Cheesy Vegetarian Potato Soup With Cheddar


This super-easy vegetarian homemade potato soup topped with slowly melting cheddar cheese, green onions, and fresh chopped parsley is a potato soup that the whole family can eat. And, with little more than potatoes, onion, and garlic, it's also a great way to stretch your family's meal budget. However, this soup is probably best served as a light lunch alongside a fresh green salad, as it's not really a full meal in itself.


With the cheese and green onions, this soup may remind you of stuffed potato skins. It's a low-sodium soup since the only salt added is to taste at the end, but check the ingredients of your vegetable broth if you're watching your salt intake. In addition, this vegetarian recipe is also gluten-free (as long as you use a vegetable broth which is gluten-free). 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion (diced small)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 potatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper to taste (sea salt or kosher salt is always best)
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • Garnish: 3 green onions (sliced)
  • Garnish: 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Steps how to Make It

  • Gather the ingredients.
  • In a large soup pot, sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil for 3 to 5 minutes, until onions are soft.
  • Add the chopped potatoes and sauté for a few more minutes.
  • Add the vegetable broth, bay leaf, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a slow simmer. Cover and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are very soft.
  • Carefully remove the bay leaf, and transfer the soup to a blender or food processor (or use an immersion hand blender if you have one). Working in batches as needed, carefully process the potato mixture until smooth and creamy, or until the desired texture is reached (you may prefer a few chunks instead of a perfectly smooth soup—it's up to you). 
  • Taste and season lightly with salt and pepper if needed. Return the soup to the pot and add cheese. Stir over low heat until the cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with green onions and chopped fresh parsley.
Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients
Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.

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