Get your “leek” on! Keep it healthy (and creamy delicious) with the bold and subtle flavors that magically blend into Creamy Potato Leek Soup with Bacon.
We’re all right in the thick of soup season and sure, you may already have a list of go-to healthy soups, but you’re going to want to make room for one more. Hesitant? We get it. With words like creamy and bacon right in the name, you may be shouting “Lies!”, but hear us out because this healthy soup will fit seamlessly into your 2019 nutrition goals.
The perfect soul-warming blend of simple ingredients in one bowl
We won’t be offended if you do a double take at the ingredient list. Listing only 10 basic ingredients, your taste buds and brain will be shocked at just how easily the flavors of this Creamy Potato Leek Soup with Bacon come together. Potatoes, leeks, celery, spices and brother all complement one another seamlessly, while the addition of bacon adds just enough bold flavor to make irresistible! Even better, because this soup uses those less-than-sexy winter veggies that are in season right now, it’s easy on your budget as well.
And it freezes beautifully so don’t be afraid to take advantage of the sale price on that big bag of taters at the market and make some extra soup to stash away in the freezer for an easy reheat and eat meal when you’re crunched for time.
Hey, wait! You forgot the cream!
You may notice that aside from a small amount of ghee in this recipe, this Creamy Potato Leek Soup with Bacon contains zero dairy. But trust us, you won’t need anything but the simple ingredients listed below. Really, it’s like a magic show, where the Vitamix Ascent A3500 blender is the magician. Chunks of everyday veggies go into the Vitamix and after blending…ta da! They’ve been transformed into a dreamy creamy soup without the cream.
The Vitamix Ascent A3500 is the one appliance we couldn’t live without. From soups to smoothies to sauces (like this Whole30-friendly BBQ Sauce) and the perfect gluten-free waffles the Vitamix does it all and does it in style and with impressive speed and ease.
The Vitamix’s variable speed control and pulse feature let you manually fine-tune the texture of any recipe. So if you want your soup smooth then blend away until it’s velvety smooth. If thick and chunky is your style, the pulse feature will let you achieve just the right texture with ease.
And perhaps the biggest illusion of all? Even though the soup is thick and creamy, it won’t leave you feeling heavy and weighed down. It will, however, leave you craving another bowl.
- 1 Tbsp. ghee, olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 large leek, thinly sliced (white and light green parts only; about 3 cups)
- 2 celery ribs, finely diced
- ½ medium yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ¾ tsp. dried thyme (or 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves)
- ½ tsp. dried parsley (or 1½ tsp. fresh parsley)
- ½ tsp. salt, plus more to taste
- 2 lbs. red potatoes, cut into ½-inch cubes with skin intact
- 2½ – 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth, divided
- 4 strips crisp-cooked bacon
- Optional: Chopped parsley and/or chives, fresh cracked black pepper or red pepper flakes
- Place a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. When pot is hot, add ghee or oil and wait for it to start to shimmer before adding the leeks, celery, and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 7-8 minutes or until onions start to soften.
- Add garlic, stir and cook another 30 seconds or until fragrant.
- Add remaining ingredients (except bacon and optional garnish) reserving ½ cup broth for later. Bring just to a boil then lower the heat to maintain a vigorous simmer and cover with a lid.
- Cook for 20-22 minutes or until potatoes are very tender. Remove from heat and ladle half of the soup to the container of the blender.
- Secure lid in place and blend until soup is creamy with some chunks remaining (unless you want it really creamy, then continue to blend to your liking).
- Carefully remove blender lid and pour blended soup back into the pot. Stir in additional ½ cup broth, if needed, to thin soup to desired consistency. Taste and season with additional salt if needed. Stir in bacon and garnish with optional chopped parsley and/or chives and fresh cracked black pepper before serving.
- Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
- Calories: 325
- Sugar: 5 g
- Sodium: 500 mg
- Fat: 7 g
- Carbohydrates: 50 g
- Fiber: 7 g
- Protein: 11 g
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