Vegan Potato Soup

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Vegan Potato Soup
From www.foodfanatic.com, by Lisa Grant

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I will fully admit that I am a soup person. As long as it is not above 80 degrees I am willing to make a big pot of hot soup. Many of the soups I make are healthy, light in calories and perfect as a side to a salad or sandwich. This vegan potato soup fits the bill for a vegan or vegetarian. But it can be topped off with meat to satisfy the carnivore too.

This creamy soup will fool everyone because it doesn’t include cream. It is a basic potato soup with caramelized onions and vegetable broth. You control the herbs and spices to your liking, so the soup can have any flavors you want it to have.

The recipe below calls for chili powder and cilantro, but other spices can be used. Curry powder and cilantro, Italian seasoning and basil or smoked paprika and parsley can be used. The combinations are endless for this versatile soup.

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My family loves this soup, but sometimes they want it as a hearty meal. I have topped it with cheddar cheese when my daughter was on a vegetarian kick.

For my husband and son, the meat lovers; they prefer the addition of crispy bacon or pieces of smoky sausage.

I have added some grilled chicken to mine to make the perfect lunch. You can also be creative and serve a potato soup bar for dinner. Multiple toppings will make the whole entire family happy. 

Homemade bread is always a treat with this soup. If you want to make a whole vegan meal, why not serve this soup with lentil hummus and pita bread? Don’t forget dessert as vegan hazelnut blondies or  vegan chocolate tarts make for decadent treats.

Invite a few vegan friends over and I know they will be impressed that you cooked dinner just for them!

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Vegan Potato Soup Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth
  • 6 cups potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup water, or more if necessary
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, more if desired, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped, plus extra for garnish
  • salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Sauté the onions on low heat for ten minutes or until soft. Add the crushed garlic to the pot and cook for another minute.
  2. Add the vegetable broth to the pot. Turn heat to medium high and bring to a simmer.
  3. Add the potatoes, cover, turn heat to low and cook for 15 minutes or until soft.
  4. Blend soup with immersion blender until creamy. Add water to thin out if necessary.
  5. Stir in chili powder and chopped cilantro. Add salt to taste.
  6. Serve in bowls garnished with chili powder and cilantro. Garnish with extra toppings if desired.

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