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Creamy Vegetable Soup

This creamy vegetable soup is very simple, but it’s hearty and full of vegetables. Unlike a cream-based soup, the broth is lighter, with just enough milk added to give it a light creamy flavor and texture. This recipe is the one my mom made for us growing up and it’s still one of my favorite vegetable soup recipes to make.

close-up photo of a spoonful of creamy vegetable soup

A lot of my recipes are inspired by the ones my mom made for us growing up and this creamy vegetable soup is one of my favorites. It has lots of vegetables, a light broth and a touch of creaminess from some milk that is added at the end of the cooking time. I like to make this soup when it’s cold or when I’m feeling under the weather. It’s always comforting and delicious.

It’s not a heavy soup like other creamy soups that are made with flour and cream to thicken the broth and I think that’s what I like best about it. It’s nice as a light lunch or dinner with some bread on the side. It’s also very easy to make.

photo of chopped vegetables on a cutting board

Ingredients

  • Chicken broth
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Cabbage
  • Green Beans
  • Whole milk

You want to make sure all of the vegetables are cut into a similar size so they cook evenly.

overhead photo of a simmering pot with vegetables

All you do is add all of the vegetables and chicken broth in a large pot. Bring it to a simmer, cover the pot, and let the vegetables cook in the broth until they’re tender.

I like to keep the lid slightly askew on the pot so it doesn’t boil over. Once the vegetables are tender add the milk and stir to combine.

photo of the milk being poured into the pot of soup

What kinds of potatoes are best for soup?

I prefer a waxy potato for soup because they keep their shape better as they simmer. Yukon golds are a good choice. Starchier potatoes, like russets, tend to break down when they’re simmered so I would avoid those.

overhead photo of a pot of creamy vegetable soup

Can I use a different kind of milk?

I think whole milk is best for this vegetable soup because it has a higher fat content but isn’t as thick or rich as cream. If you use 2% or fat-free milk you’ll miss out on the creaminess, so I wouldn’t use those. I haven’t tested this recipe with non-dairy milk so if you try it please let me know how you liked it in the comments.

Can this vegetable soup be made ahead?

Yes, you can make this soup ahead if you leave out the milk. So, simmer the vegetables until they are tender and then store the soup in an airtight container. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days or you can freeze the soup for up to three months.

When you are ready to reheat the soup, bring it to a simmer and then add the milk before you serve it.

photo of a bowl of creamy vegetable soup

More Homemade Soup Recipes

photo of a bowl of soup with a spoon

Mom’s Creamy Vegetable Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
This is a soup we ate often growing up. It’s loaded with fresh vegetables and some milk added at the end of the cooking time adds a lot creaminess.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 potatoes cubed
  • 2 carrots cubed
  • 1/2 brown onion diced
  • 1/4 head of cabbage diced
  • 1/2 cup green beans cut into similar length of other ingredients
  • 1 cup whole milk

Instructions

  • In a large pot, add chicken broth, potatoes, carrots and onions. Bring to medium boil and then simmer for several minutes until vegetables are tender. Put the lid on to keep the soup from evaporating, but keep the lid slightly ajar so that the broth does not boil over.
  • Add in cabbage and green beans and cook a few more minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. At the very end, add in the milk. Bring to a low boil and then turn off heat. Serve immediately.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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108 comments on “Creamy Vegetable Soup”

  1. We don’t have any dairy-related family recipes, but I have started a new thing with my daughter. We like making homemade ice cream – from both the David Lebovitz cookbook and Jeni’s at Home ones. Our favorite flavors are cookies and cream and mint chocolate chip!

  2. cheesecake!! my family’s favorite go-to dessert for holidays!

  3. My dad’s side of the family is Italian and he always made great lasagna and baked ziti dishes for our occasions. I now make these dishes because they are delicious and feed a lot of people.

  4. My Mom made the best Hush Puppies when I was growing up. She got the recipe from her Mom, and I also made them when I was growing up, and now make them with my daughter! We use buttermilk in my Hush Puppies!

  5. we love this recipe. my mom made this as a kid and now I make it for my kids. so good. https://allrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-pot-pie-ix/

  6. We always made homemade ice cream shakes in the summer on Sundays after church. 

  7. tweet https://twitter.com/groogruxking40/status/605853392439635968 

  8. We love to make homemade potato and cheese pierogies in our family. It is a family tradition that we make every holiday, and has been passed down for so many years. Always brings back so many memories too.

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  10. My mom used to make a cheesy chicken casserole growing up during my childhood. I swear that was the only thing she knew to make!

  11. My mom is lactose-intolerant so even when she made things from scratch, they didn’t include dairy. My dad was a lazy cook, so on nights when mom was working, he browned some turkey, melted cheese into gravy and added canned mushrooms. The one time he tried to make it from scratch. he used powdered sugar instead of flour in the gravy. The weird thing is he ate it.

