Category:Soup Recipes

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Soup recipes have been around for thousands of years. Often, soup is prepared on a cold winter's day to provide a warm and nourishing meal. However, there are some soups that are designed to be served cold, which make great meals for hot summer nights. Many famous restaurant chains such as Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and T.G.I. Friday's, serve signature soup dishes that home cooks can duplicate. These recipes include simple dishes that can be served as appetizers and hearty soups that make good main dishes.

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Soup Can be served as a first course or a main dish
Also known as Stew
Restaurant portions Typically served in cups or bowls
Types Vegetable, meat-based, seafood
Temperature Some soups can be served cold, while others should be served hot or lukewarm
Author Selena Robinson

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Low Fat Thickeners for Soup

Adding a thickener to soup is an easy way to add bulk without using too many heavy ingredients. If you use the right kind of soup thickener, you can increase the bulk without adding to the fat content. Cornstarch is an ideal soup thickener, because it can be used to add bulk to a thin soup quickly.

To thicken a soup with cornstarch, simply mix a tablespoon of cornstarch in with a few tablespoons of cold water. Pour the mixture into the soup slowly, stirring to combine. Bring the soup to a boil and let it cook for a few minutes before turning off the heat.[1]

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Cooking Soup in a Slow Cooker

If you'd like to cut down on the active time of a recipe, adapting a soup recipe to use with a slow cooker is a simple way to reduce the amount of work involved. You'll need to begin making the soup a bit earlier in the day, since many slow cookers need 6 to 8 hours to prepare the food thoroughly. In most cases, you can use the very same ingredients with a slow cooker soup recipe as you would with a stovetop recipe. But you may need to change the order in which you add the ingredients.

Place the base liquid in the slow cooker first, along with any sturdy vegetables and raw meat. Then cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. If you'll be adding softer vegetables or pasta, wait until the last 30 minutes of cooking time to do so.[2]

Making Low Sodium Soup

Many restaurant and store-bought soups are high in sodium. When you make soup yourself, you can cut the sodium content drastically by using a low-sodium broth or by increasing the water and vegetables in the recipe.

You can also skip the store-bought broth, which usually contains a lot of sodium, and make your own homemade chicken stock, beef stock, or vegetable stock. Homemade stocks nearly always have less sodium than store-bought versions, which need to have a long shelf life.[3]

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe

A demonstration of how to make homemade chicken noodle soup

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