Oct 22, 2009

Potato Leek Soup




This is the kind of soup that is so simple to make yet tastes like you really know your way around the kitchen. I grew up loving this classic soup as a kid, and eating it always brings me back to a happy place. The flavors of the leeks and the potatoes compliment each other so well. I like mine pureed, but if you like it a bit chunky you can use a potato masher instead of an immersion blender to give you bigger chunks. This is ready in under 30 minutes. (To make this gluten-free, simply eliminate the flour)

Potato Leek Soup

Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 3 pt • Points+: 3 pt
Calories: 110.3 • Fat: 0.7 g • Protein: 3.5 g • Carb: 23.2g • Fiber: 2.3 g • Sugar: 3.4 g
Sodium 660 mg (without salt)


Ingredients:
 
  • 1 bunch leeks (about 4) dark green stems removed
  • 1/2 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups fat free chicken stock (or vegetable broth for vegetarians)
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • salt and fresh pepper

Directions:

Wash leeks very carefully to remove all grit. I usually cut them horizontally and separate the rings to make sure no dirt remains. Coarsely chop them when washed.

In a medium soup pot, melt butter and add flour on low flame. Using a wooden spoon, mix well. This will thicken your soup and give it a wonderful flavor.

Add chicken stock, leeks, onion, potatoes and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low for about 20-25 minutes, until potatoes are soft. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth adding the milk and adjusting salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

103 comments :

  1. i was just looking for a potato leek soup recipe today - this is perfect...I might crumble some turkey bacon on top too! Looks delish - thank you so much for doing this! KAT

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  2. I love leeks! I love this site. I feel upon it a few wks ago. I subscribed to it and I get your yummy meals in my email. This is is fantastic. I can't wait to try it (when FL cools down)
    Take Care.

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  3. Your soup looks really good and this is one of my favorite.

    Enjoy!

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  4. Someone else recently made this soup so I guess it's fate telling me to try it.

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  5. This will be my next potato soup. This week I made a version of the baked potato soup that's on the WW site. It, too, was just delicious and so simple.

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  6. I have never blended it I like it chunky. I keep adding more water or stock, more onions, more potatoes and keep recycling it... it just gets better. This is a great breakfasty soup too with a slice of toast on the side :)
    Ruth

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  7. Soup for days and days! We could both eat soups all fall/winter. Especially if it's creamy.

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  8. A wonderfully delicious soup...in fact, I don't think I've made a single recipe of your's that isn't delicious!! Great site..love the recipes and look forward to new ones

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  9. This soup was SO good! My three and five year old loved it as well. I don't think I have ever saw them eat soup so fast. Thank you Gina for the great recipe.

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  10. Made this tonight for dinner with some homemade bread - and it was delicious!

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  11. I just made this tonight...so easy. I called my husband into the kitchen to taste it and he couldn't believe it was ready so quickly.

    I added a pinch of nutmeg.

    So yummy.

    Thank you for this recipe and for your blog. LOVE IT!

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  12. Such an easy soup with a complex taste. The addition of nutmeg sounds good. Gotta give that a try.

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  13. This was fantastic! I also added a pinch of nutmeg and a pinch of smoked paprika. REALLY good!

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  14. Nice touch with the smoked paprika!! My husband went shopping and bought potatoes and leeks. I think he is trying to tell me something!!

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  15. Thanks for posting, but you have this listed under vegetarian and it has chicken stock in it. Stocks made from meat are not vegetarian. Would you mind putting a note that the recipe is vegetarian if veggie stock is used. Thanks!

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  16. Thanks for noticing that!

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  17. Yum yum yum! I left mine chunky it was sooo good and my kids loved it. Thank you so much for this site I have made 3 things so far and will make 3 more this week!

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  18. I never had leeks before so when I saw this recipe I HAD to try it. I couldn't believe how easy this was to prepare and it was so tasty! YUMMY!!! I know I can loose weight if I keep coming on your site to get recipes! Thanks again.

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  19. I have not had leeks before tonight either but this looked like a wonderful recipe. I made this for dinner and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for this blog..there are so many things I am going to try.

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  20. I think I am going to do a mash-up of this and the WW Zero Points veggie soup...mmmm!

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  21. I made this last night and it was such a big hit that there are no leftovers to mix in with the zero points soup! I'll have to make a double batch next time. Thanks very much!

