You’re going to love how easy this dairy free potato leek soup recipe is to make. All it takes is a few simple ingredients, 20 minutes and you’ll have a fall favorite on the dinner table.
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Dairy Free Potato Leek Soup
To make this recipe dairy free I had two options I wanted to try:
- Coconut milk
- Cashew cream
I wasn’t sure what to do so I took it up with you guys over on Instagram and 99% of you requested coconut milk.
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I will be making this with a cashew cream base too, and when I do I will update this post to have both versions (so make sure you save this to Pinterest and come back later).
Using canned coconut milk ended up being much easier and made this recipe ready to go in less than 30 minutes, who doesn’t love that?
I’ll also update this recipe when I do it in the pressure cooker and slow cooker for an Instant Pot potato leek soup recipe.
What part of the leek do you use?
Typically you use the white and light green parts of the leek.
To reduce waste, I like to take the dark green part and freeze it in a reusable bag. Then, when I make homemade bone broth or chicken stock I add them to the broth (along with any other veggie scraps).
What potato do you use for potato leek soup?
I used good old fashioned russet potatoes. I did this because:
- You can buy them in 5lb bags, and they’re budget-friendly.
- I knew I was blending it so it was okay if they didn’t hold their shape.
If you are cooking potatoes in non blended soup and you want them to be whole, try Yukon gold.
But for this leek and potato soup, go for russet.
How to thicken potato soup?
If you follow this recipe you shouldn’t have to. The coconut milk is thick as it is (like a heavy cream) and blending it together thickens it up that much more.
However if you’re cooking it the traditional way with milk or half and half. You may want to make a roux (flour and butter) and add that right before you add the liquid.
Cornstarch and arrowroot powder also work, but make a slurry (mix it with chicken broth or water) before slowly whisking it in.
Take it up a notch
If you want to add some extra flavor to your favorite potato & leek soup recipes, try nutritional yeast.
Nutritional yeast isn’t the kind of yeast you’re thinking of. It’s a source of Vitamin B12 that has a cheesy flavor that’s delicious on salads, popcorn, or stirred into sauces and soups.
I sprinkled it individually into the bowls and stirred it in, but you could add it to the pot as well. Start small, taste, and adjust as necessary (I personally like lots).
You can get it at most grocery stores (in the natural aisle), health food stores, or on Amazon.
Another flavour enhancer? Try this potato look soup with bacon, it’s so yummy.
How to Make Potato Leek Soup
This vegan potato leek soup recipe is going to check all your boxes:
- Gluten free
- Dairy free
It suits most diets and it’s allergy friendly (with exception to the coconut milk if you or a loved one is allergic to coconut of course).
It’s the perfect recipe for those looking for potato leek soup without cream or milk.
Healthy soup recipes to try this fall and winter:
- Pot Roast Soup in the Ninja Foodi (Pressure Cooker and Slow Cooker Option)
- Roasted Cauliflower Soup [Vegan]
- Chicken Zoodle Soup
- Butternut Squash Chili Recipe
Dairy Free Potato Leek Soup
- Heat a large dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat add the olive oil and allow it to heat up until it glistens.
- Add the sliced leeks and saute them for 2 minutes. Then add the potatoes and garlic, stir it around until the garlic becomes fragrant.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for at least 20 minutes.
- Remove the pot from heat and using a ladle, scoop the soup into a blender and blend until smooth. You can also use an immersion blender. Feel free to leave some texture by not blending it all.
- Serve with chopped fresh parsley, chives, or sprinkle with nutritional yeast for a cheesy and dairy free flavor.
What’s your favorite soup recipe during the chilly weather season? Let me know in the comments.