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Vegan Smoked Potato Soup

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.

Vegan Smoked Potato Soup. The secret to achieving a smoky soup without using ham or bacon: smoke the potatoes! | This Gal Cooks

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.

Vegan Smoked Potato Soup. The secret to achieving a smoky soup without using ham or bacon: smoke the potatoes! | This Gal Cooks

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.

Vegan Smoked Potato Soup

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
  • 1/4 C gluten free all purpose flour (or regular)
  • 4 C vegetable broth
  • 1/2 C cashew milk
  • Chopped fresh chives for garnish


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add the leeks, carrots and celery to the pot and cook until tender.
  3. Add the chipotle pepper. Mix well.
  4. Sprinkle the veggie mixture with the flour and mix well.
  5. Add half of the chopped potatoes to the mixture and then add the cashew milk and broth. Mix well.
  6. Shut off the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  7. 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.
  8. Add the remaining potatoes and mix well.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve in bowls and garnish with chopped fresh chives.


To make the smoked potatoes: prepare your smoker. Get the temp up to around 250-350. Wash and scrub your potatoes. Once the smoker is ready, place the potatoes on the smoker and smoke for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. To test if done, poke the potatoes with a toothpick or a knife. If the toothpick or knife is easily inserted and if the potato feels soft, the potato is done cooking.

Vegan Smoked Potato Soup. The secret to achieving a smoky soup without using ham or bacon: smoke the potatoes! | This Gal Cooks

Vegan Smoked Potato Soup. The secret to achieving a smoky soup without using ham or bacon: smoke the potatoes! | This Gal Cooks

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!


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20 comments on “Vegan Smoked Potato Soup”

  1. The soup does look so creamy and voluptuous even in the pictures! I really like the recipe! Never seen anything like it! And smoked potatoes? Genius!
    But I do have a question, Can I use regular milk instead of cashew milk or does it have to be cashew milk?
    Looking forward to hearing from you! xx

    • Hi Ushmana,

      Of course! You can use regular milk in place of the cashew milk.

      Smoked potatoes are great. I recommend giving them a try. Sometimes we smoke a few during the weekend so we can reheat and have with our meals during the week. 👌🏻

  2. That looks so amazing. Wish I had a smoker so I could try it!! :) Lisa

  3. I’m always amazed when a vegan soup looks so delicious and creamy! I think I’m going to try one soon. Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!

  4. the idea of smoking the potatoes for this recipe sounds amazing. Love all the ingredients.

  5. This looks incredible! And I never even knew that 1) You could smoke potatoes (but like, duh), 2) that smoked potatoes CAN IN FACT taste like real meat and 3) Big Green Egg. I had to Google it :) LOL, I totally want to make this. I never know what to do with potatoes but soups are perfect once the nip returns in the fall (and I love nippy weather). Thanks for sharing :)

    Stopping in from SITS Sharefest and hope you’re having a great weekend!

    • LOL! Smoked potatoes are great! If you don’t get around to trying this soup, I recommend at least trying a smoked potato. They are SO good! We had them with our dinner last night. :)

  6. I can just picture my B.O.B. Bob’s reaction now when I ask him to go smoke me up some potatoes! It’s totally worth making this recipe to see that face! Happy Fiesta Friday! – Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck – Colleen

    • YES! Smoked potatoes are great even by themselves. We had some with our dinner last night. :) I hope you enjoy the recipe if you give it a try!

  7. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner Link party!

  8. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful post with us at Full Plate Thursday this week. Please keep our great state of Texas in your thoughts and prayers as we are struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Hope you have a good week.
    Miz Helen

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  10. The recipe never says when to add the vegetable broth. Also if I use liquid smoke how much should I add?

    • Hello,

      Thank you for pointing that out. The recipe has been updated. The broth is added with the cashew milk.

      I’ve never made this with liquid smoke and rarely use liquid smoke so I cannot say how much to add. Do you have a smoker or a gas/charcoal grill?

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