Soup for Dummies
October 14, 2013 9:48 AM Subscribe
I love soup but stink at making it from scratch. Hit me with your best recipes and tips for making soup!
posted by fox problems to food & drink (47 answers total) 118 users marked this as a favorite
Almost all of my attempts to make soup in the past have been failures-- it either turns out thin/watery, flavorless, or both. But lately I've been working on improving my cooking skills, and the colder weather has increased both my desire for soup and my willingness to give making it another shot. I'm looking for recipes that are straightforward, don't involve extensive prep work or more advanced cooking techniques (making stock from scratch, making a roux, etc), and are overall idiot-proof. I have a blender and a giant pot at my disposal.
I'm interested in pretty much any type of soup, although (savory) tomato soup is at the top of my list to try making. I love most variations on chicken noodle, Japanese soups like udon and miso, chowders, and soups with seafood. I dislike sweet soups and beans, anything other than that is fair game. No dietary restrictions.
In addition to recipes, I'm looking for general tips and techniques for making better soups. What can I do to keep thicker soups like chowder from turning into watery disappointments? What are the top 3-4 spices to keep around that are key in soup making, and which ones are more extraneous? Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks!