Potato Leek Soup + Classic Irish Potato Soup Recipes
Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! Are you ready?
It’s time to prepare some classic Irish dishes to go along with your green beer (or, with a nice pint of Guinness).
One of my favorite celebratory dishes to prepare this time of year is traditional Irish potato soup. Although this is a classic dish, everyone’s recipe for it is different. I’ve included a link to one from YourIrish.com below.
Now, for an original recipe, I thought I’d also include my Mom’s Potato Leek Soup recipe. It’s amazing! Although not authentically Irish, it’s close to a traditional Irish potato soup. But, hers is smooth and creamy and not chunky. Also, it has leeks in it, which most Irish recipes do not.
Anyway, what I’m saying is… although some traditionalists might scoff, this Potato Leek Soup recipe is still a pretty awesome and savory way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Pair either recipe below with some Irish Soda Bread and a nice pint of Guinness!
My Mom’s Potato Leek Soup Recipe
- 2 shallots, diced
- 1 stick butter
- 3 leeks, chopped
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 6 large russet potatoes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3-4 strips of bacon, cooked and diced
1. First, prep all potatoes by peeling and chopping them. Then, make sure you place them in cold water so they don’t oxidize.
2. Next, place butter in a large pot with the diced shallots and leeks. Let this cook down until soft. Make sure not to burn the butter. Turn down heat if it starts to brown.
3. Add in chicken stock and allow to simmer for 3 minutes.
4. Add in chopped potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until the potatoes are very soft.
5. Then, either use an immersion blender, or pour everything into a large food processor and blend until completely smooth.
6. Cook bacon and chop. Let cool.
7. Once soup is smooth, thick, and creamy, top it off with the cooked bacon and a slice of fresh bread.
Photos: “Potato Soup” by Celeste Lindell and “Guinness Times Four” by Matthias are licensed under CC BY 2.0