This has to be one of my all-time favourite soups. When I was little my mum used to ask my brother and I for meal and lunch requests; I would ask for leek and potato soup pretty much every week and, now I’m grown up and moved out, I call her for the recipe on an equally regular basis. Whenever it’s cold and I want a taste of home I make this soup so it’s about time that I actually documented the recipe (I’m sure I’ll just find another reason to call mum).
Originally from a cookbook published by the dairy, the recipe calls for lashing of butter and cream. Mum took it upon herself to make her soup more healthy and I can quite honestly say you don’t need all that dairy. The potato and a little crème fraîche provide all the richness this soup needs; too much cream would mask the sweet oniony flavour of the leeks. What you really mustn’t miss out is the not-so-secret ingredient which I keep on hand solely for this soup: mace blades. Ground mace just doesn’t seem to cut it here. Toppings are entirely optional; if your other half just happens to be making a bacon sandwich pinch a slice and crumble it over the top. I’d also recommend having some crusty white bread and butter for dipping and mopping up every last drop.
Leek and Potato Soup
- 30g butter
- 1 onion
- 2 large leeks
- 600g potato, peeled
- 1 blade of mace
- 600ml water or stock
- 30g low-fat crème fraîche
- salt and pepper
Peel and dice the onion, wash and slice the leeks and cut the potato into 1–2cm cubes.
In a large pan melt the butter over a medium heat and add the onion, leeks and potato. Stir well to coat and cover with a lid. Cook gently, stirring from time to time, until the leeks and onion are soft and translucent – about 5 minutes.
Add the mace and water (or stock), cover and simmer for 15–20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
Use a hand blender to puree the soup until smooth.
The soup will probably be very thick, stir in the crème fraîche then thin it as much as you like with milk. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper.
Bring back to a simmer and serve.