You could try arrowroot which is an herb and the starchy part comes from the root. Some groceries carry it and others don't so if you aren't familiar with it you may have to look around a bit for it. I know the Whole Foods by me has it, but my local grocery store does not carry it. If you aren't too touchy about cornstarch then that would work as well and is cheaper and can be found anywhere. You can get non-GMO cornstarch.
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You could use an immersion blender to blend ingredients and then boil longer to thicken, alternatively you can use mashed potatoes or blended potatoes. Corn starch (small amount) also thickens I believe.
I second using the mashed potatoes. That's how my grandparents did it.
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My gran always grates carrots and potato into soup to thicken it - I've never used flour
You can cook the soup until enough liquid is evaporated to get the desired consistency.
I saw a Gordon Ramsey show where he used carrots to thicken instead of wheat. I think it was on the 'f word' program but I don't remember what he was making.
Tapioc starch or ground nuts or ground dry mushrooms, or cheese or pureed vegetables that went into the soup.
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Soups and sauces can be thickened by any (or ideally a combination) of the following:
- Starch - (potato, sweet potato, arrowroot
- Food particles - pureed fruits, vegetables, nuts or meets
- Emulsions - egg yolks, creams/butter
- Gelatin - meat broth or stock
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