Here is what you're going to need to make this tasty soup:
3/4 of a pound of leeks - about two medium sized ones should be good (at Fred Meyer this cost me $1.50)
About 1 1/2 pounds of russet potatoes (Fred Meyer $.70)
1 14.5 oz can of petite diced tomatoes - no salt added if they have it, we season our own food (Fred Meyer $.70)
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream, or whole milk works if you already have some (Fred Meyer $1.20)
1/2 pound of bacon, or more if you really like bacon but I think this is enough (Fred Meyer $2.50)
5 cups of low sodium chicken stock, we season our own food! (I already had this in my pantry but it should cost you around $3.00)
Some crusty bread for dunking and such (Fred Meyer $2.30)
2 cloves of garlic (I always have it on hand)
1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes - omit if you are a wimp (I always have it on hand)
See only $11.90!!!!
*optional cheese sprinkling if you like, I use parmigiano since I always have it in my fridge
Here's what you do:
Trim the dark green tops of the leeks, about 6 inches down depending on the leek. The tops are awfully tough and not so good for eating, so discard. Then slice your leeks in half lengthwise and cut them into half moons about 1/2 an inch wide. Fill a large bowl with cold water and put your sliced leeks in it. Get your hands in that bowl and begin separating the leeks. There is dirt in between each layer and you don't want muddy soup. Let your leeks soak in the water while you tend to the rest of the ingredients.