365 Days of Slow Cooking: Slow Cooker (crock-pot) Cheesy Potato and Leek Soup

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Slow Cooker (crock-pot) Cheesy Potato and Leek Soup

Recipe for slow cooker cheesy potato and leek soup

Makes 6-8 servings

4 medium yellow potatoes, cut into small cubes
2 cups sliced leeks (it's about 1 leek...here is a good tutorial on how to clean and slice leeks)
3 tsp chicken bouillon granules (1 1/2 tsp shirley j bouillon)
3 cups water (or you could use 3 cups of chicken broth/stock in place of the water and bouillon)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup bacon bits, plus more for serving
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups medium or sharp shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for serving
1/4 cup butter
5 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1.  Place potato cubes, leeks, bouillon, water and garlic powder in slow cooker.
2.  Cover and cook on LOW for about 5-7 hours, or until potatoes are tender.
3.  Prepare a roux by melting butter over low heat in a skillet.  Add in flour, one tablespoon at a time.  Stir constantly with a whisk for 5-7 minutes.  Slowly stir in 1 cup hot soup.  Add another 3 cups of soup and stir until smooth.  Add all back into the slow cooker and whisk until all incorporated.
4.  Slowly stir in the cheese, a little at a time (so it doesn't get all clumpy).  Add in the bacon bits.
5.  Salt and pepper to taste and serve with extra bacon and cheese, if desired.

Review:
I received yellow potatoes and leeks in my Bountiful Basket and decided to use them to make a soup.  I have never really used leeks before and didn't really know how they would taste.  They were kind of like a mild green onion.  I was so so so happy with this soup.  My family ate the entire batch of soup.  My kids asked for seconds.  It was savory, filling and perfect for a fall evening.  I've been thinking of this soup ever since we ate it, and for that reason I give it 5 stars.  Let me know if you feel the same. 

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6 comments:

  1. Did you puree the soup at all? Or did the potatoes mostly disintegrate as they cooked? I am just wondering how smooth it was. And how do you think it would work to make this on the stove top?

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  2. I got the same bountiful basket and had no idea what to make with the leeks. I made this today and it was so yummy! Thanks for posting the link to cleaning and cutting the leeks. I had no idea. My husband kept saying how good it was! We loved this and will definitely make it again!

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  3. Anonymous22/9/12 00:56

    You know, you can use the green part of the Leeks as well. They are just as yummy!

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  4. You've never really used leeks before??! Oh my - you have been missing out!!! Are they not really a ommon US veg or something? A basic leek and potato soup is a great thing. Here's my offering with stilton in too; not a crockpot recipe but could easily be converted to one. Please please give leeks a go - they're great!!

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  5. Anonymous9/10/12 17:27

    Add one cup soup to the roux and then 3 cups? There is only 3 cups total of broth. Did I miss something?

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