Soup, it’s what’s for dinner.

Nothing is more satisfying on a cold evening than a warm bowl of soup. It checks off every box: comforting (made with love), warm (perfect to fend off Winter’s chill) and homemade (took hours and hours to make…or so they think!).

Here, we share a few stellar (and under 30-minute) homemade soup recipes to delight the taste buds without tons of effort. After all, you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to cook up a masterpiece. If you don’t have some of the ingredients in the recipes, don’t fret! Instead, allow yourself the creativity to explore your fridge, freezer and pantry. Make simple adjustments or replacements to customize these soups to your liking.

 

RECIPE ONE: Chicken Noodle Soup (with or without the chicken!)

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

salt and pepper, to taste

4 large carrots, chopped

4 stalks celery, chopped

1/2 teaspoon each dried or fresh herbs (thyme, oregano, parsley)

8 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)

2 cups cooked chicken, shredded, optional

1/2 cup noodles, such as ditalini, small shells, or egg noodles

 

Directions:
Place a large pot over medium heat. Add the olive oil, onion and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. When the garlic is fragrant and the onions are translucent, add the chopped vegetables and the herbs and stir to coat. Sauté for 5 minutes. Then add the broth and cook for about 10 minutes. When the carrots are fork-tender, add the chicken meat (optional) and the noodles. Boil the soup for about 12 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked through. Season with additional salt and pepper (optional) and serve.

 

RECIPE TWO: Ginger Scallion Udon Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon grapeseed oil

15 scallions, whites and greens diced

1″ piece of ginger root, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, finely diced

6 cups bone broth

6 mushrooms, thinly sliced

4 ounces udon noodles (or spaghetti)

1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar (or white vinegar with a dash of sugar)

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

salt, to taste

1/2 teaspoon fresh cilantro, chopped

 

Directions:

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the scallions, ginger and garlic. Stir to combine. Then add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the noodles and boil for 2 minutes, or until tender. Add the mushrooms and stir the soup briefly.

Remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Add salt to taste. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

 

 

RECIPE THREE: Authentic Egg Drop Soup

Ingredients:

3 cups water

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

scallion, diced

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 teaspoon mushroom powder

2 Tablespoons sweet potato starch

1 egg, beaten

dash of toasted sesame oil

 

Directions:

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a pot. Meanwhile, heat the wok over high heat. Add oil, salt and half of the scallions. Then add the tomatoes and sauté for 1 minute. Add this mixture to the boiling water. Add the mushroom powder and stir.

In a separate bowl, combine sweet potato starch with 2 Tablespoons of water. Slowly stir this mixture into the boiling water. Then drizzle the beaten egg into the boiling water.

Add sesame oil and the remaining scallion. Serve immediately.

Need a tutorial? Watch Grand Master Lu cook up his famous egg drop soup!

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