There are days, especially cold, wet and snowing ones, that I need something that is going to warm my bones and my heart. I am not a fan of winter and I just happen to live in the Midwest, so winter is literally from November through the end of May. Soup always does the trick for me and this vegan baked potato soup really hits the spot.
In the winter, I really need food that feeds not only my body, but nourishes my soul. The other option is that I learn to hibernate and as much as I have pleaded and begged for that opportunity, my eyes promptly open at 6:30 every morning. There is nothing in the world like having to step out of nice, warm cozy bed when it is freezing cold outside. The only thing that makes me feel better is a delicious, creamy and filling bowl of soup. I have a couple of “soup” mugs that I use just to make the experience that much more amazing. This potato soup always fulfills both the above mentioned requirements and helps keep me going with a smile on my face and joy in my heart.
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Loaded Potato Soup
Vegan Cheese Sauce
Add all of the ingredients into a blender and pulse until well blended. Set aside.
Finely dice the onion, celery and carrots in uniform sized pieces, set aside.
Peel and cube the potatoes into 1-2 inch sized cubes, set aside.
Add olive oil to a large dutch oven and when the oil is hot add the onion, celery and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes.
Add the cubed potatoes and stir well.
Add the vegetable stock to the dutch oven, making sure that you have enough liquid to cover the potatoes. If you need more liquid, you can add water.
Cook on med/low for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally. You want to cook until the potatoes are fork tender.
In a medium sized bowl, add the flour and milk substitute, whisk until well blended. Set aside.
When the potatoes are fork tender mash the potatoes with a potato masher breaking up the cubes of potatoes. If you want soup that is 100% creamy you can use an immersion blender.
Add the milk substitute and flour mixture, as well as the vegan cheese sauce salt and pepper to the soup and mix well.
Allow to cook for another 5 minutes to allow the soup to thicken up.
In a small sauté pan heat the reserved tablespoon of olive oil, and when hot, add the diced mushrooms and sauté until well browned (optional.)
Ladle the soup into serving bowls and garnish with mushrooms, vegan sour cream, vegan cheese and green onion - Enjoy!
This Vegan Baked Potato Soup recipe is vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free.