Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Say hello to perfect roasted cauliflower soup with plenty of garlic, nutmeg, and white beans. Buttery cashews help create the ultimate velvety texture while also keeping it dairy-free. Just 10 ingredients required. Let us show you how it’s done!
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Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Say hello to perfect roasted cauliflower soup with plenty of garlic, nutmeg, and white beans. Buttery cashews help create the ultimate velvety texture while also keeping it dairy-free. Just 10 ingredients required. Let us show you how it’s done!

How to Make Roasted Cauliflower Soup

This cauliflower soup starts with roasting the onions, garlic, and cauliflower to lightly caramelize them and add natural sweetness. Roasting the garlic also tames its bitterness and allows for adding more of its savory, immune-supportive goodness.

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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup

This vegan mushroom soup is delightfully creamy and hearty, featuring loads of veggies and hearty whole grains! Here’s a soup that’s ultra cozy and deliciously hearty: Vegan Mushroom Soup! You won’t believe how creamy this is…without the use of dairy! Just like our fan favorite Wild Rice Soup, we’ve harnessed the magic of cashews to make a delightfully creamy base. Add to that spices, lots of veggies and whole grains, and it’s the perfect canvas to highlight deliciously savory mushrooms. Ready to get cooking? Tricks to the best vegan mushroom soup This vegan mushroom soup is modeled after our fan favorite Wild Rice Soup: but it’s even quicker to make! Both soups use the same trick: soaked cashews. Soaking and blending these powerhouse nuts makes them into a delightfully creamy sauce that works just like dairy (try our Cashew Cream). Here you can blend them right into a soup for a rich, creamy body. Here’s what to know: Soak the cashews while you make the soup. You don’t have to think ahead at all! The time to make the soup is just enough…unless you don’t have a great blender. A powerful blender is helpful. We have a high speed blender […]

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This vegan mushroom soup is delightfully creamy and hearty, featuring loads of veggies and hearty whole grains!

Vegan mushroom soup

Here’s a soup that’s ultra cozy and deliciously hearty: Vegan Mushroom Soup! You won’t believe how creamy this is…without the use of dairy! Just like our fan favorite Wild Rice Soup, we’ve harnessed the magic of cashews to make a delightfully creamy base. Add to that spices, lots of veggies and whole grains, and it’s the perfect canvas to highlight deliciously savory mushrooms. Ready to get cooking?

Tricks to the best vegan mushroom soup

This vegan mushroom soup is modeled after our fan favorite Wild Rice Soup: but it’s even quicker to make! Both soups use the same trick: soaked cashews. Soaking and blending these powerhouse nuts makes them into a delightfully creamy sauce that works just like dairy (try our Cashew Cream). Here you can blend them right into a soup for a rich, creamy body. Here’s what to know:

  • Soak the cashews while you make the soup. You don’t have to think ahead at all! The time to make the soup is just enough…unless you don’t have a great blender.
  • A powerful blender is helpful. We have a high speed blender and it works magic with cashews. If you don’t have a good blender, you may want to soak your cashews overnight to make sure they’re soft enough to blend.
  • Make the soup, then blend the cashews with 2 cups of it. Yep that’s right: take the veggies, broth and everything in your pot! Blend it with the cashews and it becomes beautifully creamy…like magic!
Vegan mushroom soup

Make sure to find pearled barley, not hulled!

Here’s a tip for when you make this vegan mushroom soup: look for pearled barley at the store, not hulled barley. Many packages don’t actually have this marked: so how can you tell the difference? And what’s the difference, anyway?

  • Hulled barley has just the hull removed. It’s darker in color than pearled barley and has a chewier texture when cooked. It takes about 50 to 55 minutes to cook hulled barley.
  • Pearled barley is lighter in color; it has the outer husk and bran layer removed. This makes it much quicker to cook, though it loses some of the nutritional value of those components. It takes 15 to 30 minutes to cook pearled barley, depending on the brand.
  • Bottom line: Essentially, the difference between pearled barley vs hulled barley is like white rice vs brown rice.
  • How to tell if the package doesn’t indicate? Review the color: pearled is light and hulled is medium brown. Then check the cooking instructions on the back: the cook time should indicate which type it is.

Or, you can use farro!

If you prefer, you can use farro instead! Farro is an ancient whole grain with a chewy texture very similar to barley. It cooks quicker than hulled barley, making it a favorite in our household. It’s also not gluten free because it’s made from wheat. But it’s very delicious and one of our favorite whole grains to cook.

