Periodically, I get info from the website, The Kitchn. Tonight, there was an article reprinted on how to make soup creamier. Since this is soup weather, I thought I'd pass on these tips to my SP friends.
(You can see this online at: www.thekitchn.com/soups-
1. Add cream or milk (No surprise there.)
2. Puree a cup or two of the soup - either with a stick blender or in a food processor.
3. Add a few slices of stale bread. Tear them into pieces and let them soak in a cup or two of the hot soup before pureeing and stirring back into the main pot.
4. Add yogurt. It will give the soup a tangy flavor.
5. Add ground nuts. Grind a handful of nuts until they have completely crumbled and are just verging on becoming a paste. In a small bowl, whisk the nuts together with some of the soup broth and then whisk into the main soup.
6. Make a Beurre Manie: Knead equal parts butter and flour into a thick paste, and then whisk it into your soup until it has completely dissolved.
7. Add flour, cornstarch, or other thickener: Whisk a few tablespoons of starch into a little of the broth in a separate bowl before whisking it into the main pot. This prevents the starch from clumping and helps it dissolve into the soup evenly.
8. Add coconut milk: Just a quarter cup or so adds creaminess without drastically changing the flavor of your soup.
These following suggestions were written in by readers in response to this article:
-- Add rice. Overcook the rice separately or in the soup and puree it until it's silk smooth.
-- Add baby rice cereal.
-- Add rolled oatmeal, after first pulverizing it in a food processor with some soup.
-- Add old fashioned oats. There's no need to pulverize them beforehand. When overcooked, they fall apart and thicken the soup nicely.
-- Add evaporated milk.
-- Add sour cream.
-- Add silken tofu. Puree the tofu first in a blender, then add a little at a time.
-- Add mashed potatoes.
-- Add diced potato to the soup, then puree it.
-- Add instant potato flakes or instant mashed potatoes.
-- Add cauliflower puree. "Makes the best 'faux' cream soup ever."
-- Add any vegetable pureed.
-- Add mashed up beans.
Finally, let me say that I personally have added cottage cheese in a blender with cooked broccoli to make a cream of broccoli soup.
I'm going to keep this list handy, and give some of these a try sometime. I especially like the idea of adding additional protein to the soup while I make it creamier.