*Simple Soups

Serves: 5



Hot soup soothes the soul. Whether you prefer your chicken soup with noodles or matzo balls, rice noodles or coconut milk, you will find a version here to help cure a friend's cold. Minestrone and miso soups will please vegetarian and vegan friends, and white bean soup and beef and barley soup will satisfy hearty eaters.

The key to great soup is good stock. If possible keep homemade stock on hand in your freezer for making soup on the spur of the moment. If you don't have a chicken stock recipe, use Maryana Vollstedt's stock recipe for Chicken Soup for the Soul. For a fabulous vegetable stock, see the broth variation of Rick Rodger's vegetable soup. (See Stocks & Sauces for the stock only versions of these soups.) Of course, you can also purchase frozen stock or low-fat low-sodium broth as a good substitute.

Most soups will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or can be frozen in plastic freezer containers, for up to 3 months. (Fish soups do not store well.) Reheat soups over low heat, stirring frequently and adding more liquid if necessary.

From From Our House To Yours. Compilation copyright © 2002 by Chronicle Books LLC. Foreword copyright © 2002 by Joyce Goldstein. Photographs copyright © 2002 by E.J. Armstrong. All rights reserved. First published by Chronicle Books LLC, San Francisco, California.

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