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How to make soup

Updated on August 17, 2014

Bowl of steaming soup

Serve soup hot, but never boil it
Serve soup hot, but never boil it

Easy to make soups

Easy to make and even easier to eat. I love to make soups with ingredients straight from the garden and these recipes can be adapted to fit what you have available  The leek and potato soup recipe can easily be changed to include chicken or mushroom, though you would have to include some potato so that the soup thickens. Homemade soups have another advantage, no additives. Please if you have time read the ingredients in a can of soup.  So many additives!  A lovely bowl of hot homemade soup with a big slice of homemade bread and I’m in heaven. Here are some of my well tried and tested favorite recipes.


Winter Warming Soup

This soup is so easy to make. I tend to add ginger for a warm bite, but it could easily be garlic.
This soup is so easy to make. I tend to add ginger for a warm bite, but it could easily be garlic. | Source
Chives are a good garnish for this soup, but it can be any herb at hand. Also just have it without, it's just SO good.
Chives are a good garnish for this soup, but it can be any herb at hand. Also just have it without, it's just SO good. | Source

Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe is my new all time favorite. Great for cold evenings and so easy to make.


Ingredients

One butternut squash

2 medium leeks

2 medium onions

Root ginger

1 small chili pepper

Chicken stock

Salt and pepper


Method

· Wash and peel the leeks and onions.

· Peel and remove all the seeds from the squash.

· Dice all the vegetables and fry until brown.

· Add enough stock to cover the vegetables.

· Grate into the mix some of the ginger.

· Chop and add the chili

· Leave to simmer until all the vegetables are very soft

· Taste, then adjust seasoning and ginger to your preference.

· Pop into the blender and blend

· Put back into the saucepan and adjust consistency with any left over stock.

· Serve with a sprinkle of your favorite herb or a drizzle of crème fresh.



Fresh tomatoes

Tomatoes fresh from the vine
Tomatoes fresh from the vine

Fresh tomato soup

 First peel your tomatoes; this way is the best I’ve come across

Mark a small cross in the base of each tomato. Place tomatoes in boiling water for 1-2 mins, then plunge into cold water. Peel skin of each tomato downwards away from the cross.

1 kg tomatoes

I medium potato chopped
1 tbsp oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp tomato paste
4 cups vegetable stock
salt and pepper, to taste
basil leaves chopped

 

Heat oil in a medium pan, add the onion garlic and chopped potato. Cook 5 mins, or until onion and potato are tender.

 Add tomato and tomato paste; simmer, covered, for 10 mins.

.Add stock, salt and pepper, and chopped basil. Simmer, covered, for another 5 mins.

  In a food processor or blender, process the soup in batches until mixture is smooth. Return soup to pan and heat through. Serve garnished with a sprig of fresh chervil, if you like thicker soup just add more potato.

Leeks washed and ready to go

Leeks from the garden
Leeks from the garden

creamy potato soup

Potato and leek soup

Ingredients

6 medium potatoes chopped finely

4 leeks washed and chopped

2 medium onions, chopped

Garlic clove or two

Olive oil

Half a pint of chicken or vegetable stock

Milk or single cream

Salt

 

Method

Fry the potatoes, leeks, onion and garlic in the olive oil. When the potatoes are soft and the onions are just browning add the stock and simmer. When the mixture starts to thicken put into the blender and blend.  Return to the heat and add the milk or cream.  Heat through but do not boil. Keep adding milk or cream until it is at the consistency you like.  Add salt and serve.

 

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    • Vacation Trip profile image

      Susan 

      5 years ago from India

      Wow. delicious soupy hub. Thanks for sharing.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR

      jayjay40 

      6 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks for the comment, you won't be dissappointed with the potato and leek soup, it is delicious

    • oliversmum profile image

      oliversmum 

      6 years ago from australia

      jayjay40 Hi. All of your soup recipes look and sound great.

      As it is Winter here in Australia I will be trying all of them, Maybe the potato and leek first.

      Thank you for sharing your recipes with us.Voted very Interesting.:):)

    • keeponfalling profile image

      keeponfalling 

      7 years ago from Somewhere, under the Sun :)

      looks very good and tasty your soup I will try it tomorrow :)

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR

      jayjay40 

      7 years ago from Bristol England

      Love this recipe and it only takes 15 mins, definately one to try. Thanks Quiz master

    • The Quiz Master profile image

      Warren 

      7 years ago from England

      Nice hub Jay.