  12. This recipe celebrates our love for dairy and includes cows milk and cheese. We found it online and we love to have it on Sunday mornings a few times a month. These breakfast meals are meaningful to us because we enjoy a wonderful meal together and great family time. bacon and eggs casserole recipe
    Ingredients
    4 bacon strips
    18 eggs
    1 cup milk
    1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
    1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
    1/4 cup sliced green onions
    1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    Directions
    In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towel to drain.
    In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk, cheese, sour cream, onions, salt and pepper.
    Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Crumble bacon and sprinkle on top. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes. Yield: 8-10 servings.

  13. Put milk and chopped pieces of honeydew into the blender, mix until very smooth.
    Chill in the frig, serve with some small chopped pieces of honeydew. This makes
    a very good desert for the hot summer.

  14. My mom’s turkey meat lasagna is a recipe that we’ve enjoyed for years. When I got married, she included the recipe in a box for me to try out in my new home. 

  15. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/606196776819937280

  16. My mom makes a yule cake every Christmas with a chocolate frosting that uses a lot of butter.

  17. My favorite recipe is buttermilk pancakes

  18. One of our family favorite recipes is stuffed pasta shells. I got this recipe clear back in high school in a food service class and to this day the whole family still makes them.
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  19. I make a cake with a cream puff crust, pudding and cream cheese filling and whipped topping. Everyone wants it for their birthdays

  20. I LOVE collecting cookbooks and subscribe to so many blogs including yours!! I would love to make some of the recipes shown in the picures of the book!

  21. My family makes a noodle kugel recipe every year for the holidays. It is egg noodles, raisins, spices, and a whole bunch of cottage cheese! Sounds weird but it’s delicious and something I always crave come fall.

  22. My daughter and I love to make homemade pizza with lots of fresh mozzarella!  It is the best and so much fun being in the kitchen together!  For dessert we dip oreo’s in milk!

  23. I tweeted  https://twitter.com/keshakeke/status/606681669647659008

  24. Not really an official recipe – but I learned to make Chicago style pizzas – with extra extra cheese! My husband is from Chicago and I like making him something that reminds him of where he grew up.

  25. We always have sweet potato gratin for holiday get-together. It is a family tradition dish that has been passed down through the generations. I still remember being a little helper in the kitchen with my grandmother.
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  26. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/607012906413080576

  27. we love making cheesecake , my mom also used to make,it’s just like our family traditions

  28. tweeted https://twitter.com/joti67/status/607085121271767040

  29. A dish that has meaning for me is cauliflower au gratin. It was the first recipe I ever made by myself, and my parents loved it!

  30. A dish I have always loved was cheese stuffed Italian shells. My mom always used cottage cheese instead of ricotta. I liked it so much, I would request it for my birthday dinner as a kid!

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  31.  My Aunt make this decadent custard tart every year at our Christmas family gathering.  The silky custard is made with whole milks, eggs, sugar; all baked in a buttery crust.  I now make it for my kids from time to time at home.  It’s probably my favorite dessert to enjoy.
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  32. A recipe that has been passed down to me in my family is ham & cheese crepes, they are just so delicious and can be frozen!
    Recipe as follows
    • 2/3 cup cold water 
    • 2/3 cup plus 4 to 6 tablespoons cold milk, divided 
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
    • 2 eggs 
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted 
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt 

    • 1 to 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 
    • 8 thin slices deli ham 
    • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese 

    • •  In a blender, combine the water, 2/3 cup of milk, flour, eggs, butter and salt. Cover and process until smooth. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Add remaining milk if batter is too thick. 
    • •  Heat a lightly greased 8-in. nonstick skillet over medium heat; pour 3 tablespoons batter into the center of skillet. Lift and tilt pan to coat bottom evenly. Cook until top appears dry; turn and cook 15-20 seconds longer. Remove to a wire rack. Repeat with remaining batter, greasing skillet as needed. When cool, stack crepes with waxed paper or paper towels in between. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months. Yield: 16 crepes. 
    • •  To use frozen crepes: Thaw 8 crepes in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Spread each with mustard; top with a slice of ham and sprinkle with cheese. Roll up tightly. 
    • •  Place in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 10-14 minutes or until heated through.

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  34. We have a cream cheese pound cake recipe that has become a family standard and favorite. My dad was first to make it and I also make it on occasion. This super rich cake has a whopping 6 eggs in it and 2 full sticks of butter! As kids, my siblings and I loved this cake and now our chilren have grown to love it as well to the point that they fight over who’s going to get the last piece.

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  35. My peanut butter cheesecake is a hit every holiday season with my family; I always make it.

  36. This is a wonderful time of year for homemade Chocolate ice cream.

  37. I make my mom’s chocolate frosting for my cakes. I think it was her mom’s. Just so easy and tasty — and includes milk of course!!

  38. We’ve always made fritelle, which are Italian fried pizza pockets loaded with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. It’s been in our family for generations.

