Simple light leek soup with king prawns

Simple light leek soup with king prawns

By 02/12/2018

I recently had a fabulous soup at a restaurant in Italy: a leek and potato cream with prawns on top.

I loved it so much that I wanted to try making it myself at home.

Leeks are winter vegetables which will never miss in my fridge anyway. Every week I  always buy a bunch to make mainly soups or frittatas.  I learned to make leek frittatas from my mum and they really are delicious.

Soups give you that comfort that we all crave during winter months, they make you feel at home and provide a sort of good feeling.

This soup is light with the addition of only a little olive oil. In soups I always prefer to use olive oil instead of cream, it is healthier and lighter. Prawns seem to go well with leeks too.

TIP: If you prefer a thicker soup, after cooking the leeks and the potatoes remove some of the water before whizzing it.


  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes
  • Yield : 4



Peel and chop the potatoes. Wash the leeks, roughly chop them and put them in a saucepan with the potatoes, the onion, salt and pepper and the water. Cook for 30 minutes.

Simple leek and potato soup

Whiz the soup to a creamy consistency. Add 2 tbsp of olive oil and mix well.

Cook the prawns in a pan with a little olive oil until slightly golden.

Serve the soup onto 4 bowls. Place 4 prawns on each bowl on top of the soup, add a little chopped parsley, a splash of olive oil and a few pomegrate seeds.

Simple leek and potato soup with king prawns

Serve warm.

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29 Responses to Simple light leek soup with king prawns

  1. Ron

    Your soup looks very good on this cold First of Advent eve. We love a good soup and this one fits right into what we can get at the village market these days. Thanks for sharing Alida .

    • Alida

      Potatoes are leeks are certainly in season now. We love eating what’s in season don’t we? Have a great week!

  2. Christine Geery

    I always add potatoes to cream soups instead of cream. After emulsyfing the soup no one knows the difference. They just know they love the soup.

    • Alida

      The big difference is just how much lighter the soup is without cream.

  3. angiesrecipes

    It has been raining over here and I miss comforting and delicious soups like this…thanks for sharing, Alida.

    • Alida

      Lots of rain here too after such a dry summer and autumn. Love having soups several times a week.

  4. 2pots2cook

    Hello Alida 🙂 I have never made leek and prawns combination and this one definitely is inviting for this time of year ! Thank you and enjoy the week ahead !

    • Alida

      The combination seems to work well but I also like this soup with bits of bacon in it.

  5. mimi rippee

    That looks so good! It just gave me an idea of a soup to make for my mother! She loves soup, and she adores shrimp! I’m going to visit her and check up on her this week. She’s 90, lives by herself, and won’t move!

    • Alida

      90 is a grand age and so good that she still lives at home. She is lucky to have a daughter who is such a good chef.

  6. Zaza

    I absolutely love your soup! So simple and so healthy! I am going to try this recipe soon.
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Alida

      Thank you Zaza.

  7. Maria

    Hello Alida,
    I love this soup because it’s creamy without the cream, wondering if sautéing leeks first a little might not give it more flavor?

    • Alida

      Dear Maria, yes this is a great tip. Thank you!

  8. Gloria Roa Baker

    I love soups and this looks delicious Alida. Im printing!!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara. Buon Natale

    • Alida

      Grazie 1000

  9. La cucina di Molly

    Adoro le zuppe, specialmente in questo periodo invernale, riscaldano e sono molto gustose! Ottima la tua zuppa di porri, da rifare! Un bacione cara!

    • Alida

      Io mangerei minestra ogni giorno.

  10. Frank | Memorie di Angelina

    Looks yummy! I do adore leeks, they have a very special, warming, savory flavor. Especially lovely in a creamy soup like this one.

    • Alida

      I always have leeks in my fridge. I love them.

  11. Balvinder

    Love how simple the recipe is! Great for weeknights.

    • Alida

      Definitely. I make it once a week.

  12. Chiara

    la gradisco sempre, è un comfort food delizioso ! In questi giorni sono super impegnata e non so se riuscirò a ripassare, approfitto adesso per farti gli Auguri di Buone Feste, un abbraccio !

    • Alida

      Grazie cara altrettanto.

  13. 2pots2cook

    Vegetable soup is always welcome at our home. Shrimps too. I started to think how lovely it would be to make it for Feast of the Seven Fishes 🙂

  14. All That I'm Eating

    My favourite soup! Never thought of topping it with prawns, great idea.

    • Alida

      It makes it more of a substantial meal.

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