Healthy Potato Leek Soup

Two bowls of potato leek soup shot from overhead and garnished with green onions, parsley and a dollop of yogurt.

This Healthy Potato Leek Soup uses fat-free Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream and doesn’t skimp on the flavor! Shallots, saffron and cayenne are all used to spice up this creamy soup.

This Healthier Creamy Potato Leek Soup uses fat-free Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream and doesn't skimp on the flavor! Shallots, saffron and cayenne are all used to spice up this creamy soup. | platingsandpairings.com

When Rick and I first started dating and I learned that Potato Leek Soup was not only one of his favorite soups, but also one of his favorite foods, I set myself out on a mission to create the most delicious bowl of it that I could.

I started playing around with some recipes – Some were made creamy with heavy cream, others buttermilk, one even added in some crème fraiche. And, much to my surprise – They all kept the ingredients really simple – Potato, leek, cream, pepper and maybe a sprinkling of chives. Now, I’m no Potato Leek Soup expert, but I found most of them to be a bit boring. The most exciting of the recipes would throw in a little something extra – Thyme, tobacco, cayenne…

I wanted a bit more.

My version ups the flavorings a bit – Instead of just potato and leek, I threw some shallots in there too – They sweeten things up a bit and give an extra layer of flavor right from the get go. After that, I didn’t want to get too complicated – This is Potato Leek Soup after all – I really wanted those flavors to shine through. But, for good measure, I threw in a pinch of saffron and a dash of cayenne – Just for that little hint of something extra. Oh, and instead of using heavy cream or crème fraiche, I lightened this soup up by using greek yogurt as a stand in – Not only is it fat-free, but it also gives a nice tang to the soup while still adding that great rich, creamy texture.

Side view of bowl of potato leek soup served with chopped green onions and a swirl of yogurt.

How to Clean Leeks

  • To easily clean your leeks, thinly slice them and place in a large bowl filled with cold water. Let the leeks soak for a few minutes to allow the grit to sink to the bottom of the bowl. The leeks will float to the top. When ready to use, scoop them out with a slotted spoon or your hands, allowing the grit to remain at the bottom of the bowl.

Tips for Making Healthy Potato Leek Soup

  • I generally use white vermouth in place of white wine for my cooking. It keeps indefinitely on your counter and lets you keep that good wine for drinking!
  • If you can get your hands on some white pepper, try that in place of black. It’s got a bit more of a delicate flavor and won’t color your soup.

How Long Does Potato Leek Soup Last in the Fridge?

  • Leek and potato soup will last in the fridge for 3-5 days when stored tightly covered.

Can you Freeze Potato Leek Soup?

  • You can freeze leek and potato soup for up to three months.

Unlike Rick, Potato Leek Soup might not be my favorite food of all time, but it’s definitely become one of my favorite soups to enjoy when it’s chilly and rainy outside. Do you have a favorite soup recipe that you love? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Overhead shot of two bowls of potato leek soup on table with grey dish cloth.

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Healthy Potato Leek Soup Recipe

Two bowls of potato leek soup shot from overhead and garnished with green onions, parsley and a dollop of yogurt.

Healthy Potato Leek Soup

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy potato soup, potato leek soup, potato soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 225 kcal
This Healthier Creamy Potato Leek Soup uses fat-free Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream and doesn't skimp on the flavor! Shallots, saffron and cayenne are all used to spice up this creamy soup.
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 cups bone broth or chicken stock
  • 6 russet potatoes peeled and cut into large pieces
  • 2 leeks thoroughly washed and sliced, whites only
  • 1 shallot thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks celery roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth or white wine
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pinch saffron optional
  • 1 pinch cayenne optional
  • 1 cup fat-free greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil and butter in dutch oven or large stockpot over medium-high heat. Once foaming has subsided, add leeks, shallot and celery. Saute 5-8 minutes until vegetables have softened.
  2. Increase heat to high and add white wine. Cook until evaporated.
  3. Add the chicken stock, potatoes, bay leaf and thyme (and other spices if using) to the pot and bring to boil.
  4. Boil until the potatoes are soft, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the bay leaf.
  6. Add greek yogurt.
  7. Using an immersion blender (or in batches in a blender or food processor), blend the soup until smooth. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.
  8. Serve immediately or return to pot and keep warm until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Potato Leek Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 109mg5%
Potassium 773mg22%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 460IU9%
Vitamin C 12.4mg15%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings for Potato Leek Soup:

  • This soup would pair wonderfully with a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris or Chardonnay.
  • If you’re looking for a red option, go with a light-bodied variety like Pinot Noir or Beaujolais Nouveau.

12 comments

  1. Create/Enjoy

    Yummm!! My mom makes leek and potato soup and I’ve tried a couple times but I’ve never blended it before and sometimes the leeks get kinda watery. Blending is a good idea!
    GORGE photos as always!!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks so much Suzannah!

      Reply

  2. Pech

    I love the idea of making it healthier here with yogurt and that it adds an extra tang! I would probably still use white wine though instead: I have more of it and 1/4 cup isn’t too much and then I can start sipping the rest of the bottle from then on and through dinner…

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Sounds like a good plan to me Pech! 😉

      Reply

  3. karen

    These photos are beautiful. I love all of the flavors you’ve used in this soup! I can’t wait to try it.

    Reply

  4. Aimee Mars

    Yes! I have just enough leeks leftover from my quiche making yesterday to make this soup today. It looks delicious.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Aimee – I hope you get the chance to try it out!

      Reply

  5. telsa

    looks amazing sounds amazing.my hubby only likes cream soups. several recipes for reg chicken soup for me only. what id like to know and i am waiting for my first ever pair eyeglasses, so i might not be seeing the picture right but it looks like a pita or tortilla shell, maybe naan, in the bowl of soup. may i ask what i am seeing please? thanks muchly

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    1. Erin

      Hi – There is nothing in the soup, just the soup itself. I hope this helps and I hope you enjoy the recipe!

      Reply

  6. Margetmoi

    5 stars
    Just made this for my daughter who has a cold and a sore throat. It was absolutely delicious and the cayenne is lovely when you’re feeling a bit under the weather. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’m so happy to hear that you liked! I hope she feels better soon!

      Reply

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