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  • Makes 8 cups

This easy chowder is creamy without being too heavy. If you can’t find chestnuts, top with toasted pecans instead. Make this soup up to two days in advance and refrigerate it in an airtight container. Just before serving, heat in a saucepan over medium until warmed through and garnish with the parsley and chestnuts.

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  • 2 leeks (white parts only), cut into ¼-inch pieces (2 cups)
  • ½ small onion, diced (½ cup)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 medium potatoes (any variety), peeled and cut into ½-inch dice (2 lb.)
  • 3½ to 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 cup unsweetened, unflavored plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup roasted chestnuts, chopped


  1. In a large stock pot, cook leeks, onion, garlic, and ¼ cup of water over medium 10 minutes or until leeks and onion are tender, stirring frequently and adding water, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, as needed to prevent sticking.
  2. Add potatoes, 3½ cups broth, the bay leaf, and thyme to stock pot. Bring to boiling; then reduce heat. Simmer over medium 10 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
  3. Remove bay leaf and thyme. Add the milk, vinegar, and nutritional yeast. Using a hand blender, or carefully transferring soup to a blender in batches, blend to a creamy texture. Add additional stock to thin to desired consistency. Return soup to pot if necessary. Heat over medium until warmed through.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley and chestnuts just before serving.

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Darshana Thacker

Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit for more.

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