Creamy Potato Leek Soup: Recipe #255

When we made this potato leek soup, we nicknamed it “hug soup” because eating it feels like melting into a warm hug. The creaminess of the coconut milk marries beautifully with healing herbs and lovely leeks. We even found a potato in the shape of a heart to use in the soup. I think you’ll love this one. Thanks to Melissa at Vegan Huggs for inspiration!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, which is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and yours.

Ingredients ($10 total)

1 tbsp olive oil – $0.10
1 tbsp vegan butter or margarine – $0.15
1 onion, chopped – $0.50
2 leeks, washed well and sliced thinly – $2.99
5 medium potatoes, chopped – $0.90
4 garlic cloves, minced – $0.15
1 tsp thyme – $0.28
1/2 tsp rosemary – $0.14
1/2 teaspoon coriander – $0.14
5 cups vegetable broth – $2.50
2 bay leaves – $0.28
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon – $0.20
1 cup full-fat coconut milk – $1.50

Nutritional yeast and corn for garnish (optional)

Directions for Creamy Potato Leek Soup

1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil and butter/margarine over medium high heat. Add the chopped onion and leeks, and cook for about 5 minutes until they get soft, stirring frequently.

Next add in the potatoes, garlic, thyme, rosemary, and coriander. Mix well and cook for 3 more minutes.

Then add the vegetable broth, bay leaves, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low to a gentle bubble. Cover the pot and let it bubble for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender when you poke them with a fork.

Turn off the heat, pull out the bay leaves, and stir in the lemon juice and coconut milk. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust as needed.

Carefully scoop ladlefuls of the soup into your blender, blend until it’s very smooth, then pour it into another pot while you blend all the batches of soup.

2. Serve your potato leek soup (aka “hug soup”) hot in your favorite bowl. We like to top it with nutritional yeast and corn, but you could also use green onions or any veggies you have on hand. Sending lots of love your way today! ❤️

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings: 3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 3 = optimal nutrition
  • TOTAL: 18/18 (maximum score!)

If any of you amazing home chefs tried it, or have other recipes you’d like us to experiment with, please let me know. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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