Delicious Irish Potato Leek Soup Recipe for a Cozy Evening

Welcome, dear reader, to this delightful Irish Potato Leek Soup recipe. I am thrilled to share the magnificence of this traditional Irish soup with you. When it comes to comfort food, a bowl of soup is always right on top of my list. There is something about a steaming hot bowl filled with wholesome ingredients that warms both the heart and soul.

This recipe combines the goodness of potatoes and leeks with other staples found in your pantry, resulting in a highly satisfying and delectable outcome. The flavorsome blend of butter, cream, and spices will delight your taste buds like never before!

As someone who takes great pride in cooking up authentic British cuisine, I promise you an epic pot of soup that’s dense, creamy and savory all at once. Whether it’s for St. Patrick’s Day or any time of year, this hearty and aromatic bowl will undoubtedly impress anyone who tries it.

So without further ado, let’s begin our journey on how to make an unforgettable Irish potato leek soup.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Potato Leek Soup
Irish Potato Leek Soup

Picture yourself on a chilly evening, savoring the warmth of a creamy potato leek soup. The steam billows from the bowl, tantalizing your senses with its irresistible aroma. That’s exactly what you’ll feel when you whip up this mouthwatering Irish Potato Leek Soup recipe.

This traditional Irish soup is the perfect comfort food to warm your heart and soul. The combination of potatoes and leeks creates a velvety texture that will leave you feeling completely satisfied. But what truly elevates this soup is its usage of heavy cream and fresh parsley. The cream adds a lovely richness to the soup while the parsley adds an earthy freshness that perfectly balances the flavors.

But why stop at just enjoying this soup during St. Patrick’s Day? This delicious soup can be enjoyed all year round, whether it’s a cozy winter dinner or a refreshing summer meal. It’s also easy to make, with minimal effort required for maximum flavor.

So why settle for a mundane bowl of soup when you can indulge in something extraordinary? Try out this Irish Potato Leek Soup recipe and take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey.

Ingredient List

 Creamy and comforting Irish Potato Leek Soup
Creamy and comforting Irish Potato Leek Soup

Irish Potato Leek Soup Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 large leeks, trimmed and sliced thoroughly and rinsed and dried (white and light green parts only)
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 russet potatoes, peeled and diced into small cubes (around ¼ inch)
  • 1 Yukon gold potato, peeled and diced into small cubes (around ¼ inch)
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • Salt and ground pepper for taste
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 bunch of parsley leaves

Why leek and potato soup needs good tasty stock to start?

Leek and potato soup is a traditional Irish dish suitable for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. This creamy potato soup needs good, tasty stock to start, otherwise, it can be bland or too gummy. Chicken broth gives this recipe a perfect base with its savory flavor.

Why both leek and potato are important in the soup ingredients?

Leeks’ unique sweetness complements the earthy flavor from potatoes perfectly, contributing essential flavors to the pot. Onions also provide additional depth to this simple yet hearty soup. So don’t skimp on these essential ingredients when making this Irish classic.

Now that we know what we need let’s dive in how to cook this delicious soup!

The Recipe How-To

 Warm your belly on a chilly day with this hearty soup
Warm your belly on a chilly day with this hearty soup

Step 1: Preparing the Leeks and Potatoes

Start by preparing the leeks. Cut the tougher, dark green portion of the leek leaves; you only need the lighter green and white parts. Wash them thoroughly and then slice them thinly. For the potatoes, peel and dice them into small pieces to reduce cooking time.

Step 2: Sautéing the Vegetables

On medium heat in a large saucepan, melt butter and then add sliced leeks along with diced onions. Sauté them until they turn soft and translucent, which usually takes around five minutes.

Next, stir in diced potatoes, salt, and pepper then cook for another minute. Stirring is crucial to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Step 3: Simmering the Soup

Now add chicken broth slowly while stirring to deglaze the pot’s bottom. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are soft.

Step 4: Blending the Soup

Once everything is cooked through, use an immersion blender or standard blender to blend soup until it reaches a smooth consistency. If using a standard blender return soup to pot after blending.

Step 5: Adding Cream and Parsley

After that stir in heavy cream, finely chopped parsley then simmer for three minutes more.

Your delicious Irish Potato Leek Soup is now ready!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfect for a cozy night in by the fire
Perfect for a cozy night in by the fire

My darlings, there are countless variations and substitutions you can make to this traditional Irish potato leek soup recipe. Here are a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing:

– Vegetarian or Vegan: To make this recipe vegetarian or vegan, simply swap the unsalted butter and heavy cream for vegan butter and non-dairy milk or cream. You can also use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Sautéed mushrooms or tofu can add protein if you so desire.

