Discovering and developing great soup recipes is one of my passions. This is a list of many of the best soups I’ve cooked over the years. There are soups for winter and cold weather, but also spring and summer soups. They are nourishing, satisfying, and dynamic in flavor. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.
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An A+ white chard riff on a ribollita, using anything and everything on hand.
Camino in Oakland hosted a celebration dinner last week based on recipes included in Near & Far - I though I'd share some photos. Also, one of my favorite soups made the menu that night(!) and I've included the recipe here - a brothy, restorative barley soup with chicories punctuated with flecks of preserved lemon, a bit of chile confetti, and a silky dollop of creme fraiche.
A vegetable soup I've been enjoying at the studio. Made with tomatoes, white beans, celery, and some herbs. It's simple, and straight-forward with a finishing basil accent.
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.
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.
A light broth perfect for summer seasoned with miso - chopped lemongrass, shallots, ginger, tomatoes, and coriander. It is beautiful served straight, but also works wonderfully as a base for noodles, poached eggs, or rice soup
Lunch at the studio today involved broccoli soup heated on a new hotplate - a simple broccoli and spinach affair made with a coconut milk broth, topped with good stuff like pan-fried tofu croutons, toasted almonds, and shredded scallions.
A preview of a little summer booklet we've been working on for QUITOKEETO, and a saffron yellow pepper soup from it - bright, and smooth, topped with feta, and pistachio.
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.
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.