In my home, we're not very fond of capsaicin, and I put too much crushed red pepper (the dry spice, bloomed) into a vegetable soup[1]. What can I do to remedy the soup? (Obviously, I can cook another pot of soup and combine them, but I'd rather not. Any other remedies?)

[1] The soup was made roughly thus: I bloomed the crushed red pepper in a heavy-handed application of Pam and added onion and garlic to saute a little and then to sweat; then I added vegetables and water and seasonings, heated it, and let it simmer.


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Usually, cream will help cut the heat from peppers, including crushed red peppers. Not sure if your soup would work with dairy. Yogurt or milk would work, sour cream too. Cheese does not seem to help.

  • A comment on "Cheese does not seem to help." I'm not sure if it is technically a real cheese but a brick of "cream cheese" is great for cutting the heat in spicy chili.
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    Commented May 22, 2016 at 4:08

According to this rather informative post (https://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/1126), the remedy to your problem seems to be using fats, especially oils. These two sites



both seem to recommend yogurt or other dairy, and the last one appears to support the oil/butter approach of the first post, at least if the problem is capsaicin/hot peppers.


If your recipe and objective is dairy tolerant, then dairy will be the best way. If it's not, and dilution is not an option, I recommend adding a sweet or acidic (or both) component to the vegetable soup.

examples to keep it all veggies and no dairy: Sweet - pre-roasted carrots or butternut squash (I find roasting enhances the sweetness) Acidic - pan roasted cherry tomatoes till they burst a bit (mmmmm, in a light oil, with perhaps a bit of white wine and shallots :) ).

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