Light Crema de Chile Poblano Soup

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  • PREP TIME
    30 Min
  • COOK TIME
    37 Min
  • SERVINGS
    2

This cream of poblano chile soup is one of my favorite hearty soups for the chilly winter months, and is both easy to make and lower-calorie than your traditional cream of vegetable soup.

Cream soups are usually very calorie-rich and heavy, but they don’t have to be! You can still get a smooth, creamy texture to a traditionally cream-based soup by substituting Crema Mexicana mixed with chicken broth in place of heavy cream for a healthier version. By making this substitution, you can actually save about half the calories and more than half the fat.

If you love eating cream-based soups but tend to stay away from them because of the high calories and fat, this substitution method can renew your love for cream of vegetable soups all winter long, with no guilt!

To choose poblano chiles in the grocery store, look for the darkest green and firmest chiles you can find. They should also have mostly flat sides so they’re easier to roast. The chile should not have any wrinkles. If you’re not familiar with how to roast poblano chiles, here’s a tutorial to learn how. Be sure to remove all the seeds and veins from the chiles, as this is where the heat comes from that makes the chile spicy.

If you’re afraid the soup will be too spicy, you can start by adding 1 1/2 chiles to the blender and then taste testing to see how spicy it is and then decide whether to add the other half chile or not. You can proceed with the rest of the recipe as normal if you decide to leave it out.

To swirl the Crema Mexicana on top of the soup, you can either use a spoon to gently drizzle it, or you can get a little fancier and use a chef’s squeeze bottle for a perfectly even swirl.

This recipe yields two 1-cup servings or one large 2-cup serving. To make it vegetarian-friendly, you can substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.

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