Soup Recipes

Spicy Chickpea and Bulgur Soup
Spicy Chickpea and Bulgur Soup - October 9, 2014

I was asked to bring a soup for a group of friends getting together for a casual, coastal overnight in beautiful west Marin. There were a number of recipes that were contenders, but a spicy chickpea soup from Yotam Ottolenghi's upcoming cookbook, Plenty More, caught my attention. It features a seductive, red harissa broth fragrant with cumin, coriander, and caraway, and enough chickpeas and bulgur to make it work as a main course. An herb-whipped feta is the crowning dollop.

Sopa Verde de Elote
Sopa Verde de Elote - October 2, 2014

There is an wonderful Sopa Verde de Elote (green corn soup) in Diana Kennedy's Recipes from the Regional Cooks of Mexico published in 1978, I used it as inspiration for this variation - sweet corn and peas are off-set by a spike of green chile, a finishing dollop of creme fraiche, and generous squeeze of lime.

Immunity Soup
Immunity Soup - January 16, 2014

A soup built on a monster white pepper broth. White pepper with jolts of ginger, and stabs of garlic - clear and strong topped with tofu, mushrooms, watermelon radish, and lots of green onions.

Miso Tahini Soup
Miso Tahini Soup - December 21, 2013

The miso tahini soup we had for lunch as we prepped for the Remodelista Holiday Market last weekend - it was simple, hearty, and restorative with brown rice, winter squash, and a creamy miso-tahini broth. Avocado, lemon zest, toasted nori, and chives kept things lively and beautiful up top.

Persian Yogurt Soup
Persian Yogurt Soup - December 8, 2013

Traditional and tasty, this soup is a test of patience and restraint. If you're easily distracted, skip it. If you can mind a pot, stirring, singularly-focused, for a half hour, perhaps longer, you'll be rewarded with a beautiful, vegetarian version of the herbed, Persian yogurt soup, Ashe Mast.



 
 
 
 
Summer Vegetable Curry
Summer Vegetable Curry - July 23, 2013

A summer vegetable curry punctuated with the citrusy pop of fresh coriander seeds.

Ginger Coconut Milk Soup
Ginger Coconut Milk Soup - April 30, 2013

I posted a picture of my lunch the other day, and a few of you requested specifics - it was a spring soup made with a ginger & shallot coconut milk broth, spring vegetables, served over egg noodles.

Soups Worth Making
Soups Worth Making - March 18, 2013

A round-up of a my favorite soups from the archives - the ones that really stood out, the ones I love to revisit.

Posole in Broth
Posole in Broth - January 1, 2013

Posole for the new year - it has a vegetable broth base, lots of blossoming corn kernels, avocado and mung beans. Topped with chopped olives and toasted almonds it's A+...

Pumpkin and Rice Soup
Pumpkin and Rice Soup - October 27, 2012

The pumpkin soup I made as soon as I got home from India - with an herby butter drizzle and lemon ginger pulp. And some pictures of a photo session on the street in Jaipur.

A Simple Tomato Soup
A Simple Tomato Soup - March 6, 2012

A simple tomato soup recipe inspired by a Melissa Clark recipe - pureed, warmly spiced, and perfect topped with everything from toasted almonds and herbs, to coconut cream or a poached egg.

Green Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter
Green Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter - December 28, 2011

A few outtakes from the winter Kinfolk magazine shoot/article I worked on with Wayne. Plus the Green Lentil Soup with Curried Brown Butter featured in the photos.

Red Lentil Soup with Lemon
Red Lentil Soup with Lemon - November 8, 2011

An earthy, turmeric and mustard-spiked lentil soup served over brown rice with spinach and thick yogurt.

Corn Soup
Corn Soup - July 6, 2011

A simple corn soup topped with an electric harissa-yogurt swirl + photos from a walk around North Beach on the Fourth of July.

Green Pea Soup
Green Pea Soup - May 31, 2011

A simple Indian-spiced green pea soup, and a few snapshots of things I'm bringing with me in a move up the street.

Winter Vegetable & Tofu Korma
Winter Vegetable & Tofu Korma - March 1, 2011

A thick, cumin and coriander-spiced root vegetable stew. It's a free-wheeling one-pot dinner that attempts to use up whatever winter vegetables I have lingering about.

