Vegetarian Potato Leek Soup

Potato leek soup must be one of the most simple, tasty and budget friendly meals I know. As a student this was a favorite meal I often cooked for friends.

This rustic potato soup tastes delicious, (perhaps even better!) also the day after. It's perfect hot or cold, anytime!

A potato soup can be great served as a starter, but this recipe is also substantial enough to be served as a main meal. At least that's what I do.

Serve the soup together with for example garlic bread and a fresh green salad. A grilled sandwich is a hit too.

Served with a glass of white wine and some elegant garnishing turns the humble soup into a budget-gourmet meal.

You can substitute or omit the cream for a vegan potato soup.

Vegetarian Potato Leek Soup

Serves 4

Potato leek soup

Here's What You Need

  • 5 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 large leek, washed and sliced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, or 4 cups water and 2 vegetable stock cubes.
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 cup double cream, or vegan substitute
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Here's What You Do

Start by preparing the potatoes and the leek.

The best way to wash a leek:

  • To wash the leek easily, cut it once lengthwise from about 3 inches from the root all the way to the end of the green leaves but make sure the leek keeps together at the root.
  • Under running water carefully separate the leaves one by one and wash away all the stones and dirt.
  1. Peel and cube the potatoes.
  2. Slice the leek.
  3. Put the vegetables in a large pot together with oil, spices and parsley. Saute while stirring for a couple of minutes on medium heat. Just to let it bring out some flavor. Be careful not to let it brown too much.
  4. Add the broth.
  5. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium and let the soup simmer for about 20 min. until the potatoes are soft.
  6. When the potatoes are very soft, mash them with a fork and finally stir in the cream and re-heat.

Serve With

This soup is delicious served with for example garlic bread or garlic croutons, and a crisp green salad.

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