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8 Essentials for Making Great Soup

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8 Essentials for Making Great Soup

Here in the northeast, it is warm soup time, and with the abundance of autumn vegetables, sweet squash and tree fruits, the possibilities for exciting recipes ignite the imagination. The essential ingredients for making great soup may vary from culture to culture, but they each work magic in very simple ways. Slow cooking yields the best results, while soup pots, as well as quality ingredients, can make the difference between a great or a mediocre soup.

1. Soup Pots

  • Use a heavy saucepan, or soup pot (enamel on iron), that allows for long, slow cooking.
  • A crock pot is great when you are busy, plus you can arrive home to the delicious aromas.
  • A pressure cooker allows for quick cooking of beans, lentils and root vegetables, while preserving flavor.

2. Soup Stock 


  • Vegetable stock can be made by simmering chopped vegetables and herbs in water, then straining.
  • Store-bought vegetable broth can taste overly strong and contain high amounts of salt, so use less and add more water.
  • Vegetable bouillon cubes vary in quality, and the oil used can go rancid over time. Choose wisely.
  • A shiitake-kombu dashi is the simple broth used as a base for miso and other Japanese soup recipes.



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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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1:57AM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

Thank you :)

5:46AM PDT on Jun 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing

4:17AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

great tips, thanks for sharing

3:02AM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Thank you :)

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2:11AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

Thank you :)

8:30PM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Great tips. thank you.

1:47AM PST on Mar 6, 2013


7:03PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

Good tips, thank you. :)

1:57PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

Thank you Delia, for Sharing this!

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