How to Thicken Soup

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How to Thicken Soup. Nothing is more welcome on a chilly day than hot bowl of soup, especially a thick stew. If your soup turns out too thin and watery for your taste, don't despair. There are several ways to thicken it up, using common household ingredients.

How to Thicken Soup
How to Thicken Soup (Image: Pierce Media)

Using Potatoes to Thicken Soup

Step 1

Set the soup on medium low heat.

How to Thicken Soup
How to Thicken Soup (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 2

Peel and wash a medium sized potato.

How to Thicken Soup
How to Thicken Soup (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 3

Coarsely grate the potato with cheese grater or food processor.

How to Thicken Soup
How to Thicken Soup (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 4

Stir the potato into the soup and let it simmer until it reaches the desired thickness.

How to Thicken Soup
How to Thicken Soup (Image: Pierce Media)

Using Beans to Thicken Soup

Step 1

Open a can of white cannelloni beans. If you don't have cannelloni, use another mild flavored canned bean. Avoid using kidney beans.

How to Thicken Soup
How to Thicken Soup (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 2

Drain and rinse the beans.

How to Thicken Soup
How to Thicken Soup (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 3

Blend the beans with one cup of the soup broth in a blender or food processor, until the beans are pureed.

How to Thicken Soup
How to Thicken Soup (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 4

Add the bean puree back to the soup pot and let simmer on low to medium heat until thickened.

How to Thicken Soup
How to Thicken Soup (Image: Pierce Media)

Using Flour or Cornstarch to Thicken Soup

Step 1

Put two tablespoons of flour or cornstarch into a small mixing bowl.

How to Thicken Soup
How to Thicken Soup (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 2

Add just enough warm water to dissolve the flour or cornstarch. Use a fork or small whisk to mix the flour or cornstarch with the water until you have a runny paste.

How to Thicken Soup
How to Thicken Soup (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 3

Pour a cup of warm water into the bowl and mix.

How to Thicken Soup
How to Thicken Soup (Image: Pierce Media)

Step 4

Incorporate the flour/cornstarch water into the soup and let simmer on low to medium heat until thickened. If the soup doesn't thicken up enough, simply repeat steps until the soup is thick enough.

How to Thicken Soup
How to Thicken Soup (Image: Pierce Media)
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