Making soup is so rewarding, and especially during January—National Soup Month! There’s just something so soothing about cozying up with a big bowl of homemade soup during the wintertime, especially on a snowy day. If you’re ready to elevate your soup game, Here Here Market is here to help! Here are some of our favorite tips to help you achieve soup-making bliss.
1. Start With the Stock
Your stock is the heart and soul of your soup, so skip the bullion blocks and powders and either make it yourself or use a high-quality pre-made broth like this Clarified Tomato Broth by Tomato Bliss. If you’ve never done it before, you might be surprised by how easy making soup stock can be.
You can make a great veggie broth by simply browning mirepoix—carrots, onions, and celery—and adding water. You can also make a simple chicken broth by simmering leftover bones from a rotisserie chicken. Once your stock-making skills are up to par, transforming it into a hearty soup or stew is a breeze!
2. Try Adding Roasted Veggies
For a bold, rich flavor packed with umami, try roasting veggies in the oven until they're lightly charred, and then blend them with your stock. A blender will be a very valuable tool in your kit, so if you don’t have one, gift yourself one for National Soup Month!
Of course, sometimes making soup is easier (and potentially even tastier) if you use pre-made ingredients from expert culinary creators—this Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup by Tomato Bliss will give you that big roasted flavor, and you’ll never even have to turn on your oven.
3. Keep It Simple
Sure, a hearty stew packed with ingredients can hit the spot, but don’t overlook the elegant flavors of a bisque or sipping soup (that’s where your blender comes into play). We also highly recommend an exclusive product you’ll only find at Here Here Market: Vadouvan Curry Sipping Soup by Tomato Bliss. Lovingly crafted using over 30 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, this French-style curry soup is heaven in a jar.
4. Spice Up Your Life
Spices make making soup so much more fun. If your spice cabinet could use an upgrade, what better time than National Soup Month? We recommend browsing the ethically sourced options from Rumi Spice, especially their Wild Harvested Ground Black Cumin. There are so many vibrant flavors out there, so start slow, and have some fun experimenting. Here are some of the most common soup spices to get you started:
- Onion powder
- Bay leaves
- Cayenne (spicy!)
Pro tip: Adding just a little splash of acid (citrus or vinegar) when the soup is finished can really open up the flavor profile, too!
5. Use Quality Ingredients
When it comes down to it, the quality of your soup depends on the quality of your ingredients. While you can use grocery store canned goods in a pinch, you deserve better than that! The simple truth is that making soup isn’t very difficult, but it’s easy to mess up if you’re not careful.
We highly recommend this Heirloom Tomato Soup Duo by Tomato Bliss as a simple and downright delectable starting point—your taste buds will thank you! We hope you enjoy some incredible flavors this National Soup Month. Shop all of our products to discover culinary gems and support amazing local creators.