No, vegan cream soup recipes are not just a wild fantasy. The recipes don’t contain any actual cream in the soup, but vegan ingredients are up to the challenge.
There are a few different methods to making a creamy soup, and I’ll go over the basics here so that you can create whatever specific vegan cream soup recipes you want.
There are 3 methods:
Method 1: Roux method
A traditional roux sauce is made with flour, butter and milk as its base. This is easily made vegan with either coconut or olive oil, and almond or rice milk. It can also be made healthier by using a whole grain flour rather than white. Although most recipes with the roux method are used for cream sauces, it’s also excellent as the base of a vegan soup.
To make a roux, heat a sauce pot and add equal parts oil and flour. Since this is for a soup, you’ll want to use a pot big enough to hold the amount of soup you want to make. Once this mixture has just started to brown, you then add liquid. You can use soup stock, nut/seed/grain milks or just water. Add enough liquid to get to the consistency you want for your vegan cream soup recipes.
Method 2: Whole grain method
I try to use whole foods whenever possible, so I often use whole grains rather than flour as a base for vegan cream soup recipes. Rice and millet are good choices, and are cooked by bringing to a boil 2 cups of lightly salted water for every cup of grain, then simmering until soft. Once cooked, puree it with soup stock, nut/seed/grain milk or water until you get the consistency you like.
Method 3: Vegetable method
Another whole food option for a creamy soup base is a starchy vegetable, like potatoes or sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have a dominant flavor, and I usually make a soup with just them and perhaps some red peppers. Potatoes are much more neutral, and so could be used as the base for any vegan cream soup recipes. Both sweet and regular potatoes just need to be cooked – boiled or roasted – and then pureed with stock, nut/seed/grain milk or water to the consistency you’re looking for.
Once you get to the consistency you’re looking for, the next step is to season. Salt is necessary, and black pepper never hurts. Nutritional yeast will add a bit of a cheesy flavor if that’s what you’re going for, and a pinch of nutmeg is usually used in cream-based sauces and soups, including vegan cream soup recipes.
From there, add the choice of vegetables, spices and herbs you want. You can use the same flavors as a traditional cream soup, or experiment with some new ideas for fun vegan recipes.
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Heather Nauta is a registered holistic nutritionist who teaches you how to live a healthy vegan/vegetarian lifestyle, including how to get proper nutrition, enough protein, vitamin b12 and other minerals, and how to make an amazing variety of simple, fast healthy recipes that taste incredible for you and your family.