From the 70’s to today

Leak and Potato Soup

I took this picture for a photo contest in my food photography facebook group and I ended up discovering a really good recipe. The contest was about remaking cookbook pictures from the 70s. I spent hours going thought my mom’s old cookbooks, some recipes mede me nostalgic, remembering the fun times in the kitchen as a little girls. The pictures were the fun part, food photography changed so much. Style, composition and lighting, everything is different.





Original Picture, from

“I Jolli della buona cucina”

Italian cookbook

published in 1973

Here I picked a simple recipe, leak and potato soup, ideal for a winter family dinner. I started this project by updating the picture, but in the way I updated the recipe too. I left a few pieces of vegetable in it to increase texture. I substitute cream with plain greek yogurt and add parsley for a freshest taste 🙂 

Zuppa Soup Food Photography Fotografia Cibo Rosalinda Masucci Roberto Zucchi Milan Milano

Ahh, and let’s not forget the croutons crispy and delicious in a creamy soup!

Leak and Potato Soup
Serves 4
Total Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  2. 1 Onion
  3. 2 Leaks
  4. 3 Medium size Yukon Potatoes
  5. 3 cups Vegetable Broth
  6. 1 cup greek yogurt
  7. Black Pepper
  8. 2 tbsp chopped Parsley
  9. ½ cup Croutons
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  1. - peel and chop the potatoes in ½" cubes
  2. - wash and chop the leaks and the onions
  3. - heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat with the chopped onion
  4. - add onion, leaks and potatoes
  5. - cook until they start to get soft and a little translucent about 5 minutes
  6. - add the vegetable broth and bring to boil
  7. - turn the heat to low and cook until all the vegetable are very soft, about 20 minutes
  8. - use a hand mixer and roughly blend the vegetables, leave a few in pieces to add texture to the soup
  9. - transfer the soup in a clean pot
  10. - add the greek yogurt
  11. - cook for just a few minutes
  12. - add fresh parsley, black pepper and serve with the croutons
Adapted from I Jolli della Buona Cucina
Adapted from I Jolli della Buona Cucina
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