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Instant Pot Potato and Leek Soup

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When you’ve got a hungry family on your hands and don’t have the time to cook, turn to this Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup for an easy solution. It’s loaded with potatoes and leeks that give it a hearty flavor. Topped off with croutons, this Potato Leek Soup Instant Pot Recipe is perfect for any night of the week!

I love that you can make this delicious soup in one pot, and it’s cooks in just 20 minutes!

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What Does A Leek Taste Like?

A leek is milder than an onion, but more flavorful than a scallion. The green part is slightly bitter, so you may want to avoid using it if you’re not a fan of that taste.

It’s best to use the white and light green parts only in this Potato and leek soup recipe. Save the dark green part of the leeks for making chicken broth or vegetable broth. Veggie broth or chicken stock are great for many Instant Pot recipes and will store well in the fridge or freezer.

Leeks work perfectly in soups and stews and the flavor combines well with many other foods from potatoes to poultry. They’re a versatile ingredient, which is great for cooking in your Instant Pot.

What Are The Health Benefits Of Leeks?

Leeks are packed with Vitamin C. They’re also a good source of fiber, which helps you feel full and can support weight loss by curbing overeating.

Leeks are low in calories and carbohydrates, but high in many other nutrients that contribute to good health. For example , they contain important minerals like potassium, magnesium and calcium.

Is Leek Soup Good For You?

If you’re looking for a healthy and easy meal that your whole family will love, then try this Instant Pot Potato Leek soup Recipe! It’s packed with nutrients and delicious flavor that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest of palates…and even better it is good for you!

Nutrition Calories In Potato Leek Soup

This easy Instant Pot potato leek soup recipe provides you with a filling meal that is low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. One serving of this soup contains around 270 calories, which is perfect for anyone trying to lose weight or maintain their current size.

How To Store Leeks For Potato Leek Soup?

When buying leeks you should avoid leeks that are soft, squishy or slimy. Leeks will last for up to two weeks in the fridge if stored correctly. Place your leeks in a plastic bag and seal it tightly to keep out air and moisture.

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Instant Pot Potato and Leek Soup Cooking Times

This Instant Pot potato leek soup serves 6 and is made quite fast.

  • Prep time 20 minutes 
  • Cook time 20 minutes

Instant Pot Potato And Leek Soup Ingredients

Here are the ingredients for your Instant Pot potato leek soup:

  • 1 Leek
  • 4 russet potatoes 
  • 1/3 cup of carrots diced
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic 
  • 2 tablespoons of butter or Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt (Secret Ingredients)
  • 1/4 cup of half and half 
  • 1/2 tablespoon of soy sauce (secret ingredients)
  • 2 tablespoons of nature’s seasoning 
  • 5 cups of Broth (chicken or vegetable broth)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • Green Onions (Optional garnish)
  • 2 Thyme Sprigs (Optional garnish)

What Is Natures Seasoning?

Natures seasoning is a blend of Salt, Black Pepper, Sugar, Spices, Natural Onion Flavor, Natural Garlic Flavor, Parsley and Celery Seed. You can buy natures seasoning from a supermarket, it’s also available here on Amazon or you can make your own homemade version!

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How To Make Potato Leek Soup In The Instant Pot

Here are the step-by-step instructions for making Potato Leek Soup.

Step One: Prepare Leeks

To prepare the leek, cut the top of the leek leaves away just below where the leave are light green and the stalk resembles a trunk. Also remove the end of the stalk where the leek hairs are. 

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Step Two: Chop The Leek

Once you have removed the excess leek, cut the trunk in half long ways and rinse with water. Leeks are grown in sandy soil and can be very gritty. 

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Step Three: Wash The Leek

Next place the half sliced trunks down and slice into then half-moons. Place chopped leeks in a salad spinner to wash and rinse.

You can soak in cold water to allow grit to fall to the bottom of the bowl if you don’t have a salad spinner. 

Step Four Saute Leeks And Carrots

Turn the Instant Pot onto Saute mode. Place the butter (or olive oil) into the bottom of the pot. Once the butter has melted, add the leeks and carrots.

Keep the sauté function on and cook the vegetables for 5 minutes. 

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Step Five Add Potatoes

Peel and cut potatoes into 1” cubes. 

Step Six: Add Remaining Ingredients

Add garlic, bay leaf and spices to your Instant Pot. Add the chicken broth, soy sauce and half and half. Add the diced potatoes and submerge them. 

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Step Seven: Pressure Cook Potato Leek Soup

Seal the Instant Pot lid and close the pressure valve. Pressure cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.

Manually release pressure, once the Instant Pot soup has cooked using the quick release method.

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Step Eight: Blend Potato Leek Soup

Add your Instant Pot potato leek soup to a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Add yogurt and stir.

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Step Nine: Garnish And Serve Creamy Potato Leek Soup

Let your Instant Pot soup cool and serve in soup bowls. Garnish your Instant pot potato and leek soup with croutons, green onion and fresh thyme.

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Can I Use An Immersion Blender For This Soup Recipe?

Yes, you can use an immersion blender to make the soup. The process is simple, allow the soup to cool slightly.

Carefully insert the head of your immersion blender into the pot and blend until smooth! Make sure not to put too much pressure on the mixture as you want to avoid spilling hot ingredients.

