Over these past few weeks I’ve been reading articles on soup flavour-boosters. I don’t consider salt a good additive because if you’re already using bouillon cubes or pre-made stock, the salt content will be through the roof.
The most interesting and surprising tip I’ve found in several articles is to save the rinds of cheese and freeze them, then add them into soup when cooking to add flavour. Another big help is a small cap full of white vinegar, or roughly a teaspoon. If you still think you’re soup isn’t strong enough after the previous two, you can turn the stove down to the lowest temperature and let it cook for an hour to let the flavours develop. If you use this method, be careful to add quick-cooking ingredients last so it doesn’t become mushy.
So now that you can boost up the flavour of your soups, here’s a good recipe to try out. It’s vitamin-packed to ward off getting sick in the winter, and it has a good kick that will heat you up. If you’re vegan, you can sub out the cheese rind and egg; it will still be just as good.
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- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped into small chunks
- 1 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp. of your favourite hot sauce (I use sriracha)
- 1/2 tsp. dried dill
- Pinch of black pepper
- 5 cups mushroom stock (I used a bouillon cube)
- 1 cheese rind (I used morbier cheese, a French cheese with ash)
- 1 tsp. white vinegar
- 1 tsp. white miso paste
- 1 cup green beans, ends cut off and halved
- 1 egg
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, and saute for 1 minute. Add celery, carrot, mushrooms, hot sauce, dill and black pepper, and let cook for 4-5 minutes until the vegetables begin to soften. Add stock, cheese rind and vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, stir in miso paste and cover. Let simmer for 1 hour covered, stirring occasionally.
Once the soup has been simmering for an hour, turn the heat up to medium and add green beans. Cover, and cook for another 8 minutes until the beans are cooked.
In a small bowl, beat the egg until fluffly. Uncover the soup and bring to a strong boil. Whisk in egg to boiling soup so that it webs out, creating small white pieces across the surface. Serve immediately.
PS- It’s snowing lots here so if you see some white specs on my photos, you know why!