Creamy Green Chile Soup {Vegetarian & Gluten Free!}

Last week it snowed! Hallelujah! Lately, I’ve been missing the white stuff, so I was more than excited to see it in the forecast even if it meant colder temperatures. And, we’re supposedly getting more this week! Yes! To be honest, I usually dislike the snow, but living in Oregon where temperatures are very mild in the winter makes a girl sort of miss it. Also, after getting a super warm snow suit for my little one in Canada and then bringing it back here, I was starting to have my doubts as to whether that was money well spent. Well, these past few days, I’ve put it to good use and we’ve been outside almost every day!

The first day when we got the big snow fall, we were out playing for a good two hours before we got cold enough to come inside. And once we did, I just wanted hot chocolate and a big bowl of delicious soup. So, that’s what happened. We snuggled by the fire, had our cocoa and watched The Little Mermaid while dinner simmered away on the stove. There’s just something so soothing and comforting about being cold and then coming inside and warming up with comfort staples, like soup. It’s pure magic. And, let me tell you, this soup is awesome. I LOVE IT. I saw a picture of a bowl of something as I was clicking away on Stumble Upon. {PS- are we stumbling buddies? Have you stumbled this yet? Check out that black bar across the top of the screen!} I didn’t know what it was, but it looked good. So I thought to myself ‘what could that have been’ and this is my interpretation of that photo. A delicious Creamy Green Chile Soup. A soup that isn’t spicy, but has that chile/southwestern taste.

As per usual, this soup uses common ingredients and doesn’t take you all day to make. I liked it plain the first night I made this. Then two days after when I had it again, I added in some cheese, tortilla chips and more cilantro. Oh mama, was it good. And, get this– my husband after one bite said “I think this is the best soup you’ve ever made!” Did your jaw hit the floor? Mine sure did! But then in typical girl fashion I thought “Wait, were all my other soups gross to you?” Haha. He just shook his head at me.

Moral of the story- you must I repeat MUST make this. I added in chicken for protein and flour to thicken the soup up, but if you exclude both those ingredients, then this easily becomes a Vegetarian and Gluten Free dish! Not too shabby. So grab a pot and whip up a double batch. Husbands everywhere will thank you!

Creamy Green Chile Soup
yield: 4-6 servings, depending on appetites
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Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 large ribs celery, diced
1-7 oz. can whole fire roasted green chiles, drained & diced
6 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
salt & pepper, to taste
2 large carrots, peeled and finely diced
1 cup frozen sweet corn
2 cups diced, roasted chicken {optional}
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup all purpose flour {optional}

toppings:
grated cheddar cheese
chopped cilantro
broken tortilla chips
etc.

Directions:
Heat large pot over medium heat. Melt butter and saute onions and celery until onions are translucent, 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and green chiles and saute 3 minutes. Pour in chicken broth, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and bring to boil. Cover pot with well fitting lid and reduce to simmer. Simmer soup 10-15 minutes and then remove from heat. Using an immersion blender, puree soup and return to heat. Stir in carrots and cook until softened, about 5 minutes {I cut mine pretty small}. Stir in corn and chicken.

Place flour into small bowl and slowly whisk in cream to prevent lumps. {If there seems to be lumps, you can always pour it through a strainer first!} Pour this mixture into hot soup and cook until it thickens slightly. Taste and readjust seasonings adding more salt and pepper, if needed.

Serve hot with any desired toppings.

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11 Responses to “Creamy Green Chile Soup {Vegetarian & Gluten Free!}”

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    cathyb.@brightbakes — February 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I’m loving the simple recipes for weeknights…This gets a slot this week, for sure! Anything that you can toss some tortilla chips and cheese on top of will be Mister-approved at this house :)
    love,
    cathy b.

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    Barbara Bakes — February 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I don’t know what sounds better, the soup or playing in the snow with your little one!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Lauren, this soup looks so flavorful and comforting, and your photo is mouthwatering! You have a beautiful blog and I’m so glad to have found it. I’m looking forward to exploring your recipes and seeing more! :) – Georgia

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    Katrina — March 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    This soup looks so good. Especially with this cold weather, I could go for a big bowl right now!

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    The Newlywed Chefs — March 2, 2011 at 4:12 am

    This looks great. Green chiles are the best for cold winter evenings!

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    Caity — March 13, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Lauren! I just wanted to tell you that I made this soup tonight for company and it was a huge hit! I LOVED IT! It’s a new favorite of mine. Thanks so much!

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    sara — March 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I made this and it was delicious!!! I did use fat free half and half instead of heavy cream to save some calories and fat :) But it is definitely going in my recipe file!!

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    Margie — February 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Sounds so good. Can’t wait to try it. Love all things green chili.

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    Linda S — October 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Found this recipe on Pinterest! I made it today since its cold. Oh my goodness! So good! We topped ours with pepper jack cheese to add more spice without making the whole soup too spicy for the kids. I will definitely make it again!

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