Soups and stews are standard fare when the weather turns chilly, or even gets down-right cold. The flavorful melange warms our bodies from the inside, and holding a steaming cup warms up the hands, too. The aroma of a bubbling pot of soup on the stove? That brings even more comfort.
Today, the Sunday Supper tastemakers offer recipes that will be welcome around the family table when the temperatures drop. Some of them can be made in the slow cooker, and others are warm desserts and hot drinks sure to make meal and snack time cozy.
Now, back to that soup. Sometimes our soup-making efforts fall flat. Not enough flavor. Too salty. Too greasy. Or just plain blah. The following 10 tips for making fantastic soups will help solve some of your cooking problems.
The salt remedy. You got a little heavy handed with the salt shaker. Now what? Add more unsalted broth or water to even things out. Or, add big chunks of peeled potatoes which will soak up some of the salt. Toss out the salty potatoes pieces before serving.
Step up flavor. There are a number of remedies for a boring soup. Add a teaspoon or two of lime or lemon juice. Stir in a couple splashes of vinegar. Top bowls with something pickled such as sauerkraut on lentil soup or pickled onions for a bean soup.
Add some body. The easiest way to make a soup more creamy is to stir in plain Greek yogurt or sour cream at the end of cooking. This adds tang, too.
Be thrifty. Don’t toss out the stems of your mushrooms. Chop them and add to the soup. Do the same for the leaves of celery. Chopped fine and stir in. Such flavor.
Save the ends. When you get down to the rinds of pieces of Parmesan, Asiago or Romano cheese, don’t toss the tough rinds. Save them in a zipper-locked bag and toss one into your vegetable soup as it cooks. There is plenty of flavor there.
Go green. Just before serving soup, stir in handfuls of greens to the steaming pot. The greens wilt quickly and retain much of their flavor when not cooked for long periods. If you’re making soup in advance, add the greens when you reheat.
Make ahead. You know the saying, “Soup always tastes better the next day.” That’s true. When soups or stews are cooled, the starches (potatoes, rice, pasta) re-absorb flavor. Harsh flavors, such as garlic or parsnips, mellow. Soups that don’t necessarily taste better on Day 2 are those with seafood and fresh herbs.
Noodles go last. Pasta will suck up liquid so make sure you have enough in the pot. However, noodles that cook too long get sludgy. Not appetizing. Add noodles at the end of cooking.
Flavor only, please. When you want flavor from herbs and spices but you don’t want the bits and pieces in your soup, use cheese cloth to make herb pouches. Cut a square of cheese cloth, put the herbs in the middle, pull together the edges and tie with kitchen twine. Also, you can use a loose tea ball. Instead of tea, put the herbs inside and add to soup. Remove packets before serving.
Build the flavor. Brown beef. Sweat the vegetables. Make a roux. Soup is always better when the flavors are built one by one. If you put everything in the pot at the same time, you’ll have a one-note soup.
Join us around the virtual table at 7 p.m. ET tonight on Twitter. Tonight’s chat is being hosted by the T.R. Crumbley of Gluten Free Crumbley. We will dish on the food that brings us the most comfort when the days get shorter and the chill sets in. Until then, check out the today’s recipes
- Drunken Pumpkin Spice Latte by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Hot Mulled Caramel Apple Sangria by The Crumby Cupcake
- Mexican Atole by Curious Cuisiniere
- Gluten Free Hot Spiked Apple Cider by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Apple Pear Crisp by The Freshman Cook
- Bananas Foster by Pies and Plots
- Chocolate Hazelnut Lava Cake by Brunch with Joy
- Fudge Pudding Cake by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Honeycrisp Apple Tart by The Redhead Baker
- Pumpkin Cheesecake in Pumpkins by Desserts Required
- Warm Cardamom and Coconut Rice Pudding by Fearless Dining
Main Dishes and Soups
- Beef Brats and Beans Soup by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Beef Pot Pie with Herbed Biscuits by From Gate to Plate
- Best Ever White Bean and Mushroom Soup by Pancake Warriors
- Braised Venison with Plums by Food Lust People Love
- Butternut Squash Chili by Amee’s Savory Dish
- Butternut Squash Risotto with Pears and Sage by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Carbonnade Flamande by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Classic Italian Meat Sauce by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Creamy Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Hearty Chickpea Soup by The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
- Creamy Stove-Top Alfredo with Bacon and Green Beans by Peaceful Cooking
- Crockpot Creamy Chicken and Noodles by Confessions of a Cooking Diva
- Curry Debal by Palatable Pastime
- Easy Sweet Potato Soup by Healing Tomato
- Easy Zuppa Toscana Soup Copycat by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- French Onion Soup by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Gingered Butternut Squash Soup by Noshing With The Nolands
- Hearty Turkey Lentil Soup by A Gouda Life
- Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup by Party Food and Entertaining
- Mango Habanero Sauce by What Smells So Good?
- Oxtail Stew by Nosh My Way
- Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting by Serena Bakes Simply from Scratch
- Red Lentil Soup by My San Francisco Kitchen
- Roasted Squash Soup by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Turkey Enchilada Casserole with Salsa Verde by Food Done Light
- Slow Cooker English Roast by Wholistic Woman
- Slow Cooker Lamb Rogan Josh by Caroline’s Cooking
- Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Mushroom Gravy by Feeding Big
- Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Spice Rubbed Braised Beef by FamFriendsFood
- Spicy Meatball Tortilla Soup by The Weekend Gourmet
- Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon by Cooking Chat
- Turkey Chipotle Chili by The Complete Savorist
- Tuscan White Bean Soup with Ham by Big Bear’s Wife
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