How to Make Starch-Based Thick Soup

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Lesson Snapshot:

  • 1 instructional video
  • 10 practice recipes
  • 23 tip and technique videos
  • interactive quiz

Lesson Description & Goals

Starch-based thick soups are hearty soups that are made by cooking starchy vegetables, legumes or grains together with a liquid. These delicious and healthy soups are appreciated by many cultures around the world.

Common examples are: Italian bean and kale, the classic French leek and potato, Asian congee, Middle Eastern and Indian lentil soups, Mexican black bean soup and the ever-so-comforting split pea and ham. These soups get their thickening power from the natural starch within the vegetable or legume.

In this lesson, you will learn about starch-based thick soups and how to make them. You will also learn how to adjust their texture and how to finish and serve them. By knowing just a few simple techniques, you will see just how easy it is to create any type of thick and hearty soup.

  • Define a starch-based thick soup
  • List the components of a starch-based thick soup
  • Make a starch-based thick soup
  • Vary the texture of a starch-based thick soup
  • Finish & serve a starch-based thick soup

Lesson Practice Recipes

This lesson includes access to the following text & instructional video recipes

Tomato & Lentil Soup

by Dawn T in Rouxbe Recipes

Flavored with fresh curry leaves, this vibrant and delicious tomato lentil soup is finished with cilantro and a squeeze of...

Comments: 11 Views: 21813 Success: 97%

Italian White Bean Soup

by Dawn T in Rouxbe Recipes

Velvety cannellini beans make up this mild and extremely versatile Italian soup.

Comments: 14 Views: 28061 Success: 98%

Thai Coconut Squash Soup

by Joe G in Rouxbe Recipes

This exotic vegetable soup is made with squash, chickpeas, cauliflower and just a hint of Panang paste.

Comments: 20 Views: 26057 Success: 93%

Leek & Potato Soup | Vichyssoise

by Dawn T in Rouxbe Recipes

This classic leek and potato soup is so easy to make you may be surprised at how much flavor it has.

Comments: 25 Views: 23818 Success: 100%

Split Pea Soup

by Dawn T in Rouxbe Recipes

This is a traditional split pea soup made with a ham hock.

Comments: 30 Views: 27266 Success: 96%

Caldo Verde

by Kimberley S in Rouxbe Recipes

A popular Portuguese soup, this hearty caldo verde is made with a combination of kale and savoy cabbage, potatoes and frie...

Comments: 6 Views: 18318 Success: 93%

Tomato & Bread Soup

by Kimberley S in Rouxbe Recipes

This hearty and easy-to-make tomato and bread soup is bursting with flavor.

Comments: 5 Views: 18850 Success: 90%

Sunchoke Soup with Crispy Sunchoke Chips

by Dawn T in Rouxbe Recipes

Sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, are combined with leeks, shallots and stock to make this simple, yet elegan...

Comments: 2 Views: 10236 Success: 0%

Roasted Pumpkin and Chickpea Soup

by Divina C in Rouxbe Recipes

You can still savor and enjoy this soup even if the winter season is over.

Comments: 7 Views: 18704 Success: 94%

Adzuki Bean and Shiitake Mushroom Soup

by Divina C in Rouxbe Recipes

With hints of coriander, cumin and ginger & garnished with cucumber and radish

Comments: 6 Views: 15366 Success: 97%

What People are Saying

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Watching these video really shine the light on things.
I used to think soup was hard to make but watching these video really shine the light on things. I'm going to do a lot of practicing. Got to have my soup.


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