Cream of Cilantro Soup

Fresh cilantro brings its signature aroma and flavor to this creamy soup recipe.


6 cups (serving size: 1 cup)

Recipe from

Southern Living

Nutritional Information

Calories 156
Caloriesfromfat 50 %
Fat 8.6 g
Satfat 5.2 g
Monofat 2.5 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 7.9 g
Carbohydrate 9.3 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 31 mg
Iron 1.6 mg
Sodium 393 mg
Calcium 177 mg


1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 (32-ounce) package reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth, divided
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 (8-ounce) package fat-free cream cheese
1 (8-ounce) container light sour cream
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Garnishes: fresh cilantro sprigs, light sour cream


Remove stems from cilantro, and coarsely chop leaves.

Process cilantro and 1 cup chicken broth in a blender or food processor until blended, stopping to scrape down sides.

Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; whisk in flour. Gradually add remaining 3 cups broth, whisking constantly until mixture is smooth. Boil 1 minute. Stir in cilantro mixture, cream cheese, and next 5 ingredients; simmer soup 15 minutes. Garnish, if desired.


Victoria Tacher, Tallahassee, Florida,

Southern Living

October 2000
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