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Looking for new soup recipes?

now thats its getting colder...brrrrr
We are getting tired of the basic veg, chicken and potato soups. I'd like to try some new soups, does anyone have any ideas??
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Re: Looking for new soup recipes??

one of the recipe sites I use:

http://www.epicurious.com/tools/sear...ts?search=soup

recipes come with user comments and if they have been given 4 forks, you can be pretty sure it is actually quite nice
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Re: Looking for new soup recipes??

Roast a butternut squash, peel out the flesh. Fry an onion with some garlic until soft - add butternut and some chicken stock. Puree. Add some coconut milk and chili flakes to taste.

Easy peasy
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Re: Looking for new soup recipes??

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4...nch-onion-soup

This is good and easy to make
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Re: Looking for new soup recipes??

A zingy pumpkin soup I made for Halloween:

2 medium onions (chop coarsly)
2 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp paprika
3 cm fresh ginger, chopped into matchstick size

- fry together until onions softened and golden

2 dl fresh orange juice
5 dl vegetable stock (can't remember exact amount)
300g potatoes (floury), chopped
600g pumpkin, chopped

Throw all into the pot, bring to boil and let simmer for 30 - 40 minutes until the veggies are soft.

Carefully purée the mixture with a hand blender.
Add salt and pepper to taste (or more curry if you like it hot!)
Add more water or veg stock if soup is too thick.

Before serving, add a dollop of full cream and stir.

For decoration (optional), top with a few fresh coriander leaves.

Note: amounts are approximate as I always improvise with this own recipe, taking whatever amounts I have of pumpkin and potato available. Keep tasting as you go along to achieve the spiciness you want.
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Roast a butternut squash, peel out the flesh. Fry an onion with some garlic until soft - add butternut and some chicken stock. Puree. Add some coconut milk and chili flakes to taste.

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Sounds good - I'll try that one too!
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Old 04.11.2009, 23:57
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Re: Looking for new soup recipes??

Ahhh, now that I'm single again, guess I'll be making a lotta soups so I can just heat them up in the evening after work

Will be keeping an eye on this thread for some new recipes. Anyone know of any good soup recipe books?
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Ahhh, now that I'm single again, guess I'll be making a lotta soups so I can just heat them up in the evening after work

Will be keeping an eye on this thread for some new recipes. Anyone know of any good soup recipe books?
surely singledom is the perfect excuse for pizza and kebab every night?
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surely singledom is the perfect excuse for pizza and kebab every night?
If I wanna get fat, I guess it's the perfect excuse.

As much as I like the pizzas and the pastas at the Da Paolo restaurant in Gland (they're very good!), atually buying some veggies and making a dish out of that is about 5chf cheaper every evening... At the end of the month, it adds up, especially when I'm stuck paying for my appartment all alone
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If I wanna get fat, I guess it's the perfect excuse.

As much as I like the pizzas and the pastas at the Da Paolo restaurant in Gland (they're very good!), atually buying some veggies and making a dish out of that is about 5chf cheaper every evening... At the end of the month, it adds up, especially when I'm stuck paying for my appartment all alone
though i'm sure even 5 chfs every night is still nothing compared to the rent...
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Re: Looking for new soup recipes??

True, true... been contemplating about placing an ad on EF regarding the spare room I have, but I'm speaking to a colleague of mine at the moment that just might come and live with me and thus lower my charges.

It's a little more comforting to have a colleague that I know well enough, sleeping in my spare room 4 night a month (he flies off to Portugal every friday, comes back on mondays) than an entire stranger staying here every day of week...

I'm throwing my coins in the air right now so to speak, we shall see
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Re: Looking for new soup recipes??

One of my favorite soups to make from scratch is "Asian inspired"... my Korean American friend introduced me to a soup called KimChee Ji-Gae (something like that, I spell it like it sounds) which she used some stewing beef cut into chunks and a whole lot of prepared kimchee (which we used to get "fresh" made at our local shop in Daytona) which she served over rice.

