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.)
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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