Basic Cream Soup and Variations (#2307)

Serves
Ready
10
50
Minutes
Prep
Cook
20
Minutes
30
Minutes
Categories
Soups Chicken
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Ingredients

  • 4 cups Vegetables fresh, coarsely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 5 cups Chicken Broth
  • 3 cups Light Cream (Half&Half)
  • 5 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Salt And Black Pepper to taste

Cream Of Cauliflower Soup

  • 4 cups Cauliflower Florets
  • 1 Paprika

Cream Of Broccoli Soup

  • 5 cups Broccoli Florets
  • 1 pinch Nutmeg or two

Cream Of Cucumber Soup

  • 4 cups Cucumbers peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream

Cream Of Lima Bean Soup

  • 4 cups Lima Beans
  • 4 tablespoons Bacon crisply fried and crumbled

Cream Of Spinach Soup

  • 4 cups Spinach coarsely chopped
  • 2 Egg Yolks hard cooked

Cream Of Asparagus Soup

  • 4 cups Asparagus tendre tips

Directions

  1. Peel the vegetable, if necessary, and chop coarsely.
  2. Place in a saucepan with 3 cups of the stock.
  3. Cook over medium heat until the vegetable is tender.
  4. Set aside 1/2 cup choice pieces of cooked vegetables to use as a garnish.
  5. Purée the remaining cooked vegetable together with the vegetable water in an electric blender, or press through a strainer.
  6. Melt the butter in a soup kettle, blend in the flour, and stir in the cream.
  7. Simmer over a low flame, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.
  8. Stir in the puréed vegetable and the remaining 2 cups of chicken stock, and simmer for 3 minutes more.
  9. Adjust the seasonings and serve in individual bowls garnished with the reserved cooked vegetable.
  10. Serve hot or cold.
  11. Cream of cauliflower soup: Prepare soup as directed in basic cream soup.
  12. Garnish with reserved cauliflower and a sprinkle of paprika.
  13. Serve hot or cold.
  14. Cream of broccoli soup: Peel the stems and break broccoli into flowerets.
  15. Slice the stems. Proceed as directed in basic cream soup recipe.
  16. Serve with nutmeg sprinkled on top.
  17. Cream of cucumber soup: Reserve 1/2 cup diced raw cucumber to use as a garnish.
  18. Cook remaining cucumber for 8 minutes.
  19. Proceed as directed in basic cream soup recipe.
  20. Serve hot or cold with a dollop of sour cream in the center of each bowl.
  21. Cream of lima bean soup: Prepare soup as directed in basic cream soup recipe but do not reserve any lima beans.
  22. Serve hot, garnished with crumbled bacon.
  23. Cream of spinach soup: Prepare soup as directed in basic cream soup recipe, but do not reserve any spinach.
  24. Serve hot or cold, garnished with hard-cooked egg yolks forced through a fine sieve.
  25. Cream of asparagus soup: Prepare soup as directed in basic cream soup recipe.
  26. Garnish with reserved asparagus tips and pumpernickel croutons.
  27. Serve hot or cold.
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