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Recipes Tagged with “Soup”

Beef Noodle Soup

Main Course Beef Chinese Pasta Soup


  • 1.1 lb. (500g) beef chuck
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 black cardamom pod
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp. Szechuan pepper
  • 2-3 pieces Mandarin orange peel
  • 1 tbsp. chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp. dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Shaoxing wine or rice wine
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 tbsp. garlic
  • 4 slices fresh ginger
  • 3 spring onions
  • ramen noodles, or similar


Cut the beef into 2" pieces, then put everything in a soup pan with around 3 1/2 c. water. Heat until boiling, then simmer for 2 hours. Cook noodles and place them in a bowl, add meat and soup. Garnish with half a boiled egg and some greens. Add some home made chili oil if you dare!

Yi Cooks

Pumpkin Beer Cheese Soup

Main Course Beer Cheese Pumpkin Soup Untested


  • 2 pumpkins, about 2 pounds each
  • Cooking oil spray
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, thickly sliced
  • 3 shallots, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced thyme
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 2 (12-ounce) bottles pale ale
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Croutons or pumpkin seeds for garnish (optional)


Position 1 rack in the upper third of an oven and 1 rack in the lower third; preheat to 425°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with foil and set aside.

Quarter the pumpkins, scrape out the fibers and the seeds, and spray with cooking oil. Place pumpkins, cut side down, on baking sheets. Roast until tender and the rinds pull away from the flesh, 45 minutes.

Remove from oven and peel rinds off the flesh with tongs. Discard rinds, and transfer flesh to a bowl.

In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, warm olive oil until shimmering. Add carrots, celery, shallots, salt, and pepper. Sauté until vegetables begin to soften, about 7 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, sage, ginger, paprika, and nutmeg; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Add pumpkin flesh, broth, and 1 ½ bottles of Denver Pale Ale (drink the rest). Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 15 minutes.

In a medium pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and continue to whisk constantly for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth and thick. Add cheese 1 cup at a time, stirring until smooth each time. Reduce heat to low until pumpkin mixture is ready.

Pour cheese mixture into pumpkin mixture. Using a stick blender, puree the soup until smooth. Or puree in batches in a blender.

Ladle 2 cups soup into 6 bowls and garnish with croutons and pumpkin seeds. Serve with more beer.


Split-Pea Soup with Chorizo

Main Course Chorizo Peas Soup


  • 1 1/2 pounds Spanish chorizo, sliced thin [CP: We did this with 6 oz. of super nice (Olli) chorizo, and that was enough.]
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 rib of celery, chopped fine
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound split peas, picked over
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced thin crosswise
  • croutons as an accompaniment


In a heavy kettle brown the chorizo over moderate heat, stirring, transfer it with slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, and pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat. In the fat remaining in the kettle cook the onion, the celery, and the garlic over moderately low heat, stirring, until the celery is softened, add the split peas, the broth, the water, the thyme, and the bay leaf, and simmer the mixture, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/4 hours, Stir in the carrots [CP: and the chorizo] and simmer the soup, uncovered for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the carrots are tender. [CP: Both of these were covered, and if you did that, you’d have way too much liquid.] Discard the bay leaf, season the soup with salt and pepper, and serve it with the croutons.

Gourmet, March 1992

Crawfish Bisque with Boulettes

Main Course Cajun Crawfish Soup



  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 1 c. chopped celery
  • 1 c. chopped green onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 lb. peeled crawfish tails
  • 2 c. plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter


  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 1 c. chopped celery
  • 1/2 c. chopped bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 c. chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. Kitchen Bouquet
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 lb. peeled crawfish tails
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. hot sauce
  • rice


Sautee the onion and celery in the butter for 3-4 minutes until they become soft. Add garlic and green onions and sautee for another minute. Fold in crawfish tails and sautee for 2-3 minutes more. Cool. Pour into a food processor and pulse until chopped. Place in a bowl and add eggs, breadcrumbs, seasoning, and hot sauce. Mix well. Preheat the oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the stuffing to ping-pong ball size, then mold into the shape of a small football. This should make 18-20 boulettes. Place on the baking sheet. Brush the tops with melted butter and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Set aside.

