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It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like the tender croutons soup, especially if you bring the texture to a puree consistency. If you have never cooked such a dish, be sure to try one of the options. Its taste is striking in its softness and, at the same time, richness. Which recipe to start with is up to you.
Features of cream soup
Puree soup is an intermediate link between the first and second courses. It has a liquid, puree-like consistency due to the fact that all ingredients are crushed at the end of cooking. You can combine it with smoked meats, boiled meat, as well as whole vegetables and croutons.
Puree soup with croutons is the best gastronomic combination. In this way, you combine a semi-liquid dish with a delicate texture with a coarse solid product. At the same time, the crouton, getting into the soup, softens a little, and its taste enriches the dish itself.
Most of these recipes are based on the use of potatoes as the main product, which has a pleasant unobtrusive taste and, at the same time, due to the starch, allows you to thicken the mass.
At the same time, you can make soup without it, using peas similar in properties or compensating for the absence of starch with heavy cream and an egg. Mashed potatoes are prepared using a pusher, after draining the liquid for a while. You can use a hand blender or a strainer by rubbing vegetables through it.
Another pressing question: how to make delicious toast for the soup? They can be fried in a spiced pan or dried in the microwave. Usually bread is cut into small cubes or thin strips. You can also use whole slices or thin slices.
To add flavor to the breadcrumbs, they are sprinkled with oil in advance with the addition of spices and herbs. You can also use garlic juice.
If you think about it, almost any soup can be mashed with the right amount of liquid and solid ingredients. However, there is a certain set of products that can give the broth an amazing taste and, moreover, they go well with crunchy croutons. Each recipe can be changed arbitrarily depending on personal taste preferences and the availability of ingredients.
Some of the best soups are:
- potato with mushrooms and cream;
Potatoes with cream, mushrooms and chicken broth
The most popular and rich in taste is a recipe based on mushrooms and cream. You can even do without potatoes in it, but this way you get a more delicate texture and greater density due to starch.
First of all, you need to put the potatoes to boil. Be sure to peel it. Cutting into small pieces is optional, so you will be able to preserve the starch and pleasant crumbling of the product. Three large tubers are enough for a small saucepan.
Melt the butter in a saucepan. Throw in a small amount of chopped onions and some grated carrots, about 100 g each. Once the vegetables are soaked in oil, add the mushrooms (500 g), cut into slices, and fry until a pleasant color. As soon as the mushrooms give off flavor, fill them with chicken broth a little more than half the saucepan, cover and cook.
There should be a lot of champignons. After a couple of minutes, you can add potatoes. Puree the whole mass, season and add cream to the desired consistency. As soon as your mashed potato and mushroom soup thickens, you can serve it with croutons and a slice of fresh champignon.
Potatoes with vegetables
Easier to perform - soup with vegetables and croutons. This recipe can be arbitrary, as you can add almost any vegetables. First of all, you need to put a portion of potatoes on the fire. Salt the water immediately.
As soon as it is half softened, add vegetables to the broth, for example:
- cauliflower and broccoli;
Green peas will give the dish a light pea flavor and a pleasant shade. The liquid should cover the vegetables to the top. As soon as the potatoes are cooked, puree the mass and serve the soup on the table.
Pea soup is usually cooked thick with the addition of smoked meats. You can take a classic recipe as a basis and improve it by making mashed pea soup with croutons.
The peas must be soaked in advance, preferably overnight, by placing them in the refrigerator. You need to cook it taking into account that some of the liquid has already been absorbed. If you poured a glass of peas with two glasses of water, you need to add another 3-4 tbsp. liquids. The time is chosen arbitrarily, depending on the type of product and the degree of its readiness. Additionally, use potatoes to dilute the flavor and carrots.
After you turn the dish into mashed potatoes, it should be noted that after a while the pea soup will thicken. You can leave some of the broth for later, so that if necessary, there is something to dilute the soup.
With cheese and cream
A very tasty and tender dish - cheese soup with croutons. It is very simple to prepare it. You can take ordinary chicken soup as a basis. In this case, you should increase the amount of potatoes so that you can thicken the dish to the desired consistency.
In this case, it is better to put the chicken in hot water, since potato water plays an important role, but the meat will turn out to be soft and tender. If you want to focus on the rich broth, then put the breast in cold water. Throw in onions and carrots, as well as peppers and bay leaves.
After a while, remove the breast and spices. Add potatoes to the water, you can also put carrots and other vegetables in small quantities. As soon as all this is cooked, puree the mass with a blender. Leaving small pieces will only improve the dish.
Slowly pour in the cream (100 g per 2 L) and, stirring occasionally, put on low heat. To thicken the soup even more, beat in a couple of chicken eggs. The recipe for cheese croutons soup involves the use of processed cheese. For a small saucepan, 1-2 cheese curds are enough. To make them melt faster, it is better to grate them.
However, you can put them in chopped into pieces, but in this case you need to do this before processing with a blender. Serve the soup with a piece of chicken meat, croutons and grated hard cheese.
Each recipe is an explosion of flavor. Be sure to try each of these dishes, and it's easy to prepare!