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February 22, 2019

Round Up of Homemade Soups

Post by Cinde Little

Here is a Round Up of Homemade Soups to get you through the winter. To me February feels like the dead of winter and nothing warms me up like sunshine or homemade soup. Where I live we are guaranteed sunshine so I just need to make the soup.

A Round Up of Homemade Soups
A Round Up of Homemade Soups

Is Soup Stock Gluten Free?

Not every soup recipe uses soup stock but many do and from the selection I see in stores they often contain gluten. There is also a significant difference in the salt content. So my two important notes for making homemade soup with store bought stock:

  • Always check the label for hidden gluten.
  • Taste your soup near the end and adjust for salt and seasoning.

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Hearty Homemade Soups

First up is a hearty Leek and Split Pea Soup with Pistou that has the flavours of Italy exploding in your mouth. Made with Italian Sausage it meets the definition of hearty and is perfect for a cold winter night.

A beautiful soup bowl full of Leek and Split Pea Soup with Pistou.
Leek and Split Pea Soup with Pistou -photo credit Jim Little

Next is my Lentil and Red Pepper Soup topped with Tandoori Chicken and fresh cilantro. I created it for a contest celebrating Nutrition Month a few years ago. This is a tasty recipe that uses lentils and that is the only way I want to eat lentils.

A bowl of Lentil and Red Pepper Soup
Lentil and Red Pepper Soup -photo credit Jim Little

This Butternut Squash Soup with Poblano Chiles is delicious served in a bowl but one Thanksgiving I wanted a hot appetizer to take to a friends house so I served it in these shot glasses and received rave reviews.

Shooters of Butternut Squash Soup with Poblano Chiles
Butternut Squash Soup with Poblano Chiles -photo credit Jim Little

Nothing fancy here, this is my version of instant noodles. Originating from some Chinese soup recipe with a peanuty broth I refined it a bit and simply call it Noodle Soup with Peanut Sauce.

A bowl of Noodle Soup with Peanut Sauce surrounded by optional toppings.
Noodle Soup with Peanut Sauce -photo credit Jim Little

Homemade chicken noodle soup is good for anything that ales you and this Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Soup is my pick. Easy to make and bursting with the fresh flavours of Vietnamese cuisine it can bring you out of a winter cold.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Soup
Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Soup -photo credit Jim Little

Depending where you live you might want to wait for the freshest garden tomatoes to make this Roasted Tomato Soup. That’s what I do.

Roasted Tomato Soup
Roasted Tomato Soup -photo credit Jim Little

Homemade Soups Featuring Seafood

If you love shellfish or just feel adventurous this Italian Fish and Shellfish Soup is a fun soup to make with friends. Preferably on a Friday night with wine. We serve it as a meal with homemade gluten free crostini and a big salad.

A bowl of Italian Fish and Shellfish Soup
Italian Fish and Shellfish Soup -photo credit Jim Little

Whenever I think of this Thai Spicy Shrimp Soup I am reminded of a cooking class student (shout out to Jenna) who realized soup is just flavoured water. Yes, the base of this soup is made from cooking the shrimp shells in water but don’t be fooled, all the flavours of Thailand are there and it packs a mean punch. The kind I love.

A bowl of homemade Thai Spicy Shrimp Soup.
Thai Spicy Shrimp Soup -photo credit Jim Little

Homemade Soups That Celebrate Summer 

This is a soup Round Up so I’ll include these two favourite summer soups that I think are worth remembering. I suppose you could make this Green Bean Soup with cilantro in the winter but I save it for the green bean harvest from my garden. On a cool evening in late summer it is perfect.

A bowl of Green Bean Soup with cauliflower, cilantro and parmesan.
Green Bean Soup with Parmesan and Cilantro -photo credit Jim Little

Another favourite summer soup is Gazpacho. I made this version for a my Gourmet Dinner Club Farm-To-Table dinner so named it Farm to Table Gazpacho. It involves a lot of chopping but it is so worth it.

Mason jars filled with my Farm to Table Gazpacho for our Gourmet Dinner Club evening.
Farm to Table Gazpacho -photo credit Jim Little

Let me know in the comments below what kind of soup you like to make.

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