Vegan Creamy Potato Leek Soup

This wholesome potato soup, with its delicate sweetness from the leeks, gets its smooth, richness from the cashew cream.  

  • 1 ¼ cups raw cashews, soaked and blended
  •  1 tablespoon oil or ¼ cup vegetable broth, for sautéing
  •  1 clove garlic, minced
  •  1 cup celery, diced
  •  4 cups russet potatoes (about 2 large) peeled and chopped
  •  1½ cups leeks, finely chopped white and light green parts only, or scallions
  •  6 cups water or vegetable broth, unsalted
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  • White pepper, to taste
  •  1 teaspoon of Deb’s Seasoning (page 269)

Begin with soaking raw cashews in ½ cup of water for 30 minutes. While cashews are soaking, heat a large soup pot over medium heat. Add one tablespoon of canola oil or ¼ cup vegetable broth to warm pan and sauté leeks until they begin to lightly brown. Add garlic, celery and potatoes. Cook until the vegetables begin to soften. Pour 6 cups of water or broth into the pot and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce to simmer and add salt, white pepper and Deb’s Seasoning. In a blender, puree cashews and the water in which they were soaking until graininess is gone and mixture is smooth. Stir cashew paste into soup. For a creamy, smooth soup, blend half or all of the soup mixture in a food processor, or use an immersion blender in the pot until the ingredients reach the desired consistency.

For a chunkier soup, just mash a few of the potatoes with a fork and stir. Taste to adjust seasonings. Simmer on low until ready to serve, but do not let the soup come to a boil. If it becomes too thick, thin with water or vegetable broth.


Russet potatoes are great in soups or mashed. They make a thick, starchy broth when cooked.


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Deborah Brutsché believes in uncomplicated meals. Through the power of simple and satisfying recipes, Deborah has created a connection for people who are on a journey to healthier living by choosing a diet that is free of animal products. She gladly embraced the challenge of giving her traditional, Southernstyle cooking a vegan twist. Deborah was influenced by her mother’s and grandmother’s family recipes.

Raising a family in Dallas and now living in Austin, Texas, her cooking is influenced by the distinctive flavors of the Southern U.S. and Mexico and new influences from her multi-cultural family.