A few simple tricks that will surprise even the simplest soup with a flavor bomb

Vaida Budrienė, communication manager of the shopping chain “Iti”, said that customers also choose a variety of vegetables in winter, besides, grains are also popular, which are also suitable for various soups.

It is useful to know some rules

“We provide a variety of vegetables throughout the year. However, we notice that buyers are loyal to traditional vegetables from local farmers. The most popular vegetable in terms of sales is potatoes, but vegetables such as cabbage and carrots are also bought in large quantities. In addition, various grains are also becoming popular: lentils or bulgur, which are also suitable for flavoring various soups or stews,” said V. Budrienė.

Vilma Juodkazienė, a food expert from the shopping chain “This”, said that soup is not only easy to make, but also a healthy food. However, according to him, even when cooking a simple dish like soup, it is useful to know some preparation rules.

“Before cooking the soup, don’t forget to fry the vegetables, especially the onions and garlic. Because when fried, this vegetable becomes a real flavor bomb that gives every soup a unique taste and aroma.

If you have time, you should also make homemade broth. Homemade broth is not only delicious, but also healthy. It contains substances that are useful for the body, such as potassium and magnesium,” said the nutritionist and showed some other reasons why soup is homemade.

Why should you eat soup?

Lots of vegetables. Soup is a great dish to add vegetables to your diet. You can taste the soup not only with traditional vegetables, but also with parsnips, fennel, and even various green vegetables, such as spinach. In addition, not only fresh but also frozen vegetables are perfect for soup.

It doesn’t take much time. Soup is a dish that doesn’t take much time. And if you also use a pressure cooker, you can prepare a savory soup in just a few minutes. When preparing to cook the broth, it is worth making another. Because the broth is also perfect for preparing other dishes, for example, homemade stews or even for sophisticated dishes like risotto.

It can be frozen. Soups and stews are the best dishes if you want to prepare food for several days in advance. However, if you have cooked the soup too much, you can safely freeze it. In addition, frozen soup or broth does not lose its flavor and is perfect for days when you do not have time to cook lunch or dinner.

Maintain fluid levels in the body. Since winter is a cold season, it is not uncommon to drink less fluid than necessary. But even if we don’t sweat because of the heat, we still lose fluids during our daily activities. Since the base of the soup is water, cooking this dish is a good way not only to fill you up, but also to maintain the fluid level in your body.

V. Juodkazienė offers to make soup at home and shares three different soup recipes.

Roasted carrot soup

You will need:

  • 1 kg of carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cm of ginger
  • 1 l of chicken broth
  • 200 ml of cream
  • a pinch of salt, pepper
  • 4 years sh. olive oil

How to do it

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Wash, peel and cut the carrots into 3 parts. Line a baking sheet with baking paper, put sliced ​​carrots on it, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the tray in the oven, and after 15 minutes, stir the carrots so that all sides are cooked evenly, and bake for another 15 minutes. During this time, prepare other soup ingredients – chop onion and grate ginger root.

Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the chopped onion, ginger and cook for 8 minutes. Then pour the chicken broth into the same pot and wait until it boils. Remove the pan from the heat, add the fried carrots and soup with a hand blender until smooth. Finally, stir in the cream and season with salt and pepper if necessary.

Italian vegetable soup

You will need:

  • 3 carrots
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 l of vegetable broth
  • 1 can chopped canned tomatoes
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 can of canned peanuts
  • 40 g spinach leaves
  • 300 g of pasta
  • 200 ml tomato paste
  • pinch of salt, pepper, basil
  • 3 years sh. olive oil

How to do it

Wash carrots, zucchini, celery, onions and garlic cloves, peel and cut into small pieces. In the pot that will cook the soup, heat the olive oil and, after adding the onion, fry for 3 minutes. Then add all the remaining chopped vegetables and cook for another 6 minutes.

Then add canned beans and tomatoes, pour tomato paste and cover everything with hot vegetable broth. Season the soup with salt, pepper and basil and mix well. Then cook at a medium temperature for about 10 more minutes, so that the different flavors of the vegetables appear and mix with each other. Finally, add the spinach leaves to the soup, add your favorite pasta and cook until the pasta is soft. If necessary, adjust the thickness of the soup with additional water.

Fresh cabbage soup with hot pepper

You will need:

  • 1 small or ½ large Cabbage
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 can of canned peanuts
  • 1 l of chicken broth
  • 5 g fresh parsley leaves
  • pinch of ground hot pepper
  • a pinch of salt, pepper
  • 3 years sh. olive oil

How to do it

All the vegetables are cut into pieces of the desired size, you can slice the cabbage. Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the chopped onion, press in the garlic and fry for 5 minutes. Then add the canned beans, carrot pieces and pour the chicken stock. After 10 minutes, add the chopped potatoes and cabbage. Season everything with pepper, salt and hot pepper – it will give a good aroma and taste. Serve the soup garnished with chopped parsley leaves. Delicious!

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