* – but I could be wrong.

August 27th, 2010 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time

Let’s start this post by tackling a very important question you surely have:*

What is the difference between a scallion and a leek?

Well, I’m glad you asked because until today I didn’t know either.  When getting ready to write up this recipe I couldn’t remember if the green onion-y things I picked up in our CSA share yesterday were scallions or leeks.  Google tells me that scallions are young onions. Leeks are, well – leeks. I’m fairly confident that what I have here are leeks*, and because I don’t think your pot will explode* or your fabulous dinner party will be ruined* if you use scallions in place of leeks in this Vegan Potato Leek* Soup recipe, I’m going with leeks.

Making Vegan Potato Leek Soup

So assuming these are indeed leeks, here’s the scene: some big and small leeks and a bowl full of dirty potatoes. Plus some tomatoes and cantaloupes for decoration.

I know that I’m not the first person on face of this earth to make Potato Leek soup,* therefore I spent a little time browsing recipes today for inspiration and a little guidance too.

Except every recipe I found called for cream or milk or butter. OK, that’s lovely, but I think I can do this without any dairy.*

Vegan Potato Leek Soup

2 – 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large white onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 large leeks and 3 small leeks, sliced
6 medium white potatoes, cubed
3 – 4 water or vegetable broth
S & P to taste

Dice your onion, mince your garlic and slice off hairy part of your leek. Continue slicing your leek until you get to the green part and then toss said hairy and green parts into the compost. Saute onions, leeks and garlic in some olive oil on medium heat until the onions are translucent.

In the meantime, scrub up your potatoes and then cube them. I chose not to peel my potatoes because I got to thinking that if there’s any sort of nutritional value in a white potato, most of it is probably in the skin.*

Onions + Leeks With Cubed Potatoes

Once your onions are soft, add a couple cups of water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Add your potatoes and cook until soft.

Then comes my favorite sneakity trickity trick soup trick. Ladle out about half to two-thirds of your vegetables and broth and transfer it to the food processor.

Creamy Vegan Potato Leek Soup

You know what to do from here.* Turn the food processor on while you stand there contemplating the world’s problems. Once pureed and you realize that all we need is love* (and to know the difference between leeks and scallions) add the blended soup back in to the pot with the un-blended portion.

And there you have it. Creamy, dairy-free potato leek soup.

Vegan Potato Leek Soup on the stove

The perfect afternoon snack.**

Cup of Vegan Potato Leek Soup

** – yes, I’m exactly right.

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15 Responses

  • Carbzilla says:

    Yes, the tops of leeks are much flatter than the tops of scallions (green onions) and they normally don’t get as big leeks can get.

    Now what’s the difference between a scape and a ramp???

  • Mama Pea says:

    Did Tiff just call a scallion and green onion the same thing? What’s the difference between a scallion and a green onion?

  • Alison says:

    Phew – thanks Tiff! I know scapes are the tops of garlic… but a ramp? I think you find those on the expressway.

    MP, they are the same, except they are different.

  • Daniel says:

    So much “lol-factor” in a little post – I love it!

    I’ve always wanted to eat a leek, and I’ve seen so many recipes for potato-leek soup, but I just never got around to it. I’m lazy, end of story. Thanks for giving the how-to; seeing other people do something with ease boosts my confidence and desire to try them on my own.

    By the way, I was going to Google scallions, green onions, leeks, ramps and scapes and list it all down, but meh, no one cares. You chop them, you eat them, they give an onion-like flavor to things. We all win. :)

  • Jane/you-know-who says:

    Once again, you’ve given me an LOL moment!!

    “You know what to do from here.* Turn the food processor on while you stand there contemplating the world’s problems. Once pureed and you realize that all we need is love*”

    Apparently humor comes naturally for you

  • sarah says:

    I think you live inside my head.*

  • Peggy says:

    That looks really good!! I have a ton of potatoes to use up. (They were way on sale for a 10lb bag so I bought them even though it’s just one adult and one picky 5-year-old here for most meals.) I have shallots here but no leeks or green onions. I wonder if they’d work. Hmmm.

    I made a broccoli soup (with cauliflower, carrot, and potato too) in a similar fashion this past week. Very yummy!!

  • Cindy says:

    it’s was 114 here until yesterday.

    I’ll knit things you can’t wear till December but SOUP?

    are you crazy?


    acutally, it’s chilly now, so some fresh soup DOES sound quite comforting. and I LOVE your puree trick…do it all the time.

  • Looks to me like you had 2 leeks and 3 scallions in that photo. But as for ramps and scapes – no clue!

  • Cristina says:

    Leek soup = Yummy!
    To get the leeks extra clean (they are often super dirty and sandy) I also cut them lengthwise
    and make sure to rinse all the layers, especially at the top.
    If you are looking for extra creaminess, we love to use Cashew Creme.
    I especially like Tal Ronnen’s vegan cookbook The Conscious Cook and it has some great soup
    recipes, that include the homemade cashew creme.

  • P says:

    Just made and ate your Leek and Potato soup. Marvelous job! So delicious. I used white pepper, which I like with potatoes. Thank you for this post!

    I also made a point to meditate on the power of love while pureeing the soup. Thanks for that instruction in the recipe too!

  • Jo says:

    A ramp is a wild leek that grows in the forestfloor. A scape is the green tops of garlic that grow in the June.

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