Other ways to use farro? Make Farro with Herbs, Farro with Mushrooms & Parmesan, Instant Pot Farro or Farro & Brussels Sprouts Soup.

Vegan mushroom soup

Gluten free grains in vegan mushroom soup

Want to make this vegan mushroom soup into a gluten-free soup as well? The grains in this soup are not gluten free, but it’s easy to make with the following options:

  • White rice: Substitute it for the barley and cook until tender, about 15 minutes
  • Brown rice: Cook it in advance! It will soak up too much liquid to cook in the soup. Add it in Step 4 below and simmer 15 minutes.

Are there any substitutes for cashews?

Got a nut allergy? Unfortunately cashews are really magical when it comes to making a creamy body in vegan soups. We don’t have any great substitutes here (unless you want to try dairy!). However, one option to consider is canned white beans. There’s no need to soak: just substitute them in for the nuts in the final blending step. It won’t have nearly the richness and sweetness of the cashews, but beans do have thickening power.

Mushroom soup

What to serve with vegan mushroom soup

Want to make this vegan soup into a full meal? Throw together one of these vegan side dishes while the meal cooks:

This vegan mushroom soup recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based and dairy-free. For gluten-free, use white or brown rice.

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Vegan mushroom soup

Vegan Mushroom Soup


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This vegan mushroom soup is delightfully creamy and hearty, featuring loads of veggies and hearty whole grains


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 celery ribs
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 pound mushrooms: cremini* (aka baby bella) or a mix of baby bella and shiitake
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dry pearled barley or farro (make sure it is pearled*), or white rice for gluten free**
  • 1 teaspoon each garlic powder and dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon each dried oregano and dried dill
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt +1/4 teaspoon
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or smoked shoyu), or more salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Place the cashews in a bowl and cover them with water. Leave them to soak while you make the recipe.
  2. Dice the onion. Thinly slice the celery. Peel and dice the carrots. Clean the mushrooms and slice them (if you’re using shiitake, make sure to remove the tough stems). Mince the garlic.
  3. Add the olive oil to a Dutch oven or soup pot. Add the onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes until lightly browned. Add mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, barley, spices, kosher salt, and black pepper. Bring to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes until the barley or farro is tender, stirring occasionally.
  5. Using a liquid cup measure, carefully remove 2 cups of the hot soup (including broth, veggies and barley) to a blender. Drain the cashews and add them to the blender, along with the cornstarch and soy sauce. Blend on high for about 1 minute until creamy. Then pour the creamy mixture back into the soup and simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes until thickened.
  6. Enjoy warm. Stores refrigerated for 3 days.

Notes

*Pearled barley cooks in about 20 minutes, whereas hulled barley cooks in about 50 to 55 minutes. The hulled barley has just the outer hull removed, whereas pearled also has the outer husk and bran layer removed, similar to the difference between white rice and brown rice. Check the package cook time to determine the difference if the package is not marked. 

**For gluten free, substitute white rice for the barley. You can also substitute brown rice, but cook it separately and add to the soup. In both cases, you can reduce the cook time in Step 4 to about 15 minutes. 

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Soup

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Spring Pea Soup with Fresh Herbs

This Spring Pea Soup with Fresh Herbs finished with a lemony yogurt topping is pretty effortless, but it tastes like a million bucks! Spring Pea Soup with Fresh Herbs The bright green color of this Spring Pea and Fresh Herbs Soup is lovely. It will fade a little if you save the soup for the […]

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This Spring Pea Soup with Fresh Herbs finished with a lemony yogurt topping is pretty effortless, but it tastes like a million bucks!

Spring Pea and Fresh Herbs Soup in bowls.
Spring Pea Soup with Fresh Herbs

The bright green color of this Spring Pea and Fresh Herbs Soup is lovely. It will fade a little if you save the soup for the next day, but what you trade off in color, you gain in even deeper flavor that comes from the ingredients melding together. The lemony yogurt topping is cool and creamy and brightens up the dish. For more of my favorite pureed soups, try this Cream of Asparagus Leek Soup with Crème Fraiche and Cream of Zucchini Soup.

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Low Carb Zuppa Toscana

Low Carb Zuppa Toscana is packed with sausage, cauliflower, and kale for a lower-carb version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup. This twist on the classic is one you’ll want to make over and over!  There are quite a few recipes that I love, but I only make for myself because Eric & Elle aren’t …

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Low Carb Zuppa Toscana is packed with sausage, cauliflower, and kale for a lower-carb version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup. This twist on the classic is one you’ll want to make over and over! 

