Creamy Vegetable Soup (Crema de Verduras)

by Erica Dinho on October 16, 2009

Creamy vegetable soupThis soup was inspired by mom’s sopa de verduras. As a little girl, I was a very finicky eater and that was at a time when grandmothers thought that if you weren’t a little fat, you weren’t healthy :). So, my mom and grandmother did everything they could to get me to eat. My mom discovered that if she made me soup and put it in a blender, that I would eat it! Well, this vegetable creamy soup was my favorite.

Autumn is a beautiful season, but it has been very cold here in the Northeast part of the country lately. It even snowed yesterday, which was a big surprise. Although it’s only the middle of October, it seems as though winter has made an early appearance. I’m not a big fan of winter and every time I see the snow I think about soup. After all, what’s better than a bowl of soup on a cold winter day?

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Ingredients

(6 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 cups chicken, beef or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup green beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • Heavy cream for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, scallions, garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, while stirring.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Reduce the heat to medium, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes or until all the vegetables are cooked.
  3. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth and return soup to saucepan. Bring soup to simmer, correct seasonings adding salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Ladle soup into bowls. Top with 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and garnish with cilantro.
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1 Oysterculture October 16, 2009 at 2:23 PM

yum, another one to add to my growing list – looks perfect. A lot like all the wonderful vegetable soups we tried in Ireland

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2 Claudia Medeiros October 16, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Thanks for reminding me wonderful childhood memories with this recipe :)

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3 Jhonny Walker October 16, 2009 at 3:36 PM

Erica,
all…I repeat all your recipes have such a a ‘ I want to eat it now’ feel to it :) I wish I was your friendly neighbour :)

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4 Soma October 16, 2009 at 8:01 PM

I like pureed soups like this. Esp. when the weather has a slight nip & the evenings are cool & fuzzy:-)

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5 Kim October 16, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Sounds like a great recipe for soup to me. Love the story about your mom and grandma trying to load you up on food, very cute!

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6 danielle October 17, 2009 at 7:19 AM

oh how I wish it would cool off already. we had 2 days of cool weather and then today it was 90. i need soup weather badly! your soup looks great!

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7 Erica October 17, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Thank you everyone!

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