This is probably my most requested recipe. It’s my husband’s favorite, my brother-in-law’s favorite, my mom’s favorite… pretty much everyone who eats my food always wants this recipe.
I’ve done different variations over the last three years but this is by far the best way to do it. Perfect for a rainy day dinner, this recipe is particularly filling for a “soup” and is very affordable to make.
Potato Leek Stoup
Comfortably served 7 people (2 teenage boys and two large men included)
You Will Need:
1 tbsp butter
1 bundle leeks, white parts, thinly sliced (about 3 cups sliced)
1 rib of celery
1 tbsp salt + more to taste
1 lbs thick cut smoked bacon, sliced width-wise (pork jowl is a good substitute, and ends and pieces bacon is a budget friendly change that still tastes damn good)
Pepper to taste
3 lbs potatoes, un-peeled and cubed
4 cups water
2 beef bouillon cubes (or sub 2 cups of water for 2 cups of beef broth)
2 cups whole milk
Note: if you like crispy bacon cook the bacon in the pot first, scoop it out with a slotted spoon and let crisp on a paper towel. DO NOT drain the grease – add the butter and leeks straight to it and follow instructions from there.
- In a soup pot melt butter over medium heat. Add sliced leeks, celery and salt generously (about 1 tbsp). Stir until coated in butter.
- Toss in bacon and a pinch of pepper. cook until leeks are translucent, stirring frequently. The bacon should also be cooked thoroughly at this point but not necessarily crispy.
- Add potatoes, bouillon and water to pot. Mix. Bring to a boil.
- Cover and reduce to a low heat. Let simmer for 10-30 minutes (depends on how small your potatoes are cut – 20 minutes is usually perfect).
- Remove from heat. Add milk, salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot with crusty baguettes for an authentic French dish. If you reserved the bacon for crispness, sprinkle it on top before serving.
This would taste very good with a German beer if you don’t mind disgracing the French history of the recipe 😉