      For extra tasty tomato soup try my recipe Jay.

      Takes 15 minutes.

      Fry 1 very large diced onion in 6 tablespoons of olive oil until the onions turn brown.

      Boil a kettle and add 1 l litre of the boiling water to the onions.

      Add 2 knorr vegetable stock cubes, a good pinch of black pepper, some fresh coriander or basil and 2 garlic cloves.

      Throw in 10 very ripe tomtatoes and simmer for 10-15 mins.

      Last, a knob of butter and stir in unitl it's melted.

      Blend it all, sieve it to remove all the lumps and seeds and serve.

      Makes 6-8 bowls of tasty tomato soup.

      I apply this method to all my soups, I only sieve tomato soup, browning the onions in olive oil really gives any soup a beautiful flavour and with a knob of butter when it's all blended it comes out like "cream of" soup.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR

      jayjay40 

      7 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks Goodpal for the comment, I absolutley love the Butternut Squash recipe on this hub.

    • Goodpal profile image

      Goodpal 

      7 years ago

      I am a soup lover too. Tried two of the recipes mentioned here and loved them. Thanks.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR

      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks for the comment world traveller. I hadn't thought about this hub for months, then this weekend I made some butternut squash soup and thought 'I must add this to my hub.' Then low and behold you left a comment. I know its Halloween but it feels a bit spooky!

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      World-Traveler 

      8 years ago from USA

      I just love soup. Some of the best soup I have ever had was at a small family restaurant on the California coast near Moro Bay. I have also had delicious soup at an old Italian restaurant in Sonoma, California. Add a layer of Parmesan cheese and whallah, you have the best soup.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR

      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks for the comment and I hope you enjoy the soup

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      dnrkrishnan25 

      8 years ago

      informative....today i make this soup...

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR

      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      These soups have always been popular with my family and so easy to make. Thanks for the comment ethel

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I really should try some of these great recipes. Tinned soup all tastes the same these days.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR

      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks Sandyspider, you won't be disappointed, the leek and potato soup is yummy

    • Sandyspider profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I have a tomato soup recipe, but now I can add your Potato and leek soup to my collection. Yummy!

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR

      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      I am glad to be of help.

    • michiganman567 profile image

      michiganman567 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      thanks JayJay. They were in 5 gallon buckets, instead of the ground, so that was probably the problem. We dont have a lot of room for a really good garden.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR

      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      The reason sometimes why tomatos split is that the plant has been allowed to dry out. When the tomato plant dries out it takes the moisture it needs from the fruit, causing them to split. I think the split tomatoes will been fine for soup. The amount of tomatoes in a 1Kg varies according to the size of the tomatoes. I hope this helps.

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      michiganman567 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Sounds like a good tomato soup. About how many average tomatoes are there in 1kg, and how many servings come from that? We wasted a lot of tomatoes last year because they split open on the plant for some strange reason. Even some of the small ones split. If we have that problem again do you think that they would make good soup?

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR

      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Leek and potato soup is a favorite of mine, so get growing 2uesday and we could make it by the bucketful.LOL. Thanks for the comment

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      2uesday 

      8 years ago

      This is a good hub to bookmark, I like the idea of homemade leek and potato soup, and tomato is always nice. I'd better find out how to grow leeks. Thanks for this jayjay.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR

      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks scarytaff, I hope you enjoy them

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      Derek James 

      8 years ago from South Wales

      Nice soups, jayjay. Will be trying them out.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR

      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thats the best kind of soups suziecat7, the ones made of leftovers. Thanks for the comment

    • suziecat7 profile image

      suziecat7 

      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I love soup as a way to use my leftovers. Vegetables, potatoes, meat all go in. Nice easy recipess here and tomato season is coming. Thanks.

    • jayjay40 profile imageAUTHOR

      jayjay40 

      8 years ago from Bristol England

      Thanks Hello hello, these soups are wholesome and easy to make. Thanks for your comment

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your good recipees. I love good wholesome food.

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