This creamy vegan soup is hearty enough for a whole meal, thanks to chickpeas and a host of vegetables. To make it even more filling, you can add a scoop of cooked rice or noodles just before serving. When selecting a vegetable broth for this recipe, try to find one that is lighter in color and flavor so it doesn't overpower the other components. By Amy Stevenson for Food Network Kitchen.
Heat the olive oil in a medium Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat. Add the leeks, carrots and potatoes. Season with 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, curry and cayenne. Cook, stirring, until the mixture is sizzling, about 1 minute. Stir in the coconut milk, vegetable broth and 4 cups water. Add the lime zest. Bring the soup to a rarpid simmer and cook until reduced slightly and the vegetables are almost tender, about 10 minutes.
Add the cauliflower and chickpeas. Continue to simmer rapidly until the vegetables are very tender and the soup is thick and flavorful, about 20 minutes more. Remove the lime zest. Season with salt and additional cayenne as needed. Stir in the lime juice and cilantro and serve with lime wedges.
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