10 Homemade Soup Recipes that are Easy-to-make, Healthy & Filling
Apr 26, 2017
If you're concerned about eating unhealthy or junk food whenever you have cravings, we have a solution for you. What if we told you that you could ditch those unhealthy snacks for something that's easy to prepare, as well as healthy and filling at the same time! Make yourself a bowl of fresh soup right in the comfort of your home. Check out these 10 simple homemade soup recipes so that you don't have to stock up on processed soup powder packets anymore! Ensure that you’re using clean water when cooking.
1. Ginger and lentil soup
This soup is ideal during winters or when you have a cold. It requires very few ingredients and can be prepared in about 30 minutes. To begin with, heat oil in a large pan. Add onions and carrots and cook until they are soft. Add in loads of ginger and garlic and toss for a minute. Now add curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. Cook it slowly till it achieves a broth-like consistency. Add in lentils and boil for 20 minutes by which the lentils should have become soft. Add in a few diced tomatoes and simmer for 3 minutes. Your soup is now ready.
2. Green pea soup
Easy to prepare and filling, this green pea soup is ideal for cool evenings. To prepare, heat butter in a large pan. Add in chopped onions and cook until soft. Now add in some garlic, parsley and thyme and cook on low flame for a minute until the fragrance spreads out. Add in a bowl of fresh green peas and sufficient water. Boil over high heat for 5 minutes and then reduce the flame. Make sure the peas are soft by now. Puree this mixture with a blender while being careful with the hot liquid. Add salt and pepper as per your taste and serve with a slice of toasted bread. To make it more filling, you can pour some fresh cream over the top.
3. Chinese hot and sour soup
This soup can be made in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian variants. To begin with, finely chop onions, cabbage, carrots, ginger, garlic, mushrooms and French beans. Rinse them thoroughly with pure water. Heat a spoonful of oil in a kadai. Add all the ingredients mentioned above and toss them till they turn golden brown. In the meantime, make a paste of cornstarch and water. Once the vegetables are thoroughly stir fried, add water or stock (vegetable stock or chicken stock, based on your preference). Add a teaspoon of soy sauce and stir. Add in the corn paste so that the soup begins to thicken. Once it is of the right consistency, add pepper powder and vinegar. Add in boiled and shredded chicken if you like. Mix in some salt to taste and serve garnished with coriander leaves.
4. Chicken broth soup
One of the easiest soups to make, although a bit time consuming initially, and literally a soup for the soul, this soup is known to be a cure for a cough and cold. To start with, add in a whole chicken, 2 peeled carrots, 1 stalk of celery, 2 yellow onions, a handful of fresh parsley, 1 whole garlic, a teaspoon of dried thyme and a bay leaf to a pot full of boiling water. Boil over high heat till this mixture begins to foam. Reduce the flame and keep it simmering for around 45 minutes to an hour till the chicken is cooked completely and lets out juices. Take the chicken pieces out from the pot. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken and add it back into the pot. Let the soup now cook for another hour or so. Once the soup is thick enough, take it off the stove and strain the broth and bottle it. Whenever you feel like having a bowl of chicken broth soup, all you'll need to do is add the thick broth to a bowl of boiling water and voila! Your soup is ready.
5. Tomato soup
This soup is commonly made in many Indian households. It does not require many ingredients and can be prepared in a matter of 15 to 20 minutes. First, heat oil in a saucepan and add in chopped ginger, carrots and celery. Stir fry for a minute. Add in tomatoes, salt, sugar and pepper. Cook till the tomatoes soften. Once this mixture is cool, puree it in a blender. Heat oil again in a saucepan. Add in jeera and asafoetida. Wait for them to sputter. Add in tomato puree and water. When it begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer. When it's ready to serve, add in a few croutons for that extra crunch. Garnish with coriander, pepper powder and fresh cream (all optional).
6. Cream of mushroom soup
This is probably the easiest of soup recipes, although a bit too heavy and filling. To begin with, cut the mushrooms into thin slices. Melt butter in a large frying pan and add in the sliced mushrooms and finely chopped onions and garlic. Cook until all the ingredients are soft. Add in fresh cream and vegetable or chicken stock. Keep stirring frequently. Add some water if the soup is too thick. Sprinkle some salt, rosemary and thyme powder for taste. Your soup is now ready.
7. Potato and leek soup
A filling soup, this requires very few ingredients and is easy to prepare. Start by heating oil in a pan and adding chopped onions, diced potatoes and sliced leeks. Cook for a few minutes until the ingredients are soft. Add in vegetable or chicken stock and bring to boil. Add salt and pepper powder to taste. Mix in a blender till the right consistency is achieved. Reheat in the pan on medium flame while adding the cream. This is a slightly sweet soup and hence, may not appeal to everyone. The soup can be had hot or cold.
8. Japanese miso soup
While this soup is easy to prepare and quite healthy, finding the ingredients may be a bit of a challenge. If you have access to a specialized supermarket, this shouldn't be a challenge though. In a medium pan, add in two spoons of dashi granules (Japanese stock) and a few cups of water and boil. Reduce the heat to medium and add in three tablespoons of miso paste. Dice a few pieces of tofu, separate the layers of a whole green onion and add these to the soup. Simmer for around 4 minutes before serving.
9. Indian rasam soup
A traditional south Indian dish, this soup can be had as is, or mixed with rice. To begin, medium roast lentils, chana dal, cumin, red chilli and peppercorn. Once this mixture becomes fragrant, grind it into a fine powder and set aside. In a blender, add diced tomatoes, lemon juice and tamarind paste and blend till you achieve the consistency you prefer. In a pan, add 4 cups of water and wait till it boils. Add in this blended mixture and 5 tablespoons of the ground powder. Add in a bit of turmeric and bring to boil. In a few minutes, add in coriander leaves. In a separate tadka pan, heat ghee and add mustard seeds and cumin. When it begins to sputter, add in curry leaves and transfer this tadka to the pan. Add salt to taste and serve hot.
10. Avocado cold soup
Avocados are a wonder fruit packed with essential nutrients. They are known to enhance satiety, meaning you’ll feel full longer. This cold soup is ideal for the hot summers and is very easy to prepare. As there is no boiling involved, make sure you use purified water while making the soup. In a blender or food processor add in cucumber, avocados, yellow onions, yoghurt, mint leaves, lime juice, pepper, salt, cumin and a cup of cold water and process until it reaches a creamy consistency. Chill in partial-freezing for about 2 hours or in full freezing for around 20 minutes. Garnish with mint leaves and serve. For added thickness, you can add a couple of spoons of fresh cream or sour cream while blending. For added spice, you can put in some ginger powder, chilly powder or whole peppercorns.
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