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Propper Leak & Potato Soup

Published Wednesday, 02 May, 2012 by Luciano Giampaglia

No extras, no daft ingrediants and dumb blenders.



  • 3 largish leeks (£1.29 for 3 @ lidl & tesco)
  • 4 large potatoes
  • butter (or spread of some form. Can be a cheap one.)
  • veg stock cube (home bargains 39p for 8, or tesco economy, 6p for 8, veg oxo also works, check your stock cubes instructions for stock cubes to water ratio, i.E. Mine are 1 cube per 500ml hot water so i use 4 cubes)
  • 1.8l boiled water (not from hot tap! Yuk!)
  • 2 pieces of garlic (no more or you will ruin it)
  • large enough pot
  • potato masher (37p tesco)
  • salt + pepper
  • serves 6 to 8. Freezable.


1) cut off leak greens (the flappy darker green bits

2) quarter the leaks length ways.

3) now dice your quarters into chunks.

4) rinse chunks in colander

5) crush your garlic under the flat of a knife, peel, then chop.

6) add enough butter/spread to coat bottom of pot on a low heat, usually around 40 grams for my pot

7) add leaks and garlic, sweat off on low to med heat till soft usually 10 mins. If they are browning, your temperature is too high.

8) while leaks sweat, peel potatoes, rinse off potatoes, dice into half inch or so cubes.

9) once leaks are sweated add all remaining ingredients, that's the stock cubes, boiling water, potatoes

10) add a sprinkle of salt(half teaspoon) and pepper to your tastes, simmer gently till potatoes are soft.

11) when potato's are soft, use potatoes masher in pan and gently pulp the potato's

12) serve, with bread if you like, enjoy, simples.

total cost of ingredients + electricity usage at 2012 rates is less than £2.50, for 6 very large portions that's 41p per serving.

its also very healthy at <400 cals per bowl and full of good things :)


  • Anneke 5 years ago

    I added a small can of chickpeas the second time i made this which made this soup a meal on it's own (can't eat bread due to gluten intolerance) - great and simple recipe!

  • Pamela 6 years ago

    Brilliant and easy...Especially as i am studying in thailand.

  • John 6 years ago

    Nice easy recipe and very tasty. I wouldn't use four stock cubes and add extra salt though! I'm not a member of the salt police but that works out at about 26g in the whole thing!

  • Jimmy 6 years ago

    It is a good recipient for kids to the ages of 12-16 i'd say

  • Jules 6 years ago

    Great recipe very quick and easy to make and very tasty.And i cant cook :)

  • Paul 6 years ago

    Very tasty and goes a long way.
    to say i can't cook would be an understatement but even i can manage something this simple.

  • Julia 6 years ago

    The leeks i got was only £1 for 4 in asda so u could save more

  • Mike 7 years ago

    This turned out great! Two tips though

    1. You only need to cut the dried out bits off the top of the leeks, the green leafy stuffs just as nice as the rest, and throwing it away is mad

    2. To sweat the leeks, i put a tiny bit of butter, and a little water, that way you can avoid using loads of butter, which further reduces the cost, and makes it much more healthy.

  • New Mum 7 years ago

    I'm not a student, however have little time. I like to know what ingredients are in my food so i thought i would have a go at making my own soup. It's very easy and fast. Already had ingredients. I had a little cream left over in fridge so i added that also! Highly recommend. Lovely yummy recipe. Thank you.

  • 7 years ago

    P.S. Don't forget to cut the stalk part off your leaks at the other end...

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