Cheesy Vegan Potato Leek Soup

Cheesy Vegan Potato Leek Soup

Cheesy Vegan Potato Leek Soup

Potato soup is one of the first recipes I ever veganized, and it was completely unintentional. Growing up vegetarian, my mom frequently made potato soup for me, since it was vegetarian by default, and a dish everyone in the household loved. When I was in college I started making my own version, but I used soy milk, only because it was more convenient for me to keep soy milk stockpiled in the cupboard than to buy dairy milk, which I used so little of that I knew it would inevitably spoil.

Cheesy Vegan Potato Leek Soup

I never missed the dairy in my vegan potato soup, and over the years it evolved. The original version was a simple creamy potato soup, with a soy milk base, and chunks of potatoes, carrots, celery, and whatever other veggie I had on hand. It was delicious, but as I learned about creative ways to season up my vegan cooking, it got more and more delicious, until one day I realized my vegan potato soup wasn’t just ultra creamy and delicious, it tasted downright cheesy.

Cheesy Vegan Potato Leek Soup

Nutritional yeast is one of my go-to savory seasonings for adding flavor to vegan dishes, and that’s what gives this soup its rich cheesy flavor. To take things even further, I added some vinegar for tang, and a bit of heat, which, believe it or not, makes the soup taste even cheesier. Don’t worry if you’re not into heat – the little bit of hot sauce in this isn’t enough to burn your mouth. And if you can take the heat, throw a little extra hot sauce on top!

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Cheesy Vegan Potato Leek Soup

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes

Total Time

35 minutes


4-6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 leeks, white and pale green parts, cleaned and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups unflavored soy milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper hot sauce (or more, to taste)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh chives, for topping


  1. Coat the bottom of a large pot with oil and place it over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the leeks and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until very fragrant, about 1 minute more.
  2. Add soy milk, broth, potatoes and thyme to the pot and give everything a stir. Raise the heat to high and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and allow to simmer, uncovered, until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer 1/3 of the soup to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, then return it to the pot and stir it into the rest of the soup. Reheat if needed. Stir in the nutritional yeast, hot sauce and vinegar, then season the soup with salt and pepper. Taste test and adjust the seasonings if needed.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and top with chives and additional hot sauce. Serve.


I find soy milk gives the best results with this recipe, but you could try swapping out another type of non-dairy milk like almond or cashew, with varied results.


I made this soup and it was fantastic! East to make and great for taking to work for lunch over the next couple of days since I live alone, I had plenty of leftovers but not too much. I even added roasted corn to the last couple of bowls for variety and that was also very good.

I made this tonight. It turned out beautifully. I followed the recipe exactly. The only thing I did different was to cream all of the soup after it was done. Ummm. What a yummy treat.

I made this soup this weekend and really enjoyed it! I only had 1 lb potatoes, so I added 1 lb of cooked chickpeas to make up for it, and to make it a complete meal with protein. Thanks for a nice recipe!

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