Do you ever just want to throw a few ingredients together and have dinner done? I've got you covered with some easy steps to creating delicious healhty soups. Use some leftovers or quickly chop a few things up, either way you will have something delightful to gobble down in no time!
In this video I share some basic steps to creating a soup. Use this to guide you in putting together many different flavoured soups.
Prep your ingredients
Add your base flavour
Now you can start off with chopping or using pre chopped onion, garlic, ginger or chilli – (3 seconds/speed 7). Use a mix or all depending of the flavour you are trying to create. You can sauté these off with a little butter, oil or fat if you like – (3 minutes/100 degrees/reverse/speed 1). Every extra step you do will create an additional level of flavour!
Add your vegetables and meats
Next, add the hard vegetables if you are using any. For example, some carrot, sweet potato and pumpkin. Be sure to pre chop these. You can sauté them as well if you prefer. I usually go straight into adding a liquid. If you're using raw meats then cube and add these at this stage as well as they will need longer cooking. Add leftover meat at the end with the soft vegetables.
Choose your soups liquid
Then, you need to choose the type of liquid you are going to use to cook your soup in. This is one of the keys to creating the specific flavour you're trying to create with your soup. For example, if you're cooking a basic vegetable soup you could use vegetable broth, a chicken soup with chicken stock, an asian soup could be miso paste with water or as a bare minimum just add water. Remembering we are trying to add the different levels of flavour depending on what we are trying to create.
Add seasoning and soft vegetables
Finally, once you have cooked the hard vegetables and any raw meats its time for the final step. Season and cook any remaining soft vegetables. These are ones that only need a few minutes of cooking like bok choy, frozen veggies, herbs, asparagus or anything else your palate desires.
Soup inspiration list
Now you have the guide to a quick and easy soup that you can adjust to what's in the fridge, what you feel like or what you have time for!! I hope that gives you some inspiration to create your own soups. Otherwise, you can always check out some free recipes that are on the blog too: