These easy creamy soups are sure to be new family favorites! There are a few classics, some internationally-inspired soups, and even several special diet-friendly dishes. Some feed a crowd, and other recipes yield just a couple servings. There really is something for everyone. And many of these creamy soup recipes take 30 minutes or less to make!
I love soup for so many reasons. A lot of people think of soup as a cold weather staple, but it's part of my year-round cooking repertoire.
There are so many reasons to enjoy soup!
Soup is a great clean-out-the-fridge meal to help use up whatever veggies, meat, etc. you have on hand.
Additionally, soup is an easy dish to pack with nutrition.
Also, it’s the perfect meal for when you want to feed a crowd or don’t know how many you have to feed.
Last but not least, soup is relatively cost effective if you’re cooking on a budget.
Bookmark this post if you're looking for inspiration for new creamy soups to try!
The Best Creamy Soups
Creamy soups are always a hit. Not only do they pack all the perks of soup in general, but they’re comfort food in soup form.
Who needs a carb-y bowl of mac and cheese when you can have Beer and Cheese Cauliflower Soup?
And if you’re trying to steer clear of fried foods, but love Buffalo wings, hello Buffalo Chicken Chowder.
Or if you want a detox-friendly, incredibly delicious soup that's a real crowd-pleaser (and pretty enough to entertain with), check out Roasted Carrot-Apple Soup with Paprika Brown Butter!
And that's just the tip of the iceberg! You can remake just about anything into soup. Share your favorite creamy soup recipes in the comments below.
With inspiration from both Thai Panang Curry and Middle Eastern red lentil soup, this is probably the most unique creamy soup I've ever had! The end result is a balanced Thai flavor profile with sweet, sour, salty, spicy, and umami components paired with the creaminess of red lentil soup, which is known as adas.
If you enjoy Thai flavors and are feeling adventurous, I highly recommend trying Panang Curry Red Lentil Soup!
This crowd-pleasing 30-minute Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup recipe is hearty and flavorful with bacon, sausage, potatoes, and kale. It makes 8 servings, which is good because leftovers are even better.
Save yourself a trip (and save money!), and make your favorite copycat Olive Garden soup at home!
This ultra-creamy Mushroom Soup is made without any cream or flour! Plus it's super quick and easy to make - ready in 30 minutes. You can add brown rice for nutrition and texture, and it make it a filling dish.
At first glance, this Roasted Red Pepper Soup looks like creamy tomato. However, with roasted red peppers, onion, garlic, and a couple fresh herbs the flavor profile is quite different!
You can use dairy-free cream cheese or regular cream cheese in this recipe. Don’t skip it because it adds creamy texture here, as well as a subtle tang.
I love pumpkin so much I have a can of it in my pantry at any given time, no matter what season it is. But this Easy Pumpkin Soup Recipe For One is the perfect way to use up the little bit of pumpkin at the bottom of the can when you’re making other things.
Richly spiced with complex savory flavor, you won’t believe that this recipe whips up in just 20 minutes from start to finish. And you can easily adjust the ingredient amounts to make a bigger batch because leftovers are delicious!
This Potato Leek Soup With White Cheddar is rich, velvety bliss. Leeks and garlic add depth of flavor and fresh thyme brightens it up. Have fun with it - customize the toppings to suit your taste!
This Creamy Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Kale is the perfect example of a nutritious, filling meal all in one pot! It features sausage, kale, and cheese tortellini in a creamy broth with a hint of marinara sauce and plenty of garlic and herbs.
And the best part is, you can make this 30-minute wonder in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop!
If you like the sandwich, you’ll love Creamy Reuben Soup!
This recipe is perfect for using leftover corned beef, but if you don’t have any on hand you can always pick some up from the deli counter. It’s loaded with vegetables (cabbage, onion, celery, and garlic), and a single potato lends body to the broth. A touch of a caraway seeds helps mimic the flavor of seeded rye bread that’s classic in the sandwich version of this dish.
Pro Tip: For the au gratin version, put the soup in a broiler-safe individual bowl and broil with Swiss cheese on top!
This Creamy Italian Quinoa Soup is not only delicious, but it’s also packed with protein, fiber and essential vitamins and antioxidants. Quinoa is the secret ingredient that bumps up the nutrition, and Italian seasonings and flavors like garlic, herbs, and Parmesan cheese take it over the top.
If you like Panera's version, you will love this easy homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe! Rich, creamy, and flavorful, it's everything you're looking for in broccoli cheddar soup. And it's gluten free and low carb because we use cream cheese as a thickener - there's no need for flour!
As a bonus, this recipe has instructions for both the stovetop and the Instant Pot.
Absolutely packed with flavor and nutrition, this Vegan Curried Coconut Corn Chowder is hearty and satisfying. Sweet potato adds earthy sweetness, and coconut milk lends rich creaminess while keeping the soup vegan.
If you're a mushroom lover, get ready for your new favorite soup. Wild Mushroom Soup is decadent, savory, and earthy. It's bright with fresh herbs, and rich with cream. And it takes less than 30 minutes to make!
The trick to a really good mushroom soup is variety. In this recipe, you'll start by sautéeing different kinds of mushrooms, before simmering them with broth and herbs and finishing it all off with a good dose of cream.
You don't need fresh corn to make a beautiful corn chowder! This Creamy Mexican Corn Chowder pairs frozen corn with onion, garlic, half and half, spices, and two kinds of cheese. Fresh lime juice and cilantro brighten it up!
If you're looking for a cozy meal, Tomato Soup is it! It's perfect for lunch with a grilled cheese, or as a first course for dinner. This quick and easy version has minimal prep time, very little cleanup, and cooks up quick and easy in the Instant Pot. And bonus, no sugar added!
Rich and earthy, this Hazelnut Soup is comfort in a bowl. With just 15 active minutes, this is a good weeknight-friendly first course or light dinner. The aroma of toasting hazelnuts is completely enticing!
Soups in general are a great way to get in a ton of vegetables. But this Irish Farmhouse Vegetable Soup is even better! Everything is blended into a smooth and creamy luscious soup.
I absolutely love the gorgeous green color of this creamy soup. Spinach White Bean Soup is hearty and satisfying! It's a great way to enjoy a savory, comforting meal while getting multiple servings of vegetables.
The base of this rich soup is caramelized onion, which lends a subtle sweetness and depth of flavor. The other simple flavors in this dish, such as garlic, thyme, and Emmental cheese, shine through.
Homemade croutons add great flavor and crunch to the dish, or serve it with Swiss cheese grilled cheese sandwiches.
Try Cream of Caramelized Onion and Cheese Chowder and you might find your new favorite creamy onion soup!
With tomato, carrot, onion, and garlic, this delicious Mediterranean Soup with Feta is nutrient-dense and aromatic. Basil, cream, and feta make it truly special!
Potato is the king of creamy soups! With minimal ingredients, time, and effort, this ultra-smooth and creamy 4-Ingredient Potato Soup basically makes itself. And there's a secret vegan ingredient to make it creamy, no coconut milk needed!
With the warm flavors of garlic, ginger, and a touch of cayenne pepper, this Creamy Sweet Potato Soup has a balanced flavor profile. It's rich, creamy, and silky smooth with no cream!
What to Serve with Creamy Soups
- Cheddar Scones Recipe with Fresh Dill
- Cornbread Muffins
- Savory Swiss Cheese and Thyme Scones
- No Knead Bread
- Easy Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread
This post was first published on An Edible Mosaic on April 15, 2019. I updated it with more information and new photos on November 8, 2022.