Cold Potato-Leek Soup

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs

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


  • 6 medium leeks, (about 2 ¼ 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

  • ¾ cup heavy cream

  • ½ 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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