I bought a bag of potatoes, intending to make vegetable soup. But when it turned into more of an italian stew, I left them out. Which meant I had a giant bag of white potatoes I needed to use up. White potatoes get kind of a bad rap as being horrible, but they’re not so bad. Obviously, their sweeter relative has some great benefits, but let’s stop hating on the white potato for a minute, because this recipe turned out kind of awesome.
How do I know it’s awesome? G-love at a huge bowl-full without a single complaint. He even said he “really liked it” which is a compliment he doesn’t hand out often.
I intended to follow a recipe, but all the recipes I found included at least a cup of heavy cream… and I’m not into that. So I made my own, healthier version. But somehow, it still came out super thick and creamy. Amazing.
[Vegan] Baked Potato Soup
- 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 3 tbsp flour
- 2 cups vegetable broth or “not-chicken” broth (that’s what I use)
- 2 medium potatoes, washed well, and diced (you don’t have to peel them but you can)
- 1 cup soymilk (or almond milk)
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp parsley
- 4 drops liquid smoke
Cook your diced onion in a little olive oil until soft, and season with the garlic salt. Add in the flour and broth and stir until well combined. Add in your potato and bring to a boil. You’ll pretty much have to stir it every 30 seconds, or the potato will stick to the bottom! Add in the soymilk, nutritional yeast and seasonings/liquid smoke. The key(s) to this soup are the nutritional yeast and the liquid smoke. The nutritional yeast gives it a cheesy flavor, and the liquid smoke provides the type of flavor you’d get from bacon.
This makes about 6 cups of soup. It has about 150 calories per cup, and includes 6 grams of fiber and 9 grams of protein. Seriously. For potato soup!
Vegan Soup (with Optional Non Vegan Toppings…)
I ate the soup with just the vegan ingredients above, but I eased G-love into it, but topping his with cheese and bacon. He said he didn’t even need the bacon. Score.
What’s your favorite kind of soup?