After all the festive food and drinks – and with chilly temperatures outside – come February we only want a warming bowl of soup.
But even if they are healthy and nourishing, soups suffer from an undeserved bad reputation – more often than not accused of being boring and unexciting.
Nothing could be further from the truth, and we are ready to debunk this myth with the Ruffoni magical recipe… for any kind of soup!
SET THE SCENE
Pick a stockpot if you are cooking for a crowd or a soup pot, if you are planning a small family dinner.
CREATE A BASE
Chop white, yellow or red onions, shallot or leeks, add a carrot and some celery if you have them around and sweat gently until soft: you just made soffritto (mirepoix), the base of many Italian recipes.
PS: a bit of chopped pancetta is also a welcome addition!
PLAY WITH HERBS AND AROMATICS
Lightly toast garlic, ginger, chili and spices to release their aromatics – or choose some fennel seeds, cumin and smoked paprika for a richer flavor. Looking for a more Italian nuance? Use hardy herbs like bay leaves and rosemary – or try a tomato purée or a chopped anchovy to add umami and depth to your soup-in-the-making.
CALL THE MAIN CHARACTER ON STAGE
Choose just one vegetable or mix up whatever you have in the fridge: even slightly mushy vegetables can make for delicious soups!
Add around 300 gr of your – peeled and chopped– vegetable(s) of choice to the mix and...
Cover your vegetable(s) with water, or choose a chicken or meat stock to add proteins and body. If you want a more delicate flavor you can use veg stock, or you can go for an Asian spin using some coconut milk. Simmer until tender (30-45 minutes) and blend.
Season, taste, adjust…. now it’s time to get creative!
A swirl of pesto elevates a minestrone and a spoonful of cream rounds out a green, vibrant pea soup. A squeeze of lemon balances a spicy butternut squash soup, whilst toasted bread cubes, nuts and seeds offer crunch and contrast. In search of a fresh touch? Basil, parsley, cilantro and chives make any soup more lively, fresh and aromatic.
IT’S SHOWTIME – IN STYLE
Move your stockpot from the kitchen to the table to keep the soup warm until serving, and let us help you elevate any simple supper to a special occasion.
If you try our recipe for any kind of soup tag us in your pics, we are curious to discover more combinations!