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Irish potato leek soup with cheese, green onions and bacon

Irish Potato Leek Soup

This Irish potato leek soup is a delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. It reminds me of a loaded baked potato...in the form of soup!
Course Soup
Cuisine Irish
Keyword potato leek soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 182 kcal
Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 medium onion roughly chopped
  • 3 leeks chopped
  • 1 rib celery roughly chopped
  • 2 pounds medium Yukon gold potatoes Diced into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets (7 ounces on food scale)
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste, since this will vary greatly based on saltiness of broth, butter, etc.)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

Instructions

Stovetop Instaructions

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat; stir in onion, celery and leek.
  2. Cover and cook 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in potato, bay leaves and thyme; cover and cook 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in broth, cauliflower florets, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until potato is tender.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Carefully remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs.
  7. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup in the pot.
  8. Serve with desired toppings. Recommended: real pork bacon, shredded cheese and green onions

Instant Pot Instructions

  1. Melt butter in the inner pot on sauté mode; stir in onion, celery and leek.
  2. Cook until tender, about 7 minutes, stirring frequently. It will cook down in volume, FYI.
  3. Add in chicken stock, potato, cauliflower florets, salt, pepper, bay leaves and thyme.
  4. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes, and quick release the pressure (QR) when the cook time is complete. (Hint: I place a dish towel over the lever before releasing pressure to avoid starchy liquid from spraying everywhere.)

  5. After the pressure is fully release, remove the lid, and carefully remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Tongs are helpful for this.

  6. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup in the pot.
  7. Serve with desired toppings. Recommended: real pork bacon, shredded cheese and green onions

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a nutrition label generator.

Nutrition Facts
Irish Potato Leek Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.