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Cold Potato-Leek Soup


Also known as vichyssoise, this classic soup is rich and delicious.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, April 2006


  • 6 medium leeks, (about 2 1/4 pounds), whites only, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise, cleaned (see note below)
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (8 ounces) baking potato, peeled and diced
  • Coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup snipped fresh chives


  1. In a large saucepan, combine leeks, broth, potato, 2 cups water, and 1 teaspoon coarse salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until vegetables are very tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

  2. Working in batches, puree soup in blender, transferring it to a clean bowl as you work. (To prevent splattering, fill blender only halfway, and allow heat to escape: Remove cap from hole in lid, and cover lid firmly with a dish towel.) Stir cream into pureed soup, and season with salt.

  3. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and chill until cold, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days. If necessary, thin with water, and season with salt. Serve soup in chilled glasses, garnished with chives.

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  • c and b 6062
    12 JUN, 2013
    i loved it. but i don't understand why the recipe calls for the 2 cans of broth plus the 2 cups of water. i ended up with enough soup for 10 people. was that a misprint?
  • samsuetwo
    18 AUG, 2010
    The recipe says to see the note below regarding cleaning the leeks but there is no note below