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  22. Yeah, why mess with a good thing!

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  23. This soup is brilliant, made it just now!!!

    I have Celiac's, so I can't have flour, instead I used a gluten free flour and I also used rice milk and vegetable broth.

    WONDERFUL!!!!!!! STRONGLY suggest making this dish and it was so easy!!

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  24. Thank you for sharing your gluten-free version!!

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  25. I made this soup last night (with the sauteed brussel sprouts on the side), and it was the fastest, easiest, most delicious recipe! This and every other recipe on this blog is exactly what WW is meant to be! Thanks for doing this, Gina. You are really doing us all a HUGE favor and it is really fun to be a part of it all.

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  26. Thanks Amanda, that's so sweet. I'm glad you liked it :)

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  27. I just made this soup this afternoon...and like every other recipe that I've tried from this blog, it's perfect. So yummy. Can't wait for supper so I can have a whole bowl and not just a taste off the spoon!

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  28. I just made it, and it was fantastic!

    Since I have skim milk in the house, I used 1 whole cup of skim instead of 1/2 cup of 2%. It came out very creamy and delicious.

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  29. Try adding sliced fresh mushrooms to help fill up on your vegetables for the day.

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  30. I make this soup often and it's always delicious. Easy to make and tasty as is. Sometimes to make it heartier I add sausage to it. Always a winner.

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  31. I've been making a less healthy version of potato leek soup for years, but when I made yours last night, it turned out to taste better! Thanks so much for all the delicious recipes.

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  32. I'm glad you enjoyed my lighter version. It has a rich flavor, doesn't taste light at all.

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  33. Gina, I bought 2 leeks, is that enough. I don't understand the 4 bunch...sorry and thanks!

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  34. Sorry for any confusion, 1 bunch = 4 leeks.

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  35. Gina- I LOVED this soup! I made last night for dinner with your Tuna melt- Aaaaaa-mazing! I have probably made 10 of your recipes and they are all incredible!!!

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  36. Hi can you freeze left over's ? i doubled this and am in the process of making it . It smell's yummy!

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  37. Yes, this freezes well!! Great for leftovers!

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  38. I tried this recipe last night and all I can say is OMG it's delicious...thank you so much for this recipe

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  39. I have also tried the manicotti...yum....

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  40. So good. The flavors are just perfect! Thanks for another great recipe.

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  41. Perfect! Tastes as good as the one I make using not ww friendly ingredients and yours is under 3 pts. Even got the thumbs up from my teenager.
    Thanks for a great recipe that will show up on my table often

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  42. Could you please list Nutrient value so I can convert to WW points plus- Thanks!

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  43. Hi. Love you site. Could you let us know the Points plus when you get a chance? I have a bunch of this in the freezer! Love it!

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  44. I just stumbled on your site and can I just tell you how excited I am to make this soup?!?! All your recipes look and sounds delicious! Thank you so much for putting together such an awesome site!!!

    PS- to anonymous above asking about nutrient information. She puts the calories per serving and the points for WW on every recipe. I missed it at first too, but it's right under the name of the recipe :)

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  45. I wonder if you can substitute cauliflower for some or all of the potatoes to reduce the calories. Your puree cauliflower recipe came out so great that I'm going to try it. I'm going to split this recipe into two. For one half of the ingredients I'll use potatoes and with the other half I'll use cauliflower. I'll let you know how if turns out.

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  46. Jen- Welcome!!
    Vernice, I don't see why not!

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  47. I would love to know how many points plus values this is. Could you please let me know?

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  48. I would also love to know how many points plus this recipe is!
    Amazing recipes Gina! Every lunch and dinner made at our house is from your site.
    Thank you!

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  49. I agree... can you please let us know what the points plus value is for this? I'm going to count it as 3 points for now, but I'd like to be sure.

    Thank you!

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  50. Hey Gina, a special request here -- Can you provide the Nutritional info or the new Points+ value? I want to make this (I live in Australia and winter is setting in!) but I'm curious to see what its worth on the new plan.

    Thanks, Angie

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  51. Hi Gina - this looks great! If I were to replace 1 potato with cauliflower, how much cauli would I use?
    Even though it's getting warmer outside, I really want to try this!

