Without spilling the beans, maybe you’ll be able to host your dinner party with these flavorful ingredients doing the work for you.
1 BEEF-AND-BARLEY SOUP WITH PORCINI
Need a chilly weather solution for entertaining? A big batch stew full of tender meat, hearty vegetables, and earthy mushrooms will do the trick – you guessed it, those are the secret ingredients. You’ll impress a guest or two here by learning how to make a homemade mushroom stock, which is basically from the Porcini soaking liquid.
2 CLAM CHOWDER SOUP
You can’t beat a classic. Here’s the classic New England-style seafood chowder recipe that doesn’t have you making fish stock from scratch. Dish up the thick, creamy results in heavy soup bowls for a bacon punch in every bite.
3 GOCHUJANG GUMBO SOUP
Attention, attention if you like spicy, this simple secret ingredient soup recipe is for you. Use fiery fermented Korean chile paste that adds layers of powerful flavor while fresno chiles and chopped Andouille sausage add an additional kick. Sliced okra and shrimp are the staple ingredients to the soup’s Southern roots. To top it off, add a scallion garnish to go with the gochujang paste.
4 QUICK HOT-AND-SOUR SOUP
Need a dish that’s quickly homemade, but still winning at the dinner table? This warming winter meal is like a classic hot and sour soup, but uses some easy to find ingredients: sherry vinegar instead of rice vinegar, and tomato paste instead of specialty aromatics. Don’t let this simple soup recipe stop you there, a common way to also serve hot-and-sour soup is dished up with a side of steamed bok choy and some rice.
5 WHITE BEAN-AND-PARMESAN SOUP
Cheese lovers stand at attention, the Parmesan cheese enriches this soup with salty, nutty flavors so it’s sure to be the star ingredient. Don’t forget your other simple ingredients like, baby spinach, lemon zest, tomatoes, and parsley which add a ton of liveliness. To get creative, you can use up a block of Parmesan and save your rinds in a resalable plastic bag in the fridge, this adds a more authentic feel to your dish.