Leek Soup with Dill Oil
Leek Soup with Dill Oil - January 29, 2011

A rustic leek soup topped with an electric green drizzle of dill oil and crunchy toasted almonds.

New Year Noodle Soup
New Year Noodle Soup - January 1, 2011

An amazing New Year Noodle Soup from Greg & Lucy Malouf's beautiful book, Saraban. It's a bean and noodle soup at its core featuring thin egg noodles swimming in a fragrant broth spiced with turmeric, cumin, chiles, and black pepper. You use a medley of lentils, chickpeas, and borlotti beans which makes the soup heart and filling without being heavy. You add spinach, dill, and cilantro. You add lime juice for a bit of sour at the end. And then you've got a number of toppings to add when you serve the soup - chopped walnuts, caramelized onions, and sour cream. Amazing.

Christmas Lima Bean Stew
Christmas Lima Bean Stew - December 14, 2010

The soup I've cooked most this year. There is so much going on here despite a modest list of ingredients. Celery, crushed caraway, and garlic are cooked together alongside big hearty beans and chopped tomatoes in what becomes an olive-oil dappled broth. You serve each bowl with chopped oily, black olives and fresh lemon wedges. This is a version made with Christmas Lima beans, but you can substitute cannellini or giant corona beans.

Carrot and Fennel Soup
Carrot and Fennel Soup - November 28, 2010

A clean, simple carrot and shaved fennel soup. The vegetables are rounded out with wild rice, and the finished soup is dusted generously with Parmesan cheese.

Mixed Mushroom Soup
Mixed Mushroom Soup - November 16, 2010

A big, hearty mushroom soup made with a mish-mash of market mushrooms, pearled barley, toasted sesame oil, and onions.

Dried Fava Soup with Mint and Guajillo Chiles
Dried Fava Soup with Mint and Guajillo Chiles - September 15, 2010

Easily one of the best, most interesting soups I've cooked in years. Adapted from a recipe in Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen - a dried fava bean and roasted tomato base topped with a fascinating cider-kissed tangy/sweet quick-pickled chile topping.

Green Curry Broth
Green Curry Broth - August 24, 2010

A beautiful, thin green curry broth, fragrant with garlic, lemongrass, and ginger. It gets heat from serrano chiles, and zings of tanginess from fresh lime juice. Cumin and coriander seeds keep things grounded, and a flurry of freshly chopped herbs make the sky open up.

Buttermilk Squash Soup
Buttermilk Squash Soup - July 6, 2010

A nice way to use up a good amount of summer squash. This soup is a soft, pastel shade of yellow, and aside from a hint of tang from the buttermilk, is quite mild in flavor. I finish it with a cumin brown butter drizzle that punches right through the creaminess, and plenty of chopped chives.

Soup au Pistou
Soup au Pistou - June 12, 2010

A soup I made for a camping trip to the Sonoma coast - lots of beans, vegetables, and stellette pasta. Tiny stars under the stars, with a good dollop of pistou for each bowl.

Coconut Red Lentil Soup
Coconut Red Lentil Soup - March 15, 2010

Inspired by an Ayurvedic dal recipe in the Esalen Cookbook, this is a light-bodied, curry-spiced coconut broth thickened with cooked red lentils and structured with yellow split peas. The back notes of ginger, slivered green onions sauteed in butter, and curry-plumped raisins make this a new favorite of mine.

Simple Farro & Bean Stew
Simple Farro & Bean Stew - February 23, 2010

I made a big pot of farro & bean stew for my mom and dad the other night - simple, hearty, and straightforward. The stew has farro, beans, lots of vegetables, and a generous dusting of cheese to top each bowl.

Kabocha French Lentil Soup
Kabocha French Lentil Soup - February 14, 2010

An anise and ginger-spiked French lentil soup, from a charming little cookbook I stumbled on titled SoupLove. The broth is thickened by lots of roasted winter squash, and it's great with lots of garlicky croutons.

Palak Daal
Palak Daal - January 30, 2010

A palak daal recipe from Kasa's Anamika Khanna - a hearty pot of spinach, lentils, and spices. Kasa is a favorite Indian restaurant of mine here in San Francisco.

