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Cream of Leek, Potato & Carrot Soup

Cream of Leek, Potato and Carrot Soup, family friendly, healthy, nutritious, 5-a-dayAs a mum I am always trying to make sure my family gets their 5-a-day of fruit and vegetables and hopefully more. As adults we have no problem eating most fruits and vegetables (ok my husband’s not keen berries because of the seeds) but children can be a bit more picky and difficult to please. There’s nothing I hate to see more than a pile of wasted vegetable on a plate! So that’s why I love soup, you can hide all manner of vegetables in it that if cut up on a plate your kids might just turn their noses up at.

The other night with a vegetable drawer heaving with leeks, potatoes and carrots I decided to make this Cream of Leek, Potato and Carrot Soup made not with cream but a little butter and some semi-skimmed milk. Getting extra calcium in the soup in this way is also a good idea for children whose bones are growing as many (like my son) go off drinking milk when they get to a certain age. We had this soup for dinner with lots of crusty wholemeal bread, cold meats and cheese. Since this recipe makes 8 portions it is ideal for putting in a thermos the next day to take to work or just freeze the rest to have an easy meal another night!

Cream of Leek, Potato and Carrot Soup, family friendly, healthy, nutritious, 5-a-day

I’ll be making this soup again soon as the whole family loved it. If you’d like to find some more family friendly healthy recipe ideas then head over to Go Compare where you’ll find a great selection and if you use Twitter look out for #GoHealthy.

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Cream of Leek, Potato & Carrot Soup
 
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Cream of Leek, Potato & Carrot Soup is a healthy, family friendly soup packed full of nutrients.
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Recipe type: Starter
Cuisine: British
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 Leeks, large
  • 450g Potatoes
  • 2 carrots, large
  • 2 Celery stalks
  • 1 Onion, large
  • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed
  • 25g Butter
  • 1 tbsp Light Olive Oil
  • Large pinch of dried mixed herbs
  • 900 mls Chicken or vegetable stock
  • 900 mls Semi-skimmed milk
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Start by finely dicing the onion.
  2. Slice the leeks (using as much of the green part as possible) and rinse well in a colander to remove soil.
  3. Peel and roughly chop the potatoes and carrots.
  4. Wash and chop the celery.
  5. Heat the butter and oil in a large pan over a medium heat and add all the vegetables and garlic.
  6. Mix well and sweat the vegetables under a lid for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the mixed herbs, stock, salt and pepper.
  8. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
  9. Take off the heat, add the milk and blend to a smooth consistency.
  10. Bring back to a gentle simmer, adjust seasoning if necessary and serve with crusty bread.

For more family friendly healthy soup ideas why not check out these from fellow bloggers:

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Carrot & Cumin Soup from Cook Sister
15 Minute Tomato Soup with Basil Pine Nut Crumb from Amuse Your Bouche
Spicy Carrot & Lentil Soup from Hungry, Healthy, Happy
Pumpkin Kale & Coconut Soup from How to Cook Good Food

Cream of Leek, Potato and Carrot Soup, family friendly, healthy, nutritious, 5-a-day

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  1. Sharon

    Lovely recipe, looks super duper tasty & bravo for presentation.
    Soup can look so plain normally but this is Top Class.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, thank you Sharon, what a lovely comment:-)

  2. Martina Evans

    Fantastic end result – the soup looks delicious!

  3. Lisa Williams

    This looks great so comforting and warming 🙂

  4. Christina @ Christina's Cucina

    Great twist on a classic, Camilla! Sharing on my FB page today!

    1. Camilla

      Aaw thank you Christina-)

  5. Paul Wilson

    This will be just the thing when the weather gets colder.

  6. Paul Wilson

    Healthy and tasty – winning combination.

  7. Heather Haigh

    I love a good bowl of soup and this one sounds very nice.

  8. Ursula Hunt

    I love the carrot decoration it looks so pretty

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ursula:-)

  9. Sarah Cooper

    Looks wonderful!

  10. Sue Lau

    What a great way to warm up on these chilly days we are still having! Love Spring veggies!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sue:-)

  11. Lynn Fancy

    I am feeling really chilly today – its not that cold but it is damp and just grey & horrid! This is just the thing to warm my cockles so I am going to have a go at making this tonight, sounds just delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Good idea:-)

  12. Brackenheart

    Why have I not made soup for ages? This recipe has made me want to have a go this weekend!

    1. Camilla

      Great stuff:-)

  13. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    That looks soooo good Camilla… I’m freezing cold from flu so I’m craving all kinds of warming up soups now.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you! Oh no Margot, hope you feel better soon!

  14. Tracy Nixon

    This sounds delicious! I have made a few pans of homemade soup recently – warming for this extra cold spell!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Tracy, yes one can’t have enough soup in this weather!

  15. Caroline Virgo

    Sounds Delicious I have got to try this!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  16. All That I'm Eating

    Love the sound of this Camilla. I normally have leeks, potatoes and carrots in the back of the fridge so this is an ideal combo for me!

