You really won’t miss the bacon in this potato leek soup. It’s creamy, velvety, smoky, comforting, delicious and satisfying! Make it in your Instant Pot, or on your stove top. I’ve got directions for both options listed below!
There’s something quite amazing and comforting about a bowl of soup. For a soup such as this, it doesn’t even need to be soup season. Leek and potato soup can be enjoyed all year long.
If you love soups at any time of year, I also encourage you to check out my collection of the very BEST healthy vegan soup recipes.
How to clean your leeks
To wash your leeks, I find it easiest to chop them into roughly 1″ rings first. I place them directly into a large colander. Then in my kitchen sink, I push the layers apart to get the dirt stuck in between the layers out. I find leeks always have some dirt and grime stuck in between its layers, so you definitely want to spend a bit of time washing them.
How to prepare the potatoes
Quickly peel your potatoes and then give them a rinse to remove any dirt and grime. Then cut them in half lengthwise first, and chop into roughly 1″ pieces. Don’t worry if the pieces are not all the same size. Since the soup will be pureed later, it doesn’t need to be perfectly uniform.
How do you make Instant Pot potato leek soup?
First sauté your leeks in oil or margarine. Or, if you’re oil free, you may use water or broth instead. Start with 2 tablespoons of water and add more as needed to prevent sticking.
Then add all remaining ingredients except the cashew milk and cornstarch. Seal the lid and valve and set to manual pressure for 10 minutes. (Allow an additional 10-15 minutes for the Instant Pot to reach pressure before the countdown starts.) Once complete, you may quick release.
While the steam is releasing, combine your plant milk of choice with the corn starch in a separate bowl and mix well. If you do not have cornstarch, you may use flour as a thickening agent. Remember to double the flour since cornstarch is a more effective thickener. So in this case, 4 tablespoons of flour vs 2 cornstarch.
Then when it’s safe to open the lid, pour the mixture in, and using an immersion blender, puree you soup until smooth and creamy. Serve garnished with green onion, black pepper, Vegan Parmesan Cheese or chili flakes if desired.
This mouthwatering soup will really satisfy your taste buds. The smoky flavour might event trick your omnivore friends into believing it was cooked in bacon grease. It’s really that good!
The potatoes and corn starch make this soup creamy and luscious without the use of cream or other dairy. So if you’re avoiding dairy or simply want a healthier take on potato leek soup, this is the one for you!
Want more vegan Instant Pot recipes? You might like these:
- Perfectly Fluffy Coconut Rice – Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Thai Curry [Vegan]
- Instant Pot Mexican Casserole
- Vegan Sloppy Joes Instant Pot (Soup or Sandwich!)
- Instant Pot Vegetable Soup with Quinoa
- Instant Pot Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles
- Vegetable Lentil Soup to Feed the Lot
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- 1 tablespoon vegan butter or margarine or sauté in water or broth for oil free
- 2 leeks quartered and sliced
- 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes (about 8 medium potatoes) peeled & diced into 1" cubes
- 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1-2 cups unsweetened cashew milk or milk of choice
- salt and pepper to taste
- vegan bacon bits
- green onion, chives or parsley
Instant Pot Instructions
- Turn on your Instant Pot to sauté and add the butter, if using. Once melted, add the leeks and sauté until they begin to sweat, about 2 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients, except the milk and close the lid, setting the valve in the sealing position.
- Set your Instant Pot to high pressure for 8 minutes. (It will take about 10-15 minutes to reach pressure before the timer starts to count down.) Once complete, quick release the steam valve. Then remove the lid, and use an immersion blender to puree your soup until smooth. Stir in the milk, starting with 1 cup, and add more, if needed, to reach desired consistency. Taste and season with salt and pepper, then garnish and enjoy.
Stove Top Instructions
- Melt the butter, if using, in a large pot and then add your leeks and sauté until they begin to sweat, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add all remaining ingredients, except the milk and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low and let simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Then turn off the heat.
- Use an immersion blender to puree your soup until smooth and then stir in the milk, starting with 1 cup. Add more milk if a thinner consistency is desired. Taste and season with salt and pepper, then garnish and enjoy.