Vegan Cock-a-leekie soup

Vegan Cock-a-Leekie Soup

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Vegan Quorn-a-leekie Soup is a re-creation of the traditional Scottish favourite Cock-a-Leekie soup.

Cock-a-Leekie soup is a classic Scottish soup that goes all the way back to the 16th century!

However, other parts of Britain have historically enjoyed bowls of Cock-a-leekie soup including Wales and West Country (south-western England).

It is claimed that Cock-a-leekie soup has been traced back to French origins. When the French recipe of Chicken and onion soup migrated over to Scotland the Scots decided leeks were a better choice to replace the onion!

Traditionally Cock-a-leekie soup would be prepared with a tough-old cockerel which would be deemed perfect for soup as it would need lots of simmering to tenderize.

My Vegan Cock-a-Leekie Soup happily replaces the cockerel with vegan Quorn pieces.

However, feel free to use your own favourite ‘chicken’ vegan replacement.  Or even just some soft, creamy beans such as butter, cannellini or haricot beans.

Recipes for Cock-a-leekie soup either use barley, rice or oatmeal as a sort of broth thickener.vegan cock-a-leekie soup

I have used barley as I love to add this nutritious grain to our meals whenever I can.

Although for my next batches of Quorn-a-leekie soup I will experiment with rice and oatmeal as I am curious to see what difference the changes will create! If you would like to add either rice or oatmeal instead of barley I would start with 1/2 a cup and see how that goes.

The other ingredients for my vegan Quorn-a-leekie soup is well leeks of course, onion, bay leaves, dried herbs, and vegetable stock. At the end of cooking I added a tablespoon of Braggs Liquid aminos to provide a boost of umami-meaty flavour.

Liquid aminos are a natural product that is obtained from the protein of soy beans and is commonly used as a seasoning in vegan and plant-based diets.

Nowadays even Tesco’s, UK stock liquid aminos.

I purchased my large bottle from Amazon, UK and it lasts forever as only a little bit is needed to transform your recipes!

However, you don’t need liquid aminos for my recipe as my broth will still taste yummy.

Vegan Cock-a-leek Soup

Serves 4-6 depending on portion sizes.

This is a quick, super-simple, budget-friendly recipe perfect for a tasty, every-day nourishing, hot lunch.

Serve with a chunk of crusty bread or keep it authentic and go for some Scottish Oatcakes like my family!

vegan cock-a-leekie soup

Vegan Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Jacq
A traditional Scottish soup since the 1600s! Warming, nourishing and satisfying.
Family-friendly and budget-friendly!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soup, Starter
Cuisine British
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Large Saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 leeks about 4 cups chopped or about 300 grams. Chopped into rings if small or halved down the middle and chopped if quite large
  • 1 onion chopped small
  • 150 grams vegan Quorn 'chicken' style pieces about 1 and 1/2 cups. These pieces can be defrosted and chopped up some more if you'd prefer smaller pieces. Alternatively use any other vegan 'chicken' style replacement. Or even some creamy butterbeans!
  • 1/2 cup barley washed
  • 2 litres vegetable stock Or just over 2 US quarts. I used 2 Marigold vegetable stock cubes.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried herbs
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Aminos optional but recommended as adds depth to the broth
  • nutritional yeast to serve optional, but so tasty. I added 2 teaspoons to each bowl after serving. Just use a spoon and mix through the soup for more yummy flavour! Also salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions
 

  • To a large saucepan add the vegetable stock, barley, bay leaves, mixed herbs and onion.
  • Bring to the boil.
    Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes with a lid loosely on the saucepan.
  • Add the Quorn pieces and leeks.
    Simmer for 15 minutes with the lid off the pan.
  • Add the Liquid aminos.
    Remove the bay leaves.
    Taste and season with salt and black pepper.
  • Serve.
    If using nutritional yeast add 2 teaspoons to each bowl.
Keyword Plant-based, Scottish, traditional, Vegan

Recipe notes for Vegan Cock-a-Leekie soup

  • Leftover Cock-a-Leekie soup is much tastier the next day! If its gone too thick just add a little boiling water to loosen the broth up.
  • For a change try substituting the barley for 1/2 cup long-grain rice
  • Or use Scottish pinhead oatmeal about 1/2 a cup to thicken up the broth in place of barley.
  • Scatter some tasty traditional Scottish Skirlie on top of the Vegan Cock-a-Leekie soup for an even more authentic Scottish bowl of yumminess.
  • I added 2 teaspoons of nutritional yeast to each bowl just before serving. I use a nutritional yeast that has been fortified with vitamin B12. Nutritional yeast is a yummy way to add b12 to your diet. Find out how nutritional yeast can help prevent the common cold over on nutritionlfacts.org.
  • However if you have Chrohn’s disease there is evidence to suggest that you should avoid nutritional yeast.
  • Vegan Cock-a-leekie soup is delicious served with Scottish oatcakes. Get my Vegan Scottish Oatcake recipe here.
  • vegan cock-a-leekie soup served with oatcakes
    Vegan Cock-a-leekie soup served with oatcakes, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber and my homemade mango, plum and apple chutney. Delicious!

Want more plant-based meal idea?

My Vegan Butternut and Lentil Lasagne is a particularly satisfying vegan dinner. Yum!

vegan lasagne

And for dessert my easy Vegan Eve’s Pudding is so quick to whip up for a warm evening supper. Yummy with some vegan squooshy cream or even better with thick, hot custard!

 

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