Hello smooth, creamy, delicious soup! This leek and potato soup with parsley pesto recipe will keep you warm and cozy.

Leek and potato. Two simple ingredients gifted to us by Mother Nature, that thrown together in a pot deliver amazing results.

It’s starting to get colder here in the mountain tops of Port-au-Prince. Believe it or not, temperature sometimes reaches the 15° around here. Just last night it was 17° at our house according to accuweather and at the same time last year it was 23°. So it is not a figment of my imagination when I say it’s never been this cold this time around.

I find that there is a real pleasure in experimenting various seasons of the year on a tropical island. But sometimes, these being changes in temperature can be worrisome.

You see, Haïti, or Ayiti, is the aboriginal name for the island given by the Taïnos, our our indigenous ancestors, meaning “the land of the mountains”.

We are blessed with mountains throughout the island, and are surrounded by the ocean. Leaving in Port-au-Prince, aside from the magnificent views you may get depending which mountain top you are on, it can be difficult to believe you are actually on an island. To get to the ocean, or I should say to get to the beach, in an area where you can sunbathe and splash in our warm Caribbean Sea, one must drive at least an hour north or south to reach our prestige blue waters.

Our beaches are beautiful, no doubt. However, I must say I am very saddened by the abundance of pollution we have been experiencing lately. A devastating case of plastic pollution is becoming unbearable, as is the case with many other islands near by.

Allow me to make a quick plea against plastic here. Pardon me if that may bother some, or make you feel that this is not the place, but it is an issue that concerns all of us.

An estimated 16 billion pounds of plastic enter the ocean each year and the organization 4Ocean is on a mission to stop this.

They have been doing terrific work worldwide and have recently started beach cleanups here in Haiti. My boys participated in the very first one, and I encourage you to support any activity that this group or any alike may hold in any way you can. If you can’t make it to a beach clean up, help out by purchasing one of their bracelets made entirely of recycled materials collected from the ocean from all four corners of the world. The proceeds go toward supporting their missions. Great way to give back.

You have to start your young ones early at community service in order to establish civic and environmental consciousness in our future bright minds and leaders! And I feel a beach clean up is a perfect opportunity.

If all plastic bottles humans use in a year were to be stacked on top of each other,
you could build at least 190 towers to the moon.
(source: thequint.com)

I teach my sons to reach for the moon, like all of you probably do… but not like that. Not like that!

The amount of plastic they were able to collect in that one afternoon left them feeling proud, but also so helpless.

“Mom, we feel like we couldn’t do enough” they said when done.

I had to explain that we can do much more, but only by prevention. By placing responsible acts.

Plastic pollution is a world problem and should be a generational concern.

SO, let’s all be a little more environmentally conscious.

  • Ask for paper bags or boxes at the supermarket.
  • Better yet, bring in your recyclable tote bags when you go shopping.
  • Choose biodegradable packaging.
  • Make your own juices at home, rather than buying plastic bottled juice.
  • Shop at farmers markets for non-packaged natural goods.
  • Use a refillable water bottle.

It’s not easy as the consumption society we live in teaches us to get things that are pre-packaged, easy and ready to go for the on-the-go life we live. But we must all be conscious and make a little effort.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead

My big parenthesis about plastic, and our environment all goes to say, that the reason why we all get a little colder each year wherever we may be, is all the result of pollution and global warming.

Don’t mean to make you all pout with my fact checks. Sorry.

If you are feeling a little cold and in need of heart warming goodness gifted to us by Mother Nature, make yourself a good bowl of my leak and potato soup with parsley pesto.

It will warm your soul and leave you feeling hopeful for a brighter tomorrow.

Leak and potato soup with parsley pesto

Haiti Bites leak and potato soup with parsley pesto

Leek and potato soup with parsley pesto

Leek and potato soup with parsley pesto recipe. Heartwarming with deliciousness.

Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Keyword Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
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For the soup

  • 4 cups leek chunks (white part only)
  • 3 cups diced and boiled potato
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 cup milk (I use 2%)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese (or 1/2 heavy cream)
  • 1/2 tbsp creole garlic marinade (or 1 garlic clove)
  • salt and pepper to taste

For parsley pesto

  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (I use extra virgin)
  • 1/4 tsp creole garlic marinade (or 1/2 garlic clove)
  • 1/4 cup tête de maure cheese grated (or parmesan)


Parsley pesto

  1. In a food processor purée together parsley, olive oil, cheese and garlic.

  2. Set aside in a squeeze bottle for plating.

Leek and potato soup

  1. Dice your potatoes and boil in salted water.

  2. Cut leeks into chunks.

  3. Dice your onions.

  4. Over medium high heat, in a large cookware, melt your butter and add in leeks, onions and garlic marinade. Mix around a few times to coat all pieces. 

  5. Add water, cover and let cook 10 minutes.

  6. Add in your boiled potatoes and mix well.

  7. Add your cream cheese allowing it to melt.

  8. Add milk and turn the heat up to boil for about 5 minutes.

  9. Pour the mix in your blender.

  10. Return to heat and let simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes.

  11. Serve your soup with a generous drizzle of parsley pesto.

Recipe Notes

You can find the recipe for my creole garlic marinade here.

Also, use your food processor to quickly grate your cheese. You will use the same processor to prep the parsley pesto. I swear by my Cuisinart Food Processor.