This healthy potato leek soup is a simple classic recipe that's made with potatoes, leeks, garlic and vegetable broth. For healthy swaps, I use olive oil instead of butter, use sour cream instead of heavy cream and skip the flour. It makes a smooth, creamy and velvety soup that's nourishing for your body and soul!
I never grew up having potato leek soup, which is such a classic American soup recipe. So the first time I tried it in my college dorm, I loved how simple and satisfying it was. I later learned that it was full of cream and flour so it wasn’t the best for my waistline (ihhhmmm Freshman 15), and I learned to tweak the ingredients to still get that college dorm potato leek soup vibes. Is that weird? The other thing I grew to love in college was cottage cheese. Ok that’s totally weird I know, but I guess there was a new “culinary” experience for me dining outside of my parent’s house.
When I set out to recreate this recipe and make it more healthy’ish, I knew I didn’t need the flour because the potatoes really do an awesome job of thickening this up without the need for flour, and I decided to skip the cream or milk and instead just use some sour cream. I also used olive oil instead of butter, and then blended up this healthy potato leek soup all up into a creamy, velvety, soul-warming bowl. There’s just something about warm pureed soup to end your day that is so soothing, fulfilling and tasty. Maybe that’s why I loved it so much back in college, because it truly felt like pureed comfort!
To add a bit of spring into the soup (after all, it is the first day of Spring today, even though the east coast is getting bombarded with like 15 inches of snow tomorrow!), I added fresh watercress on top. Its fresh and peppery taste compliments the mellow creamy healthy potato leek soup, and it just makes me think of happy spring thoughts while I sit in my sweater at home eating soup.
P.S. I’m such a fan of potatoes in soup as a substitute to flour and also to bulk it up. That’s what I did in my broccoli & cheese soup recipe too!