Low carb zuppa toscana in a gray bowl with salt and red pepper flakes in the background

There are quite a few recipes that I love, but I only make for myself because Eric & Elle aren’t really the biggest fans, and this Low Carb Zuppa Toscana is one of those recipes. Neither of them are cauliflower lovers, but it just so happens to be one of my faves.

I’ve been super into Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana for years and back when I taught school, I’d eat it for lunch multiple times a week because Olive Garden is just around the corner.

The great thing about this Low Carb Zuppa Toscana is that it is super versatile. You can use hot sausage instead of sweet, baby spinach instead of kale and cauliflower instead of potatoes.

I love making a batch of this on the weekend, so I can eat it for lunch all week long.

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Easy Taco Soup

Everyone loves this easy taco soup recipe! It’s full of flavor and quick to whip up, topped with all your favorite taco toppings. If you love tacos and you love soup…well, taco soup is a no brainer! It’s a Tex Mex invention like taco salad, basically a mashup between a Mexican tortilla soup and American chili. Each bowl is warming, savory and smoky, and a cozy canvas for toppings like sour cream and crushed tortilla chips. The best part: it’s done in 30 minutes and customizable for eaters of any diet! This makes it endlessly versatile and an ideal weeknight meal. This easy taco soup recipe was a hit in our house: and we hope it will be in yours, too! Let’s get cooking. Ingredients in this easy taco soup There’s nothing traditionally Mexican about taco soup: in fact, it’s a Tex Mex invention: chili meets tortilla soup. In fact, it’s closer to chili than anything: it’s just more aggressively taco-spiced. For this recipe, we put a spin on our tortilla soup to add “taco meat” and more taco seasonings. Here are the basic building blocks of this easy taco soup recipe: Taco meat: You can use either plant-based veggie crumbles […]

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Everyone loves this easy taco soup recipe! It’s full of flavor and quick to whip up, topped with all your favorite taco toppings.

Taco soup

If you love tacos and you love soup…well, taco soup is a no brainer! It’s a Tex Mex invention like taco salad, basically a mashup between a Mexican tortilla soup and American chili. Each bowl is warming, savory and smoky, and a cozy canvas for toppings like sour cream and crushed tortilla chips. The best part: it’s done in 30 minutes and customizable for eaters of any diet! This makes it endlessly versatile and an ideal weeknight meal. This easy taco soup recipe was a hit in our house: and we hope it will be in yours, too! Let’s get cooking.

Ingredients in this easy taco soup

There’s nothing traditionally Mexican about taco soup: in fact, it’s a Tex Mex invention: chili meets tortilla soup. In fact, it’s closer to chili than anything: it’s just more aggressively taco-spiced. For this recipe, we put a spin on our tortilla soup to add “taco meat” and more taco seasonings. Here are the basic building blocks of this easy taco soup recipe:

  • Taco meat: You can use either plant-based veggie crumbles or ground beef for meat lovers. This makes it work for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or meat-eating diets (see below).
  • Onion, bell pepper and garlic: This mix of fresh veggies hits the spot
  • Beans and corn: We like a mix of black beans and pinto beans
  • Canned tomatoes: Fire-roasted tomatoes have the best flavor, but use whatever you can find
  • Taco seasonings: Use a mix of cumin, oregano, garlic powder, and cumin
  • Adobo sauce: This smoky sauce from inside a can of chipotle peppers is the magic ingredient (see below).
Easy taco soup recipe

Taco soup for any diet: use veggie crumbles or beef!

These days, families are balancing lots of different eating styles at a single table. So we’ve started to make our recipes versatile for many different diets. This easy taco soup recipe works with meat or for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Use plant-based crumbles. These days there are lots of vegan meat substitutes at the grocery store: and many are less processed than in the past. But be picky when you’re at the store: look for veggie crumbles with a short ingredient list and whole food ingredients. Also, experiment with brands to find a texture you like. So far, we’ve liked Beyond Meat crumbles best: they’re made of pea protein and have a meat-like texture.
  • Or, use ground beef. You can simply swap in 1pound ground beef in this recipe. Cook it before you start and drain it.

Other recipes where we use this customizable approach? Try our Quick Chili, Sheet Pan Nachos, and Taco Salad.

