20 Tasty Leek Recipes (2024)


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These leek recipes highlight the versatility of this elegant vegetable! Try it in soups, casseroles, pasta, and more.

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Got leeks and not sure how to use them? This member of the onion family brings a deliciously sweet, sophisticated flavor to recipes that’s unlike any other. It’s seasonal in the spring and fall, making it at home in both springy pastas as well as comforting soups and casseroles. Need some inspiration on what to do with a leftover leek or two? Here are our top leek recipes for using this special ingredient, including recipes from this website and favorite recipe developers around the web. Ready to get started?

And now…20 great leek recipes!

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Classic Potato Leek Soup

Undoubtedly the most popular of all leek recipes is this one: Potato Leek Soup! There's just something about cupping your hands around a steaming bowl or mug that comforts the soul. This classic combines the sophisticated sweet essence of leeks with humble potatoes and rich cream for a truly luxurious dish. Silky smooth and warming, it's the ideal winter orfall soupfor a gathering or a simple weeknight.

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Pasta Primavera with Leeks

Leeks are ideal for flavoring pasta, and they're perfect in Italian-American Pasta Primavera! There are many ways to make a primavera, so here’s our spin. Tender pasta is mixed with spring vegetables like asparagus, broccolini, peas and carrots, then tossed with a creamy, luxurious Parmesan sauce. You won’t want the bowl to end!

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Butternut Squash, Leek and Lentil Soup

This butternut squash lentil soup tastes like a bowl of sunshine. It’s chock full of beautiful, colorful healthy ingredients, and it tastes surprisingly more delicious than you’d imagine from the humble ingredients. Using leeks brings a complexity to the body of the soup.

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Here's a tasty fall-forward leek recipe: stuffed acorn squash! It's cut in half and stuffed with a quinoa stuffing that's quick and simple to put together, featuring sauteed leeks and a hefty dose of fresh sage and thyme.

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Homemade Stuffing with Leeks

This tasty homemade stuffing recipe relies on silky leeks for its hearty flavor! It's made with hearty multi-grain artisan bread, olive oil and loads of aromatic vegetables: a great side dish for any meal!

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Parmesan Roasted Leeks

This leek recipe is the perfect side dish: roasted leeks! Roasted leeks soften and caramelize as they cook, making a side dish to elevate and enhance any dinner. Shower this tender veggie with shredded parmesan, butter, herbs and seasoning before throwing it in the oven. via Spend with Pennies

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Chicken with Mushroom Sauce & Leeks

Leeks are a versatile backup character for flavoring main dishes, and they're ideal in creamy sauces. One pan is all you need for this savory, and super easy, chicken with mushroom sauce that's on the table in 30 minutes or less. Via Foodie Crush

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Braised Leeks with Beurre Blanc

Here's a leek recipe that makes an elegant side dish: braised leeks! Drizzle the leeks with French butter sauce—aka beurre blanc—to cover them in silky, luxurious goodness. via The Modern Proper

Here's a stunning autumnal way to serve leeks: roasted up with butternut squash! Drizzle with orange tahini sauce and finish with toasted walnuts, fresh herbs, and za’atar. This side dish will knock your socks off! via A Beautiful Plate

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Leek Confit Pizza

Leek confit is thinly sliced leeks that are cooked in oil or butter until they are soft and melt in-your-mouth delicious. Throw it onto pizza dough, then pile high with gruyere and mozzarella cheese and bake to perfection.via What's Gaby Cooking

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Potato Leek Au Gratin

Here's a tasty leek recipe that makes for a stunning side dish for dinner parties: potato leek gratin! Layer potatoes with leeks sauteed in butter, three kinds of cheese, whole milk, and heavy cream. A fool-proof recipe for happy faces at the table! via The Modern Proper

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Potato Leek Quiche with No-Roll Crust

Sweet leeks are perfect for flavoring a quiche base! Here they're combined with soft potatoes and a simple no-roll crust for the perfect brunch option. via Joy the Baker

Here's another great way to incorporate leeks into a dinner recipe: with salmon! This perfectly golden-crisp salmon is paired with oven-roasted asparagus and a buttery, rich, creamy leek sauce piled on crispy potatoes. via Pinch of Yum

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Mushroom and Leek Risotto

The delicate flavor is leeks is ideal for flavoring sophisticated dishes like a risotto! Here's they're paired with short grain rice and tender mushrooms for an elegant dinner. via Minimalist Baker

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Leek and Potato Casserole

Leeks are ideal for cozy casseroles, and this one is no exception! Bake up potatoes until they're tender with leeks, garlic and fontina cheese. It's peak cozy comfort food! via Food Network

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Potato Leek Handpies (Cornish Pasties)

Here leeks make a stunning filling for a Cornish pasty: a handpie with savory fillings. This one is made with store-bought puff pastry sheets, making it quick and easy to put together. The creamy potato leek filling is roasted on a sheet pan with fresh thyme, and tossed with heavy cream and layered with cheddar cheese. via A Beautiful Plate

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Portobello and Leek Carbonara

Leeks pair perfectly with pasta, and they shine in this spin on pasta carbonara! Bacon and savory portobello mushrooms round out this creamy pile of linguine. via How Sweet Eats

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Greek Rice With Leeks (Prasorizo)

Prasorizo is a traditional Greek dish of leeks and rice that's full of creamy, zingy flavor! Caramelized leeks play along with rice, green onions, olive oil, dill and lemon to make a delicious, savory side dish. Via Real Greek Recipes

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Spinach, Leek & Bacon Quiche

Another great way to enjoy leek recipes for breakfast: a spinach, leek and bacon quiche! This deep dish quiche bakes up light and fluffy. Greek yogurt adds a tang and creaminess to the fluffy egg center baked with spinach, sautéed leeks, and crunchy bacon bits. via Foodie Crush

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Creamy Leek and Pancetta Pappardelle Pasta

Last up in our leek recipes, one more pasta! This creamy leek and pancetta pappardelle pasta is elegant and impressive, featuring crispy pancetta pieces, sautéed leeks, fresh thyme, and Parmesan cheese. An indulgent and comforting recipe for all occasions!


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x

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This potato leek soup recipe is classic and lusciously creamy! Cozy up to a bowl of this fall simple favorite.



  • 3 tablespoons salted butter (or olive oil)
  • 2 large or 4 small leeks (4 cups thinly sliced), white and light green parts
  • 3 celery ribs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and small diced (5 cups diced)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme (or make a bouquet garni)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Chives, for garnish


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the leeks, celery and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7 to 8 minutes until the leeks are very tender but not browned.
  2. Add the chopped potato, vegetable broth, water, fresh thyme, bay leaf, and salt and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Remove the thyme and bay leaf.
  3. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Add the cream and blend again. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Soup
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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