leek & potato soup

2018-04-14 a.o.

When prepared with all the optional ingredients, this is known as Potage Parmentier, an essential base soup in French cuisine. Add watercress for Watercress Soup. Serve it chilled for Vichyssoise. Or top it with bacon, fried leeks, fresh herbs, diced vegetables, etc.. Endless variations are possible.

I often prepare it very simple with only leeks and potatoes. When I prepare it with milk, the broth is milky-white opaque instead of clear.



This is what you need for 6-8 servings:

  • 4 ft. leek whites, washed, chopped
  • 2 lbs. yellow potatoes, peeled and diced
  • S&P
  • optional:
    • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
    • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
    • 3 pints chicken stock
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 sprig fresh thyme
    • 2 carrots
    • chives, finely chopped
    • 1 cup heavy cream
      or milk and 1 stick butter
Pic1: simply leek & potatoes



Pic2: I use the white part only, plant the bottom part for regrowing
Pic3: cut and wash
Pic4: add water, cook


Pic5: all done - serve and enjoy
Pic6: partially blended
Pic7: leftovers for the freezer



For the unblended version (Pic1+5)

For the creamed version:

frozen soup reheated


Pic8-10: reheating frozen soup

like onion soup


Pic11-13: with bread & cheese, like onion soup

with cream

2018-04-14Pic8+9: prepared with milk or heavy cream

Serving suggestions:

Elephant Garlic & Potato Soup


Elephant garlic is a bulbing leek variety. You can grow it in your flower garden.

“THEY” say that you can use elephant garlic like a spring leek. Well, you can tell "THEM" that it isn’t that simple. Apparently, desert-grown elephant garlic reeks.

I harvested some from the garden. I stored them for a few days in the refrigerator. The entire house literally reeked of them. I had to boil them for more than 4 hours, and then overnight the soup before the smell subsided to a more tolerable level.

I did tame the dragon in the end, but never again. Elephant garlic needs a lot more watering than I gave it if you want it to be tolerable for kitchen use.


Pic1: blooming elephant garlic
Pic14: clean
Pic15: load the pot


Pic16: simmer a long time to reduce pungency
Pic17: add milk & butter
Pic18: done

Leek & potato soup on the internet


Pic10: unblended leek & potato soup
Pic11: creamed leek & potato soup