Tips To Prepare Leek Soup Recipe Dairy Free Easy

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This incredibly flavorful leek soup is a fantastic option for those seeking a delicious and comforting meal that’s entirely dairy-free. Leeks, the star of the show, bring a wonderful savory depth, while creamy cashews and a touch of vegetable broth create a luxuriously smooth texture.

This recipe is not only vegan-friendly but also easily adaptable for those with nut allergies. We’ll provide some substitution options later in the recipe.

Creamy Vegan Potato Leek Soup - Minimalist Baker Recipes
Creamy Vegan Potato Leek Soup – Minimalist Baker Recipes

This soup is perfect for a light lunch, a cozy dinner entrée, or even a satisfying appetizer.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 large leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced and rinsed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours, or until softened
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plant-based milk (almond milk, oat milk, or cashew milk work well)
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional, for a cheesy flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Sauté the aromatics: Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened and translucent.

    2. Add the leeks: Increase the heat to medium-high and add the sliced leeks. Sauté for another 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are softened and starting to brown slightly.

    3. Incorporate the garlic: Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant, being careful not to burn the garlic.

    4. Deglaze and simmer: Pour in the vegetable broth and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the leeks are very tender.

    5. Blend the soup: While the soup simmers, drain and rinse the soaked cashews. Transfer the soup, along with the cashews, plant-based milk, nutritional yeast (if using), dried thyme, smoked paprika (if using), salt, and pepper to a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides a few times during blending.

    6. Taste and adjust: Taste the soup and adjust seasonings, adding more salt, pepper, or nutritional yeast to your preference.

    7. Serve and enjoy: Serve the soup hot, garnished with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh thyme sprigs (optional), or a sprinkle of vegan parmesan cheese (optional).

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    This recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Please note that these are estimates and can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Calories: 300

  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Sodium: Depending on the amount of salt used

  • After the Conclusion – FAQs:

    1. Can I use another nut besides cashews?

    Absolutely! If you have a nut allergy or simply prefer another option, you can substitute sunflower seeds, soaked for at least 2 hours, or cooked white beans for the cashews. Sunflower seeds will result in a slightly lighter texture, while white beans will add a bit more heartiness.

    2. How can I make this soup thicker?

    If you prefer a thicker soup, you can add a tablespoon of cornstarch or arrowroot powder mixed with a little water to the pot before blending. Alternatively, you can reserve a ladleful of soup before blending and mash the leeks in that portion before returning it to the blender.

    3. Do I have to soak the cashews?

    Soaking the cashews helps them to blend more smoothly and creates a creamier texture. However, if you’re short on time, you can skip this step. Just be sure to blend the soup for a longer duration to ensure the cashews are fully incorporated.

    4. What else can I add to this soup for extra flavor?

    This recipe is a great base, and you can easily customize it to your taste. Here are a few ideas:

    A splash of lemon juice for a touch of brightness

  • A pinch of red pepper flakes for a kick of spice
  • Roasted vegetables like cauliflower or carrots