It’s soup season! As soon as the weather begins to drop a little colder, many of us are ready and rearing to go when it comes to making delicious, warming and wholesome soups. It really is the perfect time of year to enjoy a bowl of this delicious dish. Of course, there are endless types of soup out there, with different flavours and methods favoured in different areas around the world. Whether you’re following a traditional, family recipe or looking for something new, here are some top tips and suggestions that should help you to create delicious soups to fill you on those chilly days!
Before we get started, here are some top tips for making the best soups possible. Each can really make the difference, whether that’s simplifying the process for yourself, getting as much goodness in each bowlful, or knowing how to store your soup properly!
- Invest in a Good Blender – you’re going to need a good quality blender for smooth soups. This could be an immersion blender that you are able to use directly in the pot of hot ingredients, or a stand alone blender that you use after allowing the ingredients to cool.
- Flasks and Thermos – taking your soup to work or out on a long walk with you? Put it in a flask or thermos. This will retain its heat and allow it to stay warm, even when you’re on the go.
- Freeze – make sure to have plenty of tupperware on hand to store your leftoever soup in. Sure, it can stay in the fridge for a couple of days if you’ll make use of it for lunch, but often, it’s best to freeze, as this will allow you to eat your soup at a later date.
Leek and Potato Soup
Leek and potato soup is warming and filling, perfect for the fall and winter months. It’s a simple recipe, but will really bring a smile to your face with its wholesome flavour and nostalgic scent. Follow a reliable potato soup recipe and do any prep work in advacne. This will save you time when it comes to actually creating the soup. Once it’s ready, sprinkle with plenty of black pepper and have a wedge of crusty bread ready for dipping.
Butternut Squash Soup
Who doesn’t love butternut squash soup? This soup combines roasted butternut squash with vegetable broth, onion, carrot, ginger, extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper. You can choose to have a completely smooth soup with a drizzle of cream on top, or you could opt to have larger, butternut chunks floating around for stodginess and to make the dish more filling.
Cream of Tomato Soup
Cream of tomato soup is a firm favourtie and one of the best selling flavours of soup in tins and cartons. But why not try making your own? For this recipe, you’ll generally need plenty of tomatoes and cream. Many people also choose to incoporate onion and carrot for depth of flavor. Follow video tutorials on how to remove the tomato skins for a smooth finish.
These are a few suggestions that should help to get the show on the road! Enjoy your winter soups!