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Red Potato and Leek Soup

by TastefullyJulie on September 24, 2012

An alternate title to this could be “The Post That Almost Wasn’t”.

Man, did I have technical difficulties last week. I know many of my readers are also fellow bloggers so I have a little bit of advice for you guys. (The rest of you can feel free to skip ahead to the next section.)

Bloggers: you know how you have all those groovy little plugins that make all the cool stuff happen on your blog. Well, if they’re not broke, don’t fix them. My husband warns me to never install the updates to these plugins for fear they might break my blog. I hadn’t updated any plugins for a long time but there were so many notices and warnings telling me that I needed to update to the newest versions that I finally caved and did it. In fact, I updated all of them at the same time.

And then one of them broke my blog.

I had no way of knowing which one it was because I installed every available update all at once. I have to give a special shout-out to Lindsay of Pinch of Yum for helping me sort it out so quickly. I solicited her for advice knowing that her husband is a programming and coding whiz, but right away she knew which plugin it was and how to fix it. So thank you, Lindsay!

I guess there are two morals here. First, do you really need to update your plugins? I’d say probably not as long as they are working for you. Second, if you do have the uncontrollable urge to install the updates, which I’m sure I will again, do them one at a time so if something goes haywire you can identify the cause and fix it with a lot less panicking.

Also, I apologize to any of you who got a random email with just a picture of this amazing soup and no recipe. That was cruel.

Every so often I get this weird urge to cook with leeks. It happened again last week. Plus, it was getting pretty damn cold out so potato leek soup seemed like an obvious choice.

Oh! Speaking of leeks, I have another public service announcement. If you have a garbage disposal, don’t try to put all the dark green parts of the leeks that you can’t use down there. This may seem like common knowledge but several years ago, when I was a very novice cook preparing one of my first Thanksgiving dinners, I didn’t even hesitate before doing it. The result was… undesirable. Let’s just say it was the Thanksgiving dinner that almost wasn’t.

Back to this soup. It’s hearty, rich and delicious but without all that guilt accompanied by heavy cream. No cream here except for a bit of light sour cream to give it a smooth, velvety finish. It’s substantial enough to make a meal on it’s own with a side salad and some bread. I topped mine off with crumbled turkey bacon and cheddar cheese, and my entire family ate it without a single complaint. I think I even heard a couple of compliments in between the slurps.

5.0 from 6 reviews

Red Potato and Leek Soup
 

Ingredients
  • 2 cups leeks, roughly chopped (I used one very large leek)
  • 1 medium cooking onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 7 U.S. #1 red potatoes, cut into ½-inch cubes (about a pound)
  • ¾ cup light sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cheddar cheese and bacon for topping (optional)

Instructions
  1. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Saute leeks and onions until very soft; at least 10 minutes. Take care not to let them burn, lower heat if necessary.
  2. Add the broth and potatoes and bring to boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add sour cream and puree the soup with an immersion blender until smooth. (If you don’t have an immersion blender you can do this in small batches in a regular blender but be careful – it’s hot!)
  5. Enjoy the soup now or, if you have time, allow it to lightly simmer for another hour to intensify the flavors.

Notes
The end result may have tiny pieces of potato skin visible. It doesn’t affect the soup but if you prefer to avoid this, peel the potatoes first. For a chunkier soup, only puree half of the batch and leave half of the potatoes bite-size.

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1 Parsley Sage September 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

…I let my computer friend do all of that stuff for me…for the exact.same.reason! Why does technology gotta be so mean?

This is a fabulous soup! I’m all over leeks. I’m a leeky kind of girl and this soup is perfect for my dinner table :)
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2 Part Time House Wife September 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

Yummmmo Julie! I’m in a full blown soup craze right now. I love creamy hearty {guilt-free} kind of soups especially. Puttin this on the to try list.
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3 Jane September 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm

This sounds so good! Sorry about your blog troubles .. I always wonder if I really need to update those plug ins or not .. not knowing exactly what the problem is can be the worst!
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4 Abby September 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Computers are so frustrating sometimes! I’m glad everything worked out though :) This soup sounds wonderful! (and great minds do think alike!)
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5 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies September 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I have the same fear every time I get the little notice about updating my plugins. So I’m glad to know that fear is justified. (Or maybe I’m not glad? I don’t know!) Potato & Leek Soup is my husband’s favorite–I love that you managed to make it lighter! It really looks just as creamy and rich too. :)
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6 Angie@Angie's Recipes September 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I am glad that everything worked out!
The soup looks so comforting and tasty!
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7 Carole September 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Love potato and leek soup. Thanks for the warning about plug ins – now I just have to find out what they are! Such alot to learn. Have a great week!

