Chunky Potato Leek Soup Recipe

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Chunky Potato Leek Soup with sliced potatoes, leeks, onions, rice and cheese, is far and away the best potato leek soup recipe that I’ve ever tried.

Chunky Potato Leek Soup in a bowl with spoon; overhead shot

Why is this Chunky Potato Leek Soup special

This Chunky Potato Leek Soup is very special to me, and I have been making it for about 20 years now. I love soups in general, but I make this chunky potato leek as often as I can because it is super delicious. Perhaps the best endorsement is that even my picky 4 year old likes it.

It was about the time when I was graduating high school when I came across this recipe in the Polish edition of ELLE Magazine. It was called ‘French Potato Leek Soup’ and it looked so good that I needed to give it a try.

I followed the recipe precisely and I wasn’t disappointed by the amazing combination of flavors. I had been accustomed to Polish soups like this Traditional Polish Dill Pickle Soup, and the French Potato Leek was something totally different. It was love at first bite.

Chunky Potato Leek Soup in two bowls with spoons

Ingredients needed to make this potato leek soup

I don’t remember if what I’m making right now is exactly the same in terms of the amount of each ingredient, but for sure it contains the same ingredients:

  • Potatoes;
  • Leeks;
  • Onions;
  • Parsley;
  • Rice;
  • Cheese;
  • Butter;
  • Chicken stock or water ( I like using stock as it gives a lot more flavor, but you can also use vegetable stock);
  • Salt & pepper, to taste.

How is this soup made

The vegetables are first sautéed in butter, until soft and slightly caramelized. This is a fundamental difference from the way soups were made when I was growing up – we would take a huge pot of water and add some kind of meat bones, then veggies, spices, etc, and let it simmer for a while. But sautéing leeks and onions develops an amazing sweet flavor that sets this Chunky Potato Leek Soup for a huge success.

I bet the surprising part of this soup is the rice. I know, I was surprised too when I saw it for the first time; but then once I made it I realized that it actually really compliments the soup. It makes it a little bit thicker and heartier.

But then at the end the cheese comes over to take this humble potato leek soup to a new level. The cheese melts into the broth and tastes incredible! I like using Gruyere like in this Broccoli Au Gratin, as I love it’s nutty flavor. But I think that a Cheddar or Moderate Jack would work just fine; it needs to be finely shredded though.

Chunky Potato Leek Soup in a bowl with spoon, overhead shot, close up

Although the magazine called this potato leek soup “French,” it seems to be closely related to a classic Potage Parmentier or Vichyssoise. It doesn’t contain any cream, milk or flour, though. And most importantly, it isn’t blended. But I guess the combination of potatoes + leeks is French, so this chunky potato leek soup recipe can be called French too, because…why not?

How to adjust this recipe

Anyhow, you can make the following adjustments to your liking here:

  • You can make it vegan, by substituting butter for olive oil, and omitting the cheese;
  • You can add bacon bits on top (I bet that’ll taste super good);
  • You can actually add cream if you’d like, or milk or coconut milk if your desire is to have a creamy soup;
  • You can even blend it or blend part of it. Even though it’ll lose it’s “chunky” charisma, it will still be delicious (as a matter of fact, I needed to separate part of this soup for my 4 year old & blend it for him, otherwise he wouldn’t eat the chunks.. oh well).

It’s still super cold here in New York and all I crave these days is a super warm soup. In fact, I’m going to get myself another bowl of this wonderful Chunky Potato Leek Soup. If you make it, let me know how you liked it.

Chunky Potato Leek Soup in a bowl, close up for spoon full of chunky parts of the soup

Chunky Potato Leek Soup in a bowl with spoon, horizontal shot

Chunky Potato Leek Soup Recipe

Chunky Potato Leek Soup with sliced potatoes, leeks, onions, rice and cheese, is far and away the best potato leek soup recipe that I've ever tried.
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 247kcal
Author: Edyta


  • 1 Vidalia Onion chopped
  • 3 Leeks medium, white and pale green parts chopped
  • 2 Potatoes medium size, red or yellow, sliced
  • 1/3 cup Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 1/3 cup Rice Basmati or Jasmin
  • 1/2 cup Cheese Gruyere, Cheddar, or Moderate Jack, thinly shredded
  • 5 cups Chicken Stock Or Vegetable Stock or Water
  • 2 tbsp Butter


  • In a large soup pot like dutch oven or other heavy pan, melt butter and add chopped onions with leeks. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally;
  • Add sliced potatoes and chopped parsley, cover the pot and cook for another 5 minutes;
  • Add stock or water, cover and cook for about 15 minutes;
  • Add rice and cook for another 15-20 minutes until the rice is cooked;
  • Turn off the soup, add thinly shredded cheese and mix well, allowing the cheese to melt into the broth;
  • Check for seasoning, add salt and pepper as needed;
  • Serve with some more fresh parsley and drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.


If using water as opposed to chicken or vegetable stock, you can add a teaspoon of salt to the soup. I normally go low on salt because the cheese is salty and seasons the soup pretty well. I would adjust salt and pepper at the end of cooking once the cheese is incorporated into the broth. 


Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 397mg | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1235IU | Vitamin C: 16.8mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 3mg
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Chunky Potato Leek Soup in a bowl with spoon, horizontal shot

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  1. Hello:
    I, too, have made this soup from the Elle recipe card for years (although, I think it’s closer to 30, not 20!)
    I remember how good the photo made it look. I’ve made it from memory, but recently I was telling a friend about it and she wanted to recipe, so I went searching for it and found your blog!

    1. That’s too funny! One of my friends made this soup recently and her 4 year old requested it all the time. She said that soup is magic 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Fantastic! I was looking for a leek soup that didn’t use any heavy cream. My husband and and daughter loved it.

  3. 5 stars
    Very good. We used double the rice and dumped it all in the slow cooker from Step 3. Hearty and delicious. Perfect mid-winter comfort food.

  4. Monterey Jack?
    Leek and Potato soup is very common in Wales too although without the rice. It was my favourite growing up. It looks grey and rainy today and this may be the perfect soup to make for supper.

  5. 5 stars
    I just finished eating this, and it was delicious. Thank you! I used dill instead of parsley and I added a couple cloves of chopped garlic. It really was perfect – I’ve never had anything quite like it. I’ll definitely make it regularly.

  6. 5 stars
    Super amazing and comforting. I added cauliflower and that was rly delish. The rice in there is absolutely perfect. This is my new fav soup recipe. Thank you!

  7. I love that this is a chunky soup!
    I was also wondering if you could put this in a slow cooker for a few hours instead of the stove top?

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