Regardless of the type of day you're experiencing, nothing quite soothes the body like a nice, warm soup. This is why soups have become a staple of many cultures, not only providing a warm atmosphere for home cooking but also fleshing out incredible menus at restaurants.
Because of this, soups have become an item that can be just as luxurious as they are simple, but they also have become artistic staples of many different types of cooking techniques, both of traditions that are well-grounded and those that are more off-the-cuff.
To help you become more familiar with certain types of soup and how exactly to prepare them efficiently, we've made a list of our favorite soups and easy recipes that you can prepare them with:
Chicken soup is a timeless soup that has been contained in traditions in many different cultures. For people in the United States of America, it can mean a way to ward off sickness and promote good health, often helping people treat the common cold and other types of illnesses.
The way to prepare an easy Chicken Soup is to take the carcass and bones of a leftover chicken and put it in a pot with an equal amount of broth and water (typically a few cups will suffice depending on your resources). Let it simmer and eventually come to a boil and cook it for about a half an hour, then remove the carcass and bones before adding in any vegetables you'd like to add. Cook these for about 15 minutes while picking the meat off of the chicken carcass. Then you can add the chicken meat to the pot, stirring in salt, pepper, and any other spices you'd like to add.
Gumbo is typically a traditional, Creole dish that is most-known for its deep roots in New Orleans. It often features a variety of ingredients that truly depends on which family recipe you're going by to make it, but we wanted to provide you with a simple way to make it. The first step is that you'll want to whisk about a cup of bacon drippings in a saucepan with flour over a medium-low heat.
Through this, you'll be able to create a smooth mixture, which you'll continue to cook until it's brown. Then you put vegetables such as celery, onion, and garlic into a food processor to get them down to a choppy texture, after which you add it to the previous mixture. Then add in a meat of your choice (many families use sausage) and let the whole mixture simmer for about 20 minutes. After this, remove the heat and create the second part of the recipe.
Create the second part of the recipe by bringing a pot of water filled with beef bouillon cubes to boil. After the cubes dissolve, you can mix in the previous mixture you made and continue to boil it while adding in different seasoning (we recommend Cajun seasoning, thyme, sugar, salt, and hot pepper). After it simmers for about an hour, then mix in a few teaspoons of gumbo powder to taste. Feel free afterward to mix in any crab meat or other ingredients before setting the mixture aside, having your simple Gumbo dish.
Traditionally a Vietnamese dish, a proper Pho can take on many different forms through a variety of recipes. In this recipe, we'll give you a way to make easy Pho that can be versatile and taken with you no matter where you go. This recipe is simple: peel some onions and ginger, then char them on a gas stove. Once you do this, you can roast some spices of your choice (we recommend star anise, cloves, and cinnamon) until they give off a toasty smell. Then, add beef broth, soy sauce, cut carrots, fish sauce, and the charred ingredients from earlier. After simmering this for 30 minutes, add some thinly-sliced beef. Then prepare some rice noodles and put both those into the mixture, letting the dish simmer for 10 minutes. After this, add the rest of the ingredients, such as chili pepper, scallions, bean sprouts, and lime wedges to get your homemade, quick Pho!
Vegetable soup is one of the easiest and most intuitive types of soup you can make. One of the reasons for this is that it really is what you want it to be, as it can be anything. For example, we love chopping up carrots, celery, onions, grilling all of these, then throw them in a broth to simmer for 30 minutes before adding our favorite spices (salt, pepper, coriander, etc.) to make it truly a dish to remember. Delicious!