaps, that’s because I end up feeling guilty if I do literally nothing (other than watch documentaries).  That’s one of the reasons I like to cook and blog, productive but relaxing at the same time.

Amazingly it’s still winter in Sydney, so I knocked up some potato and leek soup plus a sourdough loaf  (using a sourdough starter). I took real pleasure from the simplicity of this hearty, wholesome dish (the creating and eating). I’ll share the sourdough recipe in a later post, but here’s my recipe for potato and leek soup.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Equipment: Large heavy based stockpot, blender, chopping board and knife


  • 3 leeks – washed, white part roughly chopped) keep the green part to make stock
  • 1 ½ brown onions – peeled and diced
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 3 potatoes – peeled and diced
  • 1 litre of chicken or vegetable stock
  • Salt & pepper
  • ¼ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg – optional
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic – peeled and chopped
  • ½ tsp. fresh parsley – washed and finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • Sour cream or single cream


  • Heat the olive oil in the stockpot.
  • Over a low heat cook the onions until they begin to caramelise (soft and opaque with a little colour). Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the bay leaf, celery and leeks and cook for 5 minutes, then add the stock and nutmeg then increase to a medium heat, cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Add the potatoes and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer until the potatoes are soft (about 5-10 minutes).
  • Season to taste
  • Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and the cream. Serve hot with cheese and bread.

How do you distress after a ‘nuts busy’ week? And do you call it leek and potato soup or potato and leek?

potato and leek soup with sourdough bread

A simple, warming feast

potato and leek soup in a bowl

Time to dig in


About the Author

Englishman in Sydney loves a whisky, pies and all things savoury. Digital Marketer by day, cook the rest of the time. Amateur writer, photographer & aspiring anthropologists.

2 Responses to Leek and potato soup

  1. Such soup weather at the moment! Loving the look of that grilled bread too.

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