In a stockpot, heat oil and add flour. Cook until the roux is the color of peanut butter. Add chopped onion, celery, and bell pepper. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add garlic, cook for 15-20 seconds, then slowly add the chicken broth and stir until smooth. Whisk in tomato paste, Kitchen Bouquet, salt, seasoning, pepper, and hot sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add crawfish tails and boulettes. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Serve over rice.

225 Magazine

Spicy Vietnamese Beef and Noodle Soup

Main Course Beef Soup Untested Vietnamese


  • 5 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 3 1/4 pounds meaty oxtails, patted dry
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, chopped
  • 3 stalks lemongrass, chopped
  • 2/3 cup chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 7 whole star anise
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 12 cups water
  • 7 cups canned beef broth (about four 14 1/2-ounce cans)
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce (nam pla)
  • 1 12-ounce package fresh udon noodles or fresh linguine
  • 1 tablespoon oriental sesame oil
  • 3 cups bean sprouts
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 serrano chilies, thinly sliced [CP: omit these to bring down spice]
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 6 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Additional fish sauce (nam pla)


Heat peanut oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle oxtails with salt and pepper. Add oxtails to pot and brown on all sides, about 20 minutes. Transfer oxtails to large bowl. Add onions and next 6 ingredients to same pot. Sauté until vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. Return oxtails to pot. Add 12 cups water, beef broth and 3 tablespoons fish sauce. Cover and simmer gently until oxtails are very tender, about 3 hours.

Using tongs, transfer oxtails to large bowl. Strain broth into another large pot; discard solids. Remove meat from oxtails; discard bones. Add meat to broth.

Refrigerate overnight. Spoon solid fat off top of soup. Cook noodles in large pot of boiling salted water until tender. Drain; rinse under cold water. Return to same pot. Toss noodles with sesame oil.

Bring soup to boil. Divide noodles, sprouts and next 6 ingredients among 6 bowls. Ladle soup into bowls. Serve with lime wedges and additional fish sauce.

Bon Appetit, March 2000

Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup

Main Course Mushroom Soup Untested


  • 5 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 5 ounces fresh portobello mushrooms
  • 5 ounces fresh cremini (or porcini) mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme plus 1 teaspoon minced thyme leaves, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts (2 leeks)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley


Clean the mushrooms by wiping them with a dry paper towel. Don’t wash them! Separate the stems, trim off any bad parts, and coarsely chop the stems. Slice the mushroom caps 1/4-inch thick and, if they are big, cut them into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

To make the stock, heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large pot. Add the chopped mushroom stems, the onion, carrot, the sprig of thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until the vegetables are soft. Add 6 cups water, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Strain, reserving the liquid. You should have about 4 1/2 cups of stock. If not, add some water.

Meanwhile, in another large pot, heat the remaining 1/4 pound of butter and add the leeks. Cook over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the leeks begin to brown. Add the sliced mushroom caps and cook for 10 minutes, or until they are browned and tender. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add the white wine and stir for another minute, scraping the bottom of the pot. Add the mushroom stock, minced thyme leaves, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. [CP: Right here, mom says she blenderized half of the soup all the way smooth, and another half just coarse.] Add the half-and-half, cream, and parsley, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and heat through but do not boil. Serve hot.

Ina Garten, Food Network

Carrot-Coconut Soup

Main Course Side Dish Carrot Soup


  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 13.5-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons Thai-style chili sauce, plus more for serving
  • Fresh cilantro leaves (for serving)


Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until carrots are softened, 15–20 minutes. Stir in broth, coconut milk, and 2 tablespoons chili sauce. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very soft and liquid is slightly reduced, 40–45 minutes.

Let soup cool slightly, then purée in a blender until smooth. Reheat in a clean saucepan, thinning with water to desired consistency; season with salt and pepper.

