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Potato Leek Soup Potage Parmentier

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Oh so comforting, this Potato Leek Soup combines potatoes, leeks, and broth for a simple homemade soup your entire family will love!

Potato Leek Soup, also known as “Potage Parmentier” in French cuisine, is a classic and comforting soup that has its origins in Europe, particularly in France. The soup typically consists of leeks, potatoes, onions, and broth, and it is often flavored with herbs such as thyme and bay leaves. Here is a brief history and background of Potato Leek Soup:

Potato & Leek Soup, A recipe for warmth and comfort
  1. Origins in France: The soup is closely associated with French cuisine and is named after Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, an 18th-century French pharmacist, nutritionist, and agronomist. Parmentier is credited with popularizing the consumption of potatoes in France. In the 18th century, potatoes were not widely accepted in France as a food source, considered fit only for animal consumption. Parmentier’s efforts, including promoting potatoes as a nutritious food during times of famine, helped change public perception.
  2. Antoine-Augustin Parmentier: Antoine-Augustin Parmentier’s contributions to the acceptance of potatoes in French cuisine led to the creation of various potato-based dishes, including the famous Potato Leek Soup. Parmentier’s advocacy for potatoes as a staple food source played a crucial role in overcoming skepticism and resistance.
  3. Simple and Nourishing: Potato Leek Soup gained popularity due to its simplicity, affordability, and nourishing qualities. Potatoes provided a substantial base, while leeks added a mild onion flavor. The combination of these ingredients resulted in a hearty and satisfying soup that could be easily prepared with readily available ingredients.
  4. Versatility: Over time, Potato Leek Soup has evolved, and various regional variations and personal adaptations have emerged. Some recipes incorporate additional ingredients such as carrots, celery, garlic, or cream to enhance flavor and texture.
  5. Culinary Traditions: Potato Leek Soup has become a staple in many culinary traditions beyond France. It is enjoyed in various forms across Europe and has also gained popularity in North America. The soup is often served hot, sometimes with a garnish of fresh herbs, croutons, or a drizzle of cream.
  6. Modern Interpretations: Contemporary chefs and home cooks continue to experiment with Potato Leek Soup, introducing new twists and variations to suit different tastes and dietary preferences. Some recipes may focus on keeping the soup light and healthy, while others may indulge in richer versions with added cream or bacon.

Potato Leek Soup remains a beloved classic, cherished for its simplicity, versatility, and the warmth it brings to the table. Whether served as a starter or a comforting meal on its own, this soup continues to be a favorite in kitchens around the world.

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Potato Leek Soup Potage Parmentier

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  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Soups, Stews, and Chili
  • Method: Easy


Indulge and enjoy this hearty Potato & Leek Soup. It’s full of flavor and perfect for those chilly evenings or lazy days. Don’t miss out, let the comfort of this classic soup warm your soul.


Units Scale

  • 1 Large Leek
  • 23 Large Potatoes
  • 1 Stalk Celery
  • 500ml Chicken Broth
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) Cream
  • 250g Butter
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (grated)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Topped with Prosciutto (optional)
  • Spring Onion (garnish)


  1. Thinly slice the leeks and celery.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan.
  3. Cook the celery, thyme, leeks, and garlic in the butter till soft (no color).
  4. Peel and dice potatoes.
  5. Boil the potatoes in stock till tender.
  6. Add to the leek mixture.
  7. Pour in the cream and blend.
  8. Adjust seasoning.
  9. Garnish, serve warm, and enjoy.



  • Serving Size: 1 bowl
  • Calories: 723
  • Sugar: 4.3 g
  • Sodium: 1389 mg
  • Fat: 59.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 35.9 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.4 g
  • Fiber: 5.2 g
  • Protein: 16.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 179.5 mg
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Potato & Leek Soup, A hearty meal for your soul

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