Quick and Easy Potato Soup

by on February 24, 2009
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Quick and Easy Potato SoupAlert: Check out the sale on reconditioned Vitamixes going on all this month (February, 2014)!

When I first wrote about my new love, my VitaMix blender, and mentioned that my daughter was making herself a batch of potato soup every day after school, I figured it wouldn’t be long before I posted the recipe. To tell the truth, it’s such a simple one, adapted from the VitaMix cookbook, that I decided to hold it in reserve for a time when I didn’t have anything new to post.

Well, that time has come. Lately my cooking muse must be on vacation, so while I’m waiting for her to drag her suntanned bee-hind back home, I’ve been relying on a lot of old standards (mostly of the Ridiculously Easy variety) to keep us fed. On nights when I just want to clean out the fridge, I do a vegan version of the old “meat and three veg” where the “meat” is a simple bean or tofu dish and one of the three vegetables is a light soup. Last night’s meal, for instance, consisted of baked tofu, roasted asparagus, salad, and potato soup—hardly gourmet, but somehow elegant in its simplicity.

I’ve mentioned before, I’m sure, that I have no compunctions about using the microwave oven to speed up meal prep. Using it to cook the potatoes and the VitaMix to cook the soup as it blends means that this soup is ready in about 12 minutes. On really rushed nights (and is there any other kind?) I can be serving the soup as a first course while the vegetables are roasting in the oven. I usually don’t even bother to peel the potatoes because blending completely pulverizes the skin, but including the peel makes the soup a sort of gray-green color, so if you want your soup to be creamy white like in these pictures, you’ll need to peel your ‘taters. Just let them cool a little so you don’t wind up with scorched fingers like I did!

Quick and easy Potato Soup

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1 caitlin September 10, 2009 at 9:21 pm

made this the other day because I had tons of fresh rosemary in the backyard. it was great!

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2 vasilisab October 14, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Thank you for posting this recipe. I am recovering from a surgery in my mouth, so my options are limited to only soft foods.

I made this with walnut milk, which I made in same VitaMix and it turned out great!

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3 Anonymous October 19, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Tastes great thanks!

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4 Kristina Provinsal November 1, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Could I make this with rice milk? Or could you suggest another product besides dairy or soy? I have a son allergic to soy but we are vegan.
Thanks!

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5 SusanV November 1, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Kristina, any type of unsweetened milk should work. Rice or almond milk would both be great, I think. And someone above mentioned making walnut milk and using it in this recipe. I would have never thought of that, but it sounds delicious!

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6 Etienne December 7, 2009 at 12:53 pm

This has become my go-to easy cold weather soup this fall! Next time I think I'll try a leek variation/addition to the onions – I'll let you know how it turns out! Thanks!

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7 SusanV January 11, 2010 at 6:48 pm

No, the nutritional yeast is just a flavor enhancer. Just add a little extra seasoning and you should be fine.

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8 Vanessa Carpenter January 17, 2010 at 9:17 am

Beautiful soup! We didn't have the yeast so we left it out but it still tasted incredible! Thank you!

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9 Sarah February 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm

This soup looks so gorgeous! Do you think I could sub tahini for cashews or cashew butter? I have everything else except that.

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10 SusanV February 27, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Sarah, I think tahini would work, but I would start with less because it has a stronger flavor. You can always add more as needed.

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11 RMud March 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Susan, I just wanted to thank you for posting your amazing recipes. I purchased my vitamix through you last Sunday and received it Thursday. It's AMAZING!!! I had seen them advertised and had read about them and really wanted one. I've been visiting your blog for a while and it's one of my favs. When I saw your post for the green smoothie and E's potato soup I was sold. I also checked out Dr. Joel Fuhrman's books because of you and I cannot thank you enough. We've been vegetarian's in my household for a little over a year and are transitioning off dairy and eggs and your blog has been a great source of info. I think I want a pressure cooker now and wanted to know what kind you use. I read some reviews about some where the valve on top can pop off, so I was curious about what kind you are using. Thanks again. I will keep sending my friends to this site for the great food.

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12 SusanV March 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm

RMud, thank you so much for buying your Vitamix through my link! I'm so happy that you're happy with it. Mine has turned out to be one of my most-used appliances.

About pressure cookers, I currently have a Kuhn Rikon, but in the past I've had a Fagor, and I think they are both very safe, with multiple safety-releases. I've been using them for 20 years and have never once had any kind of safety trouble. Whatever kind you get, I recommend stainless steel instead of aluminum, one of the new pressure release tops rather than the old-fashioned jiggle tops, and at least a 6-quart capacity if you're feeding a family.

