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French Women’s Magical Leek Soup

I made the French women don’t get fat leek soup recently – a recipe by Mireille Guiliano from her book, French women don’t get fat. The book has been out for a while now, if you haven’t read it, get it. You will love her honest and witty guide to enjoying a love affair with food without paying the consequences. And I bet you will love this magical leek soup!

French women don't get fat magical leek soup recipe

French Women Don’t Get Fat…

Yes, I too have been through a rollercoaster of self-inflicted wardrobe changes from size 8 to 14 then back to 10. So, it was a breath of fresh air to come across a book and an author who takes a more common-sense approach to not so much dieting but making lifestyle choices. Choices that bring pleasure back to weightloss and are sustainable for managing long term results.

Magical leek soup

Sure, everyone is different and certain things work better for some than others, but that’s what’s so great about this common-sense approach to enjoying food. It’s an adage that I have adopted in my own cookbooks, too.

Find your own personal balance, based on your likes and dislikes. It will not only mean that you won’t have to deny yourself any of your favourite foods or treats, but you will also have a positive and sustainable plan for the future.

And try the magical leek soup. It’s delicious and a good place to start your journey.

French women don't get fat leek soup

Magical Leek Soup Recipe

The French women don’t get fat leek soup recipe is quite simple. It calls for just a handful of ingredients. Ingredients that are nutritious and help feed the good bugs in your gut. In my opinion, having a healthy gut flora is the first place to start your weight loss journey.

The two main ingredients in the magical leek soup, are leeks and mushrooms. Leeks are a wonderful prebiotic (good gut bacteria food) and mushrooms contain plenty of Vitamin D, which also helps with a healthy gut.

magical leek soup

There is also the French women don’t get fat Cookbook for the more adventurous cooks.

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French women’s leek soup

Adapted from Mireille Guiliano's French women don't get fat. Serve with (cheesy) sourdough toast if you're feeling adventurous, or afraid the soup might not satisfy you, though I'm pretty sure it will. Feel free to substitute mushrooms for cauliflower or iceberg lettuce leaves. You can also add other root vegetables to the mix. Frozen veges are great too.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 leeks white parts only
  • 10 mushrooms
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 cup green beans
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp butter // or dairy free spread
  • pepper to taste

To serve, optional:

  • 4 slices sourdough or 1 crusty baguette
  • 4 slices cheese


  • Slice leek and mushrooms. Finely dice carrot. Trim and chop beans.
  • Heat butter or spread in a large saucepan, add leek and cook until translucent. Add mushrooms, carrot and berans stir fry for a minute.
  • Cover with stock and cook for 20 minutes on a medium simmer.
  • Serve with a slice of sourdough or crusty baguette (feel free to grill them with some cheese first).
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Mez April 11, 2011 at 11:32 am

I love soup!!

You’ve highlighted some wise truths in this post.

Now I want souuuuuuuuuup!!!

Wholesome Cook April 11, 2011 at 11:37 am

Maybe tomorrow, once your tummy has recovered a bit :-) Or even tonight!

MissPiggy April 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

What a great & personal post. I tend to put on weight quite easily and have gone a bit bonkers eating anything I want now that I blog about food. I’m nearly 40kgs lighter than I used to be, but I’m still well padded (helps me not hurt myself if I fall down)! I haev started swimming tho just to help with fitness and balance out some of the eating.

Wholesome Cook April 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Thank you. And yes, that’s the think about food blogging … When eating out I tend to go fo 2 entrees, but try other people’s, mainly those whom I’ve met before, mains. And I’ve been told about swimming but I can only dog paddle, so I walk or run to keep fit(ting) into my jeans. :-)

Laura (starloz) April 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

oh, i heart soup, they are just so flavourful. its love in a bowl

sherrienyc April 12, 2011 at 8:00 am

I can’t wait to try some of the modifications you made of the French woman’s leek soup. Frozen veg is such a smart idea for adding extra nutrients (and making it more filling)!

Sara @ Belly Rumbles April 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

It is just the weather for soup. That one looks so healthy and nourishing, so perfect for the weather right now.

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed April 20, 2011 at 11:24 am

Great post! Spot on, I completely agree with your and Mireille’s view on food. Love her book. I didn’t know there was a cookbook though!
Heidi xo

Mademoiselle Slimalicious January 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I’m currently running a giveaway (open to aussies) on my blog to win a copy of bestseller: “French Women Don’t Get Fat”. The book is NOT about DIETING, but eating for pleasure and making the right choices. It’s what French paradox is all about, isn’t it? (ok the French leek soup doesn’t look that yummy…mais bon!
Anyway, not sure if you have read this book already or are interested but feel free to visit me for a chance to win!

Emily January 26, 2020 at 12:33 pm

There aren’t any mushrooms in the original recipe- just leeks and water, with olive oil and salt added to the drained leeks at the end.

Lindsay January 6, 2022 at 8:21 am

I added a few minced garlic cloves and a bay leaf. Very delicious!


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