Irish Oatmeal Leek Soup Recipe

Irish Oatmeal Leek Soup

A classic Irish soup also known as Brotchán Roy, traditionally served during Lent.



When I first discovered Brotchán Roy, otherwise known as the King’s Soup, I knew I would love it. It was said to have been the favorite dish of Ireland’s celebrated sixth-century spiritual and literary icon, St. Columkille.



I’m no stranger to oatmeal soup; growing up some of my  favorite soups Mom prepared were made with oats. Even as an  adult, I love the creamy texture of a hearty bowl of oatmeal soup –  total comfort food!


Steel cut oats are loaded with fiber, they are great for your heart and give the soup a wonderful texture. If you don’t have steel cut oats, you can use Quaker oats, reducing the cooking time to about 25 minutes. If you’re on a gluten free diet, make sure your oats are labeled gluten-free. This is my modified take on the classic, hope you like it!



1 tbsp whipped butter

1 1/2 cups (3 large) leeks, white and pale green only, halved lengthwise, sliced thin

1/2 cup Irish steel cut oats (Use Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats for GF)

4 cups fat-free reduced sodium chicken broth (vegetarians use vegetable broth)

1 1/2 cups fat-free milk

fresh cracked pepper to taste

2 tbsp fresh chives for garnish



Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat; add the leeks. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are soft, about 15 minutes.


Add the broth and milk; raise heat to high and bring to a boil.


Add the oatmeal and fresh cracked black pepper to taste. Return to a boil, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer gently until oats are tender, 45-50 minutes (less if using Quaker oats).

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