  39. When I was a kid, I used to help my grandma cook and bake a lot. I learned so much from her! One of her best, and my favorite, recipes was for her creamy wild rice soup. Heavy cream and milk made it so creamy and delicious!

  40. I would help my Mom would make tapioca pudding for us as a special treat and now I make that same recipe for my family.

  41. The recipes look good and the pictures are beautiful.

  42. I enjoy making homemade ice-cream for my family. It is our favorite dessert.

  43. Lasagna

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  44. My favorite would have to be my mom’s pumpkin cheesecake! She includes it at every holiday meal, and it is something everyone looks forward to.

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  46. I love Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Herbs, Cherry Tomatoes, and Fresh Mozzarella. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  47. My son’s favorite dessert is tapioca pudding.  When my mom made it for us long ago, she used the recipe right on the tapioca box and that’s what I use too.

  48. I have a delicious recipe for ham and potato soup that a friend gave to me. It is very easy and the great thing about it is that you can add additional ingredients, more ham, potatoes, etc and it still turns out great.

    Combine 3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes, 1/3 cup diced celery, 1/3 cup finely chopped onion, 3/4 cup diced cooked ham and 3 1/4 cups water in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules, salt and pepper to taste. In a separate saucepan, melt 5 tablespoons butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in 5 tablespoons all purpose flour with a fork, and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about 1 minute. Slowly stir in 2 cups milk as not to allow lumps. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir the milk mixture into the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately.

  49. I like to make creamy fennel soup that was passed down from my grandmother to mom to me!

  50. My dish would be lasagna with ricotta cheese. My grandma used to make this on special occasions like birthdays and holidays. Although she passed away 5 years ago, it reminds me so much of the great family celebrations we had with her when she still was alive. I still make her recipe on birthdays.

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  51. I like making enchiladas because of all the cheese I put in them.

  52. When I lived in Wisconsin, we visited the Wisconsin State Fair every year primarily for the cream puffs that were served in the dairy building.  Cream puffs filled with sweetened whipped cream, and dusted with confectioner’s sugar-simply the best!

  53. We love making Pimiento cheese dip. Every year when the family gets together someone from the family makes the dip and adds their special touch to it.

  54. Waffles are one of my favorite recipes to make (yes, with milk!). I started making waffles like this since I was in my teens and have loved it ever since.

  55. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/pixel_berry_pie/status/615267775079153664

  56. pizza with lots of different kinds of cheeses!

  57. We have a meal that is called white sauce meal that we have passed down through generations.

  58. I love dairy in anything! but my very favorite way to have it is in a milkshake!! Any and all flavors. I just LOVE milkshakes 🙂 this is special to me because it was always a special treat that my mom would make or that we’d get when we’d go out together 🙂

  59. Tweeted 🙂 – https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/615326678303182848

  60. I love to make homemade ice cream with cream and milk. Yummy! Thank you

  61. We love to make cheesecake and the recipe has been passed down from my great grand mother through the generations.

  62. For every special occasion my family requests my mini chocolate cheesecakes with cherries. I taught my daughter-in-law how to make them and now her family requests them also.

  63. I always look forward to special occasions when I can make my grandmother’s cheesecake recipe.

  64. my favorite dairy recipe that is passed down from my family is my grandma’s  creamy cottage cheese and we make this every fourth of July for breakfast.

  65. We love to make homemade cheesecake my grandmother used to make and pass it on to us

  66. My cajun chicken pasta is my favorite and it started with me and will definitely be handed down

  67. One must try Mom’s Sweet Vidalia Onion Pie!

  68. It seems *I* am the one who started this tradition…one year I made a cherry cheese pie for Thanksgiving, and it was so good that now it is a MUST have very year!

  69. It’s always tradition for thanksgiving for my grandmother to prepare homemade macaroni and cheese using different cheeses shredded and grated and milk

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  70.  https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/615719728527593472

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  71. We always make buffalo chicken dip for our family parties.

  72. My wife’s grandmother makes a really good mexican hot chocolate aka champurrado, it’s tradition to have it during Christmas time

  73. My dad’s pancake recipe holds special meaning for me. It just reminds me of childhood. And it’s so buttery – yum!

  74. My mother’s homemade baked macaroni and cheese topped with whole plum tomatoes, which now is a family favorite.

  75. For the past 10 years, my partner and I have made homemade macaroni and cheese every Thanksgiving.  It is the only time we make it all year and we LOVE it and look forward to the whole process each fall.  

  76. I tweeted here:  https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/615979500057268224 

  77. My favorite love of dairy recipe is my crawfish potato soup with shredded cheese on top. My grandmother would make this all time to keep out the cold and now I make it all the time as it just tastes so good. 

  78. My favorite is a sour cream cheese potato casserole that my Grandmother cooked often. We still fix one every now and then.

  79. I always love to try new recipes

  80. one of my kids fav dishes is a taco dip made with cottage cheese and cream cheese , now they make it for there family

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