08 Sep How to make your Soups Satisfying
Soup Tips: How to make them Satisfying & Tastier
A comforting soup recipe can be such a saviour year round when you have lots of veg to cook up and you’re not sure what to do with it. It’s also a great way to rescue your food that you might otherwise throw away and minimise food waste in your home. But having the same recipes on rotation can occasionally get a little monotonous, so here are some tips and tricks and ways to turn your simple soup bowls into a really delicious meal for all to enjoy!
- Add crunch: If you find soups a bit hard to swallow then try adding some crunch. Try toasting up or roasting some spiced or simply seasoned nuts and seeds to go on top. Heating them gives them such an incredible flavour that makes the perfect soup topping.
- Add heartiness: Why not try roasting some butter beans or chickpeas to crisp up on top. It’s a great way to make the most of what you’ve probably already got in your cupboards at home.
- Add cheese: My current favourite topping is halloumi croutons, diced up and fried or a big crumbling of feta. Shavings of parmesan and good old grated cheddar also turn any soup bowl into something special or even some paneer or a dollop of garlic yoghurt. Try this recipe for the halloumi croutons.
- Add veg: Roast up some veg to go on top. Potatoes, parsnips, carrots, courgettes go really well, or if you’ve got leftovers from a roast then they’re ready to go! And get inspired by what ingredients you’re making your soup from. If you’re using a cauliflower, then roast the leaves to add on top. Get the recipe here.
- Add spice: If you like spice, try making a spiced butter or even your own chilli oil to swirl it on top. Minimum effort for maximum enjoyment.
- Add umami: Give your soup some deep savory saltiness by adding umami flavours like some miso paste, tamari, seawedd, fish sauce or even classic marmite.
- Add creaminess: This is a great tip for when you’ve maybe made your soup a little too spice or perhaps you just like an indulgent creamy texture. Try stirring through a dollop of tahini or nut butter or yoghurt.
- Add herbs: Herbs are a great way to add flavour to your dishes and it doesn’t stop with soup. Make a pesto like this carrot top one to drizzle on top or a lovely chimichurri.