Creamy Baked Potato Soup

Tonight all I wanted was a big bowl of hearty soup. When I came across this recipe I couldn’t resist. Easy, filling, creamy and comforting. Perfect for a cold San Francisco evening. But how does one make a creamy dairy-free soup? Coconut milk? Almond milk? Cashews? This time my friends… the answer is almonds. Yup almonds. They add a rich creamy texture that’s hard to beat and will be something I experiment with more in the future.

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Since I was feeling more hungry than creative tonight, I didn’t experiment much with garnishes. But some nice things to try might be smashed russet potatoes, crispy kettle chips, roasted cauliflower or veggie bacon bits. Have fun experimenting and in the meantime, enjoy this soup!

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Creamy Baked Potato Soup
Prep time: 30min – 1hr …it really only takes about 20 minutes but you need to soak your almonds for at least an hour
Serves 4 – 6

What you need:

1/2 cup raw almonds (soaked and then peeled)
1 1/2 cups water (you could also use some GF veggie broth)
1 extra large russett potato (or two small) (about 3 cups sliced potato)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/8 tsp  fresh ground pepper
1/2 – 1 tsp sea salt to taste
1 tsp nutmeg (literally a late-night revelation, I’d say it’s optional, but I love nutmeg and it adds great flavor!)
1/2 tsp garlic
pinch of cayenne or chili powder for some heat!

What you do:
  1. Soak almonds for at least an hour in warm salt water. If you can, it’s best to soak these overnight but if you don’t have that kind of time 1 – 2 hours should do the trick.
  2. While your almonds are soaking, prep and peel potato and boil in hot water until tender. Drain and set aside.
  3. Once your almonds are done soaking, drain and rinse. Next, soak them in boiling water for 3 – 5 minutes. To peel, drain almonds and squeeze them gently between your fingers and the almond should pop right out!
  4. Now it’s blending time! Add boiled potato, peeled almonds, water and spices to a high speed blender or large food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add more liquid depending on how thick you like your soup, I added a little more myself.
  5. Heat it up in a microwave and serve! Top with a tad more salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. and for some yummy garnish ideas try chopped cilantro, chives, warm veggie bacon bits, or crispy potato chips yum 🙂
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Adapted from lunchboxbunch.com
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