For me, I eat less beef and A LOT less kimchee so I add some other veggies and some raw napa cabbage to the soup.

So, I start off with about 2 nicely sized chicken breasts, cut into cubes.
Heat some olive oil (maybe 1 tbsp) in the bottom of a soup pot, add the chicken, sprinkle with onion powder and garlic powder - these days I also add dried minced ginger.
Rough chop one or two medium onions (or 4 small "soup" onions) and 3 -4 cloves of garlic, add to chicken. Add a dash of white pepper and cook until onions come almost clear.
"Deglaze" the pot with about 2tbsp of soy sauce, scraping any meat and veggie bits from the bottom.
Add about 2L of water.
I "always" have bags of frozen veggies around, often some Asian mix but sometimes "California" mix (carrots, broccoli and cauliflower) or sometimes some pea n carrot based mix... I toss some of whatever into the soup, to me anything goes with soysauce and chicken so...
A few leaves (say about 5) of fresh napa cabbage, rinsed well (that stuff is notoriously sandy / gritty) and rough chopped get added about 10min before serving, just long enough to let them get nicely wilted.

I serve this over / with steamed Basmati or Jasmine rice and kimchee on the side.
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Re: Looking for new soup recipes??

There is no end to soup recipes and information at http://www.soupsong.com/.
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Re: Looking for new soup recipes??

If you want to go the Indian way, I'd recommend any and all Daals (lentil stew / soup).

They're full of flavour, protein, aromatics and very comforting. During winter, they keep a fire burning in your belly. They're also quite heavy and fill the belly.

Check out the recipes on the following site:
http://www.indianfoodforever.com/daal/

My favorites would be Daal Makhani, Toor Daal and Moong Daal. With the Moong Daal, I recommend you add a bit of coconut, really tastes fantastic.
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Re: Looking for new soup recipes??

Pea and ham is also a good change
Pre cooked ham hock from the butchers, frozen peas and onion fry in the pan with a good quality chicken stock just add the cooked ham at the last minuite and a spoon of cream or youghart yum
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Re: Looking for new soup recipes??

Well, I'm brand new to this but I've been watching your site for a few eeks now trying to absorb a little of what life might be like if we all move over there next year. For a real taste of old england - this is a recipe for the best pea and ham soup in the world...
Take a piece of gammon and soak it overnight to remove some of the salt. Bung it in a pan with roughly the same amount of yellow split peas (hope they're available - I think they're mung dhal in Indian shops). Add two chopped leeks and enough water to cover. Simmer for a couple of hours. It will now be a rich thick broth. Remove the meat and chop into small dice - actually remove the meat and use most of it in sandwiches as you only really need a little bit. Then chop up a couple of spuds, a couple of carrots and a swede (availability?) into nice small pieces and simmer in the soup for 15 or 20 minutes until cooked but not mushy. The whole thing will be thick, rich and tasty and is best served with herby suet dumplings - but that's lesson two! Good luck
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Re: Looking for new soup recipes??

You can make nice and healthy soups based on all sorts of stuff using one simple recipe:

Cut a brunoise (i.e. fine dice) of an onion, two thin slices of celeriac or an equal amount of celery, half a carot and maybe some other veggies like fennel, leek etc., whatever you have at hand. Sautee the veggies in oil until soft and slightly (!) browned.

Add 400 - 500 gr of the main ingredient cut to medium dice -- that may be bumpkin, potatoes, Belgian endives, cauliflower, celery, green beans (cut to 1 cm length), button mushrooms (white or tan), leek, lentils (any color), dried yellow peas, dried beans (kidney, borlotti / pinto, soisson, cassoulet etc., all soaked over night), chickpeas (ditto), whatever you think might fit.

Take the pot from the stove, add three teaspoons of flour, stir thoroughly. Add about 1.2 ltr of plain warm tap water. (Important: First add the flour, THEN the water, otherwise you'll get loads of clumps!)

