Cheap Eats: Vegan potato and leek soup

Welcome to our cheap eats series! We all know that shopping sustainably is important, but with the cost of living creeping up we are also looking for ways to save a few bob where we can. This series of recipes will focus on making at least four decent portions for under €2 each. 

Let’s get started with an absolute classic, that is great for cooler months, filling, and delicious – Potato and Leek soup!

Vegan potato and leek soup

budget friendly leek and potato soup


  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 5 medium potatoes
  • 2 large leeks
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 litres veg stock (make your own from vegetable scraps for an even more budget friendly meal!)
  • Salt & pepper

Dice the onion and garlic. Chop the potato and leek into bite-sized pieces. Use the full length of the leek (well washed) including the green tops – they are packed with flavour!

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil to a large saucepan. Cook the onion and garlic until slightly transparent.

Add the potato and leek and a pinch of salt to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes.

Add the veggie stock or bouillon and a good grind of black pepper.

Bring your soup to the boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer and cook till the potato is nice and soft. 

Remove from the heat and blend till smooth.


In November 2022, the ingredients for this recipe cost about €7.50 at Dublin Food Co-op and it made four big servings. 

You could also cook 100 grams of chickpeas from dry (also available at the Co-op) to add to the meal for bonus protein and bulk, which will set you back a whopping 50 cents and possibly even give you another serving. 

To take this dish to the next level, you could sneak in a cheeky bay leaf when you add the stock, or add a squeeze of lemon juice to serve!

There are plenty of budget-friendly meals out there that will fill your belly without emptying your wallet. If you have any cheap and easy recipes to share with us – reach out on Facebook or Instagram, or send us an email so that we can share it!  

Happy snacking!

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