I hope you have an easy transition off of egg and dairy, and I'm glad my blog has been of help to you!

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13 Jennifer June 28, 2010 at 2:06 pm

This is positively delicious. Can’t thank you enough for your recipes. Just about everytime I make dinner it’s from one of your recipes. :)

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14 aj September 21, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I made this and served it to my husband who is a potato soup snob. He thought it was really good, which is high praise coming from him. He actually asked for leftovers the next day, so he really liked it! I thought it was awesome and my boys really liked it too. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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15 Leannan September 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm

love my vitamix too! and the w-i-d-e array of wonders that can be created with it in minutes. well worth the investment. ~ your soup recipe was easy and delish!

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16 Andi Revell October 4, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Made this a few nights ago it was yummy. I had baked a few extra potatoes while I was at it. The next day, I took the left-over soup (I made a batch and a half) blended it, warmed it in a pan, add some fresh broccoli flowerets and served it over the warmed up left-over baked potatoes for lunch! YUMS again! Thanks Susan!

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17 jessiegirl November 12, 2010 at 8:01 pm

5 star recipe! Super easy to make – I went with the the stovetop to blender method, and super yummy.

i made this tonight for a friend of mine who is allergic to dairy and hasn’t had many creamy foods in a long time. Cream of potato is one of the things she missed a lot, so i added it into our dinner last minute and it was a huge hit, topped off by the fact that the recipe is not only delicious, but healthy too. This is sure to be a repeat on both our winter soup rotations.

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18 Vincenza December 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

This potato soup looks so delicious and creamy, and I love that it’s a quick and easy recipe, too. I think I might try adding in other veggies as well, like carrots and celery. Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it.

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19 cynnnn December 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm

a google search for vegan potato soup led me to this recipe, which i made yesterday and, wow, i LOVED it. thank you so much. i can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.

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20 April at Kitchen-Blender-Reviews December 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I just thought to look for a potato soup recipe after cleaning up my kitchen from a potato soup dinner. I did not even think about using my blender. Thanks for the thought on that one. And the simple recipe.

I did, however, use a mimic cream because I was out of cashews. It was good, but did turn a grey color b/c I left on the peels. It was a great night to have a warm soup with this crazy below freezing weather we are having! Kinda nice for the south, huh.

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21 Kylie December 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Hello – Finally got my Vita-Mix and tried this as my first thing to make. Great recipe! Thank you for sharing!

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22 Jackie February 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I was in a pinch tonight for a good vegan soup recipe – I hadn’t been to the grocery store yet. This was quick and easy and tasty, too! This is definately going on my “make often” list of recipes! Used the blender method – it was easy, too.

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23 kensington cooker February 28, 2011 at 7:40 am

My at-home hunter-gatherer (just kidding about the hunting) found a ten-pound bag of potatoes on sale for 99 cents. Looks like I’ll be trying every potato recipe in your collection!
This soup is delicious, even without the cashews. I followed the stove-top directions and found it was indeed easy. Even my carnivore hunter-gatherer loved it; in fact he is more and more of a FFVegan convert. I did it with the skins on so it wasn’t the snowy white version in the photos. But I suspect it was even more flavorful and nutritious.
Thanks for yet another hit Susan,
Kensington Cooker

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24 amy shepherd March 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Yum! Gonna try this…and maybe add some broccoli to mine:)

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25 Sarah April 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Oh my goodness. I just got a vitamix over the weekend and this was one recipe I was really wanting to try long before I got my machine. Wow, was it delicious! I was out of cashews so I skipped them. Steamy, healthy, vegan soup in under 15 minutes, and delicious too?? I am in love.

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26 CM August 17, 2011 at 8:48 am

Definitely quick and easy! And also delicious :)

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27 LuckyGirl November 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

I used little red potatoes, skin on, and it was still nice and white. I added 1/3 of them at the end and pulsed them along with some turnip greens. Came out beautiful and delicious, with dashes of red and green!

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28 Melinda December 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I love your recipes and have made several of them more than once. I will try this one next. Thanks for what you do!

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29 Melinda December 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I forgot to mention that I wanted to tell you that I have been using an immersion blender to do your soups and it works out great and saves me lots of time. The best part is that the clean up is much less than when I was using the blender. I just put the business end of the blender in the soup and don’t even have to take the pan off the stove!

