Recipe PDF here: Creamy Dairy Free Potato Soup
Here is another dish I made for my dairy intolerant wife. She really enjoys cream based soups, but simply cannot eat them. I like them as well, but often after I am also left feeling a bit upset from the heavy creams, cheese, and everything else in them.
This option is pretty stomach friendly. I even ate two bowls while testing recipes, and had 2 bowls and (oink oink) two and a half grilled cheese sandwiches with American cheese and butter for dinner the same evening. My stomach was perfectly fine afterwards. Your mileage may vary after all the grilled cheeses though.
I made a meatless batch for some friends of ours, as well as a meat-filled batch for my wife and I. Both turned out great!
Vegan and Gluten Free Options
Let me get this out of the way so I do not have to keep referring to it in the directions. I will be using the ingredients I want to use, such as meat and cheese, but you don't have to. You do you!
My recipe uses chicken broth. As such, this is not vegan friendly. Instead, use the closest thing you can find to chicken broth. There are some DIY recipes out there you can google for that use common seasonings that are a close substitute. I would try those. I have not tested them myself yet, but they make sense in terms of flavor profile.
Obviously, you will want to ignore the sausage and bacon I use in my own soup. If you use a vegan cheese for a topping, make sure it is something that tastes good on its own, as it is going to add that flavor to your entire bowl of soup.
We are just using chicken broth, vegetables and almond milk and some meat. All of which have no gluten. Just double check the chicken broth you are going to use, some brands add various glutens in for whatever reason.
Let's get started!
The main substitution for this cream based soup is that I used almond milk instead of cow milk. Use whatever other milks you like, even using regular cow milk. It will all do the same thing in the end.
I also like thick and hearty soups, so adjust the veggies and meat to your liking.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are a great pairing with this soup.
TIP: For easier recipe following, you may want to go ahead and get all the ingredients out that you need, chopped, pre-measured and ready to go. I use whatever bowls/cup/etc I have available to put them in. Ingredients you add together at the same time can be combined. For instance, you can put the veggies in a bow, and all the spices in a little cup, etc. Keep the potatoes in their own bowl since they are added later. This all makes it quick and simple to just add each set of ingredients as needed instead of measuring or cutting while in the middle of cooking. Prep as much as you can ahead of time, then cook.