Adobo sauce adds smoky flavor and body

The flavor secret to this taco soup recipe? Adobo sauce! This magic ingredient brings nuance, body and a lightly smoky flavor to the broth. We use this trick all the time, and it’s especially helpful in adding flavor to vegan and vegetarian recipes. Here are a few notes on what to look for at the store if you haven’t worked with this ingredient:

  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are easy to find at most grocery stores near the Mexican products. The can includes chipotle chiles: smoked and dried jalapeños that are rehydrated and canned, and adobo sauce, a purée of tomato, vinegar, garlic, and other spices.
  • You’ll use the sauce, not the chipotle peppers. Use a spoon to remove the adobo sauce from the can, working around the hot peppers.
  • The quantity below adds a moderate level of spice to the soup. It’s not ultra spicy. You can add more to taste!
  • What to do with the leftovers? Refrigerate or freeze the remainder, and use it for more adobo sauce recipes, like vegetarian fajitas or enchilada sauce.
Taco soup recipe

Taco soup toppings

Just like chili, the best part of taco soup is the toppings! It tastes great as is, but even better dressed up with garnishes. The taco soup is plant-based and vegan without the garnishes, so for a vegan meal simply add plant-based toppings. The first four are required toppings in our mind, then we’ve got some optional ideas:

What would you add to your taco soup? Let us know if you try the recipe below and what you think!

Taco soup

This taco soup recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Taco soup

Easy Taco Soup Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Everyone loves this easy taco soup recipe! It’s full of flavor and quick to whip up, topped with all your favorite taco toppings.


Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 4 medium garlic cloves
  • 15-ounce can black beans
  • 15-ounce can pinto beans
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups (10 to 12 ounces) plant-based crumbles* (or 1 pound cooked and drained ground beef)
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes, fire roasted if possible
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons adobo sauce (from 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
  • 1 quart (4 cups) vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon each dried oregano and cumin
  • 1 teaspoon each garlic and onion powder
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • Toppings: shredded cheese (optional), sour cream (or cashew cream), hot sauce, sliced avocado or pickled jalapenos (optional), crushed tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Dice the onion. Dice the green pepper. Mince the garlic. Drain and rinse the beans.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and green pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. 
  3. Stir in the veggie crumbles (or ground beef) for 1 minute. Then add the tomatoes, beans, corn, adobo sauce, broth, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and kosher salt. Bring to a simmer, then simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and add additional adobo sauce or kosher salt if desired.
  4. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and allow to cool to warm. Top with cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, and crushed tortilla chips.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Soup

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More favorite soup recipes

Soup is always a winning dinner idea: most of the time it’s easy, healthy, and delicious! Here are a few soup recipes to try:

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Cheeseburger Soup with Hamburger Bun Croutons

Cheeseburger Soup is creamy, cheesy, and a comforting weeknight dinner! Top with pickle relish, diced tomato, and easy hamburger bun croutons to round out all the cheeseburger flavors. I go in serious phases with cheeseburgers. Some months I crave them constantly and then I won’t consume one for ages. While I love a juicy homemade …

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Cheeseburger Soup is creamy, cheesy, and a comforting weeknight dinner! Top with pickle relish, diced tomato, and easy hamburger bun croutons to round out all the cheeseburger flavors.

Bowl of cheeseburger soup topped with croutons, diced tomatoes and pickle relish

I go in serious phases with cheeseburgers. Some months I crave them constantly and then I won’t consume one for ages.

While I love a juicy homemade burger on the grill, your girl also loves a Whopper with cheese from Burger King with a side of onion rings. It’s a fast food guilty pleasure of mine that’s right up there with a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish and fries.

I’ve been on a bit of burger kick, but also a soup kick, so I thought why not combine both of those into a delicious Cheeseburger Soup recipe complete with hamburger bun croutons!

Cheeseburger soup ingredients on a gray counter

MY FAVORITE CHEESEBURGER SOUP RECIPE

I’ve seen and made a number of cheeseburger soup recipes, but I didn’t love any of them. So I took matters into my own hands and came up with my own.

Like most of the recipes out there, my version still has potatoes and carrots in the base, along with the ground beef.

Cooked ground beef, onions and garlic in a cast iron dutch oven

To up the cheeseburger factor, I added some seasoned salt while cooking the beef, which is something I often do when making burgers. I also added some cooked bacon (who doesn’t love a bacon cheeseburger?) and dill for some of that pickle flavor.

