By Triston Liu

A thick, creamy soup is so rich and hearty for dinner on a cold night. Heavy cream is the secret ingredient that thickens the soup's density while lending a rich, milky flavor. A common technique for adding cream to soup is by stirring it in slowly while the soup is cooking or heating on the stove.

Homemade lobster bisque soup with a roll and garnish
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Step 1

Heat soup on stovetop over medium heat. Avoid boiling.

Step 2

Measure out heavy cream. The general rule is 1/2 cup of cream for every eight bowls of soup, but add more or less depending on your taste.

Step 3

When the soup is hot but not boiling, slowly add the cream and stir with a ladle until fully incorporated.

Step 4

Scoop a spoonful of soup and cool by blowing it with your lips. Taste to ensure that you're satisfied with the flavor and consistency.

Step 5

Turn off stove and pour soup into serving bowls.