November 2, 2010

Smokey Bacon Potato Leek Soup

I had the AC on just last week and now it's time for the heat.  It's also time for blankets, fires and soups!  A friend brought back some bacon fresh from a smoke house up in Vermont.  I wanted to make something that would compliment the flavor so I came up with a Smokey Potato Leek Soup and it was fantastic.  Chris and I ended up eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner since it was sooo good & simple to make!

4  - 6 pieces of bacon
3 - 4 leeks well washed and chopped
4 - 6 large red potatoes peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic
2 bay leaves 
leaves from 2 sprigs of thyme
1 /2 cup dry white wine
1 standard box of chicken stock
2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
creme fraiche or sour cream to taste

- In a deep stock pot cook pieces of bacon.  When bacon is crispy remove and place on paper towels to drain.
- You will cook the leeks in the drippings.  If you want you can remove some of the oil depending on how much was rendered from the bacon.  My bacon wasn't all that fatty so I left what was in the pot.
- Over medium heat add the leeks.  Cook for 10 minutes.
- De-glaze with white wine
- Add potatoes, garlic, stock, herbs, salt and pepper
- Simmer covered for 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft
- If you have an immersion blender you can blend soup at this point to desired thickness
- I just have a regular blender.  In batches place soup in blender, leave cover off and place a towel over opening.  Blend until just smooth.  I needed to add some water at this point to get the mixture to blend.
- For an extra smooth soup you can pour blended soup through a sieve.  I found my briefly blended soup to have a lovely and smooth texture so I didn't bother. 
- Don't use a Cuisinart for this step as it will make the texture like paste.
** Never try to blend a hot liquid fully covered!  The heat will expand, the top will blow off and you will have a HOT mess!!  Trust me, this can happen as I learned many years ago!!
To serve:
Swirl in a spoonful of sour cream and top with chopped bacon, salt and pepper.  It's also nice to have some freshly toasted hearty bread and white wine on the side. 



  1. Anonymous2.11.10

    This looks delicious! The weather in DC has been crazy, but is now cold enough for some warm soup and blankets. Thanks for sharing!

  2. It's actually hot in San Diego right now, but I am saving this for later when it gets cooler, sounds delicious!

  3. Love the photos and the soup sounds hearty and savory! Thanks for sharing.

  4. it looks delicious!!!!!! :D

  5. down here, we are supposed to be gearing up for warm weather but somehow we have gone back to winter??? it feels all wrong back i'm going to make this in november!? Looks beautiful! cheers kari

  6. It's going below freezing in Montreal tonight- perfect weather for this soup!

  7. I think I'd eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner too!!! Kate@kateiscooking

  8. This is perfect.. it's feezing outside today so I might have to make a quick trip to the grocery!!

  9. Was at a friends house this morning and we were looking at your recipe, she has promised this weekend for our dinner party this weekend, she is the cook not me. Can't wait, will let you know.

  10. This looks really tasty and the cup you put it in makes for a nice picture. You should post your recipes over at

  11. Thanks so mu Dustin! I actually made the bowl and thought the soup was a great compliment! Just posted to DishFolio!

  12. delicious comfort food!

  13. Anonymous9.11.10

    this looks yummy. where did you get your bowl from? it adds a great touch.

  14. Thanks so much!! I actually made the bowl myself. I dabble in lots of crafts! :)

  15. This is an artfully delicious looking bowl of soup! You made that bowl? I am speechless! What a great story!

  16. the bowl is beautiful, the soup if beautiful and your story telling is perfect.

  17. the soup looks good..i really love it..
    Merry christmas!!!!

  18. Dear Lauren, I'd love to make this recipe, but here in Brazil we don't have chicken stock in boxes. How many ounces does 1 standard box of chicken stock have? I'd really appreciate your help...
    Best regards from Brazil!

    1. kristen12.12.12

      It is 32oz or 1 Quart, Cinara.

  19. kristen12.12.12

    This was delicious, thanks so much!