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Soup Recipes

Soup - in sickness and in health.  Soup is our balm. It soothes a body fevered by flu, and calms an anxious spirit. Soup is our strengthener. Nothing is more fortifying than beans, grains and vegetables simmered together in broth.

Soup can be clear or it can be chunky. It can be served steaming hot to beat the winter chill, or cold and refreshing on a hot summer's day.

Soup is a mother's best friend. It can be made in vats and frozen for the frantic day when there is no time for the kitchen. It accepts a stray carrot or stalk of celery that clutters the refrigerator. Make soup today, in large, heavy pots. We frequently use an 8 quart pot that also functions to boil pasta. Soup likes room to breathe.

please read: license to chill: cold soups

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Tips for making great Soups

-From Tips Cooks Love by Sur La Table with Rick Rodgers/Andrews McMeel Publishing    click for book review

Most recipes for soup make big batches, so cooks usually have to find a way to deal with leftovers. Freezing is a good solution. You'll be able to fit more soup in the freezer if the containers are flat. Ladle one or two servings of the cooled soup into 1-quart resealable freezer bags. Label the soup and freeze it to be ready for reheating at a moment's notice.

Many stews can become soups by thinning them with stock or even water. Chicken fricassee (to make cream of chicken soup) and beef stew (to create beef vegetable soup) are especially good candidates for this treatment.

Sometimes soup needs a little bolstering with rice or noodles. When adding a grain or a pasta to soup, always cook it first, then add it to the soup. Both absorb a lot of liquid, and if they are cooked directly in the soup, the soup can end up too thick. Potatoes don't generally pose the same problem.

Chilled soup is refreshing when the weather is hot. But there's no need to refrigerate it overnight to make it ice-cold. Instead, pour the hot soup into a heatproof bowl placed in a large bowl partially filled with cold water and ice cubes. Let the soup stand, stirring occasionally, until well chilled, adding more ice cubes as the ice melts.

new soup recipes:

  • southern smothered corn chowder
  • chilled pea soup with lemon thyme
  • Chilled Carrot Soup with Yogurt and Tarragon
  • asian noodle soup with bok choy and shiitakes - a vegan recipe
  • gazpacho from Nadia G.
  • adzuki bean miso soup for the slow cooker
  • cuban black bean and sweet potato soup for the slow cooker
  • new potato and parsley soup with olive tapenade for the slow cooker
  • pasta e fagioli - for the slow cooker
  • Caribbean bean and rice soup - a vegan recipe
  • chilled sweet pea and watercress soup with rose petal cream
  • roasted tomato soup
  • pasta e fagioli - a variation of the Italian classic
  • Parsnip and Ginger Soup from Jamie Oliver
  • hearty minestrone soup with potato gnocchi
  • sausage & cabbage - mouthwatering german soup
  • Coconut and Winter Squash Soup with Toasted Almonds - from Daisy Martinez
  • egg chowder with bacon and new potatoes
  • mexican roasted corn and chile soup
  • kabocha, kale and chickpea soup
  • thai spicy shrimp soup
  • wintery vegetable beef soup
  • squash - Kabocha Squash Soup with Toasted Cumin and Chiles
  • Milanese Minestrone ( Minestrone alla Milanese) - served at room temperature in the summer
  • beef noodle soup - a diabetic recipe
  • crawfish boil -  from the glorious cajun tradition
  • gumbo - Uncle Alan's After-Thanksgiving Gumbo  - uses the turkey carcass - great any time
  • turkey tortilla soup
  • salmon chowder from "What We eat when we eat alone" by Deborah Madison & Patrick McFarlin
  • carrot ginger soup from clean food
  • Tarascan Chili Bean Soup (Sopa  Tarasca)
  • Pasta e Fasoi (Venetian Bean Soup with Pasta)
  • Turkey Albondigas  Soup from EatingWell
  • tomato - Soupe de Tomates Petit Déjeuner (Breakfast Tomato Soup) - from Chef Jean-Pierre Challet
  • Pho - Vietnamese Beef and Noodle Soup
  • Mussel Bisque With Saffron - colored with saffron
  • California-style Bouillabaisse
  • Chicory, Pecorino, and Egg Soup (Cicoria, Cacio e Uova) a recipe from Rome
  • Zucchini Blossoms Soup  - (Minestra con Fiore di Zucchini) Romans have many recipes for zucchini blossoms
  • Shorba Libya - Libyan Soup  - from the North African Kitchen
  • soup in two acts (a double-header from our seasonal recipe contest)
  • moroccan style lamb soup with couscous
  • ginger & tiger shrimp soup
  • Thai hot and sour with pineapple and basil from Mollie Katzen
  • pea and fennel soup - a finalist in a cookoff
  • italian sausage soup - deep with herbs
  • santa fe sweet potato soup from The Gourmet Slow Cooker Vol. II

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    cold soups

     


    Songs from the Soup Pot

    Soup for Breakfast?

    While American children crunch and crackle their way through corn flakes, granola, and crisp strips of bacon, children throughout the East are sipping their breakfast. In China this means congee, a breakfast soup that also could be called rice porridge. Essentially congee is rice cooked in volumes of water to form a soup. It may be eaten plain or may have bits of meat or fish added to it. If this sounds strange to American ears, we have only to think of a hot bowl of cream of rice. While we might toss in fruit, the Chinese add meats and seasonings such as soy sauce and ginger. The expression my be different, but the underlying idea is similar. Japanese children would be sipping a strengthening miso soup for breakfast. Miso is made from fermented soy beans. It is added to soup stock at the last minute. The water is lowered to prevent boiling which would kill the beneficial bacteria produced by fermentation. Studies are being conducted on the value of fermented foods since the Japanese consume them in large amounts and have the longest life expectancy of the world's peoples. So, enjoy your soup, whether morning noon or night.

    Jewish Penicillin? 

    "A Jewish woman had two chickens.  One got sick, so the woman made chicken soup out of the other one to help the sick one get well."  Henny Youngman 

    M.F.K. Fisher 

    "It is impossible to think of any good meal, no matter how plain or elegant, without soup or bread in it." 

    by Diana Serbe-Viola

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