If you think of avocados in soup and immediately think they’re a one-trick, garnish pony, these recipes will definitely change your mind. The green goddess of fruit plays a starring role in these bowls brimming with comfort and a side of luxurious flavor, perfect for when you’re in the mood for something nourishing, creamy, and even spicy. Here are some of our favorite avocado-based, savory soups for you to enjoy year-round.
Not all soups need to be hot in order to be satisfying, and summer doesn’t have to mean gazpacho is your only option. We like the comfy, belly-full feeling we get from this avocado cream soup. It’s a wonderful option for hot summer days when the last thing you want to do is fire up the stove. All you need is a blender, three ripe, pitted avocados, a couple cups of chicken broth, salt, and a generous squeeze of lime juice for a fresh zip. Feel free to add a little bit of heat via red pepper flakes and blend till smooth, after which you just need to chill your soup. Before serving, top it off with some crème fraîche or a swirl of plain yogurt. A sprinkle of chopped chives and voilà: a perfect summer satisfier!
The old adage that what grows together, goes together has never been more true than in this posole. Featuring a number of shining stars in the Mexican pantry, this recipe also leaves a lot of the flavor intensity up to the individual cook. Simply combine chopped onions, garlic, oregano, cumin, and your choice of heat (cayenne, jalapeño, or both!) with a dash of salt and sauté in a saucepan. Once they’re soft, add the green chiles (if using), the classic Mexican staple of hominy, and some vegetable stock, and bring the mix to a simmer.
After the soup has thickened, add one and a half mashed avocados, tomatoes, and cilantro into the broth. Spritz in some lime juice and crown with cubes of the remaining half of the avocado for a serious fiesta in a bowl. With a short cooking time and an even shorter prep time, you’ll be savoring some fantastic flavor in under an hour!
Take your avocado adventure further afield by substituting your favorite green fruit for the tofu in this miso soup. Inspired by Far East cuisine, chop up some shiitake mushrooms and sauté them in a stock pot with some vegetable oil, using just a hint of nutty sesame oil. Adding garlic and onions to a stock is common worldwide, but you add a little more Japanese flavor by smashing some lemongrass and adding it to the mix. Miso paste adds that much-loved umami flavor, and after deglazing the stock pot with a splash of vinegar, you’ll finish off the broth by adding water and palm sugar and letting it simmer until reduced. As the familiar scents of delicious miso draw your family to the kitchen, get ready to serve this soothing broth with some cubed avocado for a luxurious finish.
If you’re looking for a dreamy, creamy soup that’s gluten-free and vegan, but tastes decadent, you’ve found it. This green curry avocado soup gets a nuance of spicy goodness thanks to the green Thai curry paste, which is balanced by the brightness of fresh lime juice. If you want a soup that eats like a meal, fortify this recipe by topping it with grilled tofu (and swap out the chicken broth for vegetable broth if you’re serving vegetarians or vegans). Or feel free to use cubed grilled chicken or a handy little skewer of Argentinean shrimp (This shrimp is not only sustainable; it tastes like lobster!) on top for extra protein.
Any which way you ladle it, savory soups thickened, enriched, or made creamy thanks to avocado, are downright delicious. Only you will ll know that the secret weapon was the year-round, delicious goodness that avocado offers.