Basic Cream Soup

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 1
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 256.8
  • Total Fat: 9.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 45.2 mg
  • Sodium: 2,088.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 30.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7.1 g
  • Protein: 17.0 g

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    2 cup chicken broth
    1 cup finely chopped veggies
    1 small onion, minced
    1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
    salt and pepper to taste
    1 cup cream, half and half, or whole milk
    1-2 tsp arrowroot


Place the broth into a pan, add the cut vegetables and simmer until they are tender.While they are cooking, saute the onion in a small amount of butter until it is lightly browned. Add the onion and chopped fresh parsley to the vegetables as they finish cooking. Drain the vegetable mixture, reserving the liquid. Puree the vegetables in a blender or food processor and return to the broth. Taste for seasoning. Add more salt or pepper if needed. Add the cream or milk over a very low heat, and choose your thickening option.

Thickening Options:

Arrowroot powder: Mix the arrowroot powder with a small amount of milk and add to the soup.

Flour and butter:Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and add the flour, stirring until the mixture becomes smooth. Slowly stir into the soup.

After adding your choice of thickening, heat the soup slowly until it comes to a boil and thickens. Garnish with chopped chives, a dash of paprika, or shredded cheese.
Vegetable Options
The following vegetables can be used for cream soups. Choose one cup for the recipe above.





1/2 cup each of broccoli and cauliflower

fresh peas

1/2 cup potatoes and 1/2 cup leeks (wash well!)

fresh spinach

Corn: Scrape corn off cobs, steam or boil lightly and add to your cream soup WITHOUT pureeing.

Mushrooms: Slice about a 1/2 pound and saute in 3 tablespoons butter until soft. As with corn, add without pureeing.
More Tips
The basic soup of puree and stock may be frozen, defrosted and then the milk and thickening added as the recipe calls for.

The cream soup variations can be served hot in the winter with hearty croutons and crusty bread. In the summer you can take advantage of the vegetables and herbs in season. Throw in a springs of basil, thyme or oregano when pureeing. For garnish use chive blossoms or nasturtium blooms for an elegant touch.

Cream soups can be served with a simple salad and bread for luncheons or as a first course for dinner. You may forget that soup even comes in a can!

Number of Servings: 1

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user MKKRISTEN.

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