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Delicious Soup Hacks that are the Perfect for Cold Weather

posted: 02/07/18
by: Amanda Mushro
High Angle View of Various Comforting and Savory Gourmet Soups Served in Bread Bowls and Handled Dishes and Topped with Variety of Garnishes on Table Surface with Gray Tablecloth
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On a chilly day, there's nothing quite like a piping hot bowl of soup. To get that soup fix, you won't need to spend hours in the kitchen trying to whip up a comforting bowl of soup from scratch. Even if all you have around the house is a boring can of tomato soup or a bland chicken noodle, you can still create a soup that tastes homemade. Here's a few hacks that can transform your soup into a homemade meal in minutes.

  • Turn a can of tomato soup into a quick chili that is filling and healthy. Start by adding in some ground turkey or chicken and toss in diced tomatoes, black beans, bell peppers, zucchini, corn, and few of your favorite spices. When you are ready to eat, garnish your tomato soup chili with avocado, Greek yogurt or sour cream and cilantro.
  • Soups always taste better when you start with a delicious homemade stock. However, if you don't have time to whip up a stock, hack your own by starting with store bought broth and simmer carrots, onions, celery and some herbs. Strain and add in your veggies and meat for a delicious base.
  • Grab a rotisserie chicken from your grocery store and toss it into you soup for a flavorful and protein packed soup.
  • If a plain bowl of veggie soup won't leave you feeling full, cook up elbow macaroni or mini meatballs and toss it into vegetable soup. Top with parmesan cheese or crackers and enjoy every bite.
  • Turn up the flavor in your chicken soup by loading it up with corn, tortilla chips, avocado slices, and if you like heat--go for jalape?o slices.
  • Always double your soup recipes so you have more soup for later. However, instead of freezing the extra batch together, create individual servings in smaller freezer bags so that you can take out as many servings each time you are ready for soup.
  • If you want creamier soup, go for the Greek yogurt. The flavor will be tangier and it lighter than heavy creams.
  • Add tomato juice for extra flavor and spice. This works well with minestrone, lentil, or Manhattan clam chowder. Start by adding one tablespoon per cup of soup.