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Irish Vegetable Potato Leek Soup

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Irish Vegetable Potato Leek Soup is a hearty bowl of delicious comfort. Perfect for brisk days, it’s a healthy soup that will warm your toes.

Bowl of Irish Vegetable Potato Leek Soup with Country Potato Bread

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Plus, it’s a rather quick and easy soup to make with 6 or 7 ingredients and ready in around 30 minutes.

Living on the Pacific coast, as we do, bowls of warm soup are a fall and winter standby. Steaming hot, often packed with vegetables and aromatics that truly, soothe the soul.

Potato soup, though, does something a bit more for me.

My Grandmother O’Hara was known for her potato soup. And truly, her soup in general. She was an amazing cook and grew a large family from her humble yet hearty food.

I always think of her when I make potato soup. In all of its variations, like Cream of Potato Soup or Slow Cooker Cream of Potato Soup.

This soup combines the best of vegetable soup and cream of potato soup. A rustic soup that’s slightly pureed leaving chunks of delicious vegetables in a creamy base.

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Benefits of Potato Leek Soup

The Irish say that a good bowl of potato soup will get you through the winter.

And they have something there.

Health Benefits of Leeks

Leeks are a member of the onion, shallot, scallions, garlic, chives family.

  1. Nutrient dense: high in Vitamin A, which is important for “vision, immune function, reproduction, and cell communication.”
  2. Packed with antioxidants.
  3. Promotes healthy digestion.

Health Benefits of Potatoes

Potatoes are healthier than you may know. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

“Studies have linked potatoes and their nutrients to a variety of impressive health benefits, including improved blood sugar control, reduced heart disease risk, and higher immunity. They may also improve digestive health and combat signs of aging.”

Potato Leek Soup Ingredients in a Woven Basket

Irish Vegetable Potato Leek Soup Ingredients

Here are the handful of ingredients you’ll need to make this Potato Leek Soup. Specific ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

You may notice a parsnip in the ingredients. I had one that needed to be used and added it to the soup. Any root vegetable additions always work well in this soup.

If you love parsnips, you might want to check out my Cream of Parsnip Soup!

Back to the ingredients for this soup:

  • Butter
  • Medium onion
  • Leek
  • Russet potatoes
  • Vegetable stock
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cream or half and half, which is optional

Vegan Potato Soup Ingredients

With a couple of simple substitutions, this soup can become naturally vegan. Swap the butter for olive oil or coconut oil. The optional cream can be skipped or add a non-dairy cream instead.

Top view of Potato Soup in a Red Dutch Oven

How to Make Vegetable Potato Leek Soup

Melt the butter in a medium-size Dutch oven.

Step 1: Saute the Vegetables

Once melted, add the onions, leeks, and potatoes. Saute for 5 minutes, or until softened and beginning to brown.

Step 2: Add Stock and Cook

Add the vegetable stock, water, carrots, and celery. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are fork-tender.

I like to reserve chunks of carrots and celery to garnish the top of each bowl. But that’s completely optional. You need to do this before the next step if desired.

Step 3: Puree the Soup

Puree the soup until it’s smooth using a blender, in batches, or an immersion blender. Stir in the cream, if desired.

Loaf of Irish Soda Bread in Skillet with Green Cloth

What to Serve with Potato Leek Soup

Greens are always a nice compliment to a hearty bowl of soup. But so are either thick slices of a rustic country loaf or an Irish Soda Bread.

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Bowl of Irish Vegetable Potato Leek Soup with Country Potato Bread

Irish Potato Leek Soup

Yield: 6 servings

Irish Vegetable Potato Leek Soup is a hearty bowl of delicious comfort. Perfect for brisk days, it's a healthy soup that will warm your toes.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, sliced thinly
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1/2 cup half and half (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a medium-size Dutch oven. Once melted add the onions, leeks, and potatoes. Saute for 5 minutes, or until softened and beginning to brown.
  2. Add the vegetable stock, water, carrots, and celery. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are fork-tender.
  3. I like to reserve chunks of carrots and celery to garnish the top of each bowl. But that's completely optional. You need to do this before the next step if desired.
  4. Puree the soup until it's smooth using a blender, in batches, or an immersion blender. Stir in the cream, if desired. Serve with greens and Irish Soda Bread.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 595mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

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2 Comments

  1. Hello Stephanie ,

    Loved the Irish Potato Leek soup recipe. Reminded me of Portuguese Caldo verde soup. Mashed instead of purée, died some thinly sliced cabbage and spinach.

    Slainte!

    1. You’re right! I hadn’t thought about Caldo Verde Green Soup but it does resemble it. Maybe add some sausage? Yum. I also love the idea of adding cabbage and spinach. This recipe is so versatile and easy to tweak and make it different every time. I’m so glad you liked it!

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