I love making soup in the Bellini, its one of my favourite perks of this great machine.
But how do you make a good soup vs an average one.
Here are my top 10 tips to turn your soup into a soupstar (he he he!)
- Use homemade stock. This is super easy to do in a thermocooker. My favourite is the vegetable stock paste, but the chicken version is just as easy to prepare.
- Add some roasted garlic. Soft roasted garlic added at towards the end of the cooking process will give a lovely tang to your soup.
- Use yoghurt to make it creamy. Yoghurt is a great healthy and lighter alternative to cream to turn that soup deliciously creamy, just remember to use natural not vanilla 😉
- Use ground nuts for a delicious dairy free creamy soup. Cashews are particularly awesome for this. Jo from Quirky cooking does this very well in her Creamy Chicken Soup, featured in my cookbook.
- Add whole sprigs of Thyme. The leaves will come off on their own, creating a fantastic flavour and you can pull out the stalks when you finish cooking.
- Cheese rinds, taking it to the next level. Grab your leftover cheese rinds from parmesan or other hard cheeses and throw them in the soup. The flavour will infuse the soup and you can pull out the leftover rind at the end of the cooking process. Rinds can be stored in the freezer until you are ready to use them.
- Cook your onion/leek first. Before adding the stock and water, sweat out your onion or leek for a couple of minutes to really bring out the flavour.
- Cut vegetables fairly fine. Think about what will fit well on a spoon and cut accordingly. Of course with a thermal cooker, it will do the work for you :-).
- Use potato to correct a salty soup. If your soup is too salty, add a whole, peeled potato to the soup and simmer for about 15 minutes to absorb salt. Remove the potato and serve.
- Make lots! This seems like an obvious point, but its worth making a big batch as soup is a really good standby meal to have in the freezer or to take to work for lunch.
There are three delicious soup recipes in Kate’s Thermo Cookbook:
- Chicken, vegetable and noodle soup
- Creamy chicken soup
- Pumpkin soup