16 Apr 4 Healthy Soup Recipes Made With Whatever You Have in Your Pantry
Soups and broths have been used as the foundations of some of the world’s best-loved dishes for hundreds of years, but recently there has been a growing realization that they are, in fact, nutritional powerhouses that contain the building bricks of excellent health.
Now, more than ever, we are placing more value on foods that are bringing us back to the basics from which our food traditions begin. This appreciation of the significance of healthy nutrition and the influence it has on our health is leading more of us back into the kitchen, happy to invest our time and effort to ensure that what we’re feeding ourselves and our families is not only tasty but also nutritionally unimpaired.
The rising popularity of bone broth is clear proof of this trend. Here we’ll be sharing 4 simple soup recipes. You don’t need any special cooking skills, just a desire to create something as nourishing to your body as it is to your soul.
1. Vegetable Soup
You can easily make your own soup recipe with whatever vegetables you have in your pantry. There’s almost not a person that doesn’t know how to prepare a basic tomato, onion and carrot soup. But, when it comes to the creamier soups, it’s more of a challenge. So, here’s a recipe for a creamy cauliflower and potato soup.
1 cauliflower, chopped
1 boiling potato, peeled and diced
Salt and ground white pepper
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
a couple of parsley leaves
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the cauliflower and potato, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until the vegetables soften, usually for about 5 minutes. Drain well and return to the pan. Add 600ml of the milk, a half tsp salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook until the cauliflower and potato are tender, usually for about 15–20 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
Working in batches, purée the soup in a blender, adding the remaining milk as needed to reach the desired creamy consistency. Transfer to a clean saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in the butter, the parsley leaves and add a half tsp of pepper. Voilà!
2. Enhanced Immunity-Boosting Green Pea Soup
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
125 g Canadian bacon
125 g baby spinach leaves
Salt and black pepper
Put the 4 cups of the broth in a large pan and cook it with 1 liter of water. Heat the olive oil in a large pan and gently cook the onion over a low heat for about 10 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and the bacon and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add everything to the pan of broth and bring to a boil. Carefully skim off any scum that forms on the surface and reduce the heat to low. Stir the spinach into the soup and cook for a couple of minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
Now all that’s left is for you to enjoy this delicious soup that will keep you healthy and energized the whole day!
3.Mushroom Soup With Thyme and Green Onions
30 g dried porcini mushrooms
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
750 g white mushrooms, sliced
1⁄2 tsp dried thyme
125 ml dry sherry 4 cups
Salt and pepper
A bunch of green onions, chopped
In a small bowl, combine the mushrooms with 1 cup of hot water. Cover and soak for 30 minutes. Lift out the mushrooms, reserving the soaking liquid. Chop the mushrooms and set them aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and the garlic and sauté until soft, usually for about 4-5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until browned, usually for about 10-15 minutes. Add thyme and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Add half of the mushroom’s soaking liquid and the sherry and cook until most of the liquid is absorbed. Then, add the 1l of BONE BROTH Grandma’s Chicken Soup Flavor ready and bring to boil.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes to blend the flavors. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the green onions and serve.
4. Parmesan Broth With Lemon, Chicken, and Spinach
2 small skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 piece of Parmesan cheese, rind
Juice of 1 squeezed lemon
Salt and pepper
In a small saucepan, combine the chicken breasts with cold water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer until the chicken is cooked, about 15 minutes by regularly skimming off any foam on the surface. Transfer to a plate and let it cool, then shred the chicken.
In a large pot, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the Parmesan rind, the broth, and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Add the spinach and chicken and continue to simmer, stirring constantly, just until the spinach is wilted. Remove and discard the Parmesan rind and season with salt and pepper.
Here’s an easily made meal that’s sure to bring you lots of health benefits. Sip your favorite flavor of Broth By Design‘s Bone Broths and keep your family healthy and safe.
Just mix two heaped tablespoons in 200ml of boiling water and serve a meal that’s packed with healthy, life-enhancing nutrients.
Wrapping Things Up
Hot, creamy, brothy, soups are always a delight! Considered by many to be the ultimate comfort food, they are a-must additions to the dining table throughout more difficult times.
You can use what you have stocked in your pantry and get inspiration for your next creation. It’s easy to personalize the above-mentioned recipes to your own taste by using alternative ingredients, eliminating cream or an herb you may not have on hand, and adjusting the texture by blending it more or leaving it thicker.
Some soups are perfect for casual meals, while others offer an elegant way to begin a family dinner party. Just add a simple garnish on top of it and pretend you are in a fancy restaurant. Enjoy!