Another thing I didn’t love about most of the versions I’ve seen is that they require you to make a separate cheese sauce that you stir into the soup at the end. 

Wooden spoon stirring cheeseburger soup base in a dutch oven

If I’m going to make soup, I want to make it all in one pot. So I tweaked the method so you can make it all in one pot, no separate cheese sauce needed!

The final version of my Cheeseburger Soup is thick and creamy, super cheesy, and when topped with pickle relish, diced tomatoes (if you like them), and hamburger bun croutons, is a fun take on a cheeseburger.

Wooden spoon stirring cheeseburger soup before it has thickened

HOW TO MAKE CHEESEBURGER SOUP

To make this soup, start by browning ground beef with the seasonings in a large dutch oven, adding diced onion and garlic halfway through cooking. If your beef has a high fat content, you may need to strain off the fat after cooking.

Sprinkle in the flour and stir to combine. This in place of making a traditional roux like you’d make for making baked macaroni and cheese. Whisk in ½ cup of milk and whisk until thickened. 

To make this soup super creamy, like my broccoli and cheese soup and loaded baked potato soup recipes, I like to use Velveeta. Add the Velveeta now and stir until melted and combined.

Overhead view of cheeseburger soup in a cast iron dutch oven next to a bowl of hamburger bun croutons

Whisk in beef or chicken stock – whichever you prefer or have on hand – and bring the soup to a simmer. Add the carrots and potato and cook until the vegetables are softened but still hold their shape.

Tip: If you want to skip peeling and dicing or grating the vegetables, you can purchase grated carrots and use a few cups of diced or shredded hash brown potatoes. 

A few minutes before serving, stir in the bacon and dill. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes before serving.

Ladle holding up a spoonful of cheeseburger soup

HOW TO MAKE HAMBURGER BUN CROUTONS

If you ask me, the hamburger bun croutons are what really make this soup. It’s delicious without them, but it’s REALLY good with them.

You’ll only need 3 things to make these croutons:

  • Cubed sesame-topped hamburger buns
  • Olive oil or melted butter
  • Seasoned salt
Drizzling olive oil over cubed hamburger buns in a glass bowl

I like to use the seasoned salt on the croutons because it’s what we used in the soup itself. Toss the cubed buns with the oil or butter and a heavy pinch of the salt.

Spread the buns into an even layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, stirring them halfway through.

The croutons are done when they’re nice and golden. As they cool, they’ll get even more crisp. 

If you love pickles on your burgers, make sure to pair the croutons with sweet or dill pickle relish on top of the soup. You can also top it with some diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, or additional crumbled bacon.

Overhead view of cheeseburger soup topped with croutons and pickles in a white bowl

CAN YOU FREEZE THIS SOUP?

Soups that have a lot of milk in them don’t always freeze well because they can separate after thawing.

Because I tweaked this recipe to use mostly stock as the liquid and it uses Velveeta as the cheese, it should freeze pretty well. Make sure to put the cooled soup in an airtight freezer-safe container and thaw in the fridge before reheating.

White bowl filled with cheeseburger soup topped with relish, tomatoes and croutons
White bowl filled with cheeseburger soup topped with relish, tomatoes and croutons

Cheeseburger Soup

Yield: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Cheeseburger Soup is creamy, cheesy, and a comforting weeknight dinner! Top with pickle relish, diced tomato, and easy hamburger bun croutons to round out all the cheeseburger flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced or grated
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 16 ounces Velveeta, cubed into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 (32-ounce) carton beef or chicken stock
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 ounces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced dill or 2 tablespoons dried dill

For the croutons:

  • 2 sesame-topped hamburger buns, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or melted butter
  • Heavy pinch of seasoned salt

For garnish:

  • Hamburger bun croutons
  • Sweet or dill pickle relish
  • Fresh diced tomatoes
  • Shredded cheese
  • Cooked and crumbled bacon

