Superb Soup Recipes

Simple, chunky, rustic or show-stoppingly stunning, soups are comforting and uncomplicated to eat. Light soups are wonderful for balmy days; chunky and rich soups are warming on cold and rainy nights. Here are soup recipes for every day or night and for every weather condition. Choose from noodle soups to chowders and everything in between.

Boiled beef and vegetables with sweet-salty soy-flavored broth

Nilagang baka (boiled beef) and vegetables with sweet-salty soy-flavored broth

Ah, the ubiquitous boiled meat and vegetables that is comfort food in so many cultures. Is the simplicity that makes it appealing? Is the memory of growing up with the dish? Whatever the reason, we love it. I’ve cooked it in so many ways — plain, with bone marrow (yes, bulalo!), Irish style, South American style, with cream of chicken — and they’re all good.

But have you tried cooking meat and vegetables with soy sauce and a bit of sugar? Oh, it’s beyond words! »

Beef, mushrooms and vegetables soup

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A chunky soup that turned out surprisingly well considering that I really didn't have a clear plan on how I was going to make it when I started slicing, chopping and dicing. My original intention was to make a meatless soup for Sam -- which I did -- and because I try to stuff her with all the vegetables I can get my hands … »

Pork asado noodle soup

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There are two ways to cook the meat component of this comforting noodle soup. The first is to cook the pork char siu style; the second is to braise it Filipino asado style. I prefer the latter. And liempo (pork belly) is my favorite pork cut to use. What about the noodles? Egg noodles (flat, […]The post Pork asado … »

Salmon head, corn and shiitake soup

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One of the tastiest soups I've ever cooked happens to be not among the best looking. I made these over the holidays, Alex was having digestion issues so I thought I'd give her something that was easy to chew and easy to digest, but still packed with flavors and nutrients. She loved it. I cooked more than enough for lunch … »

Pork ribs and malunggay with bulalo (beef bone marrow) soup

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For those who love bulalo soup but not the messy part of holding the beef leg bone upright to allow the bone marrow to fall off, I have a solution. Consider it a way to serve bulalo soup, fine dining style. Simmer the beef leg bones for several hours, tap out the bone marrow, mash a bit and pour back into the broth. Add … »

Thai-style tofu and green curry soup

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There's a standing joke in my family about how the girls request dishes as though they're ordering in a restaurant. Speedy thinks I spoil them too much by cooking what they ask for but considering how we see so little of them these days, I do like to make their weekends memorable, and good food -- food they particularly … »

Hototay

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Hototay is a soup dish that you'll find it in the menu of most Chinese restaurants and eateries in the Philippines. It isn't uncommon to find it in the menu of restaurants serving Filipino food either. Whether the name hototay is Chinese or the Filipino adaptation of a similar-sounding Chinese word, I am not sure. It is … »

Minted pea and potato soup

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After attacking the roast duck with orange-lime-honey glaze on our wedding anniversary, I gathered the leftovers including the bones. I threw the carcass, the head, the feet and wingtips into a pot and made broth. A lot of broth. I strained the cooled broth into three different containers and kept them in the freezer. Days … »

Rice cake and spinach soup

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Beef broth made from beef shank bones. Simmered for four hours, some of the bone marrow and the ligaments liquefied and became part of the broth. When chilled, the broth turned jelly-like. So richly concentrated it was.The life of this rice cake and spinach soup is in the broth, each spoonful tasting of bone marrow that … »

Stracciatella alla Romana: Italian egg drop soup

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Egg drop soup is something I've always associated with Chinese cuisine and, until a few days ago, I had no idea that egg drop soup exists in many other culinary cultures. The Indian egg drop soup has tomatoes, the Greek version, called avgolemono, has fresh lemon juice, there is a Spanish egg drop soup called puchero (in … »