The Best Potato Leek Soup

The Best Potato Leek Soup Recipe | with Crispy Fried Leeks Toppings
What makes this baddie the best? Potato skins, white wine, and fried leeks!

When I set out to makes this soup there was fear in my heart– the last time I had made potato leek soup was nearly four years ago, and it was one of the most flavorless things to ever come out of my kitchen. Triumphantly, this recipe for potato leek soup is the polar opposite!! And the absolute best part? Potato peels! I know, right?? The potato peels give the soup an incredible amount of potato-y flavor, a lovely hearty texture, and bonus– you don’t have to peel potatoes! Sign me up.

Among the other staples that make this one a winner: a French bouquet garni, (aka a bundle of herbs), white wine for depth and sweetness, and a topping of crunchy, rich fried leeks. Ooh OOH! You’re gonna love this cozy classic!

The Best Potato Leek Soup Recipe | with Crispy Fried Leeks Toppings
Oh hey, girl.
The Best Potato Leek Soup Recipe | with Crispy Fried Leeks Toppings
I love smooth soups, and for a long time I used a blender to puree them– an immersion blender is TOTALLY worth the investment! This is the one I use, it’s awesome!

The Best Potato Leek Soup Recipe

Potato Leek Soup

Course: Soups
Servings: 6 Servings


For The Crispy Leeks:

  • 1 leek white and green parts only, halved lengthwise and sliced thin lengthwise, rinsed and dried well
  • canola oil or other neutral high smoke point oil

For The Potato-Leek Soup:

  • 3 sprigs thyme plus a few thyme leaves for serving
  • 5 sprigs parsley, leaves chopped and stems reserved
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 5 stalks celery diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 medium leeks sliced lengthwise, then sliced into ¼” half moons and washed well
  • salt and black pepper
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 7 cups chicken stock
  • 24 oz yukon gold potatoes washed well, unpeeled, and and cubed into 1” pieces
  • whole milk to taste


For The Crispy Leeks:

  • In a cast iron or heavy bottomed pan or pot, heat ¼” of oil over high heat to 356F. Fry the leeks in 2 batches, frying each for about 4 minutes, or until mostly golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

For The Potato-Leek Soup:

  • Tie the thyme sprigs, parsley stems, and bay leaf into a bundle with cooking twine.
  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the celery, onion, and leeks to the pot and season with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent.
  • Add the wine and simmer, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the stock, potatoes and herb bundle and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer partially covered (about ¾ of the opening of the pot should be covered) about 45-50 mins, or until potatoes are very tender.(Reduce heat if needed to maintain a low simmer.)
  • Remove the pot from the heat, and remove the herb bundle. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup, or, allow the soup to cool, then puree in a blender.
  • Stir in milk to taste. Taste the soup for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if desired. Top the soup with the chopped parsley leaves, thyme leaves, and crispy leeks.

Tell me what you think in the comments below!

The Best Potato Leek Soup Recipe | with Crispy Fried Leeks Toppings

I am preferring pureed soups more and more these days, how about you?

Check out this recipe for pureed Curried Red Lentil Soup too!

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