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How to Make a Hearty Winter Soup

How to Make a Hearty Winter Soup

 

The season for cuddles, blankets and, yes, soup is on our doorstep. And while many will be mourning not being able to explore the outdoors that much, think of the taste adventure you can have with soup and its almost-endless varieties.  Of course, before you get to do some culinary exploration, you need to get the basics right, and that is where Woody’s comes in with a few tips on how to make a hearty winter soup.

 

It’s all about that base.

As with most things in life, if you want you set yourself up for success, you need a solid foundation. For soup, this means sauteing a good combo of aromatic veggies, like carrots, onions and celery, (you will add more later) along with herbs and spices of your choice in some oil, butter or fat.  

Top tip: for even more depth of flavour, fry up those veggies along with some premium Woody’s bacon – the fat from the bacon will act as your oil and the meat will also impart an irresistible and complex smoky, savoury flavour that adds that extra dimension of yum to the soup.

 

Loosen things up

The next step is for you to add a liquid of your choice. Depending on the flavour profile you want to develop, you can use a broth, water or even some wine.  The key here is to initially add about half a cup of your preferred liquid to deglaze the pot. This means loosening the caramelised bits stuck to the bottom of the pot so that you can incorporate them into the mixture. These bits pack a powerful flavour punch, so don’t skip this step! You can then add the rest of the liquid.

 

The final stretch

Now that you have your simmering liquid of flavour gold on the go, it’s time to add the other chopped veg and meat of your choice. Of course, you need to be mindful of the cooking times of these additional ingredients and combine them with the idea of them all ultimately finishing cooking through at the same time. You can check out the cooking times for various elements in this write-up.

 

Spice up your life!

In addition to the essential salt and pepper, you should consider other herbs and spices to build flavour in your soup. Not sure where to start? Here’s a basic guide of which herbs and spices pair best with ingredients:

  • Chicken: thyme, parsley, celery seed and sage
  • Beef: rosemary and thyme
  • Tomato-based soup: basil, origanum and fennel
  • Cream-based soup: parsley and thyme

 

Decisions, decisions…

After everything has cooked through and the flavours have sufficiently developed, it’s time to decide if you want to keep your soup on the chunky side or give it a quick blitz with a hand blender to smoothen it out a bit more.  Either way, it’s going to be delicious and hearty!

 

Some exciting soup recipes to try:

We all know split-pea soup is a classic, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be elevated: add some smokey Woody’s Premium Cut Diced Bacon for the extra bit of bold flavour. Try our Split-Pea and Bacon Recipe (See Recipe) on a chilly day – this creamy and delicious pairing is the ultimate comfort food! If you are in the mood for something very meaty and hearty, try this Eisbein Soup (See Recipe), for which you can use our Smoked Eisbein!

 

For more tasty meals that feature Woody’s, check out these Woody’s Recipes