This French Potage soup recipe a pureed vegetable soup that’s rich and savory and completely satisfying. 

Two white cups filled with French Potage Soup.

This easy pureed vegetable soup is made with the most humble of ingredients yet has the most incredible depth of flavor, and it comes together in just about 30 minutes. 

A white bowl filled with French Potage Soup. A small glass jar filled with pesto sits next to the bowl.

For this French potage soup recipe we use sweet potatoes for the added nutritional benefits.  But if you’re not a fan of sweet potatoes, then by all means use russets, reds or white potatoes instead.  The vegetables for this easy vegetable soup are slowly simmered in chicken broth (or use vegetable broth instead) with a few sprigs of fresh parsley and thyme.

Potage Meaning

Cottage  gardens in France contain a variety of crops that are grown together, which are called potage gardens.  The harvest from these potage gardens are used to make this easy vegetable soup.

Potage Soup Recipe

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Leeks
  • Onion
  • Garlic, minced
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Sweet potato
  • Fresh thyme
  • Fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Broth (vegetable or chicken)

A white cup filled with pureed vegetable puree. A small glass jar filled with pesto sits next to the cup.

How to Make Potage

  1. Saute leeks, onion and garlic
  2. Add the potatoes, carrots, celery, broth and herbs
  3. Simmer until veggies are soft
  4. Remove the thyme and parsley sprigs
  5. Puree the soup in a blender or with an immersion (stick) blender
  6. Season to taste
  7. Serve with pistou (pesto)

A white pot filled with pureed vegetable soup. A wooden spoon rests in the pot.

This pureed vegetable soup also makes a great starter soup to serve before dinner.  And it’s a cozy soup to make when it’s freezing cold outside and you want something warm, creamy and comforting.  Be sure to serve this pureed vegetable soup with plenty of pistou (pesto) and maybe a slice of warm crusty bread for dunking (in the soup) and dipping (in the pesto).

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Two white cups filled with French Potage Soup.
Yield: 6 servings

French Potage

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

This French Potage soup recipe s a blended vegetable soup that's rich and savory and completely satisfying. 


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups leeks, chopped (white and pale green parts only) - you'll need about 2-3 large leeks
  • 1/2 cup brown onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine (optional)
  • 2 cups sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 3 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water (add more if the soup is a little too thick)
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


For the French Potage

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Add the leeks, onion and a pinch of salt. Cover. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the leeks are soft.
  3. Stir often to prevent the leeks from burning.
  4. Add the garlic and white wine (if you're adding the white wine) and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add the potatoes, carrots, thyme, chicken broth and water.
  6. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the potato and carrots are soft.
  7. Remove the thyme and parsley sprigs then puree the soup in a blender or with an immersion (stick) blender.
  8. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  9. Serve with pistou.

For the Pistou

  1. Combine the basil, garlic, cheese and walnuts in a food processor or blender and process. While the motor is running, and the olive oil in a slow, thin stream. Continue to process until you reach your desired consistency. Add a little more olive oil if needed. To keep the pistou from turning brown on top…place a tablespoon of olive oil on the top of the pistou then seal tightly.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 504Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 233mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 7gSugar: 12gProtein: 9g attempts to provide accurate information, however, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations. See full disclaimer on About page.