18 Delicious Creamy Soup Recipes

Vegetarian harissa spiked creamy parsnip soup recipe

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Nothing takes the chill off a cold day like a bowl of hot, creamy soup. Thickened with flour, milk, cream, or coconut milk, these silky soups are a delicious main dish. Whether you make a blended butternut squash soup, seafood bisque, or a big pot of creamy chicken noodle, your family is sure to be pleased.

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    Copycat Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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     The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    There's no need to make a special trip to Olive Garden to enjoy one of their most popular dishes—you can make a copycat chicken gnocchi soup at home. Thanks to a dose of heavy cream, the soup is decadent and delicious, especially with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

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    Gluten-Free Creamy Vegan Carrot Soup With Coconut

    Creamy vegan carrot soup

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    You can still make a creamy soup without using a drop of dairy. This easy vegan carrot soup uses coconut milk to add body and a hint of sweetness while still fitting into your diet.

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    Creamy Potato Soup With Ham

    Creamy potato soup with ham recipe

    The Spruce / Katarina Zunic

    Potato soup is a real stick-to-your-bones dish, especially with the addition of ham. It's a great way to use up leftover meat from the night before. Top with green onions and shredded cheese.

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    Creamy Fish Chowder

    Creamy Fish Chowder Recipe

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    Fish chowder is a complete meal featuring lean white fish and tender veggies. The creaminess comes from a flour and milk mixture, making it lower fat than chowders calling for heavy cream.

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    Creamy Semi-Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

    Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

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    A heartier take on chicken noodle soup, this recipe uses canned creamed soups as a shortcut. Use leftover or rotisserie chicken to make it an extra easy meal fit for a winter weeknight.

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    Turkey and Sweet Potato Soup

    Turkey and sweet potato soup

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    Sweet potatoes add nice color and lightly sweet flavor to this turkey soup. The delicious dish comes together in under 45 minutes and tastes great the next day for lunch. You can sub chicken for the turkey if that's what you have on hand.

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    French Pumpkin Soup

    Traditional pumpkin soup recipe

    ​The Spruce / Teena Agnel

    Pumpkins aren't just for pie. Once peeled, cubed, and cooked, this vegetable makes a creamy base for a blended pumpkin soup. Paired with potatoes and a small dollop of cream, it's filling and flavorful.

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    Fresh Salmon Chowder

    Fresh salmon chowder

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    Salmon chowder is the creamy, hearty soup of your dreams. With cheese, potatoes, cream, and fresh fish, everyone will dig into this crowd-pleaser. Serve with crackers and top with a sprinkling of fresh herbs.

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  • 09 of 18

    Vegetarian Harissa-Spiked Creamy Parsnip Soup

    Vegetarian harissa spiked creamy parsnip soup recipe

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    Parsnips take on a lightly sweet flavor and creamy texture when cooked, making them ideal for a blended soup. This vegetarian parsnip soup recipe only has a few simple ingredients with harissa providing a kick of flavor.

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    Chicken Pot Pie Soup

    chicken pot pie soup

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    Take all of the comforting flavors of chicken pot pie and transform them into an easy soup. The broth is thickened with flour and a little heavy cream. For something extra, serve chicken pot pie soup with fresh biscuits.

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    Beer Cheese Soup

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     The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Beer cheese soup is a real treat, whether it's served for game day or a simple weekend dinner. Serve the ultra-creamy soup in bread bowls or with plenty of crusty bread for dipping.

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    Cream of Wild Rice Soup

    Cream of Wild Rice Soup

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Wild rice is a hearty, nutty alternative to white rice. It makes a delicious ingredient for soup because the grain doesn't lose its shape and texture in the broth. Adding shredded turkey or chicken makes this cream of wild rice soup a meal.

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    Slow Cooker Creamy Corn Chowder

    Slow Cooker Creamy Corn Chowder

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Since this super easy recipe uses canned corn, you can enjoy corn chowder any time of year. Simply add the ingredients to a slow cooker, let it cook, and come back later to purée and add the dairy. Chives and crispy bacon make nice toppings.

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    Sausage and Potato Soup With Kale

    Sausage and Potato Soup With Kale

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Veggies such as potatoes and kale cook with sausage and bacon for a flavorful one-bowl meal. A little flour and heavy cream make the sausage and potato soup creamy and satisfying.

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    Crab and Shrimp Seafood Bisque

    Crab and shrimp seafood bisque recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    This luxuriously thick seafood bisque features crab and shrimp, but you can use lobster meat or scallops if you have it. Serve with bread so you can sop up every last bit.

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    Instant Pot Potato Soup

    instant pot potato soup

     The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Shorten the cooking time and make just one dirty dish by using the Instant Pot to make potato soup. Studded with bacon and topped with cheese, your family will love this hearty soup.

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    Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

    slow cooker butternut squash soup

     The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Butternut squash and apples cook together in a slow cooker before being blended into a naturally creamy soup. A touch of coconut milk adds richness but keeps this flavorful butternut squash soup vegan.

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    Broccoli Cheddar Soup

    broccoli cheddar soup

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    It's hard to beat the flavor combination of broccoli and cheese. Even kids who don't like broccoli will love this tasty broccoli cheddar soup. Serve with crackers and a salad for lunch or dinner.