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This Leek Alfredo recipe features fresh leek in a superbly rich and creamy Alfredo sauce.  Toss it with some pasta and dinner is ready in just 15 minutes!

Be sure to also try our classic Fettuccine Alfredo, inspired by one of Hollywood’s most iconic restaurant!

leek alfredo sauce creamy pasta with leeks recipe spaghetti

Several years ago we had to run a spontaneous errand and I had 15 minutes to get dinner on the table.  I didn’t have time to thaw any meat or chicken, so that meant it would need to be something meatless.  I opened the fridge and perused the shelves and drawers.  Nothing was standing out.  My eyes finally rested on some leek.  So I grabbed that and put it on the counter.  Next I opened the pantry door and scanned the shelves and my eyes stopped at the pasta pasta.  Leek with pasta.  I could work with that.

Before I had decided on what exactly I was going to do with it, I was chopping and rinsing the leek, heating some butter in a pan, and sauteing the leek.  I love the smell of sauteed leek and I allowed the aroma to guide my hands to the other ingredients.  Within a few minutes I had a luscious creamy leek sauce for my pasta.  And after just 15 minutes dinner was served and everyone at the table loved it, kids included.  A sprinkle of freshly grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese added the final touch and all tummies were satisfied.  Super simple, super quick, and super tasty.

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Leeks are something that I grow in my garden every year.  They overwinter beautifully and I usually have 80-100 of them ready to harvest.  I chop, blanch and freeze them (see my tutorial on How to Freeze Leeks) and they’re super convenient to have on hand that way, ready to toss into a soup or stew or bake in a quiche or frittata.  Leek is such a wonderful thing that it needs very little embellishing.  In the case of this Leek Alfredo, it needs little more than butter and cream to transform into something utterly delicious.  I’m confident this creamy leek sauce will be as much a hit in your home as it is in ours!

leek alfredo sauce creamy pasta with leeks recipe spaghetti

Leek Alfredo Recipe

Be sure to thoroughly rinse the leek as it’s notorious for trapping dirt inside of its layers.  Slice it, wash it in a colander and then drain.  And start cooking the pasta right at the start so that it’s ready when your sauce is.

Heat the butter in a skillet and saute the leek until it’s soft, 5-7 minutes, stir in the flour and cook for another minute or two, stir in the cream, milk, bouillon, and salt and pepper.  Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer covered for about 5 minutes until thickened.

Toss the pasta in the sauce, using a little of the pasta cooking water if needed to thin it out, and serve immediately with some freshly grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

leek alfredo sauce creamy pasta with leeks recipe spaghetti

For more leek recipes be sure to try our:

leek alfredo sauce creamy pasta with leeks recipe spaghetti

Leek Alfredo

Showcasing fresh leek in a superbly rich and creamy Alfredo sauce, toss it with some pasta and dinner is ready in 15 minutes!
5 from 25 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 493 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large leek , sliced then thoroughly washed in colander and drained
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons chicken or vegetable bouillon base (e.g., Better Than Bouillon)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 ounces spaghetti , cooked al dente (or pasta of choice)
  • freshly grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions
 

  • Heat the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and saute the leek until soft, 5-7 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for another minute or two. Stir in the cream and milk and add the bouillon, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, cover and simmer for 5 minutes until thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the cooked spaghetti and toss to coat.
    Serve immediately with freshly grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 493kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 13gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 753mgPotassium: 326mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1170IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 127mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Creamy Leek Sauce, Leek Alfredo
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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet May 7, 2015

 

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5 from 25 votes (25 ratings without comment)

8 Comments

  1. So simple yet so appetizing. Have to remember this next time I buy leeks. I just love leeks, don’t eat them often enough because my husband usually wrinkles his nose at the sight of them (same thing with zucchini, aubergines, fennel… men), but sometimes I just don’t care.

    1. I know, I love leek, too! I can understand zucchini, fennel and especially aubergine, but what could there possibly be offensive about leek? :) He probably won’t even know what it is when you make this – he’ll just see some green and assume it’s green onions or something else. If not, you can enjoy it by yourself! ;)