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Passing on tips on making a soup creamier

Friday, October 18, 2013

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-
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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.
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