Homestyle Potato Soup

Vegan Potato Soup

Today is the first day of VeganMofo!!  And to kick off October I wanted to include a recipe for a quick, easy, and lowfat delight that always perks me up during the colder weather: Potato Soup.  This particular potato soup is thick, flavorful, and very filling.  It also keeps well frozen or refrigerated.  So, one batch’s leftovers can provide you with lunch for a week.  I have named this recipe “Homestyle” because it is what I grew up with at home, and frankly, it is the only type of potato soup I will touch.  My mom used cow’s milk in her recipe, so I subbed lowfat soymilk, and wouldn’t ya know… it tastes exactly as I remember.  Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Homestyle Potato Soup

  • 5 lb bag of Yukon Gold or Russet Potatoes- peeled and cubed into approximately 1″ pieces
  • 3 stalks of celery, with greens – chopped
  • 1 large Vidalia onion- chopped
  • 6 tbsp cornstarch mixed thoroughly with 1/2 cup COLD water
  • 3 cups unsweetened soymilk, lowfat or regular
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper

In large soup pot, bring about 10 cups of water to a boil. Once water is at rolling boil, carefully add chopped potatoes, celery and onion. Water level should be just above potatoes, if not, remove some water using a large handled coffee mug, or something similar.  Be careful!

Bring back up to boil and reduce heat to medium high and continue cooking until potatoes are done (about 13-15 minutes).  You will be able to poke them with a fork and they will slide off.

Add cornstarch and cold water mixture.  Before adding, make sure that the cornstarch and water is very well combined so that there are absolutely no lumps.  Lumps are a huge pain in the “you know where” to remove from soup, so just make sure the cornstarch is dissolved before adding to hot soup.

Reduce heat to medium and cook until it begins to thicken.  Add salt and soymilk and cook an additional 15 -20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly (soup will thicken upon cooling).

Serve and enjoy. Goes great with cornbread!

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16 Responses to Homestyle Potato Soup

  1. […] in these soups before going vegan. Fortunately, the vegan versions give me no problems at all! This Homestyle Potato Soup recipe (which is also gluten-free) comes from Allyson at Manifest Vegan. I altered it ever so […]

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  4. whitley marie says:

    The photo of this soup was really enticing & so off I went
    chopping & peeling away. When I added the soy milk it curdled in
    the pot for quite some time, but eventually subsided . My husband
    added roasted garlic ,lots of pepper, and other warm spices.
    It showed itself to be a nice hearty cozy dish. thanks for the recipe.

    • allyson says:

      Hi whitley marie,

      Not sure why your soymilk may have curdled. :( I’m not sure if it makes any difference, but I used Silk brand soymilk when I posted this recipe- I think Silk also tends to because of how processed it is. But, if you used Silk brand, that wouldn’t be the culprit, now would it? :)

      I wish I could be more helpful, but I’ve just never experienced curdling before with this recipe. Other soup recipes with more acidic ingredients will sometimes curdle on me if I add the milk while hot…. or if I use less refined non-dairy milks (organic or especially homemade)

      Thanks so much for leaving the comment, and I’m glad it turned out okay after all that. :)

      • Cathy says:

        Sometimes “milks” will separate / curdle when they are boiled. If you add a non dairy milk to a soup, try to do it near the end of the cooking time and don’t allow it to boil.

        I hope this helps!


  5. Kristan says:

    I came across this awesome-looking soup and with the chilly weather outside, it seemed like the perfect time to try it. It got 2 thumbs up from my omnivore husband and son!! I’m the sole vegan in my house so it’s hard sometimes to find recipes that the three of us will agree upon. I’ll definitely keep this soup in the rotation! Thanks, Allyson!!

    • allyson says:

      Oh, yay Kristan! That is a really great thing to hear! Thanks for tryin’ it out. :)

  6. Gena says:

    This is an awesome blog!!!

  7. This is one rockin’ lookin’ soup! I can’t wait to try it!

  8. Soup rocks and this one looks a corker!
    Happy Mofo’ing!

  9. YUM! I love a good potato soup, this one looks perfect for Autumn. Of course, living in Saudi Arabia, I’ve got to wait another month or two before the weather even begins to cool off.

  10. kim g. says:

    This looks so good! I love potato soup, so I’ll definitely be trying this!

  11. Kristel says:

    Wow, beautiful blog. Happy Veganmofo!!!