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How to make Soup

Comfort food is welcome any time of the year, and soup is considered by some to be the ultimate. Stew, soup’s cousin, is sort of a thick soup, and can stand in, in a pinch. Don’t know how to make soup? Well, to start, you need liquid, typically broth or stock. Adding onion, carrot and celery is always a good second step. (Chefs call that mirepoix, or aromatics, and add it to just about everything for flavor.) Chicken soup is the most popular soup recipe, and it's really easy to make. Adding cheese is a great way to get a creamy soup: Recipes for VELVEETA soups make that super-easy. Depending on how thick you make it, chili is also considered a soup, albeit a very particular variety. Our soup recipes are so simple any one of them can actually teach you how to make soup. Add a crisp salad and maybe a quick dessert. Then sit back and enjoy the company of family and friends and hopefully some leftovers for the next day (or the freezer).

Freezing soup

  • Freeze soup in freezer-weight resealable plastic bags instead of rigid plastic containers. The soup will freeze in a flat layer and take up less room in the freezer.
  • Have leftover canned broth? Freeze it in an ice cube tray, then transfer to a freezer-weight resealable plastic bag before returning it to the freezer. About 2 Tbsp. broth should fill each ice cube container. Then, thaw the amount of broth you need to prepare your favorite recipe.

Soup Shortcuts

  • When chopping vegetables, chop a few extra to use the next night for our Hearty Vegetable Soup.
  • If you're in a hurry, Southwest Chicken Rice Soup has only four ingredients and can be on the table in about 10 minutes!
  • Hot soup makes a great addition to any lunch. Next time you make soup, double the recipe so you have leftovers. Then pack it in an insulated container and serve with whole wheat crackers.
  • Homemade soup is a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken. Try our Speedy Asian Chicken Soup Bowls tonight.

"Soup-er" Tips

  • A great way to use bits and pieces of leftover veggies is to add them to your favorite soup. Feel free to substitute what vegetables you have on hand for whatever chopped fresh or frozen vegetables are called for in the recipe.
  • Need a satisfying dish to deliver to a sick friend? Try our Easy Chicken Soup. Cool, then pour it into a clean glass jar and refrigerate until you are ready to make the delivery.
  • Soup can be a great option when you're looking for an economical dish to make for your family. For more tips, check out our Grocery Tips video.
  • A dollop of BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream and sprinkling of your favorite KRAFT Shredded Cheese make the perfect toppers for our Best-Ever Chili.
  • Whole grain Crackers make a great accompaniment for our Super Soups.
  • Soup and salad is a classic combination. For a change of pace, serve a hot bowl of soup with your favorite prepared KRAFT Pasta Salad.
  • Simmer down! Keeping soup at a boil for the entire cooking time can cause it to reduce too much or scorch. Remember to bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
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