Potato, leek and bacon soup

Saturday, April 25, 2015

I received a bundle of leeks in my organic produce box this week and had no clue what to do with it. I have never cooked a leek in my life. I scoured the internet looking at different recipes and adapted more than a couple to come up with my own (I have issues following recipes to the letter, it just doesn't happen). My goal was to keep it easy and delicious and there's no doubt I succeeded. This soup was a HIT! Enjoy!



Potato, Leek and Bacon Soup

Ingredients:

8-10 potatoes
3 leeks
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 pound of bacon
1.5 cups of whole milk
1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1.5 cups water (optional)

Directions:

  1. Peel and cut potatoes. In a large stockpot, bring potatoes and broth to a boil. Continue to cook until potatoes are tender. 
  2. Cup up bacon (I use scissors and cut in 1 inch strips) and place in deep drying pan on medium heat. Cook until evenly brown. Remove bacon but leave grease in pan.

    Potato, Leek and Bacon Soup

  3. Clean and cut leeks. **leeks are notorious for being full of dirt - watch this video for a how-to for leek-prep**
  4. Saute the leeks in the frying pan with the reserved bacon grease (for 8-10 min on medium heat).

    leeks for Potato, Leek and Bacon Soup

    cooking Potato, Leek and Bacon Soup

  5. Once potatoes are tender, stir in fried leeks, milk and bacon. Turn off heat and let soup begin to cool. Stir in shredded cheese (I wait until the soup has been cooling for about 15 min, so the cheese doesn't break down).

    Potato, Leek and Bacon Soup

  6. Decision time: if you like chunky soup, use a potato masher until soup is desired consistency. If you like creamy soup, grab a hand blender and puree away! NOTE: I found the soup SUPER thick at this point so I added 1.5 cups of water while pureeing (this is optional but it didn't impact the flavor in the slightest).

    Potato, Leek and Bacon Soup

  7. ENJOY!!

    if you want to be real fancy-like, you can top with left over chopped leeks (I forgot to save any), shredded cheese, bacon (which I also forgot to save for picture-taking purposes) and a dollop of sour cream. YUM!!

    Potato, Leek and Bacon Soup

I should add - this dish was toddler approved!!! :)

Potato, Leek and Bacon Soup

Potato, Leek and Bacon Soup





5 comments:

  1. I wish my kids weren't so picky! This looks really good... I had never cooked a leek either until I found a quiche recipe that called for them. Your produce box sounds awesome!

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    1. Annabelle is SUPER picky, I was surprised she liked this at all... she won't eat anything with onions and won't touch bacon! lol random

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  2. This looks so good! I've made potato leek soup before but never with bacon! I'm definitely going to try this! Hope you are having a great weekend!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  3. This looks delicious - and anything with bacon is a hit at my house. I'm going to try this when the rain returns this week!

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  4. Ooooh, yum! This sounds so delish! I've been craving soup lately but I feel like it's just too hot for soup :( I mean, we have our first day of 100 degrees this week... yuck! Too soon! But I'm adding this to my soup list because it sounds SO good!

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