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Is there anything more perfect than a steaming bowl of soup to strengthen you on a bone-chilling winter day (or night)? Maybe if you make the creamy soup. We love a good broth bowl with noodles, but the comfort food factor increases when you add cream, or just a creamy texture, to the mixture. These creamy soup recipes do not even stray into the casserole or juicy territory, but they will warm you up and make you completely satisfied, no matter how windy and frozen it is outside.
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And some are just on this side of the light enough to enjoy when it’s not even that cool – well, since spring is just around the corner.
Roasted tomato, chickpeas and chard soup
This twist on tomato soup brings cumin, cayenne and allspice to particularly warming notes, plus chickpeas for heaviness and chard for a nourishing green accent (but you can also use kale ribbon if that’s what you have). An optional poached egg on top makes the texture extra decadent, completely without cream. Get our recipe for roasted tomatoes, chickpeas and chard soup.
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2. Cream of mushroom soup
A classic comfort food, homemade cream of mushroom soup is far better than anything out of a can, and almost no harder. We use fresh creminis and dried porcinis to deepen the earthy umami flavor. Get our cream of mushroom soup recipe. (And consider liquid blue cheese toast on top.)
3. Sweet potato star anise soup with ginger cream
A luxurious bowl of sweet potato soup is saved from being one-note by the addition of fragrant star anise and spicy fresh ginger – plus a swirl of pie, ginger-infused sour cream or sour cream on top. Get our sweet potato star anise soup with ginger cream recipe.
4. Roasted garlic and smoked green soup
Hearty greens in soup are underrated, but here is another way to enjoy the satisfying combination. Three heads of roasted garlic add earthy but sweet flavor, while smoked paprika brings yet another bass note, and the soup is creamy thanks to mashed potatoes. You can use any sturdy green you like, but we are especially fond of kale. Get our recipe for roasted garlic and smoked green soup.
5. Côte d’Azur Cure-All Suppe
If you really love garlic, this silky soft soup from Dorie Greenspan lets it shine with minimal interference. Described by the author as Provence’s version of America’s chicken soup, this is great if you have a cold, but you should definitely eat it too when you are feeling well. It is enriched with parmesan and egg yolks (up to six in total); you can use the remaining egg whites for chocolate mousse. Get our recipe for creamy French garlic soup.
6. Turkey Mulligatawny Soup
In America, it may be true that this is most often made with remnants of Thanksgiving turkey (and perhaps even better known as a “Seinfeld” reference), but turkey-mulligatawny soup is so richly spicy that it is worth visiting without for November. And you can easily use chicken if you do not have turkey on hand. A little coconut milk is what makes it creamy; if you use coconut oil instead of butter, it is perfect for milk-free people. Get our recipe for Turkey Mulligatawny Soup.
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7. Chicken Tortilla Soup
Tortilla soup is often broth (and we love it that way too), but our version simmers corn tortillas in the pan until they dissolve to make things thicker (in the same way that masa harina is often used as a thickener). This is a great way to use the leftover chicken, or you can buy a rotisserie chicken to make it a quick and easy dinner. Get our chicken tortilla soup recipe.
8. Toasted Butternut Squash Soup
You know, you love it, and you should not refer it to Thanksgiving (or fall for that matter). Our roasted butternut squash soup contains some sour Granny Smith apple, softly sautéed onions and fresh sage. It is topped with crispy pumpkin seeds for a seasonal garnish, but toast works just as well. Get our recipe for toasted Butternut Squash Soup.
9. Loaded baked potato soup
Everything you love about a perfectly baked potato, but in a creamy, satisfying soup form. Sautéing the potatoes and onion in bacon fat enhances the taste, and pureing everything with chicken broth and milk makes it smooth as silk. Top with crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, chives and sour cream – or whatever you like on your skewers. Get our recipe for Loaded Baged Potato Soup.
10. Broccoli and cheddar soup
Broccoli and cheddar soup are one of the things that can take you all the way back to childhood – in a good way or in another way. But banish all thoughts of gloppy, canned, condensed soup that may haunt your memories; our version is made with fresh broccoli, a lot of cheddar and a little sour cream, plus potatoes to help it achieve thick and creamy perfection. Get our recipe for broccoli and cheddar soup.
11. Roasted pumpkin soup
Sweet and earthy toasted pumpkin puree with sherry, chicken broth and heavy cream gives a beautiful bowl of soup, but it is even better topped with pieces of crispy bacon and toasted croutons with herbs. If you can not find sugar pumpkin, use any sweet winter squash. Get our recipe for roasted pumpkin soup.
12. Celery root soup
Buds, tentacles, pale brown celery root (also known as tuberous celery) may look modest – or even scary – in the production process, but it has a nutty, sweet and earthy taste a bit like a cross between (guess what) celery and turnips. It is deliciously simmered with potatoes and apples and mixed into a creamy soup that does not actually contain cream or dairy. You can add sautéed diced apples to get a structural contrast, or just serve crispy bread next to it. Get our recipe for celery root soup.
13. Curry Carrot Soup
Naturally sweet carrots marry beautifully with the hot spices in a curry mix (best to buy fresh or make your own), and coconut milk makes this another creamy soup that is also vegan (unless of course you swap chicken broth in). Get our recipe for curry carrot soup.
14. Asparagus soup
Spring asparagus is almost here again and this pale chartreuse soup highlights its delicate vegetable flavor with a little help from onions, garlic, butter, chicken broth and sour cream. Fresh lemon juice further brightens up the taste, and a few asparagus shavings (which can easily be made with a vegetable peeler along a stalk) are a lovely garnish. Get our recipe for creamy asparagus soup.
15. Green Pea Soup
Another soup that celebrates the spring harvest, this one also happens to be amazing with frozen peas, so you can enjoy a jolt of vibrant green color and flavor even in the balmy winter. Sweet leeks, homemade vegetable stock and a bit of mint enhance the freshness. Crème fraîche swirl on top is optional; without it this is vegetarian (the creamy texture comes from the pureed peas). Get our green pea soup recipe.
And check out all our other great soup recipes.