If you think there’s only one way to make soup, think again. There’s actually a multitude of ways to get that soupy goodness. These dishes are renowned for how easy is it to make them (especially egg soup), but there are still quite a few helpful hints and tricks you can use to make the best soup around that isn’t just broth from leftovers or some sort of canned soup that you have to heat up.
When it comes to how to make soup, most people do it with instructions and some packet full of instant ingredients all in one place that defeat the purpose of instructions. Some soups are even microwavable. Other soups are noodle soups with chicken, beef, or seafood flavoring depending on your pleasure. Or you can use leftover water from your instant noodle meal as soup. If you want expensive soup, there are some thick French-style soups you can learn to make.
The Key to Making Good Soup
The key to making a good soup is an appreciation of the phrase, “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” Even if you’re just one cook, this still rings true if you put in enough contrasting ingredients in your soup that you might as well be multiple cooks. You should go about soup making with balance and a swell blend of contrasting ingredients in mind. The great thing about soup is that you can add quite a lot of things on it.
To make sure that your recipe turns out as well as it should, you should definitely go about soup-making step-by step. There are loads of healthy soup recipes. All you need to do is follow the instructions to the letter. Soup is also a versatile dish that allows you to put in condiments and other additives (like meats and vegetables) to make it taste even richer and more nutritious when everything is said and done.
Thick and Hearty or Thin and Subtle
You have two options for soup. It’s either it is made hearty and thick like goop or it could come out as thin and subtle like a solution. As for quick and easy soup recipes, it depends on how quick or how easy you want it to be. Some soups are so simple you simply add water to a powder full of flavored goodness. It all depends on what you ultimately consider as delicious.
A thin, savory broth goes down your throat easier, plus you won’t have to be overwhelmed by its taste, but a thick and hearty soup is more filling and strong. You can make your soup as impactful or understated, as you want. Different strokes for different folks and whatnot. When it comes to how to make hot and sour soup, you can use tamarind that you can buy in Indian grocery stores or some other sour ingredient that doesn’t hide the taste of the meats you put in the soup itself.
How to Make Thick Soups
If you want to make thick soups, there are multiple options to choose from, such as cooking the dish with the lid off the pot so that the liquid turns to steam leaving more of the thick soupy goodness intact. Or you can get some cream of mushroom soup cans that are already thick by default. It’s also an option to add pureed vegetables as soup thickener and texturizers.
Don’t forget to be a little heavier on the mashed potato flakes, flour, and cream in order to reach the desired soup consistency you want. Yes, even when thickening your soup, you can go overboard, but at the very least it’s less likely for you to experience excess since the whole idea of thickeners is to add as much as possible to the soup without it tasting too saturated with meat and vegetables.
How to Make Thin Soups
You can use the leftover liquid from soupy dishes to make your thin soup. Or you can simply add water to such thick soups as cream of mushroom soup until the consistency has been watered down thoroughly enough (but don’t forget to add flavor to it so that it won’t taste too much like water, which is tasteless anyway). Wine and cream or broth can also be added.
If you’ve gone overboard with your additives or seasons, adding liquid can dilute the taste of the soup and, as a side effect, increase your servings since the additional water won’t simply disappear into steam. As mentioned earlier, it’s all about maintaining some sort of yin-yang balance between thickness and thinness that makes soup a universal and adaptable dish that anyone can make.