– Spicy: Add some heat to your soup by incorporating a little cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. You could also add diced jalapeños or other spicy peppers while sautéing the onions and leeks.

– Different Potatoes: While the recipe calls for russet potatoes, you can also use Yukon gold, red potatoes or even sweet potatoes for a different twist. Keep in mind that using sweet potatoes will alter the flavor profile of the soup significantly.

– Herbs: Add some additional herbs to your soup for extra flavor. Chopped fresh parsley is a classic addition, but you could also try thyme, chives, or rosemary. A bay leaf can add depth to the broth.

– Meaty: If you’re wanting to add meat to your soup, cooked bacon bits or sausage can be sprinkled on top as a garnish. Alternatively, you could sauté diced ham with the onions and leeks.

– Creamy Potato: To make this soup extra creamy, blend half of the cooked soup in an immersion blender before adding it back to the pot. A dollop of sour cream on top before serving will also add creaminess.

My lovelies, there are many ways to make this Irish potato leek soup your own. Experiment with your favorite flavors and ingredients until you find your perfect variation!

Serving and Pairing

 Simple ingredients, incredible flavor
Simple ingredients, incredible flavor

When it comes to serving and pairing, this Irish Potato Leek Soup is incredibly versatile. Its creamy and smooth texture makes it perfect as a starter or a light meal. To serve, ladle the soup into individual bowls and sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley on top. The green hues of the leeks and the parsley create a beautiful contrast against the soup’s creamy white color, adding both visual appeal and freshness.

One way to elevate this dish even further is by pairing it with some crusty bread or croutons. The crunchiness of the bread adds another layer of texture that complements the soup’s silkiness perfectly. You can also try serving it with some hearty crackers for a satisfying crunch.

If you’re looking for a heartier meal, you can enjoy this Irish Potato Leek Soup with a side of salad, roasted vegetables, or even a grilled cheese sandwich for a cozy lunch or dinner. Alternatively, you can serve this soup in small portions as an appetizer before your main course.

Lastly, don’t forget to pair this delicious soup with your favorite beverage. A crisp white wine or a light-bodied beer would complement the subtle flavors of this soup perfectly. For non-alcoholic options, consider serving it alongside an iced tea or lemonade for a refreshing sip that won’t overpower the subtle flavors of the soup.

In summary, this traditional Irish Potato Leek Soup may be simple in ingredients, but its flavor profile is complex and satisfying. Whether enjoyed as a standalone dish or paired with other menu items, this soup is sure to leave your taste buds happy and your belly satisfied.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A classic Irish dish with a modern twist
A classic Irish dish with a modern twist

Darling, making the Irish Potato Leek Soup ahead of time is a fabulous way to take the deliciousness up by several notches. After you’ve made your soup, let it cool down completely before storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to cook again, heat the soup on medium heat, stirring occasionally to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Now if you’re looking for an even better method for reheating darling, then look no further than a Dutch oven. This heavy-bottomed pot does wonders in reheating your soup by allowing easy heat distribution and also preserving its delightful creaminess.

If you have any leftover soup that you aren’t able to finish in one sitting, I’ve got just the thing for you darling. Store any extra portions in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and it will stay fresh for up to five days. You could also freeze it for longer-term storage by putting it into freezer-safe bags or containers. Just be sure to label them with the date so that it doesn’t get lost in your frozen goodies.

When you’re ready to serve your leftover or frozen soup, allow sufficient time for defrosting overnight in the fridge or a couple of hours at room temperature – this way it’ll be easier to reheat without burning or getting lumpy.

Finally, if you’re planning on taking this dish as leftovers or lunch at work, make sure to keep them refrigerated until ready to eat. Simply warm up your individual serving in a microwave-safe dish or heatproof container with a lid between 1-2 minutes on high power (time varies depending on your microwave).

Tips for Perfect Results

 Gorgeous green leeks make this soup a sight to behold
Gorgeous green leeks make this soup a sight to behold

Now that you have the steps to make a delicious bowl of Irish Potato Leek Soup, I want to share some tips to help you achieve perfect results every time you make this soup.

Firstly, it is important to use fresh ingredients. Using fresh potatoes and leeks will give your soup a vibrant taste and enhance its flavor. Avoid using vegetables that are wilted or browned as they can impact the taste of the soup.

Next, don’t be afraid to season and taste as you cook. The key with seasoning is not underdoing it or overdoing it. Use enough salt and ground pepper to bring out the natural flavors of the potatoes and leeks. However, remember that it’s easier to add more seasoning than to remove it once added.

