Potato and Leek Chowder

5 from 5 votes

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Potato Leek Chowder is a savory and seasonally fresh entree and delivers all things autumn, from soup bowl.
A bowl of potato and leek chowder.

Potato Leek Chowder

Summer is starting to fade.  Crisp autumn days are quickly approaching.  We spent this past weekend at our little cottage in the middle of Nowhere, Wisconsin.  

As a reminder of the season, the temperatures were in the 50’s when we started our Saturday.  However the sky was blue and there were no clouds to be found anywhere and we knew it was a perfect day to visit our favorite farmers market in Elkhart Lake.

A close up of corn on the cob.

When we arrived at the market, soup was on my mind, no doubt because of the cooler weather.  As we walked around clutching our market-fresh hot coffee,  I let the fresh produce talk to me at each stand we passed. 

The first thing that I laid my eyes on were gorgeous leeks.  Even though I have never cooked with them, I knew they would be a wonderful base for the soup I craved.  

As we continued to walk around, more beautiful produce appeared, fresh baby red potatoes, onions, lush and succulent sweet corn.  I knew that this soup was going to be just the ticket.

A close up of a bowl of chowder.

Back at the cottage I surveyed the pantry and refrigerator.  White wine, heavy cream, shredded cheddar cheese and chicken stock were all placed on the counter, patiently awaiting their turn to bathe in the stock pot with the leeks and potatoes.  

Even more,  I knew that I hit jackpot when I found bacon hiding in the deli drawer of our fridge.   As the bacon started to fry, vegetables were chopped and sautéed, wine was opened, some was drank (don’t judge me), and the soup quickly took shape. By the end of the afternoon, I exceeded my expectations on this soup.  

I can’t wait for fall to officially show up so that I  can come up with even more new soup ideas and unless Dan has his Nikon surgically removed from his body, you can bet we will be sharing them with you.   -Scott

A close up of a bowl of chowder.

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Potato Leek Chowder

5 from 5 votes
Savory taste of late summer in a warm bowl of soup.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


  • 2 leeks , chopped
  • 1/2 lb baby red potatoes , diced
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup carrots, grated
  • 2 ears sweet corn, fresh
  • 5 cloves garlic , finally chopped
  • 1/2 pound bacon , chopped
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp Ground Sage
  • 1 tsp Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • dash or two hot sauce, optional
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Chop bacon and place in stock pot. Cook until bacon is crisp.
  • Remove bacon and drain bacon grease, reserving a small amount in stock pot and placing bacon on paper towel to cool.
  • Add white onion and garlic to stock pot and cook until onion softens and becomes translucent.
  • Next, add the leeks and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • Add white wine and continue to cook leeks until the leeks soften.
  • Add chicken stock, potatoes, sage, rosemary, thyme, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  • Bring mixture to a boil.
  • Cover stock pot and reduce heat to a simmer.
  • In a sauté pan, or on the grill, grill sweet corn until the ears of corn have browned and caramelized. If you are using a sauté pan, then turn heat on stove to high and rotate all sides of the corn until they have browned.
  • Using a knife, remove the corn from the cob.
  • Add corn to the stock pot, reserving some to garnish on top of the soup when served.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked, take a potato masher and mash the potatoes to the desired consistency.
  • Add grated carrots and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes to allow them to soften slightly.
  • Stir in the heavy cream and hot sauce.
  • Place 6 ounces of cheese into the soup and stir. The remaining cheese will be used to garnish the soup.
  • Serve soup in bowl and garnish with bacon, corn and cheese.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 618kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 50g, Saturated Fat: 24g, Cholesterol: 102mg, Sodium: 508mg, Potassium: 496mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 3095IU, Vitamin C: 7.6mg, Calcium: 260mg, Iron: 1.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
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Potato leek chowder.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the best soup I’ve ever had in my life – and my boyfriend and mother both said the same thing!
    A light yet hearty chowder, it’s sweet, salty, and comforting.

    I did add more than two splashes of Tapatio and it’s diluted enough that it wasn’t spicy but rounded out the flavor.
    I skipped the carrots this time but will definitely be making it again and may try to add them back in. Also, I didn’t have thyme but I’m sure it’ll be even better with it!

    I spend summers in Maine and can’t wait to try adding a bit of lobster tail to this recipe. Thank you for the great soup!

    1. Emilie, thanks so much for the great feed back. I think both carrots and a little fresh thyme definitely add to the flavor (and visual appeal) of this chowder but your idea of adding lobster tail to the recipe will take it right over the top!!! Holy cow, that’s a great idea! I’m envious of anyone who can spend summers in Maine but it sounds like you sure know how to make the most of them. We would love to hear how your idea turns out even though my lips are already smacking and my mouth is watering. Thanks so much for reading Platter Talk, we hope you will visit often and always appreciate any shares/referrals to your friends and family on social media.

  2. 5 stars
    Mmm this sounds so delicious! I love that you just rustled this up from what you had left in the fridge, the best meals are never planned!

  3. Congrats on being featured on The Wednesday Roundup Link Party this past week! Not only are you featured but also pinned to our features pinterest board {http://www.pinterest.com/anglemoine/the-wednesday-roundup-features/}… we’d love to have you stop by again this coming Wednesday! ~Angela @ LeMoine Family Kitchen

  4. Hi, saw this beautiful bowl of soup featured at Showcase Your Talent Thursdays and had to come on over to get the recipe! Looks delicious, pinning!