Potage Parmentier (Potato & Leek Soup) by Julia Child

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Julia Child, Soup | 15 comments

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Julia Child

Google honors Julia Child, the chef who brought French cuisine to the American foodies. It was through her debut cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which was released in 1963. Later on, she became the host of a long-running PBS cooking show, The French Chef.

The doodle shows Julia in her kitchen holding a fork with meat in it, probably tasting what’s inside the red pot. G-o-o-g-l-e is spelled out through the table or can be recognized, from the soup pot, the red casserole, a plate with perhaps sliced vegetables, two whole chickens, a fish and a cake with a piece sliced off.

Julia is also popular for her quotes, food-related or not. Here are some of my favorites from her pertaining to cooking and food.

Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

“Fat gives things flavor.”

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good food from fresh ingredients.”

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.”

Most of all: “Learn how to cook — try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun.”

So here’s one of Julia’s easier recipe, Potage Parmentier. This is a basic recipe which you can alter to your preference. As Julia said, be fearless!

bacon potato leek soup

add some bacon!



1 lb potato, peeled and diced
1 lb leeks, thinly sliced
3-4 tbsps. unsalted butter
4-6 tbsps. heavy cream
2-4 tbsps minced chives, and parsley
sliced radishes for garnish
Salt and Pepper


1. Simmer potatoes and leeks in salted water for 30 to 40 minutes or until soft.

2. Put potato and leek in a small bowl. Mash soft potato and leeks. Add butter cubes, season with salt & pepper to taste.

3. Stir in cream.

4. Pour soup into bowls & sprinkle with chives, parsley & radishes.

I added some bacon bits as well. Here’s to a real foodie, thank you Julia!




  1. 8-16-2012

    The soup is just great for these rainy weather days.

  2. 8-16-2012

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I’ll try this over the weekend. Probably would use stock though instead of just plain salted water to give this more flavor.

  3. 8-16-2012

    Is it Julia Child’s birthday treat? 🙂 Seriously, the soup looks good. I guess the bacon makes it tastier. RJ loves soup and I am sure she’s going to love this too. Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂

  4. 8-16-2012

    The soup looks good and yummy. I will take note of your recipe and will try this weekends.

  5. 8-16-2012

    I hope I could get my kids to eat this soup. looks yummy!

    • 8-17-2012

      awww….mine loves having soup before the main entree, garlic, pumpkin, tomato…and all those!

  6. 8-16-2012

    your soup looks good, i will copy your recipe and maybe add a little variation, by adding more ingredients like mushroom perhaps 🙂

    • 8-17-2012

      by all means sis, it’s not mine though but Julia’s and this is just the basic recipe which you can alter 🙂

  7. 8-17-2012

    My children loves potatoes and they will surely love this! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’ve been looking for breakfast ideas because they’re tired of the usual soups and noodles I cook for them. 🙂

  8. 8-17-2012

    I used to watched her cooking show back in US though I don’t remember cooking any of her easy peasy recipe, or maybe i did.

  9. 8-21-2012

    It looks so SOUPY delicious!
    I want to taste it and take a deep sip…

  10. 8-23-2012

    that soup is perfect for the cold season ahead 🙂 it looks delish, will try to make this one 🙂 Thank you for sharing the recipe 🙂 Dropping by from FF

  11. 8-27-2012

    Yummy! Though I won’t put leeks coz i don’t like the taste hehehe

  12. 9-2-2012

    love her quotes. i am not a good cook. but i always try to serve meals for my forever hungry ‘gang’. we all love to eat here 🙂

    and the recipe above reminds me of my very own ‘potato cream veggie’ where i mash some potatoes and stir in cream and seasonings. our all around soup and dips here 🙂

    happy happy sunday there in vienna.

  13. 9-13-2012

    oh yeah, that looks like comfort food! love her quotes, too! totong totoo! 🙂

    sensya na sa late visit, G. medyo hirap ako sa oras when it comes to blogging these days…di kasi madaling magbukas at magcomputer! lol. unlike sa phone na palaging dala at palaging online! 😀

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