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Pho Bo with Spinach and Shiitake is similar to authentic Vietnamese soup but with some extra crunchy spinach and shiitake mushrooms to give it a little twist. It is an aromatic soup served with hot bone broth, rice noodles and loads of veggies. Pho Vietnamese soups are a delicious, delicate and unique dish, but adding a few extras like spinach and shiitakes makes it a touch more special. The traditional pho bo soup contains a few pieces of thinly sliced beef swimming in a clear but aromatic broth with noodles and scallions. This Pho Bo with Spinach and Shiitake version is slightly simplified but has extra veggies and no cilantro. The Broth The tricky part of this soup is keeping the broth clear, see-through, and not blurry, although fully packed in flavour. Here are fun critical steps to a straightforward yet powerful broth: Pre-boil the bones and rinse them before starting…

Here is an exquisite selection of the Best Winter Soups to elevate your winter dining experience. As the frosty winds and chilly evenings set in, these soul-soothing main meal soups are the perfect companions to warm your heart and fill your kitchen with delightful aromas. From comforting classics to inventive twists, join us in exploring a collection from around the world that promises to make this winter season a culinary delight. Get ready to cozy up and savor the goodness of winter in every comforting spoonful! The list is separated into subdivisions: Pasta or Noodle Potato Beans & Lentils Meat Other The Pasta-Noodles Soups 1. Spicy Potsticker Soup from Lord Byron’s Kitchen Get frozen potstickers, wontons, or dumplings from your local store. For a delicious and healthy Spicy Potsticker Soup, cook them in a savory broth with green onions, garlic, ginger, and carrots. It is a fast, easy winter soup;…

This Creamy Seafood Chowder variation is for a grown-up with a fancy palate; it features a base of white wine-infused cream with saffron, clams, mussel meat, Salicornia salt, and a last touch of colour: shrimp. Who doesn’t like a comforting Creamy Seafood Chowder? A warm and smooth soup filled with clams and mussels and a unique salt that tastes like the sea. This version of chowder is made with clams, mussel meat, white wine, saffron, and Salicornia salt on a cream base. This clam chowder is nothing complicated to make nor too long and tastes fantastic, a bite into the ocean. The only challenge is to clean up the sand from the clams. Origin of Chowder Well, I fell in love with chowder in Ireland; I thought this thick soup they have all over Ireland was just a surprisingly comforting seafood concoction of theirs, but surprisingly, it’s not. Chowder originated in the…

Shell pasta served with onion soup in a mug, with cheese, parsley and breadcrumbs. French Onion Soup Pasta is perfect for revamping your onion soup leftovers! This is my first-ever mug meal! I went to buy the mugs extra for this recipe. A shell-formed pasta served with leftover onion soup and a cheese gratin on top with a few breadcrumbs. Recalling the “French onion soup bread” gives the meal an extra crunch. It’s pretty simple to make and tasty, so if you have any onion soup leftovers at home, this French Onion Soup Pasta is the way to go! A Catalan Tradition as Inspiration French Onion Soup Pasta in a Mug The Shell Pasta You don’t get to see the shell pasta often on your plate. Where I live, in Barcelona, they call it “Galets,” it’s a famous pasta during the holiday season. They make a simple broth soup with it; sometimes, the shells…

Butternut Squash Soup with Sage is made with roasted caramelized squash, sage fried in a pan, leeks and fresh cream to finish it up. Plus, some extra “chef’s secrets” to bring your soup from boring to exquisite. There are millions of butternut squash soups out there, but believe me… this one is far from the “everyday life” soup. For starters, Butternut Squash Soup with Sage is under ten ingredients, so a fast and easy one. Plus, no need for thickeners, or extra broth, the butternut squash takes care of all that with the help of some lovely leeks. Tricks for a Top Soup Here are a few secret tricks for you to upgrade your soups. Follow those few easy steps to bring any soup to another level. The roasting needs to be well done; the main veggie needs a bit of Maillard (browning) reaction to give its caramelized flavour, so wait til the squash gets…

A drunken Bistro French Onion Soup with thyme, wine and a final touch of Brandy, then gratinated with a piece of toasted bread and exquisite Gruyere cheese until golden perfection. There is nothing like a fuming hot onion soup! Bistro French Onion Soup contains all the best from France: Red wine, bread and cheese. This gratinated soup, which means it needs to finish up in the oven, will warm you up guaranteed on a cold winter night. This version is made with olive oil instead of butter, red instead of white wine and a touch of thyme, garlic and Brandy to give it a more fragrant touch. That moment before getting in… is as lovely as cracking into a creme brulée. This soup dates from the 15th century; although many variations exist here and there, the French gratinated one is the best known worldwide. It used to be a soup for…

This summer, brighten your tastebuds with Almond & Pineapple Gazpacho! A fruity yet nutty cold soup also called gazpacho. This vegan soup will be all you’ll need to make an impression for your next summer feast! Almond & Pineapple Gazpacho is based on the original gazpacho recipe, “Ajo Blanco,” which contains almonds, garlic, bread and a bit of vinegar. The traditional one doesn’t have pineapple, but sometimes grapes are used. A traditional and ancestral Spanish recipe with a touch of fun pineapple! Gazpacho History Gazpacho existed way before tomatoes were imported into Europe from the New World. The Arabs imported them and later cultivated them in Spain. Back in the day, Spaniards used to make “cold soup” gazpacho with almonds and vinegar. They are quite a few excellent recipes using them in Spain. Often used in the “Picada” last aromatic touch at the end of cooking. Plus, it thickens sauces…

Healthy Corn Chowder with aged cheddar as a topping is a great way to use those leftovers of corn or do something different with it. This creamy and cheesy soup with saline herbs will close the summer on a high note! Corn season is finally here, and what better way to celebrate the season than a healthy corn chowder with a topping of aged cheddar? The days are getting slowly colder and shorter, and we must comfort ourselves with hot soup. Where I’m from, Quebec, Canada, everyone knows that the “best” corns are from that small town called Neuville between Quebec City and Montreal. If they pass by, you “must” stop to get at least one Gigantesque bag. Once home, we would eat corn until food coma follows, whether by boiling it or grilling it in its leaves (technique below), but here is another way to use that lovely sweet…

A Beef Asian Bone Broth Soup with rice pho noodles topped with roasted Shiitake, spinach, carrots and scallions for a bowl filled with flavours and a touch of heat! It’s a recipe I wanted to do for a while: Asian Bone Broth Soup. It’s basically to simmer the thick beef bones and knuckles for at least 24 hours up to 3 days. This way, you’ll get all the goods and flavours from the dense bones. The process is pretty much the same as any broth… you sear the bones, add aromatics and wait. Yes… it’s that simple, although you must keep an eye on the liquid level and add some water when it goes too low. Once the broth is done, you can either drink it as it is or do anything with it; for this post, I’ve done an Asian flair broth. I gave the broth a little “pho” mix of…

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