This Creamy Vegan Potato Leek Corn Chowder is hearty, healthy, sweet and satisfying. Perfect for any season. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and delicious!
Yep, it’s summer time and fresh corn is everywhere. It’s the perfect time to share my Vegan Potato Leek Corn Chowder recipe.
I love heading down to the farmer’s market and picking up those lovely stalks. It’s absolutely perfect for the grill and makes every barbecue complete.
Corn on the cob is very nostalgic for me…I remember having family barbecues and I was in charge of peeling and cleaning them. My uncle would buy a huge bag and it was all for me. This job was serious business for me and I had each cob, grill-ready in no time.
There are so many other ways to prepare these sweet & crisp golden kernels, too. They are delicious hot or cold, cooked or raw and they are perfect for casseroles, soup, salads, sides, dips and more. The options are endless and they add a nice sweet bite to every recipe.
If you are a corn lover like me, you might want to serve this soup with my Zucchini Corn Fritters or these Gluten-Free Corn Bread Muffins. These will take your meal to another level of goodness. Go for it!
This is why I absolutely LOVE this soup:
This Vegan Potato Leek Corn Chowder is the perfect summery dish. It’s creamy, hearty, healthy, sweet and savory. I definitely enjoy this soup in the fall & winter, too.
It’s so comforting and satisfying. I just make sure to freeze some corn before the season is over. Store-bought frozen corn works, too. Fresh always tastes better, but sometimes it’s not always possible to get.
It’s so easy to veganize, too! Take a look:
A classic corn chowder soup, contains heavy cream, butter and even bacon sometimes. These ingredients are unnecessary and seriously unhealthy. This vegan chowder, is still creamy, buttery and delicious, but now it’s healthy for you. Sounds like a win-win situation to me.
Instead of heavy cream, I use full-fat coconut milk. I promise, it doesn’t taste like coconut, but any plant-based milk can be used. The potatoes make this soup creamy on its own, so you could forgo the milk all together. Just add 1/2 cup more veggie broth or water.
I added some sautéed leeks to this pot off golden goodness to boost the flavor. However, they aren’t needed and the sautéed onions will taste wonderful on their own. I used a gluten-free flour to give the soup more body, but you can use any all-purpose flour or just omit it all together. Just add another small potato into the mix. It all works, this soup is very versatile and you can add some spice, too.
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- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or olive oil)
- 1 large leek , chopped (white and light-green part only) *See note
- 1 medium yellow onion , diced
- 1 red bell pepper , diced
- 2 sticks of celery , diced
- 2 cloves of garlic , minced
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt , more to taste
- Fresh ground pepper , to taste
- 1 cup carrots , chopped
- 4 medium potatoes , peeled and diced
- 3 tablespoons gluten-free flour (all-purpose) (or regular all-purpose)
- 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth (low sodium) *See note
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups frozen or fresh corn (about 4 ears, shucked)
- 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk (*See note)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
In a large pot, heat coconut oil & a pinch of salt over medium heat. Sauté onion & leeks about 2-3 minutes, until softened. Add celery, red bell pepper, garlic, salt, pepper & spices (except bay leaf) sauté until softened 5-6 minutes
Add potatoes and carrots, combine well. Stir in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stirring frequently, so flour doesn’t burn. Add vegetable broth & bay leaf. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a light simmer. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until vegetables are almost tender
Add corn and bring back to a light boil, then reduce heat and lightly simmer for another 5-8 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
Remove from heat & remove bay leaf. Add the coconut milk and lime juice, stir well. Check for salt and add more, if needed. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, blend about half of the soup or more, depending on your desired consistency.
Serve in your favorite sound bowls with some fresh bread and a lime wedge. Enjoy!
Topping Ideas: Fresh-cut cilantro, diced red bell pepper, green onion & red pepper flakes If you don't have or like full-fat coconut milk, you can use any unsweetened plant-based milk. It will still be creamy and delicious.
*Leeks can be very dirty inside the layers, because they are grown in sandy soil. To clean thoroughly: Cut off the dark green part and discard (or save for stock). Cut off the roots, and slice the stalk lengthwise in half. Now slice the entire leek into pieces. Place in a small bowl of water and swish around to release the dirt. Place in colander and drain well.
*Vegetable Broth: I like to use low sodium broth, so I can control the salt taste. Some broths are too salty and can ruin a good recipe. If you would like to use a regular broth, make sure to cut down the added salt in the recipe. Taste as you go along. Another option, is to blend low sodium and regular broth together.
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