Divide soup among bowls, drizzle with chili sauce, and top with cilantro.

Bon Appetit, November 2013

Carnitas Caldo (Soup)

Main Course Mexican Pork Soup


  • 1 tbsp. olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 large white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 chayote, skin and core removed, then sliced into matchsticks
  • 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 5-6 cups cooked pork carnitas
  • 1-3 roasted serrano peppers (add to taste, instructions below)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups potato-masa dumplings (below)
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 6-8 cups fresh baby arugula
  • lime wedges for garnish

for dumplings:

  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup masa harina
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Preparation (Dumplings)

Combine last 4 ingredients in a bowl and stir together until blended. Use your hands to knead the mixture a few times until smooth. Then pinch off about 1/4 cup of the mixture and roll it into a long tube about 1/2-inch wide in diameter. Use a knife to slice the tube into small coins, about 1/8-inch wide. Repeat with remaining dough to make dumplings. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Preparation (Soup)

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium high heat. Add the white onion and chayote, and saute for 5 minutes until cooked and the onion is translucent. Add garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the chicken broth, carnitas, and serrano peppers (add one at a time to test out the level of heat) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for at least 30 minutes.

Season generously with salt and pepper. Then ladle the soup into serving bowls, filling them about half full. Then add in a small handful of potato dumplings, avocados and fresh cilantro to each bowl. Then top each with a large handful of baby arugula. Serve with lime wedges for garnish.

Recipe from Gimme Some Oven, after XOCO

Chilled Ginger Carrot Chile Soup

Side Dish Carrot Greenchile Soup Untested


  • 2 lbs baby carrots, packaged and peeled
  • 32 oz low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 6 roasted mild Hatch chiles, seeded and chopped
  • 1 roasted hot Hatch chile, seeded and chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger root
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • Basil leaves for garnish


Place carrots in microwave-safe bowl and steam for 10 minutes, or until fully cooked. Cool in refrigerator. This may be done a few days in advance.

Sauté onions in olive oil until translucent. Puree onions and carrots in several batches in a blender with cream, yogurt, and broth until the mixture is velvety. Chiles may be puréed with carrots or chopped and added as garnish or a combination of both. Add fresh ginger and stir. Cool soup in refrigerator until ready to serve. Garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt, basil leaf, and chopped Hatch chiles.

Central Market

Simple Vegetarian Pho Broth

Main Course Soup Untested Vegan Vegetarian Vietnamese


  • 1 large onion (about 1/2 pound), peeled and quartered
  • 1 3-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 pound leeks (1 1/2 large), tough ends cut away, halved lengthwise, cleaned and cut in thick slices (including the dark green parts, just discarding the very ends)
  • 2 medium turnips (about 10 ounces), peeled and cut in wedges
  • 1 pound carrots (3 large), peeled and sliced thick
  • 2 ounces mushroom stems (from about 8 ounces mushrooms), or 4 dried shiitakes
  • 1 head of garlic, cut in half
  • 2 stalks lemon grass, trimmed, smashed with the side of a knife, and sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (to taste), preferably raw brown sugar
  • 6 star anise pods
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • A 2- to 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fish sauce (nuoc mam), to taste (optional)


1. Scorch the onion and ginger by holding the pieces above a flame with tongs, or in a dry frying pan if using an electric stove. Turn the pieces until they are scorched black in places on all sides. Slice the ginger lengthwise.

2. Combine the scorched onion and ginger with the water, leeks, turnips, carrots, mushroom stems or dried shiitakes, garlic, lemon grass, salt to taste and 1 tablespoon sugar in a large soup pot and bring to a boil. Tie the spices in a cheesecloth bag and add to the soup. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add the fish sauce if using, and simmer for another hour (2 hours total, with or without the fish sauce). Strain through a cheesecloth-lined strainer. Taste and adjust salt and sugar.

Serves 6

Martha Rose Shulman, New York Times