Homemade soup is nutritious, budget friendly and can be customized to your preference. Soup can be thick or creamy, simple and basic or extravagant, full of vegetables or just one type. Beef or chicken can be used, or concentrate on broth and veggies. With all this variation, its no wonder soup is a go to food especially as the weather starts to turn colder.
You can make a good soup out of almost anything, with or without a recipe. Here are some tips on making great homemade soup.
One way to begin is by sauteing onions, mushrooms or garlic in some olive oil or butter. This is a good time to add dried herbs. Save fresh herbs for the end as their flavor could get lost in the cooking. Dried herbs to consider would be bay leaf, thyme, oregano and basil.
Once the vegetables and herbs have softened, add some liquid. This could be water, vegetable stock, beef stock or chicken stock. If you have some left over stock in the refrigerator, by all means add it.
Simmer gently. This is the time to add vegetables such as diced potatoes, carrots, celery, vegetables that take a while to cook. This is also a good time to add leftover chicken or beef.
Continue to simmer gently until vegetables are cooked and soup is warmed through. Taste test to see if any corrective seasoning such as salt or pepper is needed. Most soups benefit from a slow simmering, filling the home with great smells and allowing the flavors to blend beautifully. Soup’s on!
Budget tips include using the cooking water from vegetables such as carrots or potatoes add nutrition and flavor. You can also add leftover cheese sauces or a dab of left over cream cheese to add additional flavor and taste.
Experiment! Its a great way to use up leftovers and save on the grocery budget, deliciously. There are tons of soup recipes, including the ones found at http://www.cookinglight.com.