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8 Choc Chip Uru September 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

This looks like a really comforting soup, love leek in anything :D

Cheers
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9 shannon @ a periodic table September 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm

julie, you read my mind; i’m in such a soup mood right now since it’s been cooler here. I can’t wait to smell something simmering on my stove! this looks lovely; i enjoy leeks so much.
that whole “blank email” bit? done it. embarrassed by it. laughed about it with a few people. it was all good. so don’t you worry. :)

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10 Balvinder September 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

The advice was much appreciated I often mess up with the computer and then my husband has to deal with it. He is not a computer whiz but he tries to what ever he can or otherwise I have to call my brother who is in computer programming.
Your soup is what I need right now. It is getting cooler here and this creamy soup looks so welcoming.
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11 Asmita September 24, 2012 at 10:30 pm

This is such a warm and comforting soup. So perfect for this time of the year!
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12 CJ at Food Stories September 25, 2012 at 11:43 am

I’m of the opposite mindset as I like to have the most updated everything; however, I do upate one thing at a time and test before moving on to something else.

Great job on the soup … It looks so creamy and comforting :-)
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13 Viviane Bauquet Farre September 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Marvelous soup recipe, Julie! Also, the accompanying beer looks like a delicious coup de grace. It’s not often that beer pairs with soup but this combination looks wonderful!

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14 Chris September 26, 2012 at 5:42 am

I am dying these look so good. Those are some seriously tasty looking soup with the combination of red potato!! Thanks for sharing :)

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15 kitchenriffs September 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Great minds think alike – I just wrote about leek and potato soup! Interesting story about trying to feed the tough dark green leek-ends down your garbage disposal. I read a news story years ago that Thanksgiving (both the day itself and the day after) are the busiest time of the year for plumbers – lots of people overload their garbage disposals. For most people potato peels are the culprit. I’m fortunate that I’ve never had that problem, but I’ve become careful about what I feed my garbage disposal! Sorry to hear about your technical problems, but glad you got it sorted out!
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16 TastefullyJulie September 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Believe it or not I’ve clogged my disposal with potato peels more than once on Thanksgiving! Call me a glutton for punishment ;)

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17 Jenn and Seth September 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm

such a gorgeous soup, and sounds sooooo delicious, perfect for a chilly day!
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18 EA-The Spicy RD September 27, 2012 at 12:03 am

Sorry to hear about the plug-in problems. I am in big trouble if I ever mess up my website, since I have no computer skills whatsoever! Love the red potato and leek soup-one of my favorite ever soup combos! Wishing you smooth sailing from here on out :-)
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19 Christina September 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Sound delish! What is the servings?

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20 TastefullyJulie September 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I think between 6 or 8 depending on how big of a bowl you serve. Plenty of leftovers!

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21 Mary@FitandFed September 28, 2012 at 12:39 am

I’m glad you had a blogger friend to help you sort it out quickly. I would have called on my in-house tech support aka my husband– he’s a man of many talents around here. The weather is holding where I am which means I’m not quite ready for soup, but I do love a good bowl of vichyssoise in the cold season. Yours is really nice and light as these things go. And I’m with you on not peeling the potatoes, my family is used to the specks in recipes like this.
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22 Jennie @themessybakerblog September 29, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I hate when that happens. I always end up thinking the worse (like my blog blew up and I’ll never get it back).

I love potato and leek soup, and this one looks delicious. This is going on the soup list. Pinned.
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23 Nancy/SpicieFoodie September 30, 2012 at 11:23 am

Hi Julie,

Sorry to hear about all the tech problems. It is always the plugins that cause problems on my website. In fact one is broken right now-argh! Anywho, glad to hear you’ve fixed the problem.

The soup looks delicious. Thanks for being a part of the YBR:)
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24 Amanda October 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Soup is my best and soup with leeks… mm mm mm! Can’t wait to try this:)

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25 Deanna Segrave-Daly October 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm

YUM! I just got a bag of potatoes in my CSA share AND leeks so this recipe is perfect. Congrats on being part of the DBF Top 9!

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26 TastefullyJulie October 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Thanks! i didn’t even know I was!

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27 daphne October 21, 2012 at 11:58 pm

God comfort food! Can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks!
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28 Angela Helimoglu September 16, 2013 at 11:57 am

I just made this soup and I am so thankful for your recipe using red potatoes. I find other potatoes too gritty and starchy. I also live in Turkey, so when I saw red potatoes and leeks, I just had to make a fall soup with them. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to read more of your blog and make more delicious meals.

Angela

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