When it’s cold outside, it’s so comforting to sit down with a bowl of creamy soup, and these delicious creamy soup recipes will give you comfort regardless of the weather.
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There’s just something luscious about a creamy soup. And you don’t actually have to use heavy whipping cream to make creamy soup. You can use half and half, and even fat-free half and half. Alternatively, you can also put some of the soup into a blender to make it creamy.
A bowl of rich and creamy soup is like a hug in a bowl. Whether you want a classic potato soup recipe or easy creamy soup recipes like beer cheese soup, we’ve got you covered with this list of the best cream soups.
This list of delicious cream soups has something for everyone. If you’re living a vegetarian lifestyle, you’ll love the spinach artichoke soup or cream of mushroom soup, but we have plenty of creamy soups for carnivores, too.
As the weather turns colder, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a warm bowl of creamy soup. In this article, we will explore delicious and easy-to-make recipes that showcase the versatility of creamy soups. From rich, indulgent ingredients to lighter, healthier alternatives, these recipes cater to a variety of tastes and dietary preferences.
Preparing a homemade creamy soup can be a simple task, even for those who are not experts in the kitchen. Many of these recipes require just a few basic ingredients, utilizing vegetables, protein sources, and your choice of cream or milk to create a delectable dish. Moreover, these soups can be customized to suit your preferences, making them a family favorite.
Some of our favorite creamy soups with meat and seafood include lobster bisque, creamy chicken noodle soup, and white chicken chili.
You can use low-fat chicken broth, vegetable broth, and even fat-free half and half to make your soups extra creamy. There are also plenty of creamy soup options on this list that don’t need dairy products at all.
Are you ready to dive into this list of cream soups? Let’s explore these 31 best creamy soup recipes.
Legend has it that beer cheese soup was created in the great state of Wisconsin. This makes sense since Wisconsin produces some delicious cheese.
To make this beer cheese soup, we recommend that you grate your own sharp cheddar cheese.
Cheddar cheese that comes already grated has a light flour coating on it to keep it from sticking together.
While this is a handy cheddar cheese to have in your fridge, your creamy beer cheese soup will be creamier if you grate your own cheddar cheese.
Who doesn’t love a good cheddar cheese soup?
Cheddar cheese soup is so perfect to serve with crust bread, a baguette, or croutons.
This soup isn’t just cheesy. It also has lots of veggies, including diced celery, onion, and carrot.
You can use Velveeta or American cheese to make this soup, but don’t skip the cheddar cheese.
Spices are smoked paprika and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Heavy whipping cream makes this cheddar cheese soup extra creamy.
Our grandmothers used to tell us that chicken soup could cure many ailments, and while that may or may not be accurate, we know that chicken noodle soup sure seems to make things better.
With a creamy chicken noodle soup, you get all of the wonderful goodness of creamy chicken noodle soup with a creamy base.
This creamy chicken noodle soup recipe calls for onion, skinless chicken breast, chopped celery, garlic, a bay leaf, butter, and chicken broth.
When you think of a luxurious and decadent creamy soup recipe, lobster bisque may come to mind.
With this lobster bisque recipe, you can have a delicious creamy soup on the table in no time at all.
The ingredient list for this lobster bisque is long, but you probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry and fridge.
This creamy soup recipe calls for carrots, onion, celery, and chicken broth.
You can also use this lobster bisque recipe to make crab bisque.
In addition to the asparagus, this recipe calls for extra virgin olive oil, yellow onion, garlic, coarse kosher salt or sea salt, black pepper, chicken broth, heavy cream, fresh chopped chives (or green onions), and shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (or parmesan cheese).
This cream of asparagus soup contains no heavy cream, so it’s a great soup to add to your healthy eating lifestyle.
When you’re craving a hearty and thick soup that has seafood as its protein, a classic New England clam chowder is the way to go.
You can use chicken broth or vegetable broth to make this New England clam chowder.
The seasoning for this soup comes from celery, onion, garlic, dried parsley, dried oregano, thyme, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
One of the most popular Olive Garden soup recipes is chicken gnocchi soup.
The good news is that there are copycat recipes for Olive Garden soups all over the internet, including this exceptional one for chicken gnocchi soup.
This cream soup recipe calls for chicken broth, celery, onion, garlic, shredded carrots, thyme, potato gnocchi, fresh spinach, and half and half.
Do you love a delicious Reuben sandwich? Bring all of that yummy flavor into a creamy Reuben soup.
For Reuben soup, you need corned beef, sauerkraut, and caraway seeds to get the Reuben flavor.
