Penarious Challenge – Dairy and Gluten Free Creamy Potato Soup


The other day we had some of the most delicious tomato soup ever. Sally over at The Spontaneous Hausfrau said I’d want a mason jar of this bisque standing in the fridge, but I didn’t believe her until I tried it. And now…guess what? I really wish I had a jar of Chilled Tomato Bisque in my frig ALL the time! It is so good!

My point in bringing this tomato soup up is not just to rave about how delectable it is, although I could do that for a page or two if you like… This is the recipe that introduced me to my new favorite ingredient – cashew cream.

It’s super easy to make and if you are dairy or gluten free you pretty much NEED the recipe. I’ve been imagining 1, 236 things to make with it throughout this week, so when a friend who is going dairy and gluten free mentioned missing potato soup I knew just what I wanted to try next.

I finally gathered all the ingredients and whipped this soup up in under two hours total – and that included taking pictures along the way!

I’d give this a 5 star rating for 5 reasons –

#1 Mom liked it.

#2 Dad like it.

#3 My sisters like it.

#4 My brothers liked it.

#5 If you can get my put-dairy-in-everything family to like it, it’s got to be good!

So, of course, to start off, you have to make the cashew cream (recipe is in the link above), or have some stashed away in your frig as I did. Yes, it takes some pre-planning, but it’s totally worth it and you can make a big batch to freeze for later.

Here are the basics – Cashew cream, chicken broth, potatoes, garlic, onion and…

Parsley! We have so much parsley in our garden it’s crazy! We now pick it for bouquets around the house. :D

Speaking of bouquets…

These Dahlias are from Mom’s garden, as are the Day Lilies…

I love fresh cut flowers!

Okay, sorry. No more detours, I promise.

Dairy Free Gluten Free Potato Soup

2 T. olive oil

1  onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

4-5 c. cubed potatoes

4 c. chicken broth

1/8 c. chopped fresh parsley

1/8 t. garlic powder

3/4 c. cashew cream

salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion in oil until golden.

Add potatoes and garlic and saute lightly. Pour in chicken broth and bring to boil.

Cover and cook 30 minutes on med-low, or until potatoes are soft. Add parsley…

…and garlic powder. Turn the heat down to low.

Mash with a potato masher, or if you don’t like chunky, go ahead and give it a whir in the blender. Stir in cashew cream and more broth if you like a thinner consistency. Salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with smoked salmon and a sprig of dill.

When ever I’m in the process of making a recipe my mind is going 100 miles a minute thinking of all the variations that would go with whatever I’m doing. If you’re like that too (I hope I’m not the only one!) then you probably don’t need the following variations…

Try your favorite herbs in place of, or along with, the parsley – rosemary, thyme, dill…

Stir in some turkey bacon.

Jazz it up with pickled jalapenos.

Or add the traditional chopped celery and carrots when you’re sauteing the onions.

Whether you leave it as is, or give it your own unique twist, I hope you enjoy the flavor of this creamy potato soup. Your family will NEVER guess there are cashews in it. And if they do? Well then…I’m impressed! :D

I leave you now with my favorite dahlia and a printable version of this recipe…

Dairy Free Gluten Free Potato Soup

2 T. olive oil

1  onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

4-5 c. cubed potatoes

4 c. chicken broth

1/8 c. chopped fresh parsley

1/8 t. garlic powder

3/4 c. cashew cream

salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion in oil until golden. Add potatoes and garlic and saute lightly. Pour in chicken broth and bring to boil. Cover and cook 30 minutes on med-low, or until potatoes are soft. Add parsley and garlic powder. Turn the heat down to low.

Mash with a potato masher, or if you don’t like chunky, go ahead and give it a whir in the blender. Stir in cashew cream and more broth if you like a thinner consistency. Salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with smoked salmon and a sprig of dill or crumbled turkey bacon and parsley. Enjoy!

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9 thoughts on “Penarious Challenge – Dairy and Gluten Free Creamy Potato Soup

  1. I so very much liked this potato soup, as you mentioned above and I love this post! Great job, Sarah on both accounts…Oh, and I should mention the photography is great too!

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