If you’re a soup lover, you have probably tried soups in all restaurants and are addicted to the taste of the creamy, hot, tasty liquid with small bites of veggies and meats. But after reading this article, you might stop visiting restaurants for soup and make it at your home.
Soup is not just easy to make, but it is also easy to master. Essentially it only requires a stockpot, a few ingredients, and water. But not all soups are good!
So what does it take to make a good soup? Let’s find out!
Tips for soup making
Check out these tips to make soup like a Michelin-star chef:
Making your stock
Stock is one of the essential ingredients to make a clear, brothy soup. Making a good soup starts with making a good stock. Otherwise, your entire product can be bland. You can make a variety of stocks from veggies, chicken, and beef.
For instance, to make chicken stock, you need to either stockpile chicken with bones in your freezer or use one from a rotisserie chicken. Next, gather enough bones, toss them in a pot, and cover them with enough water. During this step, it is best to add veggies and seasoning and allow it to simmer. You will get a delicious chicken broth when you leave it for several hours. You can make this with any meat or veggies of your choice.
Chopping into bite-sized pieces
Chopping the soup vegetables and meat is also an art in soup making. If you’re making a healthier version, which is also appealing to the eye, it is best to chop them into bite-sized pieces so that you get a mouthful in every bite.
Sautéing the vegetables
Making a delicious soup involves flavoring at every step. While sautéing your vegetables, add species to garlic, leeks, carrots, onions, celery, and other vegetables. Also, sautéing vegetables in butter or oil enhances the soup’s flavor. The vegetables should be well-cooked and soft to release their flavor into the liquid.
Calculating the cooking time
When your soup is filled with multiple ingredients, you should ensure that each ingredient is cooked right. For instance, a small pea will take a much shorter time to cook when compared to a chunk of carrots. Calculate the time accordingly and sauté the veggies, which require more cooking time, at the beginning. If you include protein in your soup, cook them separately.
Once you’re done with sautéing the veggies and meat, add your stock or liquid for the soup and allow it to boil on high flame. Once bubbles start forming, you can turn the heat down and allow it to simmer for some time. If you boil them vigorously, your veggies might turn mushy, and the meat might harden.
Stir in dairy
Adding a few tablespoons of cream, milk, or other dairy is always recommended if you’re making a creamy soup, like tomato soup. This will help in making the soup light but creamy and flavorful. If you’re making a vegan soup, you can also add cashew milk, enhancing its richness.