If you don’t have an immersion blender you can use a food processor to get the smooth texture of creamy leek soup.

Russet V’s Yukon Gold Potatoes

There is some debate in the cooking community about whether russet or yukon gold potatoes are better for potato leek soup.

Many people argue that russet potatoes tend to have a denser texture, which makes them ideal for recipes where you want your potatoes to hold their shape and take on a creamy consistency.

Other cooks prefer yukon gold potatoes for their slightly buttery flavor, making them ideal for dishes that require a delicate balance of flavors.

Ultimately, the choice between russet and yukon gold will depend on your personal preferences and the specific soup cuisine recipe you are using.

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Can I Use Red Potatoes?

Yes, you can use red potatoes in your Instant Pot potato leek soup recipe. Simply switch them with the russet potatoes in this recipe

Best Substitute For Half And Half?

If you are looking for a substitute for half and half in this recipe, there are several options.

One popular choice is to use milk, evaporated milk or heavy cream, depending on the desired richness of your soup. You can also experiment with different types of plant based milk, such as soy milk, coconut milk or almond milk.

How To Garnish Leek And Potato Soup

To garnish this soup, you can add a dollop of sour cream into your bowl. Finish it off with some Italian seasoning and some fresh chives or shredded cheddar!

You can also use croutons or bacon bits for an added crunchy texture or even top with fried leeks for something different!

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What To Serve With Potato Leek Soup?

Potato leek soup pairs well with a variety of different dishes. Some of our favorite pairings include grilled cheese sandwiches, crusty bread or garlic knots.

You can also serve your leek and potato soup with toast, crudite platters, or even roasted vegetables for a complete meal!

Whatever you choose to serve with Potato Leek Soup, it’s bound to be one of those comforting soups you will want to make over and over again. It’s certainly one of my favorite soup recipes using potatoes.

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How Long Is Potato Leek Soup Good For?

If kept sealed in an air tight container, this soup will stay fresh in the fridge for up to three days.

Can You Freeze Potato Leek Soup?

Yes. Potato and leek soup freezes well. To freeze your leftover soup , let the soup cool completely before transferring to an airtight container or freezer bag.

You can then freeze the soup for up to three months. When you are ready to eat your frozen potato leek soup, simply thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat on the stovetop until warmed through. Enjoy!

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Yield: 6

Instant Pot Potato And Leek Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

When you’ve got a hungry family on your hands and just don’t have the time to cook, turn to this Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup for an easy solution. It’s loaded with potatoes and leeks that give it a hearty flavor. Topped off with croutons, this Potato Leek Soup Instant Pot Recipe is perfect for any night of the week!

I love that you can make this delicious soup in one pot and it's cooks in just 20 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 Leek
  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup of carrots diced
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of butter or Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt (Secret Ingredients)
  • 1/4 cup of half and half
  • 1/2 tablespoon of soy sauce (secret ingredients)
  • 2 tablespoons of nature’s seasoning
  • 5 cups of Broth (chicken or vegetable broth)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • Green Onions (Optional garnish)
  • 2 Thyme Sprigs (Optional garnish)

Instructions

How To Make Potato Leek Soup In The Instant Pot

Here are the step-by-step instructions for making Potato Leek Soup.

Step One: Prepare Leeks

To prepare the leek, cut the top of the leek leaves away just below where the leave are light green and the stalk resembles a trunk. Also remove the end of the stalk where the leek hairs are. 

Step Two: Chop The Leek

Once you have removed the excess leek, cut the trunk in half long ways and rinse with water. Leeks are grown in sandy soil and can be very gritty. 

Step Three: Wash The Leek

Next place the half sliced trunks down and slice into then half-moons. Place chopped leeks in a salad spinner to wash and rinse.

You can soak in cold water to allow grit to fall to the bottom of the bowl if you don’t have a salad spinner. 

Step Four Saute Leeks And Carrots

Turn the Instant Pot onto Saute mode. Place the butter (or olive oil) into the bottom of the pot. Once the butter has melted, add the leeks and carrots.

Keep the sauté function on and cook the vegetables for 5 minutes. 

Step Five Add Potatoes

Peel and cut potatoes into 1” cubes. 

Step Six: Add Remaining Ingredients

Add garlic, bay leaf and spices to your Instant Pot. Add the chicken broth, soy sauce and half and half. Add the diced potatoes and submerge them. 

Step Seven: Pressure Cook Potato Leek Soup

Seal the Instant Pot lid and close the pressure valve. Pressure cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.

Manually release pressure, once the Instant Pot soup has cooked using the quick release method.

Step Eight: Blend Potato Leek Soup

Add your Instant Pot potato leek soup to a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Add yogurt and stir.

Step Nine: Garnish And Serve Creamy Potato Leek Soup

Let your Instant Pot soup cool and serve in soup bowls. Garnish your Instant pot potato and leek soup with croutons, green onion and fresh thyme.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 1941mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 10g

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Can I Serve Instant Pot Potato Leek Soup Cold?

Yes, whilst leek and potato soup is great in the winter months you can have a cold served version during the hotter months. Simply leave the soup in the fridge overnight or for around 4 hours to chill.

Is This Recipe Gluten Free?

No. This recipe is not gluten free as it contains soya sauce.

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