Ribollita
Ribollita - January 10, 2010

Ribollita, a thick Tuscan stew made with dark greens, lots of beans, vegetables, olive oil, and thickened with day-old bread. One of my favorites.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Broccoli Cheddar Soup - November 1, 2009

A simple, everyday broccoli soup made special with crusty, mustardy croutons. Perfect for those days when I need some extra nutritional punch.

Red Lentil Soup
Red Lentil Soup - October 15, 2009

A single-pot lentil soup with brown rice. Made by browning some onions, adding the rest of the ingredients, and simmering until the whole lot until its done.

Richard Olney's Garlic Soup
Richard Olney's Garlic Soup - October 5, 2009

In the realm of garlic soup recipes, this is a favorite of mine. From Richard Olney's The French Menu Cookbook, it is made by simmering a dozen or so cloves of garlic in water with a few herbs, then thickening it with a mixture of egg and shredded cheese. It's hard to beat a ladleful poured over some crusty day-old chunks of walnut baguette.

Green Soup with Ginger
Green Soup with Ginger - September 30, 2009

From the new Anna Thomas cookbook, Love Soup - a soup cramming more spinach, leeks, sweet potatoes and chard into each bowl than I ever thought possible.

Carrot Soup
Carrot Soup - April 8, 2009

A simple, weeknight carrot soup recipe finished with a thread of toasted sesame oil. You can leave it slightly chunky, or puree it until smooth - whatever your preference.

Adzuki Butternut Squash Soup
Adzuki Butternut Squash Soup - February 11, 2009

A hearty adzuki and butternut squash soup recipe adapted from Jae Steele's Get It Ripe cookbook. The soup has a bit of chipotle flavor and is made even better with a drizzle of cilantro olive oil prior to serving.

Miso Soup
Miso Soup - January 25, 2009

A simple, everyday approach to miso soup - it yields me a bowl of soup in five or ten minutes. You can keep it simple if you like, but in this version I add soba noodles and tofu, and a few garnishes.

Porcini Mushroom Soup
Porcini Mushroom Soup - January 11, 2009

A porcini mushroom soup recipe made from seven ingredients including potatoes and porcini mushrooms in an intensely flavorful broth peppered with rosemary and tiny pools of golden olive oil. Great with a big chunk of garlic bread.

Chunky Celery Soup
Chunky Celery Soup - December 14, 2008

A chunky celery soup perfect for a winter day - celery, carrots, a potato, an onion, a bit of garlic, and some leftover wild rice.

Baby Lima Soup with Chipotle Broth
Baby Lima Soup with Chipotle Broth - November 13, 2008

Made from just five ingredients, this is a vibrant, chipotle-spiked, brothy soup that requires minimal babysitting. The dainty baby lima beans soften up in about an hour without any pre-soaking or fuss.

Ten Minute Couscous Soup
Ten Minute Couscous Soup - October 26, 2008

a pot of quick-cooking, beautiful, brothy couscous soup topped with a bit of melted goat cheese and bright broccoli and cauliflower florets. It is all punctuated with a spoonful of finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes.

Edamame Soup
Edamame Soup - July 20, 2008

Charlotte's edamame soup recipe was a big hit with Wayne - a bit of olive oil, potato, frozen edamame beans, and vegetable stock come together to make a satisfying, protein packed bowl, of pale green tastiness.

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup - June 19, 2008

My tortilla soup recipe - a full-bodied, spicy vegetarian broth envelops a nest of baked tortilla matchsticks. Tiny roasted tomatoes along with a bit of goat cheese lend tang and texture, and flecks of sun-dried tomatoes bring depth and richness to each bowl.

Orzo Soup
Orzo Soup - June 2, 2008

Itty-bitty pasta plays the lead role in this simple orzo soup recipe with an egg drop soup style broth that has been boosted with flecks of chard and topped with vibrant, fire-roasted tomatoes. It's finished with an all-important thread of golden olive oil and a flurry of grated cheese.

