Today we’re diving into a bowl of vegan smoked potato soup.
It’s the kind of soup that my vegan and non-vegan friends both can appreciate and love. It’s creamy. It’s silky. It’s smoky. Ultimately it’s full of incredible flavor and substance that satisfies a hungry belly.
The secret: Smoked potatoes. They give this soup a smokey flavor that’s typically achieved by adding bacon or ham to soup.
A vendor at our local farmers market gave me the idea for this recipe. She told me about a chef who made vegan potato soup with smoked potatoes. Everyone who tried the soup swore up and down there was meat in the soup. Little did they know the chef’s secret ingredient was smoked potatoes.
I knew I could make that soup.
I asked Ken to smoke some potatoes for me. First, he fired up the Big Green Egg while I prepped the potatoes (wash, scrub, dry). Second, he put the potatoes on the BGE and smoked them for about 1 1/2 hours. Finally, he took them off the BGE, gave them to me and I proceeded to make vegan smoked potato soup.
- 4 baking potatoes, smoked, peeled, chopped and divided **see notes
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 leek, cut in half and sliced thin (white and light green parts only)
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 2 stalks of celery, diced
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, diced
- ¼ C gluten free all purpose flour (or regular)
- 4 C vegetable broth
- ½ C cashew milk
- Chopped fresh chives for garnish
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
- Add the leeks, carrots and celery to the pot and cook until tender.
- Add the chipotle pepper. Mix well.
- Sprinkle the veggie mixture with the flour and mix well.
- Add half of the chopped potatoes to the mixture and then add the cashew milk and broth. Mix well.
- Shut off the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
- Blend the mixture with an immersion blender or add to a stand up blender to blend. If blending in a stand blender, after blending return the mixture to the pot.
- Add the remaining potatoes and mix well.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve in bowls and garnish with chopped fresh chives.
More recipes to try:
Vegan Pumpkin Cream Sauce – super creamy and flavorful. Toss with pasta, use it as a bread dip or use it as pizza sauce.
Smoky Vegan Quinoa Chili – thick, hearty, filling and flavorful!
20 Minute Easy Vegan Lentil Chili – another thick and hearty chili recipe. This one only takes 20 minutes to make so it’s perfect for busy weeknights!