Potato Leek Soup with Crispy Kielbasa

by jerseygirl on January 10, 2011 · 16 comments

In the winter, I crave comfort foods such as soup, stews and bread. It’s hard to eat light when you want something hearty. Even though this soup isn’t low calorie diet food, there are no heavy creams or butter involved. It contains “good for you” ingredients such as olive oil and leeks. I put my own spin on the soup by crisping up some turkey kielbasa and topping it with these delightful nuggets. This also made my meat loving husband very happy. I am not sure if Julia Child would approve of potato soup without cream or butter but I know my butt and waist line did.

Potato Leek Soup with Crispy Kielbasa

3 TBS olive oil, divided
2 leeks, thinly sliced (the white and tender green part only)
1 tsp dried thyme
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
3 cups peeled and chopped russet potatoes
8 ounces kielbasa (I used turkey)
salt and pepper to taste

In a large sauce pan, heat 1 1/2 TBS olive oil on high. Saute leeks until they are very wilted. Add thyme, chicken broth, water and potatoes. Bring pot to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 25 minutes or until veggies are soft. While soup is simmering , heat the remaining olive oil in a frying pan. Add the kielbasa and cook until crispy and golden. Keep warm and place on a paper towel lined dish. After soup has simmered for 25 minutes, use a hand blender and puree until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pieces of kielbasa garnished on top.

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Bridgett January 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I love your version of this soup and I think it is the first time I've seen it kicked up with some crispy kielbasa. Now that is a great touch!


Shelby January 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

as far as I'm concerned, you don't need heavy cream or butter for it to be yummy! Looks great!


Maria January 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Love this soup!


Leslie January 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm

My butt and waistline thanks you too!


Jeanette January 10, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Nice creamless soup recipe! I've found pureed soups are creamy enough, and don't need any additional cream. Crispy turkey kielbasa sounds like a nice salty, complimentary garnish.


megan @ whatmegansmaking January 11, 2011 at 10:04 am

I love potato soup, but I've never tried it with leeks. I bet it's great!


marla January 11, 2011 at 10:38 am

Love what you have done with this soup. The kielbasa is the perfect addition! xo


The Japanese Redneck January 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Soups are wonderful with the weather we are having right now.

Looks good!


The Food Hunter January 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I can go for some of this right now. And that bowl is so pretty.


That Girl January 11, 2011 at 1:25 pm

There's something about potato leek soup that just screams winter. And its even better without the heavy cream!


kat January 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm

The addition of the crispy sausage is great!


Emily January 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm

The soup sounds really, really good. I like that you added something crispy to the soup. I always do that too.


teresa January 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm

it still looks so creamy and hearty, and the sausage on top is a great idea, lovely!


A Busy Nest January 12, 2011 at 9:09 am

I love potato leek soup and was browsing for recipes. Yours looks yummy!


Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having January 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Potato leek soup is on my list of foods to make this weekend. I can't wait to try your recipe!


Crispy Munchies October 6, 2011 at 2:16 am

YUMMY!!! this is so great, for kids and me! delicious meal!


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