Potato Leek Soup with Peppered Bacon

I don’t know about you, but I am done with this whole winter crap.  As the winter season hopefully comes to a close I wanted to share this last hearty Potato Leek Soup with you.  Its warm, filling and dangerously good.  You can make this with, or without bacon.  I just love bacon, so it’s never really a choice, it’s just a given. 😉  I love to make big batches of this potato leek soup on a cold day, and then freeze the leftovers for lunches.Potato Leek Soup with Peppered Bacon

 

Ingredients:

4 Slices Peppered Bacon, chopped

1/2 Onion, diced

2 Leeks, cleaned and chopped

2 Cloves Garlic, chopped

2 Carrots, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces

10 Small Potatoes, peeled and chopped

2 32oz boxes of Natural Chicken Stock

1 Bay Leaf

1/2 Cup Cream or Coconut Milk if Desired

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Bacon

In a large stock pot brown the chopped bacon until crisp (If you have opted to not use the bacon feel free to skip this step).  Add the onion, leeks and garlic and sauté until soft and translucent ( If you skipped the bacon sauté these in  bit of olive oil or butter).  While that is cooking peel, and chop the carrot and potatoes into 1/4 inch pieces.  Reserve 3 of the chopped potatoes, and place in a small sauce pan with water.

Potato Leek Soup with Peppered Bacon

Once the bacon onion mixture is done add the potatoes, carrots, bay leaf and chicken stock to the pan.  Simmer the mixture for about 30 minuets until the potatoes and carrots are tender.   At the same time boil the potatoes in the small sauce pan until done about 20 min.

Potato Leek Soup with peppered Bacon

When the potatoes and carrots in the stock pot are tender, remove the bay leaf and allow the soup to cool for a few minuets.  Once the soup has cooled you can use your hand-held emulsion blender to blend the soup, and make it creamy.  If you don’t have a hand-held emulsion blender you can also use your blender.

Drain the boiled potatoes and add them to the soup.  If desired stir in cream or milk to add richness and creaminess to the soup.  Serve the potato leek soup immediately or freeze for up to 3 months.  If freezing just pop it out of the freezer to thaw then heat in the microwave or on a range.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!  Only 17 more days until SpRiNg! 🙂

 

Potato Leek Soup with Peppered Bacon
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Serves: 8-10
 
As the winter season hopefully comes to a close I wanted to share this last hearty soup with you. Its warm, filling and dangerously good.
Ingredients
  • 4 Slices Peppered Bacon, chopped
  • ½ Onion, diced
  • 2 Leeks, cleaned and chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 2 Carrots, chopped into ¼ inch pieces
  • 10 Small Potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 32oz boxes of Natural Chicken Stock
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ½ Cup Cream or Coconut Milk if Desired
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot brown the chopped bacon until crisp (If you have opted to not use the bacon feel free to skip this step). Add the onion, leeks and garlic and sauté until soft and translucent ( If you skipped the bacon sauté these in bit of olive oil or butter). While that is cooking peel, and chop the carrot and potatoes into ¼ inch pieces. Reserve 3 of the chopped potatoes, and place in a small sauce pan with water.
  2. Once the bacon onion mixture is done add the potatoes, carrots, bay leaf and chicken stock to the pan. Simmer the mixture for about 30 minuets until the potatoes and carrots are tender. At the same time boil the potatoes in the small sauce pan until done about 20 min.
  3. When the potatoes and carrots in the stock pot are tender, remove the bay leaf and allow the soup to cool for a few minuets. Once the soup has cooled you can use your hand-held emulsion blender to blend the soup, and make it creamy. If you don't have a hand-held emulsion blender you can also use your blender.
  4. Drain the boiled potatoes and add them to the soup. If desired stir in cream or milk to add richness and creaminess to the soup. Serve immediately or freeze for up to 3 months. If freezing just pop it out of the freezer to thaw then heat in the microwave or on a range.

 

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