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  52. Hello Gina! Thank you sooo much for this site! I've been trying to get my husband to loose weight for years, and this might just do the trick!
    Just a question though, and this might sound silly, but the calories, are they per serving or for the whole recipe?

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  53. You're welcome! Calories are per serving.

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  54. I just made this and it was incredible! I am not a soup person, but I am definitely a potato and leek person. I made it exactly as stated in the recipe, and thought it was perfect. I love that I can have 1 cup for only 3 Points+. That is a good deal! Will definitely make this again!

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  55. I made this tonight with a few substitutions and it was soo good! I used olive oil in place of the butter, cornstarch in place of the flour and non-fat greek yogurt in place of the milk. As I also prefer to use herbs in place of salt, I added some rosemary, oregano and a pinch of curry powder. Thank you for a great recipe!

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  56. i've never used leeks before, and was totally intimidated by them. This soup was so delish!! thanks for getting me outta my comfort zone!

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  57. I cannot wait to make this. I'm running out to the store right now for the ingredients. Wondering if it would freeze well. Have you tried?

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  58. Leeks are fabulous!

    I've never frozen this, it never lasts, but I'm sure it would freeze fine.

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  59. FallenPixels10/5/11, 12:35 PM

    I just made this and it is amazing, I cant believe it is only 3pts for the taste!

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  60. I've made Potato Leek soup before and was not a fan. Decided to give it another go and tried yours and it's good! I did leave it chunky cause I like chunkier soups. Very very good!!

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  61. I just made this soup and it is absolutely delicious!!! My father in law makes a great potato leek soup (not low fat of course) and this recipe tastes almost identical. Can't wait for dinner tonight.

    I also used a regular blender to mix it, because I didn't have an immersion blender and it worked fine!

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    1. Silly question, but did you just put the regular hand mixer right in the pot like they use the immersion blender? I don't own one either and I wasn't sure what to use and when in its place. Thanks for your help!

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  62. Do you think rosemary would taste good with this soup, or just a potato soup>

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  63. Rosemary would probably be nice with it.

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  64. I made this tonight with my new immersion blender...we all loved it!! It was delicious. I can't wait to make the stuffed pepper soup. I love your site!! Thanks!!

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  65. Just wanted to say how delicious this soup was! My boyfriend and I enjoyed it so much! It barely lasted because it was just too yummy! Thanks!!

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  66. Hi Gina! Your site is wonderful! Me and my fiance are both medical students, and we're constantly faced with the dilemma of knowing how important it is to eat healthy, balanced, calorie conscious meals but constantly being strapped for time. Your meals are the perfect solution, and I share them with many that are seeking to lose weight but are hesitant about learning to cook healthy meals their family will enjoy.

    A question about this recipe - I don't have an immersion blender (medical student are also strapped for cash!) but DO have a food processor. Could I cook the broth, leeks, potatoes, etc first, add it to the processor with milk and then blend and reheat?

    Thank you!
    Amanda
    San Antonio, TX

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    1. I cooked the soup without the milk then blended the soup in my food processor in batches and then added the milk and salt and pepper after I was done processing it all...

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  67. I just finished a batch of this soup for lunches this week. It is so good! I used soy milk, vegetable stock and margarine instead and it still turned out delicious. This is the second recipe of your I have tried and my family loved it (even my 13 month old daughter) thank you so much for this site!

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  68. First time poster! Tried several recipes and loved them all! Question, I picked up a bag of frozen leeks at Trader Joe's. Can I use them and if so, what quantity? ~Barb

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  69. Made this tonight with some leftover leeks from my St Patrick's Day colcannon. Made it according to recipe using lots of freshly ground black pepper and the addition of a few shakes of Hungarian paprika and 2 shakes of cayenne pepper which gave it just a hint of zip. I've never had a failure when I follow Skinnytaste!

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  70. this recipe was delicious and extremely satisfying. it's so good, it's almost hard to believe its healthy! thanks for this recipe. just amazing.

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  71. I tried with recipe with sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes and it turned out really well. The only thing I added was some paprika to give it a little bit of spice.

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  72. just did it! super easy and super tasty! thank you very much!

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  73. Either your leeks were much smaller than mine, or 4 is too many! I ended up using just 3 and had to add an additional cup of chicken stock to get enough liquid to cover the potatos/leeks, and I just left the onion out.

