Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup

The aftermath of a huge turkey dinner is the inevitable leftover turkey dishes for the next few days. I am amazed at how creative some of you are in using up all that good meat. Julie of Mommie Cooks, a wonderful mom of three boys, has a recipe on Turkey Goulash. This noodle dish with spices sounds absolutely delicious. I may have to use some of my leftover turkey meat to try out her recipe.

Unless I have company on Thanksgiving, I usually get the smallest bird I can find – one that is about 10 to 12 pounds in size. Even then, there is plenty of meat leftover. I usually freeze the meat and make my boys’ favorite turkey potpies at a later time. The carcass is never thrown away until after every ounce of goodness is milked out. It goes into a large stock pot and after 2 to 3 hours, I get 10 cups of flavorful stock enough for two pots of delicious soup.

Leek and Potato Soup

One of my favorite soups with turkey stock is leek and potato soup. This creamy and peppery soup makes a wonderful lunch and is a cinch to prepare. With a flavorful stock, few ingredients are needed. Topped with spicy and peppery watercress, this bowl of goodness is much welcomed on a cold day. The idea of using watercress came from The Splendid Table.

Leek and Potato Soup
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 3 (about 1 lb/450g) leeks
  • 3 tbsp (55g) butter
  • 4 (about 1ยผ lbs/560g) Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 5 cups (1.2 liters) chicken or turkey stock
  • Salt to taste
  • ยฝ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 cup (240ml) half-and-half or cream
  • A small bunch of watercress, rinsed and drained
  1. Trim off the tough green portions of leeks. Halve lengthwise and rinse under cold running water to
  2. get rid of grit and sand. Slice finely crosswise.
  3. In a large pot, melt butter. Add leeks and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add potatoes and stock. Bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are very tender and falling apart, about 30 minutes. Turn off heat and puree with immersion blender until smooth.
  6. Stir in half and half or cream and top with watercress.
  7. Serve immediately.

Leek and Potato Soup

Gearing up for the next celebration…..

Is your Christmas tree up yet? We normally put it up after the Thanksgiving dinner. This year we have decided to use purple and silver baubles and ribbons to decorate the tree.

Leek and Potato Soup

We collect Nativity sets and this is a delightful Navajo one in our collection.

Leek and Potato Soup

I am sending this to Deb of Kahakai Kitchen for her weekly Souper Sundays event.


Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  1. says

    Biren, that’s a comforting soup and I usually add English leek and onion in the soup. The turkey stock will use for congee.
    The pot is very pretty too.

  2. says

    Turkey stock, that sounds delicious. And this soup looks delicious as well. I also love the tree, it goes all the way up to the ceiling! you must have the most wonderful christmases… It’s very different for me here in LA. Mild winter, and our place is so teeny tiny that we have no room for a tree. I may get a small one from Trader Joes to put on our dining table though.

    By the way, is that a shun chef’s knife I see there? i have one also! My sister got it for me for my birthday this year. i absolutely love it.

    • Biren says

      Yes Roxan, that’s a Shun Nakiri. I am in the process of upgrading my knives and I absolutely love the Shun’s Damascus steel or Damascus steel like blades. I also have one of their scalloped utility knife which is absolutely gorgeous. :)

  3. says

    I absolutely love that pot/bowl that you have your soup in, it’s so beautiful! A beautiful bowl for a lovely soup. I love how simple this soup is too. I’ve actually never had any kind of leek soup before. Kind of intrigued by how this soup would taste. I’m sure it’s delicious, like everything else you make.

    Gorgeous tree, Biren!!!! Our thanksgiving is in October so we usually put up our tree after remembrance day.

  4. says

    Potato leek soup is one of my favorites too. Yours looks wonderful, and I wish I had my bowl full of it right now. Great photos, your bowls or crocks are beautiful!

    We don’t have our tree up yet. For some reason it’s hard to get in the mood for tree shopping when it is in the 80’s. But wee are supposed to be cooler this week in the 70’s.

  5. says

    Hi Biren – I’ve been wanting to try and make my own leek soup. I bought leeks weeks ago and never used it (one of those sad stories) Truth be told, I’ve never worked with leeks – thanks for including how to use them. Have a great week my friend! :)

  6. says

    Hi my friend! Thanks so much for the shout out! I have to say, this soup looks absolutely perfect it every way. I’m a huge fan of all soup, but I particularly love a good cream based soup. I also love The Splendid Table; Lynne really knows her stuff!

  7. says

    What a gorgeous Christmas tree, Biren! I love it! Mmmm, I also love your soup…this is one of my all-time favorites. Your little soup pots are adorable!

  8. says

    Hi Biren…I haven’t been on for several weeks so I hope you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving. The soup looks marvelous and I LOVE the goregous bowls. Pretty Christmas tree as well.

  9. says

    Biren, you have some really cool stoneware and dinnerware!
    X’mas tree looks awesome! How nice would it be to enjoy a bowl of hot and creamy soup sitting in front of the window and watching the snow falling….

  10. says

    What a great soup, looks delicious. It’s great that you get every last use of the turkey and make so many delicious meals from it. Your tree looks so beautiful, we haven’t gotten ours up yet and we should soon.

  11. says

    I can’t get enough of soup this year! I’ve never actually had leeks, but I love potato soup so I would only imagine I would love this soup too! By the way your tree is gorgeous! We’re waiting to get ours this weekend.

  12. says

    Hi Biren

    I have a special fondness for leek and potato soup as it’s the first French soup I ever learned to cook as a young chef in training. Looking at your tureen full of soup brings back so many funny memories ๐Ÿ˜€ It looks wonderful in that beautiful tureen!

    Your tree is dazzling and your nativity set is adorable! I used to make my own nativity scenes but just don’t have the energy anymore….

  13. says

    Biren your soup looks so good in that lovely bowl with the watercress on top. I make potato leek soup at least once a month and I agree that the stock makes for such a flavorful soup. Your tree is beautiful and if I’m ever home long enough I’m going to put one up! Best wishes, Patty

  14. says

    I love turkey. The whole turkey is just too intimidating ๐Ÿ˜› I always go for the huge drumsticks or mince. Great to top noodles or in congee. Love your soup and the pot too.

  15. says

    I am so happy you joined in Souper Sundays this week. I hope you come back soon. I love potato-leek soup and this one look delicious–love the soup pot too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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