Last updated on Jan 13th, 2021 at 02:14 pm
Recipe for creamy delicious Leek, Bacon and Potato Soup
1 cup bacon
1/4 yellow onion
1 leek, sliced
2 baked potatoes (medium size)
3/4 cup LOW sodium Chicken broth/or vegetable broth
3/4 cups water
1 can condensed soup, cream of mushrooms
1 cup heavy whipped cream/ or half and half (half milk half cream)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 scallion/ 1 baby onion
Crunchy bacon bits
Chopped fresh parsley
Wrap washed potatoes individually in the aluminum foil, and bake for 40 minutes at 400F (200C) or until tender to the touch. (Leftover baked potato work fine with this recipe too.)
Cut bacon into small pieces, and cook over medium heat until crispy (a few minutes). Take the pieces out and place on the paper towel. Reserve the fat from the bacon.
Saute onion over medium high heat with bacon fat for 2-3 minutes, or until they are soft. Season with a pinch or two of salt, then add chopped leek and cook again for a few minutes before adding sliced mushrooms. When you add mushrooms, let them saute for 5 minutes on a lower heat.
Pour in low sodium chicken broth (vegetable broth would work just fine), cover and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, spoon out the potato flesh and mash as much as you can. Add it to the leek-mushroom mixture. Mix, and add condensed mushroom soup, whipped cream or half and half, and water.
Stir and keep the temperature on low. Cover, but mix frequently. Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes. If you like it thinner, just add more water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. At this point you can use an electric soup masher, or food processor/blender to make it smooth the texture.
Garnish with reserved bacon bits, chopped scallions, and/or parsley.
If you do not eat “pork” bacon, use smoked turkey bacon. It makes a huge difference. But you can omit completely if you wish.
Heavy whipped cream VS half and half–well, I used both, and I like the creaminess of the heavy whipped cream, however, it is not a drastic difference in taste if you use half and half.
If you don’t like or do not have leek, scallions could be used as a substitute.
I actually tried making it with grilled “leftover” chicken and it was tasty. So I definitely recommend adding cooked chicken.
Recipe provided courtesy of Sandra’s Easy Cooking food blog.