Best Chicken Soup Recipes

If you are making soup for a family, you will want easy yet delicious soup recipes. A chicken noodle soup recipe or chicken tortilla soup makes a wonderful dinner, as does a pumpkin soup recipe or mixed vegetable soup.

The plainest chicken soup recipes might contain chicken, vegetables, and broth but if you cook the soup for a long time you can get so much flavor out of the ingredients. Crockpot cooking is an especially great way of maximizing the flavor of your chicken soup recipes because this slow cooking method extracts every last bit of the flavor from each ingredient and it also means you will end up with tender, juicy chicken and soft, perfectly cooked vegetables, as well as a balanced and well rounded broth.

However, if you do prefer to make your own stock, there are many excellent Web sites available that give instructions. Basically all you have to do is simmer chicken bones along with some onions, carrots and celery for an hour or two. Regardless of how you make it, there is one piece of advice I can give you that will always work: after the stock is made, remove the solid ingredients, and boil off some of the water to reduce the amount to half. Concentrating the stock will intensify the flavor, making everything you use it in that much more flavorful.

A lot of cream soups are pureed in a blender or food processor because a thick soup does not need chunks of vegetables, fish or meat for texture. There are exceptions to this rule, of course, but you can add texture and color to a cream soup with the garnishes.

Other vegetables are better kept savory. A broccoli or turnip based soup would be good with savory curry flavors. Some vegetables have a strong flavor and others are very mellow, which is why there are different curry soup recipes for different vegetables.

There are also plenty of recipes for chicken soup in a crockpot where you simply add every ingredient to the crockpot, give the mixture a good stir and leave it alone for ten hours. Recipes like these are fantastic when you have a busy day and you are not sure what time exactly you will be home.

Borscht is perhaps the most famous soup from the Soviet Union and it is bright red in color. It contains beets, potatoes, onion, garlic, cabbage, carrots, dill and more. This soup might not soup particularly appetizing but it has an incredible flavor. Like most Russian soups, it is traditionally adorned with a dollop of sour cream before serving.

You can even make sweet soup recipes with nuts, such as chocolate and hazelnut soup. Simmer it with some egg yolks to thicken it and add cream to give the soup a luxurious flavor and make this a winning dessert. If you enjoy sweet entree recipes, what about using some chopped hazelnuts or almonds to garnish a homemade canned pumpkin soup recipe? Pumpkin has a sweet or savory flavor, depending how it is cooked and what dish you make with it.

There are many other healthy ingredients that people add to chicken soup the above list was just a short list of the most common ones. As always, the best ingredients would be from in season farmers markets as they would have grown to ripeness before harvest.