The Best Eggplant – Leek Soup Recipe Ever! 4

Discover bold layers of flavor and creamy smooth texture (without the cream!) in this Eggplant Leek Soup Recipe

Eggplant Leek Soup Recipe

There are a few things about growing up in Massachusetts that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Cape Cod is one of them.

I was so excited when I got to bring my daughter home with me for a visit.

(Yikes – my hair was not at its best that day, but my daughter sure looked psyched.)

The Boardwalk Cape Cod

I have such amazing memories of this marsh in Sandwich, Cape Cod. My family and I would pull up in our campers, sit along the marsh and spend the entire day. Back then you didn’t have to pay to get in and it was a hidden town treasure instead of a tourist destination.

The Boardwalk, Sandwich, Cape Cod
The reason this trip was so special was because I finally had my little girl after TONS of problems.

I lost my first baby, Keira, at 8 months pregnant and had two miscarriages after that. Before I had my daughter I created a “Vision Board”.  I pasted a photo of a healthy baby girl and a picture of a baby in Cape Cod.  I dreamed of bringing her back home to Cape Cod to visit.

Both came true! In this photo, my mom’s best friend Martha got to meet her!

My mom's best friend and my daughter

Almost every year we fly up to stay at Martha’s beautiful Cape Cod cottage. I love the weathered shingles, hydrangea and smell of the salty sea.

Cape Cod Cottage

Every single morning I pushed my baby girl in her stroller on the short walk to the ocean. The air is always so cool and breezy – even in the summer.   Look at the view we’re rewarded with!

Chatham, Cape Cod

My mom’s best friend is Martha, and her daughter, Jenny, is my best friend. We’ve been friend since we were babies and still keep in touch through email, phone and facebook. It’s nothing like getting together in person though. I’m so thankful for her sweet self!

You  have already met her in this post, remember? She came down for a visit in July.

Me and My Best Friend Jenny

Below is a snapshot of the house I grew up in. It looks WAY different.  Visiting was bittersweet.

It used to be “the white house with yellow shutters”.

The house I grew up in.

……and Jenny’s house was close by, so we could run to each other’s house to play.

Jenny's House

I’ll admit I don’t miss the long, cold winters, but there were many memories I treasure and experiences I’m so thankful for.

Eggplant Leek Soup Recipe

It was on this trip that Jenny told me about an incredible soup that Martha makes. She cooks up huge batches and freezes it.

I can see why it’s Jenny’s favorite soup…..eggplant, garlic, onion, leeks and red wine give this soup a hearty texture and flavor but it’s actually super light!

I guestimated at the serving size but this makes a lot.

Eggplant Leek Soup Recipe

Eggplant Leek Soup

Inspired by my mom’s best friend Martha
Serves 8 – 10
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe


2 Tbsp avocado oil, or oil of choice
1 large leek, chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 onions sliced
2 lg. for 4 small eggplants diced, skin on
1Tbsp chopped garlic, (about 4 lg cloves)
1 can whole tomatoes, undrained
1 bay leaf
1/2 Tbsp salt, or to taste
1 dash red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp Earth Balance Butter
3/4 cup red wine
3 cans vegetable broth
1Tbsp fresh thyme or 2 tsp dried
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1 Tbsp cocoa power
Juice of 1 lemon


1. Preheat a pan over medium high heat.  Add 2 Tbsp oil; sauté leeks, onions, eggplants and bell pepper until softened, about 7 minutes; add garlic, saute an additional 2 minutes; add all ingredients except cocoa powder, Earth Balance butter and lemon juice; reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes to 1 hour. Add butter and cocoa powder; cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes; stir in lemon juice; purée until smooth.

Nutrition Facts
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 162.4
Total Fat 6.8 g
Saturated Fat 1.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 862.8 mg
Potassium 542.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 21.6 g
Dietary Fiber 5.5 g
Sugars 3.4 g
Protein 3.0 g

Vitamin A 19.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 16.5 %
Vitamin C 44.7 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 3.0 %
Calcium 5.4 %
Copper 10.2 %
Folate 15.4 %
Iron 10.6 %
Magnesium 11.0 %
Manganese 31.5 %
Niacin 6.6 %
Pantothenic Acid 5.1 %
Phosphorus 7.3 %
Riboflavin 5.4 %
Selenium 2.0 %
Thiamin 9.0 %
Zinc 3.0 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Dawn Hutchins is a health & wellness entrepreneur that specializes in plant-based living education and coaching. She's a published author, wife, and mother of one sweet little girl. When she's not crusading for the advancement of plant-based nutrition, she's camping, stretching in yoga and paddleboarding on her SUP.

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4 thoughts on “The Best Eggplant – Leek Soup Recipe Ever!

  • Bev Mitchell

    Love the soup! Thank you….it is a gray, wet, damp day here in Vancouver and I wanted to make a soup with my two favourite veggies – leek and eggplant! This was just perfect!

    • admin Post author

      Hello Bev!

      You are so welcome! I fell in love with it too. I haven’t gotten any eggplant recently but can’t wait to get some so I can make this again too.

      Have a wonderful week!

  • Monique Ritz

    Had to try after seeing all the ingredients, especially the cocoa! It is delicious! Well it isn’t cold down here, but a wonderful over cast day in SW Florida. Great for working in the garden and having a pot of soup simmering on the stove. Thanks so much for sharing.