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Potato Leek Soup


Cove Cuisine Soups & Stews


Potato-Leek-Soup Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup. A comforting soup to enjoy on cooler afternoons or evenings, another garden-to-table favorite at The Cove!

Prep Time: 20 min  ~  Cook Time: 40 min  ~  Servings: 4-6


  • smalls Leeks
  • wholes Bay Leaves
  • 20 wholes Black Peppercorns
  • sprigs Thyme, fresh
  • slices Bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup White Wine, Dry
  • cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 1/4 pound Russet Potatoes, diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • tablespoons Chives, snipped
  • 3/4 cup Heavy Cream


  • Trim the green portions of the leek, and using 2 of the largest and longest leaves, make a bouquet garni by folding the 2 leaves around the bay leaves, peppercorns, and thyme. Tie into a package-shaped.
  • Bundle with kitchen twine, and set aside. (Alternatively, tie the 2 leek leaves, bay leaves, peppercorns, and thyme together in a piece of cheesecloth.)
  • Using a sharp knife, halve the white part of the leek lengthwise. Rinse the leek well under cold running water to rid it of any sand. Slice thinly crosswise and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large soup pot over medium heat, and add the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally until the bacon is soft and has rendered most of its fat, about 5 minutes. Add the chopped leeks and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and bring to a boil. Add the reserved bouquet garni and the chicken stock, potatoes, salt, and white pepper. Bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and the soup is very flavorful.
  • Remove the bouquet garni and puree the soup using an immersion blender or in batches in a blender. Please use caution when blending hot liquids; blend only small amounts at a time, with the blender tightly covered and a kitchen towel held over the top.
  • Stir in the crème fraîche, and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve immediately, with some of the snipped chives sprinkled over the top of each bowl of soup.


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