The cheese you use should be Swiss cheese, and heavy cream makes this Reuben soup creamy.
Now you can get spinach and artichoke flavors in a creamy spinach soup.
Use frozen spinach for this creamy soup, and be sure to squeeze out all of the water.
Other ingredients are canned artichoke hearts, heavy cream, cream cheese, garlic, and chicken broth.
The world has come to love cauliflower, and this creamy roasted cauliflower soup will not disappoint you.
Best of all, this cauliflower soup recipe is dairy-free and gets its velvety texture from cashews.
Besides the roasted cauliflower in this creamy cauliflower soup, this cauliflower soup also has Cannellini beans, so you know it’s an incredibly nutritious soup.
You can use vegetable broth to keep this soup vegan, and other ingredients include fresh lemon juice, nutmeg, garlic, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
Sometimes you crave a hearty soup that’s quick and easy to pull together. This creamy vegetable soup recipe checks off all the boxes.
In addition to all of the veggies, this creamy soup is loaded with cheese and bacon. What’s not to love?
The veggies used to make this creamy vegetable soup are potato, broccoli, garlic, carrot, corn, and onion.
Shredded cheddar cheese and milk add the creaminess.
This delicious tortellini soup is loaded with flavor, and with Italian sausage, fresh kale, and perfectly tender tortellini pasta, you know it’s super flavorful.
This tortellini soup recipe calls for mild Italian sausage, garlic, yellow onion, chicken broth, kale, tomato sauce, cheese tortellini, and heavy cream.
Creamy tomato soup is possibly one of the most beloved creamy soups.
Besides being timeless and delicious, creamy tomato soup is super easy to make.
This tomato soup recipe is made with chicken broth and canned tomatoes.
The creaminess of this soup comes from the heavy cream.
Want even more flavor? Feel free to add some basil to make this creamy tomato basil soup.
Serve this creamy tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich for a cheesy meal.
Cabbage lovers rejoice because this creamy cabbage soup is here for you.
Cabbage soup is so easy to make, and when you add a creamy broth with the ham, you’ve got a delicious meal that’s the perfect comfort food.
Heavy cream and chicken broth create the creamy broth, and you can use flour to thicken this cabbage soup.
Want to try a unique and different creamy soup? This Irish parsnip soup is flavorful and hearty.
Ingredients for this parsnip soup include celery, onions, garlic, miso paste, white pepper, and vegetable stock.
Cream of celery soup has taken a back seat to other cream soups and is mostly used in recipes such as chicken and dumplings.
We think it’s time to give cream of celery soup a little more dignity. This creamy celery soup is delicious to serve as a main dish soup for a light brunch or lunch.
To make this cream of celery soup, you need butter, flour, vegetable broth (or chicken broth), half and half (or milk), onion powder, garlic powder, and black pepper.
We couldn’t do a list of the best cream soups and not include a creamy carrot soup.
This carrot soup recipe is a dish that is brimming with Mediterranean flavors like garlic and ginger.
Make this soup with Greek extra virgin olive oil and vegetable broth.
18. Potato Soup
When you think of a thick soup recipe, hearted loaded potato soup probably comes to mind.
Creamy potato soup is a one-pot meal, so it’s super easy to make. In fact, the most time-consuming part of this potato soup recipe is the potato peeling.
What type of potato should you use to make potato soup? We love the decadence of the Yukon Gold potato, but russet potato also does beautifully in potato soup.
Don’t use red potato to make this soup because the red potato is quite dense.
You can make this potato soup in the slow cooker or Instant Pot if you want. If you make potato soup in the Instant Pot, be sure to add your heavy cream at the end of the cooking time.
Serve your potato soup with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt.
For most of us, we think of cream of mushroom soup as a product that comes in a little red and white can that is great for casserole recipes.
However, cream of mushroom soup is a delicious and hearty meal by itself when it’s done correctly.
To make this cream of mushroom soup recipe, you can use whatever type of mushrooms you like, including baby Bella mushrooms.
The seasoning is this creamy mushroom soup is garlic, fresh thyme, and Italian seasoning.
Chicken broth and heavy cream make this cream of mushroom soup extra creamy. You can also add sour cream.
20. Potato Leek Soup
Few things warm the body and soul like a steaming bowl of potato soup, and this potato soup with leeks is so flavorful.
This creamy soup recipe calls for only nine ingredients and it’s a one-pot meal. Even better, this creamy soup is completely plant-based, so it satisfies the needs of people who are looking for vegan or vegetarian soups.
Few things warm the spirit (and body) like chicken and wild rice soup.
