What’s New For Dinner: Potato Leek Soup

Welcome to my series called “What’s New For Dinner?” This is series sharing a new recipe that I have tried throughout the week. This is my way of keeping our meals from getting boring and attempting to try new foods. I’m doing this fun challenge with my friend, Jenn from Super Jenn. You can see some of the past recipes I’ve done during the What’s New For Dinner this year.

It’s been awhile since I posted a recipe. I have been keeping up with my challenge but it’s been hard to find time to post everything each week. Two recipes I made were Baked Tilapia with Dill Sauce and Bacon Roasted Chicken. I also tried this recipe a few weeks ago and loved it so much that I made it again this last week for my parents who were in town for a visit. What I love about this Potato Leek Soup Recipe is that it has few ingredients and is super easy to make. I’ve never had leeks before and have always been intrigued by them when I see them in the store. They look like a giant green onion but the question was what did they taste like? I’m not a fan of onions so I was glad they didn’t taste much like them. Here’s the recipe as I found it on AllRecipes.com:

You’ll need:
8 Potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 Cups of Chicken Broth
1 Pound of Bacon, cooked and chopped into pieces, Reserve 3TBs of Bacon Grease
3 Leeks, sliced
1 Cup of Heavy Cream

1) Bring the chicken broth and potatoes to a boil in a large saucepan.

2) Saute the Leeks in a skillet with the 3 TBs of reserved bacon grease. NOTE: You could have cooked the bacon in this skillet beforehand, keeping only the 3TBs of grease in the pan after. I microwaved my bacon while I was chopping up my potatoes and leeks so the prep-time would go faster.

3) When the potatoes are tender, stir in the cooked bacon and leeks and add the heavy cream. Heat a little and then serve.

The Verdict: A new favorite for me! I’m wishing that I had tried it before our cold-spell ended. The original recipe calls for 1″ pieces of bacon but I think next time I’ll cut mine up smaller as it was a little chewy for a soup. The first time I made this, I was the only one that ate it that day and the potatoes sort of sucked up the broth after awhile. It then made for a nice side salad the next day! But this last time I made it, it was well-received and there weren’t really any leftovers. Each of us had a second helping. I actually ended up planting leeks in my garden after eating this so I could continue to make this soup again. And when my Mom got back home from their visit, I received an email saying, “Don’t forget to send me that soup recipe!” :)

This is my What’s New for Dinner Challenge recipe for this last week. I’m hoping you are also making attempts at trying new recipes and foods to keep your meals from getting too boring.