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30 Julie February 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Perfectly yummy as always! I added some frozen broccoli florets and used almonds instead of cashews and it was delicious. Thanks for another great recipe. We just bought a VitaMix and this is one of our favorites so far.

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31 charmaine February 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm

This is one of my favorite soup recipes Susan! Love it! I made a big batch and am wondering if it freezes and re-heats well?

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32 Susan Voisin February 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I’m so glad you liked it! I’ve never frozen it so I’m just not sure. Please let me know what happens if you try.

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33 jessica May 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I just made this and its delicious. So easy. I did have a few variations (added paprika, some chopped Orange pepper) and I only had sweetened vanilla soy.milk on hand, but it turned out great!

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34 Holly August 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Making this soup for a second time in a week, and in August! :-) Using leek instead of onion and adding a touch of cayenne. Thank you so much for the quick and yummy recipe. I can’t wait to try more of them!!!!!!!!!!!

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35 Radhika Sarohia August 28, 2012 at 3:01 am

Could this be made with cauliflower instead of potato to keep it low-carb?
Or would that taste totally weird haha

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36 Susan Voisin August 28, 2012 at 7:21 am

You could do that, but I also have a roasted cauliflower soup that’s really good: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2008/02/roasted-cauliflower-soup.html

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37 Jessica B. September 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm

I made this tonight and it tasted great! The texture turned out a little grainy though, not completely smooth. I’m wondering what I did wrong. Maybe I didn’t blend it long enough?

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38 SweetTooth September 27, 2012 at 11:38 am

wow great recipe. Found you through google. This was a hit with the family, and I love that it was easy and quick to make. We are lactose-intolerent in my house, so this met the mark.

I made a few alteration though: I used real butter, I sauteed the onions and added garlic right before the onions turned clear; I fried the onions and garlic in olive oil and added uncooked potatoes to the pan and stir fried it for about 2 minutes before adding the vegetable broth!

I think I’ll add cooked frozen mixed veggies to it next time just to add some color. thanks for the awesome recipe… HAPPY COOKING

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39 cookie October 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

Hi Susan,
Thank you for the recipe. I switched sweet potatoes for yukon gold (I didn’t have them)
Great RECIPE and so easy.

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40 Brooklyn October 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I made this tonight. It was delicious and all my kids ate it even my picky eater! Thank you!

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41 aj October 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm

i just made this soup using a reg. blender and it turned out marvelous and my three 5 yr olds begged for fourths!!! I added the 1/4tsp. of white pepper and a drizzle of olive oil to the soup after it was cooked. I also used red potatoes instead of yukon. I added some chives and organic soy bacon bits on top for garnish too. It was awesome!! I almost forgot to say i also made my own cashew butter using 2.5 cups raw cashews, 4tbs. walnut oil and grinded in my processor and used this nut butter in my soup i almost didnt get seconds cuz of the kids lol. Thnks for the easy recipe.

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42 BzyPaula November 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Absolutely DELICIOUS! Great soup for our rainy day! We will be making this again.
Thank you!

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43 Catherine November 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I have a vitamix and while I use it everyday, I haven’t really use it to make soups. This looks simple and delicious. I am thinking this would taste just as good using sweet potatoes. Thanks for the idea.

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44 Sarah February 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm

i actually exclaimed, “oh my goodness!” when i saw the beautiful texture that turned out in my food processor. what a delicious, simple soup — my favourite combination!

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45 Shellie February 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Just a quick question about the raw cashews or cashew butter (optional). Either or are optional? I’d like to make this now, but I just finished my raw cashews making a raw cilantro dip. Wish I saw this recipe first. :)

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46 Susan Voisin February 24, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Shellie, the cashews are totally optional, and if you look at the end of the recipe, I give the nutritional info for omitting them.

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47 Marian Gleason February 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm

SO COOL that the photo prints on the “print” version – AND that you broke down the instructions into Vita-Mix or Blender options – VERY COOL!! Thanks, Susan – I’ll give you a shout-out via FB when I get it made. :) :) :) xxMarian

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48 Marian Gleason February 25, 2013 at 10:27 pm

IT IS YUMBO!!! I tripled the recipe (serving it for a birthday party dinner tomorrow) & used my Oster blender, so blended it in 3 batches. SOOOOOoooo creamy! Also, I added 2 cups of defrosted frozen white corn (from Costco) for the triple batch. One suggestion: please give a weight for the potatoes – how many ounces (a pound?) for the 4-serving recipe. I just guessed because I didn’t have Yukon Gold potatoes & used 12 smallish russets for the triple batch. IT IS VERY GOOD!!! :)

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49 Charmaine February 25, 2013 at 6:00 am

Wow, this looks great – can’t wait to make it! Any suggestions for what to serve it with to make it a dinner? I always struggle with matching up food!! :) Thanks so much for all the delicious recipes!

