1. MAKE A GREAT BASE
Garlic and onions are the usual base of most soups, but you can use leeks instead of onions for a slightly sweeter flavour. Always sweat vegetables to bring out their sweetness before you add liquid, as this helps marry the flavours.
2. COOK UP A FLAVOUR-PACKED BROTH
There’s a reason you should stockpile beef and chicken bones in your freezer! Prevent a cloudy broth by skimming off any foam that rises to the top (you can also strain broth through cheesecloth before adding other ingredients).
3. SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS
Instead of making a bouquet garni wrapped in muslin, just pop your herbs (usually thyme, parsley and a bay leaf ) in a tea ball for the pot.
(A bouquet garni is a bundle of herbs, tied together with string or wrapped in muslin, and used in the preparation of soups, stocks and stews. The bouquet is cooked with the other ingredients, but removed before serving.)
4. MAKE A CREAMY SOUP
5. MAKE IT TANGY
6. ADD A DASH OF RED WINE VINEGAR
7. UP YOUR UMAMI.
Add a Parmesan rind (freeze them for when needed) to your soup and let it simmer to release its nutty, salty, umami flavours into chunky veg and pasta soups. A dash of soya sauce in beef and pork stocks, or even chicken and veggie stock, will also add complexity.
8. ABSORB TOO MUCH SALT
The entire pot’s not lost if you’ve been too heavy-handed with your seasoning. Try adding a chopped raw potato to soak up some of the excess.