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In honor of our favorite Francophile, whip up a batch of this classic cool and velvety soup, or visit our Julia Child Favorites gallery and choose another Julia-inspired dish to celebrate her birthday this week.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: About 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings


  • 4 cups sliced leeks (use ONLY the white part)
  • 4 cups peeled and diced potatoes (Yukon gold or baking potatoes recommended)
  • 6 to 7 cups chicken stock
  • One and one-half to 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • One-half cup heavy cream (chilled)
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives


  • Combine the leeks, potatoes and chicken stock in a heavy bottomed 3-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil. Season lightly with salt, partially cover and simmer until the potatoes and leaks are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Taste and correct seasoning.

  • Puree the soup in a blender or food processor and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving. When ready to serve, add the heavy cream and mix well. Top each serving with a bit of minced chives.