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How to Make ‘Cream of Any Vegetable’ Soup

December 11, 2012 | In: Feeding Kids, Healthy Meals, Recipes

I love soup and have been making a pot nearly each week. Soup is fast, nutritious, and is a nice way to incorporate seasonal vegetables. Plus, a pot of soup usually yields leftovers for my lunch.

I discovered that I can use a basic system that works well with nearly any vegetable, and I wanted to share it with you.

All you need is a soup pot, a blender or hand-held immersion blender, and of course the ingredients. Using this method, I have made Cream of Broccoli, Cream of Potato, Cream of Butternut Squash, Cream of Asparagus, and more!

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 medium to large size onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • a large pinch of Kosher salt
  • a generous amount on fresh ground pepper
  • About 5 to 6 cups of fresh or frozen veggies, chopped*
  • a quart of chicken or vegetable broth
  • ¼ to ½ half and half cream

Saute onions in oil and butter until translucent. Add salt and pepper in the process. Add veggies, cooking for about 2-3 minutes. Add broth and cover the pot with a lid. Simmer on low for 30 minutes. Puree the soup with a blender or an immersion blender. Add the cream to finish.

* Frozen or fresh veggies such as broccoli, squash, asparagus, sweet potato, spinach, tomato, red pepper and cauliflower work great with this method.

Flavor Tip: Use these seasonings (add with the veggies): nutmeg or cinnamon with butternut squash or sweet potato; cheddar cheese with broccoli or potato soup (add at the same time as cream); basil with tomato.

What easy soup-making-approach do you use?


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3 Responses to How to Make ‘Cream of Any Vegetable’ Soup

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Linda

December 11th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I feel real guilty right about now because I have chicken stew waiting for me at home in my crock pot, and I used the canned Cream Of stuff! I’ll have to give this a try. At least I can make out the words of this ingredient list! But with that said, I like soups that I can just throw into the crock pot and let simmer during the day.

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Jill

December 12th, 2012 at 6:42 am

No guilt needed! I love a crockpot full of soup too…:)

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  Butternut Squash Soup by Just the Right Byte

October 10th, 2013 at 9:57 am

[...] making this, I took the same approach I use with my make Cream of Any Vegetable Soup, except I left out the ‘cream’ part so I could freeze it. Also, there is room for adjustment on [...]

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