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Soup, Stew and Chowder Recipes

Soup, Stew and Chowder Recipes Chef

Some of the soups here are hearty meals in themselves. Others, such as the Gazpacho, make lighter meals or first courses. Accompany them with whole-grain bread and a salad, and you will be very satisfied indeed. Soups are filling, and as you will see here, they need not be thickened with cream or fattened up with cheese or meat stocks. The pureed vegetable soups in this section are sometimes thickened with potato, and the bean soups are partially or thoroughly pureed in a blender to make rich, creamy, elegant potages, full of surprising flavors and textures.

Many of these soups, especially the bean soups, freeze well. You may wish to double quantities for the freezer. Before freezing home made soup, refrigerate it until the fat rises to the surface. Skim off the fat and discard any bones. Then freeze the soup in serving-size portions for easy meals anytime.

Trimming Tip: Order a cup of minestrone or vegetable soup as an appetizer. Skip the garlic bread. Choose minestrone and other broth-based soups over cream-based soups.

Satisfying Soup, Stew and Chowder Recipes

Super Soups  |  Quick Flavorful Cooking with Broth

For a guideline on purchasing a healthier canned soup, shop for soups with less than 600mg sodium per cup.

Grandma's Cream of Potato Soup Recipe

Grandmas Cream of Potato Soup Recipe

Did You Know?

A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that participants who reported eating soup in the previous 24 hours weighed less, ate less calories per day, and had smaller waists than those who didn't eat soup.

Miso Soup

Soup Tips

  • Breadcrumbs are a quick, nutritious thickener for soup. Try whole-wheat or rye crumbs for hearty meal soups or stews. They can also be used to thicken sauces, or in sauced dishes or casseroles.
  • When making soup, to absorb the grease that settles to the top, place a leaf of lettuce on the top of soup while cooking. Remove when it has done its job.
  • When keeping soup or stew warm until ready to serve, wrap a clean kitchen towel around the lid and place it back on the pot. The towel absorbs the moisture that collects on the lid, preventing it from dripping onto the food and potentially changing the finished consistency.
  • For a unique flavor, try adding leftover jellied cranberry sauce to your favorite chili recipe.
  • Whisk pumpkin into soups and sauces to add flavor, texture and nutrients.
  • Buy frozen soup stock from the store and heat it up with small pieces of meat, poultry, grains, herbs and pasta for home made flair.

Did You Know?

Some of the highest fat crackers are Ritz, Town House and Goldfish, which contain approximately 6g fat per ounce.

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