Thursday, 9 January 2014

Feed 4 for £6: Luxury Leek and Potato Soup with Homemade Soda Bread

When I was younger I didn’t much care for vegetables. The one exception to this was my regular request for ‘Mummy’s Vegetable Soup’. I had tried soup in tins, in restaurants or at other people’s houses but nothing else came close. I think the thing that fascinated me about it was that no matter what amount or combination of vegetables went in (never potato) it would always come out somewhere between green and orange and it would be just right. No stock, no cream, no cheese it was just vegetables and water. It was my Mum’s way of clearing out the fridge, feeding me vegetables (willingly!) and it was even better after a snowball fight.

For the soup:
1 medium onion, sliced
 £ 0.10
2 large leeks
 £ 0.90
Large knob of butter
 £ 0.15
2 large potatoes (around 500g)
 £ 0.50
100ml double cream
 £ 0.40
850ml vegetable stock
 £ 0.10
Small handful chives
 £ 0.25
Salt and pepper
 £ 0.02
For the soda bread:
300g spelt flour
 £ 0.66
10g baking powder
 £ 0.06
5g salt
 £ 0.01
230ml buttermilk
 £ 0.75
 £  3.90

Wash the leeks and then slice them thinly. Heat the butter in a saucepan on a low to medium heat and fry the onion and leeks for around 15 minutes until softened but not brown. Peel and dice the potato then add this to the leeks and put the lid on the pan. Leave the potatoes to soften for around 10 minutes.
Add the stock to the pan and bring to the boil. Boil with the lid on until the potatoes are tender then add the cream and some salt and pepper. Let the soup cool down before blending the soup until smooth. Return to the pan to warm through and then chop up the chives and use them to top the soup.
The soda bread recipe I use is the Fabulous Baker Brother’s recipe as it’s so easy and works really well. You can find their recipe and video here and here. It’s worth watching the video to see the texture and shape you are aiming for.
Preheat your oven to 230C and put a baking tray into the oven to heat up. Mix all the ingredients for the soda bread together until you have a dough. Tip onto a floured surface then form into a ball, flatten it slightly then place the dough onto the heated baking tray and put a large cross in the top. Leave to bake for 15-20 minutes or until it sounds hollow on the bottom.
Such a classic soup and one of my favourites I add a few chives and a dribble of cream to give a little weeknight luxury. Whenever I feel a bit blue this delicate, homely and cheap soup warms me up and makes everything ok. I love that it’s so basic and humble but delivers the internal hug that I need so well. Pair that with bread you can make in minutes fresh from the oven and it doesn’t get much better.


  1. Leek and potato soup is one of my favourites! And I love the story about your mom's soup.

  2. It looks like perfect soup for winter. I always wanted to try potato soup, it looks such nice comfort food, but have to admit I still haven't tried it :)

  3. I shall forget about making the bread but the soup, yes please to this delicious soup, what more it's about potatoes.

  4. I love potato and leek soup and your version looks really wonderful -- comforting and delicious!

  5. I love potato and leek soup! last time I baked a soda bread it got some hmm.. compact I could have used it as a weapon but I might try your recipe instead!

  6. I have always loved leek and potato soup and this soups great for dinner!

  7. The soup sounds lovely. I actually just made soda bread for the first time this week and was amazed by how easy it is.

  8. a potato soup sounds perfect for the cold weather we've been experiencing!

  9. I want this bread... PRONTO!

  10. Haha, aw, that's so cute that you loved your mom's soup so much :) This creamy potato one sounds awesome!

  11. What a gorgeous comforting and warming soup for a grey January day. The bread looks perfect with it too. I wish my daughter would demand vegetable soup - I could sneak all sorts in!

  12. I love leek and potato soup! And haven't made any for quite some time. Thanks for reminding me I'm overdue!

  13. A wonderful soup! It looks so creammy and appetizing. Lovely soda bread.



  14. The soup looks and sounds fantastic. I love the bowl - it's so pretty.

  15. this sounds so satisfying, caroline! the soup looks silky smooth and your bread is terrific too!

  16. This soup looks incredible! and I loved your story about your Mom's soup when you were younger!


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