Lively Leek Soup

A classic potato leek soup, inspired by Simple Food for the Good Life by Helen Nearing (Chelsea Green, 1999).

Lively Leek Soup


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 6 leeks white and pale green parts only, well-washed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped


  1. In a medium soup pot, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over low heat and add the leeks, cooking them gently until softened. Add the potatoes and water and simmer one hour.
  2. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and the parsley and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Serves 4.