Add Flavor to Homemade Soups

Soup is my absolute favorite meal during winter. It’s so fun to throw what I have on hand into a big pot and experiment with flavor combinations. I always keep my pantry stocked with different kinds of rice and dried beans for soups, and I always keep frozen containers of stock in my freezer.

If you also love making homemade soup, try some of the following tried-and-true techniques for adding depth and boosting flavor:

1. Add grated or puréed potato, squash, zucchini, onion or garlic early in the process; they’ll eventually dissolve.

2. Pop in an herb-infused ice cube. (Blend fresh herbs with oil and a little water, and keep frozen in ice cube trays.)

3. Add a hefty dollop of tomato paste, honey, molasses, nut butter, pesto, miso or nutritional yeast (the base of many bouillon cubes).

4. Spice up soups based on tomatoes, beans or cream with dashes of nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin or chili powder.

5. Add complexity with red or white wine, cognac, brandy, sherry, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, lemon juice or vinegar.

For many more tips, plus recipes for Basic Vegetable Stock, Tomato Tortilla Soup and Garden Minestrone Soup, see Warming Winter Soups.

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Bmr Reddy
Bmr Reddy2 years ago


Val M.
Val M.2 years ago

MMm, sounds yummy! Have bookmarked it

Roger M.
Past Member 2 years ago

Yeah, soup is the taste of winter, isn't it? Thanks for this.

Lisa Gourley
Lisa Gourley2 years ago


Mary B.
Mary B.2 years ago


Rosemary G.
Rosemary G.2 years ago

I never thow away any vegetable unless it is really rotten.When my well washed salad is wilted, I make a delicious salad soup and just add some water cress and a potato..Yum..Just add a tea spoon full of Creme Fraiche and voila! Bon appetit!

Autumn S.
Autumn Away S.2 years ago

We make soup at least twice a week in the winter, healthy and way better than the kinds you buy :)

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton2 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Jane J.
Jane J.2 years ago

Glad to say, soup-making is having a come back. People had been thinking it was too much trouble, but have now found it is easy and oh so good. Thanks for the tips.