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Creamy Vegan Potato Soup

This creamy Potato Soup can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop for ease and convenience! Make it vegan or vegetarian. Naturally gluten-free. This delicious recipe can also be found in my cookbook The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Appetizers, Entrées
Cuisine: Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 425kcal
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 carrot sliced
  • 8 Russet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 13.5-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • Sea salt
  • Sliced scallions (green onions) for garnish


Stovetop Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium heat, combine the oil, onion, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add the celery, carrot, potatoes, vegetable broth, thyme, garlic powder, and pepper. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 25 minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
  • Stir in the coconut milk, and add salt to taste. Optionally, you can blend the soup with an immersion blender for a smoother consistency.
  • Garnish with sliced scallions before serving.

Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Instructions

  • Use the sauté function to sauté the oil, onion, and garlic for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients aside from coconut milk and salt.
  • Set the pressure cooker to manual high pressure for 11 minutes.
  • Quick release pressure, stir in the coconut milk, and salt to taste. Optionally garnish with scallions before serving.


This recipe and many more can be found in my cookbook The Vegetarian Family Cookbook, available wherever books are sold.
If you are not on a vegan or dairy-free diet, heavy cream or whole milk can be used in place of coconut milk with very similar results!
If you are on an oil-free diet, the oil can be omitted.
For more tips, be certain to visit the post above this recipe card!
Also see: 35 Best Coconut Milk Recipes.
You might also like: 21 Best Celery Substitutes.
Also see: Potato Storage.
Also see: What to Serve with Potato Soup.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 1899mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2574IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 4mg