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown ground beef with the seasoned salt and black pepper. Add onion and garlic to beef halfway through cooking. 
  2. If needed, strain fat from the meat. Return meat to the pot, then sprinkle in flour and stir to combine.
  3. Whisk in the milk and continue to whisk until thickened.
  4. Add the Velveeta in batches and whisk into meat, milk and flour mixture until melted and combined. 
  5. Once all the cheese is melted and combined, add the beef or chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add the carrots and potato and simmer until the vegetables are soft but still hold their shape, about 15-20 minutes. 
  6. 5-10 minutes before serving, add the bacon and fresh or dried dill. Stir to combine and continue to let simmer.
  7. To make the hamburger bun croutons: Preheat oven to 375℉. Toss cubed hamburger buns with the olive oil or melted butter and a heavy pinch of seasoned salt. Spread evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, stirring halfway through, until croutons are golden brown.
  8. Serve the soup with hamburger bun croutons, relish, and diced tomato as desired.
Nutrition Information
Yield 10
Amount Per Serving Calories 494Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 100mgSodium 1231mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 2gSugar 7gProtein 30g

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Creamy Tortellini Soup

This 5-star tortellini soup is lusciously creamy! It’s easy and under 30 minutes, with big flavor from tomatoes, spinach, and Parmesan. Here’s a soup that will make people come flocking and might result in a few marriage proposals: this creamy tortellini soup! This is one for the books. You can make it in under 30 minutes, and the flavor that results is simply killer. Tomatoes, basil, Parmesan and cream make a lusciously flavored broth that floats with doughy orbs of tortellini. In fact, we put down our spoons in amazement at first bite. Then I made a mental note to put it on the regular rotation…stat. Ingredients in tortellini soup There are many ways to make a tortellini soup. A traditional Italian way to serve it is called tortellini en brodo, where the filled pasta floats in a simple broth. For our spin, we went for a tomato-basil-meets-tortellini vibe, where a creamy tomato broth provides the backdrop for the delightful doughy pasta. Here’s what you’ll need for this Italian soup: Tortellini Onion and garlic Crushed fire roasted tomatoes: Fire roasted is key! See the section below. Tomato paste Vegetable broth Olive oil and salt Dried oregano and dried basil Spinach […]

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This 5-star tortellini soup is lusciously creamy! It’s easy and under 30 minutes, with big flavor from tomatoes, spinach, and Parmesan.

Creamy Tortellini Soup

Here’s a soup that will make people come flocking and might result in a few marriage proposals: this creamy tortellini soup! This is one for the books. You can make it in under 30 minutes, and the flavor that results is simply killer. Tomatoes, basil, Parmesan and cream make a lusciously flavored broth that floats with doughy orbs of tortellini. In fact, we put down our spoons in amazement at first bite. Then I made a mental note to put it on the regular rotation…stat.

Ingredients in tortellini soup

There are many ways to make a tortellini soup. A traditional Italian way to serve it is called tortellini en brodo, where the filled pasta floats in a simple broth. For our spin, we went for a tomato-basil-meets-tortellini vibe, where a creamy tomato broth provides the backdrop for the delightful doughy pasta. Here’s what you’ll need for this Italian soup:

  • Tortellini
  • Onion and garlic
  • Crushed fire roasted tomatoes: Fire roasted is key! See the section below.
  • Tomato paste
  • Vegetable broth
  • Olive oil and salt
  • Dried oregano and dried basil
  • Spinach
  • Fresh basil
  • Heavy cream or substitute whole milk
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
Tortellini soup

Find fire roasted tomatoes if you can!

Fire roasted tomatoes are key to getting just the right flavor in this tortellini soup. If you’ve been around for a while, you know we cook with them often. What are they and why are they so special?

  • Fire roasted tomatoes are a type of canned tomato that’s cooked over an open flame before canning. It makes the flavor beautifully sweet out of the can, instead of acidic like many canned tomato varieties. It’s a cooking method, not a brand!
  • Where to get them? This type of tomatoes are becoming pretty easy to find in grocery stores in the US; they’re sold by several brands. Look in the canned tomatoes section.
  • What if you can’t find them? Substitute the best quality canned tomatoes you can find.

What makes it a creamy tortellini soup…and a substitute

Our recipes are generally on the healthy side, so you won’t often see us cooking with heavy cream. But there are always exceptions, right? And this creamy tortellini soup is one of them. Why cook with cream here? It adds an intense richness, depth, and body of the soup that just can’t be replicated by 2% milk. Worried about using cream, though?

You can use whole milk or half and half instead as a substitute! How do they compare? Well, heavy cream is 36% milkfat, whereas half and half is 10% and whole milk is 3%. So these types of dairy have significantly less fat than heavy cream. Pick whatever seems right for you!

