Examples of good thick soup recipes include a creamy leek and potato soup recipe from Food Network and a shrimp bisque recipe from Real Simple. Both recipes are highly rated and easy to follow.
To make the creamy leek and potato soup, gently cook 3 cups of sliced leeks with 3 tablespoons of butter in a pot over low heat. When the leeks soften, add 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, and continue to cook the mixture for 30 seconds before pouring in 6 cups of chicken stock and 1 1/2 pounds of peeled and quartered potatoes. Cover the pot, and allow the soup to simmer for 30 minutes.
Blend the soup to create a smooth texture before seasoning it with salt and white pepper. Serve the creamy leek and potato soup in individual bowls, and top each serving with chopped parsley and soft herbed cheese.
To prepare the shrimp bisque, remove the shells and veins from 1 pound of shrimp, and cut the shrimp into bite-sized pieces. Sprinkle the shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and saute the seasoned shrimp with 1 tablespoon of butter in a saucepan. When the shrimp is opaque and just cooked, set it aside on a plate.
Splash 2 tablespoons of brandy into the saucepan before pouring in 29 ounces of canned tomato soup and 1 cup of heavy cream. Cook the soup gently for approximately five minutes, or until it thickens. Garnish each serving of the bisque with the reserved cooked shrimp and some chopped chives.