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Potato and leek soup (with optional bacon!)



There are occasions when I open the fridge and realise that I should have gone shopping…today was one of those days! But the weather has been pretty rubbish and I didn’t fancy going out, so I decided to cobble something together with what we had. What we had turned out to be a couple of leeks, some potatoes, some mushrooms and a bit of bacon, which could only mean one thing: SOUP! You could make this without the bacon for the traditional potato and leek soup and it would be great – either way, it tastes even better with a bit of homemade bread.




2 leeks, chopped
5 rashers of streaky bacon, cut into medium-sized pieces (optional)
8 small/medium-sized potatoes, chopped (I left the skins on, but peel if you prefer)
700ml boiling water
1 vegetable stock cube (I used a heaped tablespoon of Bouillon)
A teaspoon of mixed herbs
Black pepper
A small handful of mushrooms, chopped




1. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a large pan and add the leeks (and bacon if your wish). Leave to cook for a few minutes before adding the potatoes.


2. Add the stock cube to the boiling water and stir well before pouring into the pan. Add the mixed herbs and pepper and stir well, before leaving to simmer for a few minutes (I didn’t add salt because the Bouillon is quite salty, but you could add some if you wish).


3. Add the mushrooms and stir again, cover the pan and leave to simmer for around 15 minutes (or until the potatoes are soft).


4. Blend a little before serving if you prefer, or leave chunky. Serve with some freshly made bread and enjoy! 🙂

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  1. teddyandtottie on January 26, 2014 at 3:14 am

    That looks so yummy, Clare – especially with homemade bread! Thanks for sharing! xoxoxoxoxox

  2. Boomdeeadda on January 26, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I think your recipes sound fab. I love how there are few and simple ingredients too. I’m sure we’ll see a lot of winter when we get home and I love leek and potato soup. Will give a go! I’m bookmarking. Thanks for sharing Clare. Really nice photo’s too 😀

    • Clare on January 27, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Aww, that’s super kind – thank you! 🙂 I was so pleased with how this one turned out…definitely one of my more successful ‘what have we actually got in the fridge’ meals! 🙂 xx

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