Dairy Good Soups
Cold winds mixed with wintery precipitation equals hot soup for dinner at my house. If you live in Michigan (or anywhere in the upper Midwest), you know what I mean. A simmering pot of something hot and nourishing banishes the chill and instantly makes you feel better. To celebrate the start of soup season, here are some of our favorite and time-saving recipes for creamy, delicious bowls of comfort.
Warmly spiced and satisfying, Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup comes together fast thanks to canned cream-style corn. This underrated pantry staple combines kernels of whole sweet corn with the sweet milky pulp scrapped from the corn cob—lots of flavor and zero effort. Add chicken, seasonings and fire-roasted tomatoes along with two cups of milk plus two cups of cheese for great dairy flavor. The result is a not-to-be-missed soup.
Vastly improve long, chilly nights by serving this smooth, satisfying Cheddar Tomato Soup. It’s the perfect combination of herbed tomato soup with lots of melted cheddar cheese and milk stirred in for robust flavor and velvety texture. Add some crunchy raw vegetables, chunks of rustic bread and a glass of cold milk for a vegetarian meal. It also makes a great appetizer soup for more formal meals—just serve smaller portions.
If cream of broccoli or cream of cauliflower soups sound blah and boring, you’ve probably never made them from scratch. Try our Cream of Vegetable Soup. It uses frozen vegetables to speed preparation and a bit of fresh lemon peel to brighten the flavor. Creamy texture comes from the milk or half-and-half—choose half-and-half for a richer soup or milk for fewer calories. Once you taste this recipe, you’ll ban canned soups from your kitchen.
Craving chicken pot pie but don’t want to mess with making pastry? Prepare Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup. This one-pot feast starts with hunks of carrot, kernels of corn and bits of celery cooked in butter. Add broth and chunky wide egg noodles and simmer, then thicken the soup with a blend of milk and flour. Finally, finish it by stirring in shredded chicken and cream cheese. Store bought rotisserie chicken and purchased chicken broth are the huge time-saving tricks that makes this soup come together in just 30 minutes.
A family favorite, Cheesy Turkey Burger Chowder is a thick and hearty soup featuring lean, tender ground turkey, shredded carrots and diced potatoes in a warm and creamy cheese soup. Tomato paste and mustard in the soup along with a bit of dill pickle relish on the top add to the cheeseburger ambience.
Chase winter blahs away with hot soup loaded with luscious cheese and/or milk. Dairy products make these bowls of nutritious coziness taste indulgent. You’ll feel a little bit warmer, and the day will seem a bit brighter after enjoying them.