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6 Ways to Take Your Soup Up a Notch — Without Adding Actual Cream


Clear-broth soups are delicious in their own right, but sometimes we just want something a little heartier and more indulgent. Cream-based soups are pretty simple to put together, but you can incorporate different elements — grains, lighter dairy products, or cruciferous vegetables — and end up with a delightfully creamy soup that doesn't actually contain a pint of cream.

  1. Add a cup of almond milk to your recipe, as seen here with this lighter take on clam chowder.
  2. Toss in some steamed cauliflower and mash or blend everything together.

Four more different ways to thicken up your soups, when you keep reading.

  1. Stir in yogurt, sour cream, or butter for slightly different flavors and mouthfeels. Melting butter into your soup won't be creamy in the traditional sense, but it will leave you with a richer, fuller-bodied broth.
  2. Throw a handful of cooked rice into your soup, then blend together.
  3. Blend your pot of soup in a high-powered blender (in batches if you can't fit it all) until it has a creamy texture.
  4. Steam potatoes and mash them into any soup recipe for a starchier texture.

Do you have any creamy add-ins for soup that you love to use?

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fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Gabriela-- I have felt your pain!!! LOL In my case, it was tomato soup. The entire kitchen looked like a crime scene.
Camilla-Salem Camilla-Salem 5 years
Great tips you guys! Thank you!
Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine Gabriela-Une-Vie-Saine 5 years
Raw oats work well too! And just a tip on the blender situation- make sure that if the soup is hot, you pulse it before turning it on all the way, or the lid will blow off. Learned that the hard way!
jo_jo_ba jo_jo_ba 5 years
Pureed beans work wonders! Use cannellini or navy for a mild "creamy" flavour, or chickpeas for a rich, buttery taste
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