Vegan Potato-Leek Soup

This rustic vegan potato-leek soup proves you don't need cream to make a hearty soup. The recipe calls for two types of potato--red potatoes, which hold their shape and add color to the soup, and russet potatoes, which break down slightly when cooked, adding texture and body to the soup. And not only is this comforting soup vegan--it's also gluten-free. Serve with a salad and crusty bread for a healthy dinner.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
9 cups


  • 4 leeks (white parts only), cleaned and thinly sliced (about 4 cups)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 6 cups no-salt-added vegetable broth

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 1 pound small red potatoes, cubed

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives


  1. Cook leeks and oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat, covered and stirring occasionally, until the leeks are slightly tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in garlic, thyme and salt; reduce heat to medium and cook, covered and stirring occasionally, until the leeks are very soft, 10 to 12 minutes.

  2. Add broth, russet potatoes and red potatoes to the leek mixture; bring to a simmer over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, undisturbed, until the russet potatoes start to break down and the soup thickens slightly, about 30 minutes. Stir in pepper. Ladle evenly into 6 bowls; sprinkle with chives.


To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

281 Calories
5g Fat
55g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 1 1/2 cups
Calories 281
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Vitamin A 1060IU 21%
Vitamin C 24mg 27%
Folate 74mcg 19%
Sodium 534mg 23%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 3mg 18%
Magnesium 70mg 17%
Potassium 1099mg 23%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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