How to Make Creamy, Creamless Vegetable Soup Without a Recipe

Related To:
460359577

460359577

Photo by: Brendan Delany

Brendan Delany

In the wintertime, no food satisfies quite like a bowl of steaming, creamy soup. But the problem with a lot of soup recipes is that they have so much cream! Is there a way to get the creaminess of a bisque with the healthfulness/nutrition and calorie count of your favorite vegetable soup? You betcha! The secret lies with an immersion blender — the hand-held tool that saves you from hot soup exploding out of the blender and the massive cleanup that ensues. Follow this easy formula and you can whip up a creamy but creamless soup in less than 30 minutes.

1: Soften the aromatics . In a Dutch oven, heat a tablespoon or 2 of olive oil or butter over medium heat. Add 1 chopped onion (or a similar quantity of shallots), maybe a little minced garlic and some diced celery if you have it on hand.

2: Add some root vegetables. Root vegetables, like potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, celery root, parsnips or carrots, are a must in a winter veggie soup. A potato can add a lot of creaminess to the finished soup. Celery root will contribute flavor, carrots or squash a lovely color. Cook for several minutes until they start to soften.

3: Spice it up. Now’s the time for some salt and pepper (if you’re going to be using a canned broth, watch that you don’t oversalt your soup with too much more). You can also add any herbs or spices. For root-vegetable soups, a dash of nutmeg is nice. Rosemary, bay leaves or curry powder might also work. Get creative!

4 : Add softer vegetables. You could make a purely root-vegetable soup, but if you’re using other vegetables, now’s the time to throw them in. Broccoli, cauliflower, peas, peppers or anything else that needs less cooking time can be added at this point. Cook for another couple minutes, stirring occasionally.

5: Add piping hot broth. Pour in enough hot chicken or vegetable broth to cover the vegetables, plus another half inch. Semicover the pot and let it simmer on low heat until all the vegetables have completely softened.

6: Blend it all together. Take the pot off the heat and blend with your immersion blender. You can puree the entire batch to make a smooth, creamy soup, or leave some chunks if you want more texture. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Kerri-Ann is a registered dietitian and nutrition coach who writes on food and health trends. Find more of her work at kerriannjennings.com or follow her on Twitter @kerriannrd or Facebook.

Keep Reading

Next Up

10 Healthy, Comforting Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow cooking is the perfect way to tenderize lean cuts of meat, to soften whole grains, and to let the flavors and textures of vegetables mellow and merge.

4 One-Pot Soups, Because Who Has Time to Do the Dishes?

Get easy one-pot soup recipes for quick weeknight dinner ideas, including creamy tomato soup, French onion soup and more on Cooking Channel.

Souper-Easy Lunch Recipes That Will Keep You Warm at Work

Get easy soup and stew recipes for lunch ideas at work on Cooking Channel.

Dinner Rush! Dirty Lentils + Rice with a Fried Egg

Make dirty rice with lentils for a quick Low Country dinner.

Vegetarian Cookbook Giveaway: "Cook Without a Book"

In Pam Anderson's new cookbook, Cook Without a Book: Meatless Meals, she shares simple formulas that really will get you cooking great vegetarian food without a cookbook.

Meatless Monday: Rustic Fall Vegetable Soup

When it comes to homemade vs store-bought, homemade is always better. The questions is if it’s worth the time and effort. When it comes to soup, the answer is yes.

Veggie Bliss on Kelsey's Essentials

Take advantage of seasonal vegetables with these easy vegetarian recipes from Cooking Channel's Kelsey Nixon.

On TV

Simply Laura

7:30am | 6:30c

Simply Laura

8:30am | 7:30c

Simply Laura

9:30am | 8:30c

Brunch at Bobby's

10:30am | 9:30c

Brunch at Bobby's

11:30am | 10:30c

Carnival Eats

12pm | 11c

Carnival Eats

12:30pm | 11:30c

Carnival Eats

1pm | 12c

Carnival Eats

1:30pm | 12:30c

Carnival Eats

2:30pm | 1:30c

Carnival Eats

3:30pm | 2:30c

Carnival Eats

4:30pm | 3:30c

Carnival Eats

5:30pm | 4:30c

Carnival Eats

6:30pm | 5:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

8pm | 7c

Yum and Yummer

9:30pm | 8:30c

Good Eats

10pm | 9c

Good Eats

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Yum and Yummer

1:30am | 12:30c

Good Eats

2am | 1c

Good Eats

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c
What's Hot
What's Hot

Cheap Eats

So Much Pretty Food Here