French Leek and Potato Soup: Easy Slow Cooker Comfort Food

By La Cuisinière | French Country Cuisine Recipes

Dec 05
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French Leek and Potato Soup – a French country style Vichyssoise – ranks high on our list of comfort foods in the soup category.

It is my Dad’s favorite soup, dating back to World War II years. I have letters, even telegrams, stating that a huge steaming bowl of leek and potato soup would hit the spot when he arrived home.

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Dad’s Favorite: A Bowl of Leek and Potato Soup!

French leek and potato soup - a creamy country soup - ranks high as comfort foods. It's been Dad's favorite soup since he set foot in France in 1944.

French leek and potato soup – a creamy country soup – ranks high as comfort foods. It’s been Dad’s favorite soup since he set foot in France in 1944.

His French mother in law introduced him to this simple soup made with fresh garden vegetables – in this case, straight from our potager and picked a few hours earlier.

French Leek and Potato Soup - Vintage Wood Cooking Stove

Vintage Cooking Stove

You cannot mess up this recipe.

With a bare minimum of ingredients, it is easy to prepare, and results in a creamy blend of potatoes, onions and leeks dressed up with a small amount of heavy cream.

You can make it as rich as you like with the addition of cream or lean and green by simply blending the vegetables into a smooth purée.

You can also eat the soup cold or piping hot – the way we prefer it.

Grandmother’s way of serving it during those early years was to mash the vegetables into a smooth purée then top it with a pat of fresh butter with a side dish full of fresh baguette slices.

The immersion blender makes easy work of it. She used an old fashioned wooden potato masher that left wonderful bits of veggies in the soup.

The melting butter would create a little pool of golden goodness that tasted just as good as cream.

Grandmother made this soup in a battered old pan on top of a wood cooking stove much like the one pictured on the left.  I may just have to add a modern version of a vintage wood burning stove to my kitchen!


Quick….back to the soup.

I make mine in a slow cooker. This soup is the perfect set it and forget it type recipe.

If you buy a bunch of whole leeks, be sure to rinse them under running cold water until there is no longer any trace of dirt. Remove the outer leaves. then slice the stalks into portions about 6 inches long and soak them for at least half an hour.

Drain the water, cut the stalks in half and soak them again. Leeks are notorious for holding on to the dirt they grow in!


Better yet, buy several ready-made packs of precut and cleaned leek and potato combos at Wegmans®! Those work like a charm.

Our Recipe for French Leek and Potato Soup

Slow Cooker French Leek And Potato Soup
Serves 6
Dad's ultimate comfort food. A smooth blend of leeks, potatoes and onions slow cooked in a rich chicken broth.
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
7 hr
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
7 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 large leeks, cleaned and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  2. 2 large onions, chopped into large dice
  3. 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  4. 6 cups of rich chicken stock - more if needed.
  5. Parsley stalks (you can also add a bay leaf)
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. About 1/2 cup of heavy cream (optional) or salted butter.
  8. Thick slices of fresh crusty baguette.
Instructions
  1. Depending on the number of servings, the soup ingredients can easily be adjusted by adding some leeks and another potato. Add a cup of liquid per extra serving. Adjust seasonings.
  2. Clean the leeks thoroughly.
  3. Chop all the vegetable and distribute evenly in the slow cooker.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Add parsley and optional bay leaf.
  5. Pour hot chicken broth over the vegetables.
  6. Set slow cooker to LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
  7. Allow the soup to cool a little.
  8. Remove the bay leaf if you used any and cream the vegetables and broth in a blender, using an immersion blender or with a regular potato masher.
  9. You can also purée a couple ladles of vegetables and roughly mash the rest for a soup with some texture.
  10. Reheat the soup and stir in the cream just before serving.
  11. Another option is to simply serve the steaming hot soup without the addition of cream and top with a pat of butter.
  12. A slice of baguette on the side is a must. That's the way Grandma served it up.
Notes
  1. Bon Appétit!
Adapted from Grandma's vintage recipe.
Adapted from Grandma's vintage recipe.
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You will note that although I used an immersion blender, I did not blend the soup into a liquid state. It was purposely left with small chunks of potatoes and onions to closely resemble the texture of Grandma’s leek and potato soup. Butter included.

Ok.  It’s not Julia Child and Jacques Pépin’s version of the soup but I will content myself with having an autographed copy of Julia’s Mastering The Art of French Cooking

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In any case, I prefer my grandmère’s way of preparing this soup.

 

 
 

7 hours later. Slow cooker leek and potatoes soup. #slowcooker #soup #onion #potato #crockpot

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P.S. Did you know that Heinz® offers a canned version of Leek & Potato soup?

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