Leeks and potatoes have a natural affinity, whether braised, scalloped or softened in soup. Katerina Petrovska, the blogger behind Diethood.com, combines these two winter vegetables with carrots, celery and garlic to make a deeply flavored soup that makes a fine meal with a nice, crusty loaf of bread.

Serves 6


  • 2 large leeks, washed, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 to 6 cups vegetable broth, or enough to cover the vegetables
  • Croutons and fresh parsley for garnish
  • Heavy cream (optional)


Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Place the leeks, potatoes, carrots, celery, and garlic in the slow cooker pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the vegetable broth, just to cover the vegetables. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6 hours.

Puree the soup with either an immersion blender, or a food processor. If using the food processor, puree the soup in batches; do not pour all of the soup into the food processor all at once. Taste for salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into bowls. Add croutons and parsley. Drizzle some heavy cream on top right before serving (optional).

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