In a Hurry Green Curry
In a Hurry Green Curry - May 15, 2008

A quick and delicious green curry recipe - peas, asparagus, and tofu swimming in a fragrant, not-overly-rich Thai green chile broth.

Big Slurp Dumpling Soup
Big Slurp Dumpling Soup - May 8, 2008

A quick and delicious dumpling soup - tender, translucent pasta pillows, pale green from their pea-stuffed bellies, are buoyed by yellow lentils in a simple clear broth. Golden puddles of olive oil are suspended across the surface, pooling in various cracks and crevices.

Yellow Split Pea Soup
Yellow Split Pea Soup - March 6, 2008

Healthy, beautifully textured, and colorful this split yellow pea soup makes for a terrific lunch. The yellow split pea soup base is topped with a tzatziki-inspired yogurt dollop, a touch of mint, a spoonful of finely chopped black olives, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Chickpea Hot Pot
Chickpea Hot Pot - February 21, 2008

Not a traditional hotpot recipe, instead...a fast-cooking bulgur cooks in a light orange-juice accented broth. Plenty of chickpeas, tiny cauliflower pieces, onions, and greens add texture and substance to the hearty pot.

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
Vegetarian Split Pea Soup - February 5, 2008

A delicious, healthy, textured split pea soup recipe made from an impossibly short list of ingredients. Vegetarian, no ham hocks in this version.

Rustic Cabbage Soup
Rustic Cabbage Soup - January 14, 2008

Hearty, healthy, and satistfying - this cabbage soup recipe is super simple to make. Slice a cabbage into thin ribbons and cook it down in a simple pot of sauteed potatoes, onions, beans, garlic and flavorful broth. Finished each bowl with a generous drizzle of great olive oil and a dusting of shredded cheese.

Lively Up Yourself Lentil Soup
Lively Up Yourself Lentil Soup - January 3, 2008

Healthy, quick, and satisfying this lentil soup recipe delivers layer after layer of flavor. The tang of the tomatoes plays off the earthiness of the lentils, and the fragrant bolt of saffron yogurt brightens each bowl.

Spinach and Zucchini Soup
Spinach and Zucchini Soup - August 30, 2007

Simple and delicious, vibrant green spinach and zucchini soup recipe. Light-and-healthy, but still creamy textured and plenty tasty.

Cauliflower Soup with Gorgonzola
Cauliflower Soup with Gorgonzola - January 15, 2007

From Skye Gyngell's cookbook A Year in my Kitchen this simple, satisfying cauliflower soup recipe is perfect served up with a bit of cold winter weather.

Ultimate Chickpea Noodle Soup
Ultimate Chickpea Noodle Soup - January 1, 2007

The ultimate noodle soup recipe - imagine garbanzo beans bobbing about in a rich broth with thick ribbons of pasta noodles weaving in between them, droplets of olive oil suspended on the surface of the broth, and the whole thing punctuated with crisped fresh pasta that had been fried in olive oil.

Thai-spiced Pumpkin Soup
Thai-spiced Pumpkin Soup - November 2, 2006

This Thai-spiced Pumpkin Soup couldn't be easier to make - roasted winter squash, coconut milk, Thai red curry paste, and sea salt come together in a pot of vibrant, rich, flavorful soup. A total crowd pleaser.

Rajasthani Buttermilk Curry
Rajasthani Buttermilk Curry - May 18, 2006

Rajasthani buttermilk curry recipe from the award-winning cookbook Mangoes & Curry Leaves, by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.

A Good Soup for the Sick
A Good Soup for the Sick - April 21, 2006

Turn to this miraculously delicious soup when you are feeling sick - beans, water, garlic, shallots, chiles. Total active prep time was under five minutes, the rest is just waiting and anticipating.

Onion Soup without Tears
Onion Soup without Tears - January 7, 2006

A twist on a classic onion soup recipe adapted for cry-babies (like me). Caramelized onions, white wine, butter, vegetable stock, and grated cheese.

Crema de Guacamole
Crema de Guacamole - June 2, 2005

This crema de guacamole recipe makes the ultimate chilled summertime soup.

Butterscotch Calypso Bean Soup
Butterscotch Calypso Bean Soup - May 3, 2005

A soup inspired by a visit to Delfina restaurant.