Lively Leek Soup Recipe

Leeks have been in the news a lot lately, since they are the centerpiece of a French-style secret for staying slim (live on leeks and the water they were cooked in for a weekend). But Helen Nearing, the great teacher about the joys of a simple life, was making and enjoying this soup decades ago.

She knew that leeks are filled with vitamin and mineral nutrition, and that they cook up into a luscious, vitality-enhancing soup. Try making Lively Leek Soup as a tasty spring tonic for you and your family.

3 tablespoons butter
6 leeks, white and pale green parts only, well-washed and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
4 cups water
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1. In a medium soup pot, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over low heat and add the leeks, cooking them gently until softened. Add the potatoes and water and simmer one hour.

2. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and the parsley and serve immediately.

Serves 4.

Inspired by Simple Food for the Good Life, by Helen Nearing (Chelsea Green, 1999).

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Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey2 years ago

This is a very poor recipe. There is absolutely no seasoning at all. Not even salt. I bet anything it is bland as can be.

Ala Morales
Ala Morales2 years ago

I make cream of leek soup and also cream of carrot. I make a lot of cream of vegetable soups during the winter months. I make home made chicken broth which I use as base for my soups.

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Kate S.
Kate S.2 years ago

If you don't have potatoes just use mash potato flakes. . . great last minute substitute. Oh and dash of hot sauce! Yummmmo

Varcolac Veroscarius

Tanks for share!.

Nils Anders Lunde


Aud Nordby
Aud nordby2 years ago


Kathleen S.
Kathleen S.2 years ago

My daughter made a great leek soup and so did our French student. Now, it's my turn with this recipe. Thank you.

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Jeni P.
Jeni P.2 years ago

leek soup...what can a girl say except yum ...thanks for sharing