Use it Up: Heavy Cream

Don’t let that precious heavy cream go to waste! If you find yourself on the verge of throwing it out, don’t! You can use it on both sweet and savory dishes and in everything from soups to pudding.

I don’t normally cook with heavy cream. It’s something I buy for special occasions or a particular recipe, and because I don’t cook with it often, I always, always, always have some leftover.

It seems like every time I open the fridge, it’s staring at me in the face just begging me to use it up. I get so flustered I just shut the door quickly and forget about what I needed in the first place. It’s a vicious cycle! With an eye toward being budget conscious (heavy cream is expensive), I set out to find recipes that can use it up.

When putting together this recipe round up, it was clear to me that heavy cream has so many uses in both sweet and savory dishes, that there’s no reason it should sit unused in the fridge.

Chicken Breasts with Mustard Cream Sauce

This simple dish can be on the table in under 30 minutes from start to finish. It’s light and slightly salty (thank you, capers!) and can be served over rice or with a fresh side salad.

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easy chicken alfredo with linguine

Cut down on cooking time by using a rotisserie chicken and making the alfredo sauce ahead of time. This dish is a giant win for everyone in the family!

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Crustless Quiche with Ham - close up of ham and broccoli quiche in a white dish

The custard in this quiche is so rich and filling, you won’t even notice there isn’t a crust. The trick to this creamy filling is the heavy cream and generous amount of egg yolks!

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Fettuccine with Creamy Tomato Italian Sausage Sauce

This rich and creamy pasta dish will have everyone licking their plates clean. It’s the absolute definition of comfort food at its finest.

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Substitute for Cream of Chicken Soup

You can actually serve this for dinner on its own, or you can use it as a 1-for-1 replacement for canned condensed soup! While there are few ingredients in the recipe, you’ll want to prep everything ahead of time to ensure things come together smoothly!

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Bowl of easy homemade creamy tortellini soup with sausage, carrots, and spinach

You will be hooked after one bite of this creamy soup and wonder how you’ve lived without it. It’s practically effortless to throw together and the sounds of everyone slurping it up will be proof that you’ll need to make it time and time again!

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Best Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe - small bowl of whipped cream

There is nothing better than fresh whipped cream, and it’s the perfect way to use up any heavy cream you have left over. There are so many desserts you can serve it with, but you can also freeze it if you have leftovers!

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Easy Lemon Pudding in three cups topped with berries

This pudding is truly a delight! It’s tangy and fresh and only needs 4 ingredients. You simply warm up all the ingredients and then let it set. It’s as easy as that!

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Chocolate penaut butter pie topped with whipped cream and peanut butter cups.

If your sweet tooth needs a little love, this is the pie for you. It’s silky, mousse-like, and has intense peanut butter flavor. If you happen to have leftover sauce, spoon it over ice cream!

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Chocolate Pavlova

Pavlova is an absolutely show-stopping dessert, and it’s surprisingly easy to make! The clouds of whipped cream and tart raspberries are the perfect complement to the meringue.

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How to Make Creme Brulee

No need to be intimidated by this scrumptious dessert! With easy to understand step-by-step instructions, you’ll be hearing that crack of the hard sugar surface in no time!

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Whole banana cream pie with whipped cream swirls on top and banana slices set against a pink background.

This is the pie of your dreams and our trick to making it even better? Using a vanilla wafer crust and a custard vanilla filling flavored with vanilla bean paste. It’s rich, decadent, and positively swoon-worthy.

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  1. Debbie

    Yes you can freeze heavy whipping cream but it will not whip up when it’s thawed…

  2. NS

    Once I open a carton of heavy cream, since I don’t use it up quickly, I find it helps to portion it out into one or two small jars, such that they are all almost full to the brim. This eliminates/reduces contact with air which is what spoils most food in the first place. Stored this way, I am able to get weeks out of it.
    On an unrelated note, it doesn’t seem like this post went through an editing process. Typos and incorrect spelling in second paragraph.

  3. Dawn

    Great ideas, but I have also frozen heavy cream with no adverse effects.

  4. JMcNeal

    Make butter, its easy and taste great!