Another tip for a creamy texture is blending the soup until it’s smooth. You can use a blender or an immersion blender for this process. Be sure to not over blend as this can result in a starchy and gummy soup.

To add depth of flavor, I recommend using a good quality traditional Irish stock as a base for your soup. This will elevate its taste and make you feel like you’re at a cozy Irish pub.

Finally, if your soup comes out too thick, you can always add more broth until it reaches your desired consistency.

By following these tips, you’ll make a rich and creamy Irish Potato Leek Soup that will warm up any occasion––whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or an everyday dinner.


Now that you know all about this delicious Irish Potato Leek Soup recipe, you may have some questions about making it just right. Below are some frequently asked questions to help guide you through the process and ensure that your soup turns out perfectly every time.

Why is my potato leek soup gluey?

Are you struggling with a gummy potato leek soup? One possible reason for this could be the size of the potato dices. While it’s important to dice them in a similar size for even cooking, going too small may cause the potatoes to release too much starch, leading to a gummy texture when pureed. Keep this in mind for your next batch of soup.

Why is leek and potato soup good for you?

When it comes to healthy eating, incorporating leeks and potatoes into your diet can be a smart choice. Leeks contain beneficial nutrients such as folate and polyphenols, which can support a healthy heart. Potatoes’ high fiber content can aid in weight management and potentially promote weight loss. So, combining these ingredients in a dish can bring both flavor and nutritional benefits to your table.

Why does my leek and potato soup taste bland?

To make a delicious leek and potato soup, using a flavorful stock is important as it adds depth to the soup. Simply adding water can leave the soup tasteless and bland.

How to make leek and potato soup Mary Berry?

Let’s begin by melting a knob of butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once that’s done, add in some chopped leeks, and cook them, keeping the lid on and stirring occasionally, until they turn tender after roughly 4 to 6 minutes.

After that, pour in some savory broth and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir everything together, let it simmer for a few more minutes, and once it’s cooked, carefully transfer everything into a blender.

Blend the soup until it has a smooth and velvety texture.

Finally, it’s time to serve the soup. Get your favorite bowls ready, and using a ladle, pour the soup out into the bowls, making sure to divide it equally. Just be careful not to burn yourself in the process!

Bottom Line

So there you have it, my fellow foodies! An easy and delicious Irish Potato Leek Soup recipe that is perfect for any occasion.

But don’t just take my word for it, try it out yourself! Impress your family and friends with this traditional Irish dish that is both flavorful and comforting. The combination of potatoes and leeks creates a silky, smooth texture that will warm your heart and soul.

By using fresh and quality ingredients like Russet potatoes, chopped leeks, unsalted butter, heavy cream, ground pepper, and salt – you’ll create a soup that’s bursting with flavor. Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or looking for a cozy night in, this soup will surely hit the spot.

So what are you waiting for? Get cooking! Follow my detailed instructions above and make the best Irish Potato Leek Soup you’ve ever tasted. And who knows? This recipe may even become a staple in your home!

In summary, this recipe is not just about food; it’s about coming together as a community and sharing the love of good food. Let this dish be the center of your next gathering or your next cozy night in. With every spoonful, feel the warmth of Ireland wrap around you. Happy cooking!

Irish Potato Leek Soup

Irish Potato Leek Soup Recipe

This was published in a local magazine in March 2001. The article was written by a local chef that had spent a month in Ireland and came home with several authentic Irish recipes. My family loved each one. (Glazed corned beef brisket, braised cabbage, pan fried shredded potatoes, potato leek soup and Irish soda bread.) I am posting them all so I will have them in a safe place.
Course Soup
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 4 Hours, European, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Calories 259.5kcal


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 leeks, chopped (white part only)
  • 3 potatoes (medium-sized baking russets sliced thin)
  • 5 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or fat free half and half)
  • chopped parsley (to garnish)


  • Cook leeks in a medium soup pot with the 3 tablespoons of melted butter over low heat until tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Next, add chicken or vegetable stock. Add sliced potatoes, salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of heavy cream.
  • Allow soup to cool for 15 minutes then puree 1/2 of the soup in a food processor or blender and add back to the pot.
  • Serve with a sprinkle of fresh, chopped parsley and a toasted slice of Irish soda bread.


Serving: 339g | Calories: 259.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.3g | Protein: 7.1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6.7g | Cholesterol: 36.3mg | Sodium: 388.7mg | Fiber: 3.4g | Sugar: 6.5g

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