Read Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine Issue 11 | March 2017 - Page 55

Making soup is an art! Whether you are making vegetable, chicken, lentil or any other soup, learn five ways to elevate your soup from good to spectacular!

Saute

Sautéing intensifies the flavor of the ingredients, infusing the soup with great taste. You can sauté in a little olive or coconut oil, or in 1-2 tablespoons of broth for about five minutes. I suggest sautéing one or more of the following: garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, celery, peppers, ginger, mushrooms

Spices & dry herbs

To continue intensifying the flavor, add spices and dry herbs to the sauté mixture. My favorites are smoked paprika, cumin, cumin seeds, curry mixes, turmeric, thyme, rosemary.

Broth instead of water

Another big flavor enhancer is to cook your soup in broth instead of in water. You can make your own homemade broth or you can buy it at the store. I highly recommend buying a good quality, organic broth. The difference will be amazing

Zing!

Finish off your soup with a splash of flavor that will make it really pop. This important step is practiced by top chefs so don’t skip it.

You can try a splash of any of the following:

Lemon juice

Lime juice

Toasted sesame oil

Vinegar

Hot sauce

Garnish

This goes on your plate or bowl when serving the soup. You can add crunch with toasted pumpkin seeds, strips of toasted nori seaweed or crumbles of corn chips. You can add an explosion of flavor with fresh, chopped herbs such as cilantro, parsley, basil or dill.

Viola!

You’ve become a soup master!

Happy cooking!!!