There are several different ways to make chicken and wild rice soup, and we love the soup recipes that feature lots of mushrooms.
However, this wild rice soup recipe is a little different. It calls for carrots, onion, garlic, and celery.
Spices in this chicken soup recipe are thyme, sage, marjoram, and rosemary. You can skip all of those and use herbs de Provence if you like.
To make this creamy soup, you can use a shredded rotisserie chicken.
When you want a classic creamy soup that will please the entire family, turn to this comforting ham and potato soup recipe.
This is a soup recipe that is low in calories and easy to make.
You can use any cooked ham to make this potato soup, but it’s particularly delicious with honey ham.
Use diced russet potatoes, celery, onion, butter, and chicken broth to complete this creamy ham and potato soup.
23. Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin soup is a creamy soup that is as nutritious as it is delicious.
This recipe for pumpkin soup gives you not just the vitamin A and vitamin C you can expect with pumpkin, but also some calcium, iron, and protein.
For such a mighty soup, this pumpkin soup has just a few ingredients. Besides pumpkin, you need onion, garlic cloves, chicken broth (or vegetable broth), and heavy cream (or half and half).
Who says a cream soup has to be loaded with fat and calories?
This cream of broccoli soup recipe actually has no heavy cream. The creaminess comes from reduced fat-sour cream and low-fat milk.
Also, you’re going to use an immersion blender to make this cream of broccoli soup even creamier.
Sharp cheddar cheese adds some delicious cheesy flavor, but if you’re watching fat, you can always leave the cheese out (or use a reduced-fat cheese).
One of the most beloved creamy soups is the broccoli cheddar cheese soup from Panera.
Broccoli cheese soup is a creamy soup that’s easy to make from home with a recipe.
And to make this version of broccoli cheese soup, you have dinner on the table in less than half an hour.
Use chicken broth or vegetable broth to make this soup.
Spices used are ground nutmeg (or paprika). A chopped carrot makes this soup recipe even heartier.
Serve your broccoli cheese soup with crusty bread.
White chicken chili is a take on the classic chili recipe, but it has far fewer calories and less fat.
For this white chicken chili recipe, you need chicken broth, garlic, corn, cream cheese, and half and half.
27. 15 Bean Soup
You can find bags of 15 bean soup in the bean aisle of your grocery store. One brand to look for is Hurst.
This bean soup recipe is loaded with veggies, including tomatoes, celery, carrots, and onion.
Traditionally, 15 bean soup is made on the stovetop, but you can just as easily make this 15 bean soup in the Instant Pot or slow cooker.
28. Lentil Soup
For this lentil soup recipe, you can use red lentils, green lentils, or brown lentils.
In addition to the lentils, this lentil soup has tons of other veggies, including onion, garlic, celery, tomato, and carrot.
Use either chicken broth or vegetable broth to make this lentil soup, along with fresh lemon juice.
Fall soups are delicious. Something about the weather becoming colder makes us want to curl up and enjoy a steaming mug or bowl of creamy soup.
Besides adding gorgeous color to any dish, the sweet potato is a nutritional powerhouse.
This sweet potato soup is loaded with veggies, including yellow onion, celery, and garlic.
Butternut squash is a vegetable that is too often overlooked.
In terms of creaminess, it’s hard to beat pureed butternut squash, and this soup is super creamy and cozy.
To make this roasted butternut squash soup recipe, you need a chopped shallot, garlic cloves, ground nutmeg, maple syrup (sugar-free maple syrup is fine), vegetable broth or chicken stock, butter, and black pepper.
Outback Steakhouse has a creamy onion soup that loyal customers love, and we found a delicious homemade version of this onion soup.
This soup recipe calls for caramelized onions, and a steaming bowl of onion soup is perfect with a green salad and a loaf of crusty bread.
Use sweet onions to make this onion soup. The recipe also calls for finely chopped celery.
Fresh thyme (or dried thyme) provides all the seasoning you need.
Heavy cream and chicken stock make this onion soup savory and creamy.
Do you want to try to make your own different types of cream soups or cream soup base from scratch? In the video below, you can learn how to make homemade cream soup, including cream of mushroom soup, homemade cream of chicken soup, and more.
30+ Delicious Creamy Soup Recipes (+Creamy Tomato Soup)
- 56 ounces canned tomatoes
- 32 ounces chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 1 tsp. each sea salt and black pepper
- 1 cup parmesan cheese
- Puree the canned tomatoes in a food processor.
- Boil the tomatoes, garlic, and broth in a pot.
- Add the cream and cheese and simmer 15 minutes.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.