As the weather shifts and the leaves begin
to turn, nothing seems to taste better than a warm, comforting
bowl of soup. Soup seems to have this magical ability to sooth
the soul and warm the heart.
The first step for any great soup is the
broth or stock. Hands down, the best stocks are homemade.
For a gluten-free family, homemade is not only better, but
also safer, because you know exactly what is in it. We make
large stockpots of chicken and beef broth and freeze it in
one and two-cup containers for future use. Vegetable and fish
stock can be made in less than an hour, and therefore are
easy to make as you need them. We strongly suggest making
your own stock it is very simple to make and the end
result is truly so much better than what you can buy in a
can! For complete instructions on how to make your own homemade
stocks, search our recipe archives for "Stock".
Soups are not only versatile, but are typically
easy to make. Vegetable soups begin with broth and add any
vegetables on hand, herbs, spices and youve got a great
soup! If you are looking for something a little heartier,
try adding meats, chicken, fish, pasta or beans.
Cream soups of just about any flavor, are
made with the same basic formula.
Step 1: Sauté onions, shallots,
Step 2: Add stock and vegetables.
Step 3: Simmer until vegetables are
Step 4: Puree in a food processor
and return soup to pot.
Step 5: Add cream and seasonings
Step 6: Enjoy!
The great thing about preparing soups is
that you really cant do anything wrong. If the soup
is too thick, add more stock or cream. If your soup lacks
flavor, add more salt and/or seasonings.
This fall try these amazing, delicious
of Mushroom Soup
Yellow Pepper & Roasted Tomato Soup
& Tomato Soup with Italian Sausage
& Leek Soup
Soup with Gruyere
Soup w/Gorgonzola Pecan Toasts
of Cauliflower Soup with Roasted Red Pepper Puree
Garnishing your soup can make the difference
between great and spectacular. Garnishes for soup can be simple
to elaborate. An important tip to remember when garnishing
a soup is less is more. Whatever you use, use
it sparingly. Lets face it, what food looks like is
almost as important as what it tastes like. Here are some
great garnishing tips for your next bowl of soup:
- Decorate light colored cream soups with
small contrasting pieces of vegetables. It is always a good
idea to use vegetables or herbs that have been used in the
- Puree red bell peppers and squiggle a
design on top of light cream soups.
- Decorated Latin soups with sliced avocados
or with thin strips of toasted corn tortillas.
- Dollop with sour cream or grated cheeses.
- Sprinkle with toasted nuts.
- Decorate a dark cream soup by making
an infused cream and filling a plastic squeeze bottle. Squeeze
a squiggle design on top of the soup.
- Use a small sprig of a fresh herb or
Heres to a great cup or bowl of soup!
We hope you enjoy!!!