Put back on hob, cover the pot and bring the soup to a gentle boil. Add salt (2 good pinches), pepper, marjoram (some Madras curry powder goes nicley with pumpikins). Keep simmering for 35 to 45 minutes or until the main ingredient is soft.

Serves four and doesn't contain any industrial stuff. I dislike all those soup recipes that ask you to add beef stock, chicken broth etc.. These days no one makes their own stock or broth, so it's all kindly provided by a totally unselfish food industry, which I just do not like.

Most of these soups can also be pureed. You may also consider adding some cream, a bit (!) of white wine etc..

When I'm alone, I cook those four portions and modify them in the course of the days, e.g. by adding some couscous, bulgur, barley, Ebly Tender Wheat (Coop and elsewhere) or the like before reheating. Another possibility is to pour half of the soup in a plastic bag and freeze it. It takes 20 minutes to thaw it whenever you need some soup.

Of course I know many people will say it's way too much work and time. I disagree. Doing it is fun. Preparation is half the meal. There even is a very sensual aspect to it.

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Red lentils and bacon are a good and inexpensive combination.

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You can make nice and healthy soups based on all sorts of stuff using one simple recipe:

Serves four and doesn't contain any industrial stuff. I dislike all those soup recipes that ask you to add beef stock, chicken broth etc.. These days no one makes their own stock or broth, so it's all kindly provided by a totally unselfish food industry, which I just do not like.

Most of these soups can also be pureed. You may also consider adding some cream, a bit (!) of white wine etc..

When I'm alone, I cook those four portions and modify them in the course of the days, e.g. by adding some couscous, bulgur, barley, Ebly Tender Wheat (Coop and elsewhere) or the like before reheating. Another possibility is to pour half of the soup in a plastic bag and freeze it. It takes 20 minutes to thaw it whenever you need some soup.

Of course I know many people will say it's way too much work and time. I disagree. Doing it is fun. Preparation is half the meal. There even is a very sensual aspect to it.

You don't gain anything in life by rushing other than overweight.
Excellent tip Captain. A great simple guide to making soups.

The only thing I can add is when you have peeled, trimmed and skinned your vegetables, take the off cuts and peels of the veggies, add them to a litre or 1.5 ltrs of water, bring to a boil, then turn down the heat to medium and simmer for 25 minutes. Use this 'vegetable stock' in your recipe instead of tap water. It doesn't take any extra time, minimum effort, you can do it while you're chopping a brunoise of your vegetables and it's better than just throwing the trimmings away.

I agree that people do not have the time nowadays to make stocks at home, however, I do feel that they add more flavour to a soup then just water. Afterall, that is what a broth or a soup is, flavoured water. If one is lucky, you can get fresh stocks at your supermarket or food store. I don't like stock cubes at all but some people do use them. In Switzerland, a lot of cooks add Aromat to flavour their soups.

I feel like a rich thick Black Bean soup tonight! Served with fresh salsa, sour cream, crispy bacon and crusty bread ... very very nice.
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...These days no one makes their own stock or broth...
We do, most often fish stock. It is actually easy and quick (with some planning) and cheap as you can get fish carcasses for free from a fishmonger. We use it to make this fish stew from River Café's cookbook which is much simpler to do than bouillabaisse or other mediterranean soups. You can also freeze it and use later for seafood risotto.

I also make this very simple and quick vegetable soup, especially in the evening:

Peel and cut one onion and cook in little olive oil until soft
Add a splash of white wine and boil for a few seconds
Add 1-2 peeleed potatoes cut in chunks and some boiled water from a kettle
At this stage you can also add some spices: dried dill and a bit of mild curry work well; you can also add a crushed clove of garlic
When potatoes are half-cooked (this will be in about 10 minutes), add a few handfulls of frozen garden peas
Cook for another 5 minutes or so to make sure that potatoes are soft and peas remain bright green
Blitz in a blender until smooth
Adjust seasoning
Thin with some milk or cream if it is too thick, although it works well on its own
Add some finely chopped fresh dill to add more fragrance

And that's it. Everybody in my family loves it.
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