Simple light leek soup with king prawns

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


  • potatoes – 2 (400 gr – 1 + 3/4 cup)
  • leeks – 2
  • onion – 1
  • water – 1 Liter – 32 fl. oz
  • king prawns – 16
  • chopped parsley – 2 tbsp
  • pomegranate seeds – to decorate
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil


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.

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

29 thoughts on “Simple light leek soup with king prawns

  1. 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 .


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


  2. 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.


  3. 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 !


  4. 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!


    1. 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.


  5. 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?


  6. 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 !


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