    1. Camilla

      Fab, it’s great to get all those oddments used up:-)

  17. shobha

    Lovely presentation. The soup is healthy and wholesome !

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  18. Choclette

    Soup is a veritable wonder. A great way to get all sorts of goodies inside us and so delicious too. Can I have a bowl please?

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Choclette, popping a bowl in the time machine as we speak:-)

  19. Claire @foodiequine

    Forget the soup. I want to know how you mad the funky carrot shape!

    1. Camilla

      LOL it’s just a slice of carrot with triangles cut out at entervals and then shaped, dead easy:-)

  20. Emily

    Mmm, sounds delicious, healthy and frugal too.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emily:-)

  21. Kate @ Veggie Desserts

    Oooh, this sounds just heavenly! Love the carrot, too!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate:-)

  22. LEE HARDY

    This could be a family favourite.

  23. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    Camilla, we have to think of a way for you to feed me over the internet.

    1. Camilla

      Well I’d want an exchange then Bintu, I could do one course and you coud do the other:-) Just need to invent that machine now:-)

  24. Kevin Chambers-Paston

    This looks wonderful. I often make leek and potato soup but I’ve never added carrot, will give it a go. Love the little carroty sunshine too!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Kevin – I’m trying to think of other veg I can carve now LOL;-)

  25. Emma Harris

    I love Leek and Potato soup. I’m going to give this recipe a try 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Fab:-)

  26. Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes

    Leek and potato is one of my favourite soups, had never thought to add carrot to it before, great way to boost the veg content.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jen:-)

  27. Jan @GlugofOil

    Mmm yum I could eat a bowl of that right now – just the thing for this cold weather!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jan – yes it’s perfect soup weather;-)

  28. Jenna Knight

    Do you think it would be possible to do this in a slow cooker?

    Looks yummy

    Jenna xx

    1. Camilla

      I don’t see why not although I have to admit I’ve never made soup in a slow cooker – I think you’d need a very big slow cooker though!

      1. David Clarke

        Witches Cauldron? 😉

        1. Camilla

          Funnily enough this was given to me by a brand to promote Halloween recipe so you’re not far wrong:-)

  29. David Clarke

    I would love have a go with this yummy recipe. I detest celery so much, wonder if it can taste at all? To be safe I think to cross celery stalks off the Ingredients. 😛

    1. Camilla

      You really don’t taste the celery:-) But feel free to cross it off:-)

      1. David Clarke

        Glad to know that so will start try with ONE stalk as it may give more interest flavour, texture, etc. Thanks 😀

        1. Camilla

          I don’t think anyone likes the taste of celery on it’s own but celery, onion and carrot are like the holy trinity and form the base (mirepoix) of many soups and dishes:-)

  30. Paul Wilson

    The perfect thing for weather like this.

    1. Camilla

      Exactly, can’t get enough soup right now!

      1. David Clarke

        Also great way to use rolls, garlic bread or naan etc as they usually seem so perfect with soup in many ways, as.soup can be re-fresh or re-introduce to my taste buds and remind me simple dishes can be great as complex dishes.

  31. Sarah Maison Cupcake

    Mmm I am craving a bowl of that for the weekend now. Will be just the job if the snow makes it down south!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, we had a breif flurry at 4pm but it was soon over:-(

  32. Jeanne Horak-Druiff

    Oh – and also thanks for linking to my soup! 🙂

  33. Jeanne Horak-Druiff

    Mmmm, I love creamy leek & potato soup – and even more so with the addition of carrots! Soup must be the easiest way to get kids to eat stuff that’s good for them (and it’s also my favourite way of clearing out a vegetable drawer!)

    1. Camilla

      Exactly Jeanne, my family never tires of soup:-)

  34. Laura@howtocookgoodfood

    This is definitely a soup that my kids would love too. Anything that includes non scary veggies they will eat, especially with added milk or cream which gives a lovely smoothness to a soup. And I like that it uses ingredients we all have lying in our fridge. Thanks for linking to my soup too 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Laura, yes it’s amazing how kids will turn their noses up at chunks of vegetables but blitz them up and they’re happy:-)

  35. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    Ah, I agree that most mothers try to get their kids to eat their 5 a day. It’s tricky though! Soup really is a blessing. I actually got my kids to eat cauliflower the other day in the form of soup. What a pretty carrot flower. How long did it take you to cut it?!

    1. Camilla

      My kids are pretty good now and eat most veg – funnily enough it’s mashed potato that my son has never really liked! The flower probably took a couple of minutes to make, just make quick triangular cuts all the way round and then just go back round and shape into petal by carving a bit extra off:-)

  36. Ursula Hunt

    Another great heartwarming soup for is cold weather

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ursula:-)

  37. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    This looks lovely! The star-shaped carrot on top is so effective too! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Becca, I was aiming for a flower but if you enjoy it as a star then all good:-)

  38. Maya Russell

    Lovely recipe. A soup I think my kids would like.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes I’m sure your kids would enjoy it:-)

  39. Paul Wilson

    Looks delicious. Love the carrot decoration.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Paul:-)

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