Tortellini soup

Tortellini soup variations for any diet: vegetarian, vegan & more

This recipe is a vegetarian tortellini soup: assuming you use tortellini with no meat! It’s one of those recipes you wouldn’t think of being vegetarian…because it’s so packed with flavor. People of any diet love this one (promise!). You can also make it vegan, or add Italian sausage for meat eaters. Here are a few options:

  • Vegetarian tortellini soup: This is already vegetarian: just use a cheese or spinach ravioli!
  • Vegan tortellini soup: Buy vegan tortellini: there are some great brands out there these days! Then substitute Cashew Cream for the heavy cream and Parmesan.
  • Gluten free tortellini soup: Use gluten free tortellini. Again, there are some great options out there these days.
  • Sausage tortellini soup: Cook 1 pound Italian sausage in the pan until browned, about 3 minutes, draining the fat as necessary. Then make the remaining soup, using slightly less salt.

Let us know your favorite gluten free or vegan tortellini brands in the comments below! We’d love to know your recommendations.

Tortellini soup

Make it a meal: side ideas!

This tortellini soup is delicious and satisfying, but not quite filling enough on its own to be a meal. We’d suggest pairing it with a salad or grilled cheese to make a full meal. Here are some ideas:

Storage, reheating and make ahead tips

This tortellini soup is best hot from the stove! But if you have leftovers or want to make it ahead, we’ve got some tips.

  • Store leftovers refrigerated, noting that the pasta soaks up the broth. The pasta soaks up even more of the broth when you refrigerate, so it can become very thick. You may want to add a splash of water when reheating.
  • Make the soup ahead without the tortellini. If you make it ahead, make it without the tortellini and refrigerate. Then heat it up and cook the tortellini right before serving. 

This tortellini soup recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free or vegan, see variations above.

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Tortellini soup

Creamy Tortellini Soup (30 minutes!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This 5-star tortellini soup is lusciously creamy! It’s easy and under 30 minutes, with big flavor from tomatoes, spinach, and Parmesan.


Ingredients

  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 28-ounce fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon each dried oregano and dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 4 cups baby spinach (or chopped standard spinach), packed
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves (about 6 to 8 large leaves)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or half and half or whole milk)*
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 to 16 ounces frozen or refrigerated tortellini, any flavor

Instructions

  1. Dice the onion. Mince the garlic.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for about 5 to 6 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds more. 
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, herbs and kosher salt. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 8 minutes. 
  4. Stir in the spinach, basil leaves, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Bring to simmer and add the tortellini. Cook according to the package instructions: about 2 to 3 minutes for refrigerated and 3 to 5 minutes for frozen. Taste and add additional salt as desired (we added another 1/4 teaspoon). Serve immediately.
  5. Make ahead and storage: Store leftovers refrigerated. The pasta does soak up quite a bit of the broth, so you may want to add a splash of water when reheating. If you make it ahead, we recommend making the soup without the tortellini; then heat it up and cook the pasta right before serving. 

Notes

*Vegan variation: use vegan tortellini and substitute 1/2 cup Cashew Cream for the heavy cream and Parmesan, adding more to taste as desired.

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian inspired

Keywords: Tortellini soup, creamy tortellini soup

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Creamy Chicken and Orzo Soup

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Creamy Chicken and Orzo Soup

This creamy chicken and orzo soup is like a hug in a bowl. Creamy chicken soup with orzo pasta and parmesan. Delicious and comforting!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 parmesan cheese rind
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, plus more for topping
  • parmesan cheese, for topping
  • lemon wedges, for spritzing

Instructions

  • Heat the butter in a large stock pot over medium-low heat. Add in the onion, carrots, celery and garlic with a big pinch of salt and pepper - I’d say at least ½ teaspoon salt and pepper to start. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften. Stir in the garlic cloves and poultry seasoning. Stir in the shredded chicken.
  • Add in the chicken stock and the parmesan rind. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Stir in the orzo pasta. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the orzo is al dente, about 8 minutes.
  • In a shaker bottle even a bowl, shake (or whisk) together the milk and flour to form a slurry. Pour this into the soup and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and pepper as needed. If the parmesan rind didn’t melt entirely, you can scoop it out at this point. Stir in the fresh parsley.
  • Serve immediately with a lemon wedge for sprinkling, parmesan cheese for topping and parsley sprinkled on top.
  • Note: if you want to prep this for meals ahead of time, or want to have it for leftovers, I suggest cooking the orzo separately as it will soak up most of the broth as it sits overnight. Combine the soup and orzo and reheat to enjoy!

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