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50 Juliana February 25, 2013 at 6:07 am

This is our Favorite Soup! I always double the recipe and serve with broccoli!

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51 Megan March 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Tried this soup last week and it was amazing! I can’t believe something this easy/few ingredients tastes that good!! I want to make it for a potluck. Do you think keeping it in a crock pot on low would work?

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52 kensington cooker March 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Hi Susan,
This is one of our very favorites of your recipes. Just wanted to tell you about a variation. Yams and sweet potatoes were dirt cheap at the local produce store, so I mixed russets, yams, and sweet potatoes in a double batch of this. It came out a pretty golden color ( I always cook this with the skins on) and had a subtle sweetness. I used a little more spice and salt to offset the sweetness, but ahh– it was yummy!
Thanks for so many good meals, KK

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53 kensington cooker April 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm

For those who were wondering how this soup freezes and thaws, I tried it. The taste was just as good, but I’d say the texture suffered a little, becoming grainier and losing some of its silkiness. I think I’ll make only a batch at a time in future.

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54 Susan Voisin April 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Thanks so much for the feedback! I suspected that the texture would change, but it’s good to have that confirmed.

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55 robin April 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I made this tonight. It added leeks absolutely delicious

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56 Will August 21, 2013 at 7:24 am

OMG I’ve been making potato soup based on your recipe and eating a ton of potatoes a la Starch Solution and it’s been amazing! For potato soup I just blend some potatoes (often white) with some water/veggie broth and add a little garlic and onion powder. It’s soooo creamy. I didn’t even need the vegan milk. Then I added chunks of potato and even corn to make more of a chowder.

Once I discovered the creaminess of blended potatoes I even add the cream to my curry chickpeas and cauliflower on rice which is tomato paste based and that gives it a buttery look and taste that is similar to the fatty indian food I used to see. I think this cream can be used in pasta and even mac n cheese. Time to experiment!

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57 Jacqueline October 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I’m making this tonight for dinner. My husband and I just started the Eat to Live program and your recipes have been awesome so far. Since I’m new to all of this, out of curiosity what do the cashews add to the soup in terms of flavor, nutrition, etc?

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58 Susan Voisin October 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm

The cashews add creaminess and a richer/deeper flavor. Good luck with Eat to Live!

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59 Cheryl Morris November 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

My favorite cooking method for potatoes is my pressure cooker. I bring them to a full pressure and then let it cool down naturally. The potatoes are perfect every time. If you leave larger ones whole, you might want to cook them about 5 minutes. :))

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60 Shellie November 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm

This sounds fantastic. I love potato soup, and cannot wait to try this. Thanks for posting. :)

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61 bethmo January 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm

This was a nice soup. Good creamy texture. I wasn’t particularly fond of the rosemary, though. I added just a bit of garlic powder and a touch of Bill’s Best Chick’nish seasoning to help my family accept it, since they didn’t like the smell of the rosemary in it. They are quite particular about seasonings and usually like just plain and simple.

For my family’s taste, I think next time I will use Bill’s Best Chick’nish seasoning instead of the vegetable bouillon, leave off the rosemary altogether and use just a bit of garlic powder. I plan to make this again because the texture was so good compared to other vegan potato soups I’ve had.

Thanks so much for the recipe!

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62 Donna February 5, 2014 at 6:29 am

One of my favourite soups ever! Love it, make it lots and lots :D

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63 Emily February 5, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Thank you for this recipe! While I found it a bit bland I experimented a little and the end result was awesome. Building on your solid base I sauteed a bag of frozen corn in olive oil, paprika and cumin. I added this to the soup while it simmered on the stove and then added just a few drops of hot sauce. Amazing soup, can’t wait to make it again. This is my first soup in the Vitamix and I’m so happy I started with your excellent recipe.

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64 Sue February 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Loving your recipes. We are fairly new vegans and you have helped us with the transition.This potato soup is fast becoming one of our favorite meals. We have always liked corn chowder, so I throw in a cup of corn and a little soy bacon to the basic recipe. My husband can’t get enough.

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65 Cindy February 28, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Thank you for this yummy recipe!! I’m new to vegan dishes and this one really works for my husband and I (even with the nut. yeast and cashews–wow!) And it’s so easy too. This will be one of our “usuals” each week. Thanks again!

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