Potato-Leek Soup with Crispy Pancetta

It’s the time of year where I’m simultaneously mourning the last days of summer and antsy to move on to the crisp fall weather. Barcelona has been skipping back and forth between seasons – sunny and balmy one day, cool and stormy the next.

During one of the fierce thunderstorms this week, I put the potatoes in our CSA basket to good use and made a simple, creamy potato-leek soup that hit the spot. Cozy up with a bowl – you won’t regret it.

Potato-Leek Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Potato-Leek Soup


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 leeks (white and light green parts only), roughly chopped
  • 5 small potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or half and half
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, pepper, dried thyme and other spices
  • Handful of cubed pancetta (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 baguette, cut into medium chunks


  1. Melt butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add leeks and potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes, until softened slightly.
  2. Add broth and simmer for 15-20 minutes until potatoes are very tender. Add cream and heat through.
  3. At the same time, cook pancetta in a small pan with olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme and bread crumbs until crispy, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Use an immersion blender (or work in batches in a regular blender) to puree until it is still lightly chunky, not totally smooth.
  5. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and any other spices you like.
  6. Serve topped with pancetta-crouton mix, with extra sliced bread on the side.

4 thoughts on “Potato-Leek Soup with Crispy Pancetta

  • October 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I just got Potato’s and Leeks in our CSA on Monday! I’m using your recipe! Can’t wait to try it! Hope all is well with you and Bri.

  • October 16, 2014 at 11:24 am

    That’s awesome! Let me know how it turns out – hope y’all are doing well, too!

  • November 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Now that it’s soup season, I’ve been looking for some simple, hearty recipes. Look forward to trying this one — I love me some Potato-Leek Soup. Yum!

  • November 21, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Thanks, Melia! When it gets chilly, I just want soup all the time. I’ve been making different variations based on what we get in our CSA each week – we did a carrot/potato/ginger one recently that was pretty tasty.


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