Experience the flavor of Wales with our Cawl Cennin - Welsh Leek Soup recipe! This traditional Welsh soup features tender leeks, potatoes and onions, simmered to perfection with flavorful broth and cream. Our easy-to-follow recipe guide will show you how to create this delicious soup in the comfort of your own home. Perfect for a hearty and nutritious meal, this Welsh Leek Soup is the ultimate way to enjoy the taste of Wales.
Why you’ll love this
Hearty and Delicious
This soup is hearty and delicious, with tender leeks, potatoes and onions simmered to perfection with flavorful broth and cream. It's a great way to enjoy a comforting and filling meal that's perfect for cold weather or any time you want something warm and satisfying.
Easy to Make
Despite its impressive flavor, this soup is actually quite easy to make. Our step-by-step recipe guide will walk you through every step, so you can create this delicious soup with confidence. It's a great option for anyone who wants a tasty and satisfying meal without spending hours in the kitchen.
Traditional Welsh Cuisine
This Welsh Leek Soup is a classic dish from Wales, making it a great way to experience the flavors of this beautiful country. It's a unique and flavorful soup that's sure to impress your taste buds. Plus, it's a great way to try something new and delicious!
Ingredients and substitutions for Welsh Leek Soup
- Onion: Brown onion is used here due to its subtle flavor, though you could substitute with 2 shallots.
- Leek: The star of the show, I cannot recommend a substitute here as leek has such a subtle flavor that makes this dish what it is.
- Potato: Maris Piper was used here, though any all rounder potato such as Desiree, Eureka or Russet would work here.
- Stock: A vegetable bouillon was used here, though if you have fresh vegetable stock on hand that would be the best substitute or if you prefer, chicken stock would also work well.
- Double cream: Pouring cream or creme fraiche would be the best substitutes in place or even yogurt, if you’re trying to be healthier as this matches the tang of creme fraiche well.
See recipe card for quantities.
Equipment needed to make this
Heavy pot: You’ll need a medium to large pot to make this.
Blender: A stick or immersion blender was used here and makes this a breeze as you don’t need to wait for the soup to cool before blending. Otherwise, it is best to wait for the soup to cool before you pour into a blender as the pressure from the heat can cause the top of the blender to explode which can cause injuries.
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How to make Welsh Leek Soup:
Place the onion, leeks and potatoes into a large pot with a dash of olive oil on low heat.
Cover and allow to cook for 10 minutes, until the leeks have become bright in color, stirring every few minutes to ensure nothing sticks to the base of your pot.
Add the vegetable stock and salt, cover and increase the heat to medium.
Allow to simmer until your potatoes are easy to pierce, approximately 15 minutes.
Remove from the heat and add in the heavy cream, blending until smooth.
Ladle into serving bowls and top with fresh parsley.
Serve up and dig in!
Welsh Leek Soup
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: Serves 4
- Category: Main
- Cuisine: Welsh
- Diet: Vegetarian
Cawl Cennin or Welsh Leek Soup recipe takes seasonal leeks, potatoes and an allium cousin to create a full bodied and light soup that is perfect as dinner, lunch or even a starter!
1 medium brown onion, roughly chopped
800 grams / 3 medium leeks, sliced into ½ inch rings
400 grams / 2 medium potatoes, roughly chopped
900 milliliters / 3 ¾ cups + 1 tablespoon vegetable stock
1 teaspoon sea salt
150 milliliters / ⅔ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
- Place the onion, leeks and potatoes into a large pot with a dash of olive oil on low heat.
- Cover and allow to cook for 10 minutes, until the leeks have become bright in color, stirring every few minutes to ensure nothing sticks to the base of your pot.
- Add the vegetable stock and salt, cover and increase the heat to medium.
- Allow to simmer until your potatoes are easy to pierce, approximately 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and add in the heavy cream, blending until smooth.
- Ladle into serving bowls and top with fresh parsley.
- Serve up and dig in!
Adapted from cookwithmands
- Calories: 258 calories per serve
Keywords: soup, welsh recipe, vegetarian
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