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  74. can i use idaho potatoes in place of russet potatoes?

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  75. This was my first time ever trying leeks, and I can't believe I've taken this long to do so! Such a great recipe if you want to try leeks. The flavor of this soup is amaaaaazing! My husband said, "I can't believe it's a "lighter" dish because it's sooo creamy." What a wonderful trick to make a creamy soup, using mainly chicken stock (and I also did veggie broth as well) with only a small bit of milk to give it a creamy base! So clever, thanks. ( :

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  76. How many pounds of potatoes is that?

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  77. I was quite disappointed with this I'm afraid :( perfect consistency, but it tastes quite bland (even with lots of seasoning) - it's most probably because I didn't know how much leek to use. I'm British, and the leeks I bought look different from most, they didn't have quite the same shape as American ones/ the ones on Google Images ;) they were long and straight and didn't really have anything to cut off, so it was hard to know whether to use the 4 whole leeks because they were massive. It'd really help if you could give an approximate weight estimate of leek that you used to avoid this confusion! I think this soup has great potential but I'd need to fix the leek issue before trying to make it again. Cheers, Charlotte.

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    1. Potatoes act as a great blander sometimes. I found it a bit bland as well, even with extra seasoning. I think I might try sauteeing the leeks and onion first next time, to see if that brings out more of their flavor.

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    2. Mine is very bland as well. Followed the directions exactly as written. Very disappointed and a big waste of money.

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  78. (Btw, I ended up using about half of each leek in the end which I imagine wasn't enough as I can hardly taste it. But they were such big leeks... I'm so confused!)

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  79. Chemilyx88, it sounds like maybe you were using green onions instead of leeks. Leeks have pretty large, fibrous leaves whereas green onions are long, straight tubes. Hopefully that helps!

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  80. Haha, no, they were definitely leeks. Said on the packaging, it's definitely not just me being dumb!

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  81. I just made this last night for my folks and myself. I really loved it! I did add a tablespoon of bacon drippings and topped each bowl with crumbled bacon - Needed an added flavor level for my dad :) Thanks for the recipe! Delicious.

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  82. Great meal! Do you think this can be made in the crock pot?

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  83. Great meal! Do you think this can be made in the crock pot?

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  84. this was fabulous! I used veg broth and added 3 cloves of garlic. Even my 2 year old LOVED it!

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  85. OMG, this was fabulous! I just got back from Ireland where I had potato and leek soup just about everyday, and this was just as savory! What a great way to eat clean used all organics) and feel fulfilled:)

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  86. I just wanted you to know that I included your recipe in a leek round up. I will be pinning and tweeting it this week too.

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  87. I just had to comment - I happened upon your website last night in search of a healthy Potato Leek Soup. I found that so many of the recipes on the site look super yummy and I can't wait to try them! I made the Potato Leek soup last night, and it was a huge hit, super yummy. My husband is gluten-free and dairy free (and I see that you have plenty of yummy recipes for us to try), but I just made this without the milk and it was great just like that! Thanks for sharing so many delicious looking recipes!

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  88. Pleasantly surprised! We added a little cheddar and 1 slice of maple bacon. Next time, we plan on adding roasted corn for extra goodness. Very tasty and a keeper!

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  89. Hi Gina, just wondering if you had an approximate cup measure for how much leek to add? The ones at my market are huge, so I bought three, but I think all three might be too much.

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  90. Just finished making this and eating a bowl now. I'm over the moon. Wasn't sure if it was going to be bland or not, so I added 3 cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, sprinkled in a bit more garlic powder and basil. I also sauteed the Onions and garlic first before hand. It taste great. Thanks!

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  91. I've always LOVED potato leek soup, but have been too intimidated with the process to make it myself. Today I made your recipe and it is amazing! I may try some garlic cloves next time for a little extra flavor.

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  92. Have tried this twice first time delicious next time not quite as good but as with other comments was not sure of exactly how much leek to use ?? Also how long will this last in fridge ?? and can you freeze it?

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  93. I am going to make this tonight, but is there a way to reduce the sodium? I have a friend with high blood pressure, coming out of the hospital, and thought I'd make this as a quick and easy meal.

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  94. Have you ever topped it with cheese?

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  95. When is it you add water to the soup recipe? First time making homemade soup and looks like this could be simple.

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