Cream Soup

The next time you want a particularly comforting soup, opt for one that's cream-based. These heavy soups aren't the best for a low-calorie diet, but they're perfect for warming you on a cold night. Depending on your tastes, a soup may be smooth and pureed, as in this creamy, classic potato and leek, or chunky like New England chowder, brimming with clams, corn and potatoes. Food & Wine's guide has plenty of creamy soups to try out this fall and winter.

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White Asparagus Soup with Pickled Ramps and Hazelnuts
André Mack's silky white asparagus soup is buttery and creamy with a mild sweetness from the asparagus and a touch of acidity from the pickled ramps that brightens the entire dish. Roasted hazelnuts and hazelnut oil lend a deliciously nutty body to the soup and make a beautiful garnish. If ramps are out of season, spring onions make a good substitute here. Straining the soup thoroughly is key to its final, silken texture. Winemaker and restaurateur André Mack serves this dish at & Sons, his ham and wine bar in Brooklyn. 
Sweet Potato–Coconut Soup with Thai Curry
Rating: Unrated 2
A trio of coconut—coconut oil, coconut milk and toasted coconut flakes—makes its way into this fragrant and lovely twist on a classic Thanksgiving soup from cookbook author Melissa Clark. Slideshow: More Sweet Potato Recipes 
Russian Potato Soup
Rating: Unrated 1
Often served chunky, a quick pulse in the blender turns this soup into a creamier soup.
Creamy Parsnip Soup with Pear and Walnuts
Rating: Unrated 1482
“I love that root vegetables are so rustic,” says chef Marcus Samuelsson about this earthy, Indian-spiced soup. “I add pear and walnuts for sophistication and crunch.” He says that if you can’t find sunchokes (also called Jerusalem artichokes), simply use all parsnips instead. The recipe is adapted from his book Marcus Off DutySlideshow:  More Soup Recipes 
Potato and Leek Soup
Rating: Unrated 2
Andrew Zimmern loves elegant chilled vichyssoise, but in the fall he prefers a heartier version of the classic French soup served hot with salad and crusty bread. Slideshow:  Warming Soups 
Velvety Onion Soup with Whipped Potato
Rating: Unrated 3601
Superior ingredients are essential in this soup, such as homemade chicken stock. Aged balsamic vinegar is worth the hefty price; only a few drops are used for each serving.Plus: More Soup Recipes and Tips
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Creamy Roasted Broccoli Soup
Rating: Unrated 3074
Roasting broccoli and garlic for this creamy, rich and very easy soup gives it a lot of additional flavor. Slideshow: More Warming Soups