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Cheesy Potato Leek Soup

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars

"This recipe is an offshoot of the more classical potato leek soups. This is sort of a meat-and-potatoes type of recipe! It has a lot of cheese in it and can be served chunky or smooth. It is a family-favorite!"
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1 h 5 m servings 392
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Melt butter and olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute leeks, onion, garlic, bay leaves, and coriander in hot butter and oil until softened and translucent, about 7 minutes. Add potatoes and chicken bouillon to the pot and pour enough chicken stock over the top to cover vegetables. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Mash potatoes to desired consistency with a potato masher. Stir Colby-Monterey Jack cheese and cream into potato mixture, return soup to a simmer, and cook until cheese melts and soup is hot, about 15 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Remove and discard bay leaves.
  3. Ladle soup into bowls and top with chives.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • For a smoother soup, blend on low speed with an electric mixer instead of the potato masher. It may be necessary to add more chicken broth because this will make the soup thicker. Add chicken broth so that the soup is the desired consistency.
  • There is no salt on the ingredients list because the cheese itself is quite salty.
  • You can substitute chicken broth for the chicken stock. You can substitute vegetable bouillon for the chicken bouillon. You can substitute half-and-half for the heavy whipping cream.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 392 calories; 25.4 32.3 11 76 770 Full nutrition

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This is a nice tasting soup. The texture was a bit off for me, but that's an issue I always have with potato soups, so I'm not blaming the recipe. I had to make a few tweaks out of necessity (...

U used less garlic along with a mix of heavy and light cream. I had sharp cheddar and used that for the cheese. The garnish was bacon bits. I finished the soup using an immersion blender. It ca...

Minus the chives/leeks, this is my go-to vase for all cheesy soups. With the chives/leeks is also wonderful but without is a great start to all amazing broccoli cheese, cheeseburger and potato c...

Great recipe....we loved it ! Since we are primarily vegetarian, I used vegetable broth.

The whole family enjoyed this soup. Not difficult to make. Recipe was easy to follow.

Great soup that's hard to mess-up. We prefer to use other potatoes varieties though - gold and red have been great. Also, we like this soupy a bit chunkier so we don't work as hard on the potato...

The only change that I made was adding bacon as a garish....for flavor and a picture... however, this recipe alone is amazing. Even my veggie prejudice husband loved this soup! Five stars!!!

In the words of my partner, this recipe knocked our old BHG recipe to the curb. This is a new keeper. I did reduce garlic to four cloves, I used an 1/8 of an onion but a full shallot in the sa...

I thought it was great and my husband and kids gobbled it up.