The Quickie Soups Wish List

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Here’s what you need to make soup in a flash.

The Quickie Soups Wish ListIt’s cold out there. Don’t we know it. We all need to warm up this January. But who has the time to stand over the stove stirring for hours? That’s why we’re focusing on quick soups over here. And today, it’s all about the tools of the trade.

Soup uses pretty simple tools usually. But a lot of us, even over here at The Cookful, don’t have it all. Sometimes those basics get overlooked.

Here’s our list of the top 10 items that you need to make quick and tasty soups. For those of you who already have it all (lucky you!) we’ve thrown in some unique things that we’re pretty sure you don’t already have.

1. When making a pureed soup, I use an immersion hand blender rather than a standing blender. It’s way less hassle, less clean-up and it allows you to choose the level of puree– more chunky for a Gazpacho or smoooooth for a Carrot Soup.

2. Although I usually grab an immersion blender, this Ninja Professional Blender pulverizes hearty vegetables faster and easier than its handheld counterpart. So it’s great for chopping veggies before sautéeing them. Also, I transfer soup to this bad boy when I have a large amount to blend or if I’m pureeing something dense like potatoes.

3. When I make soup I double the recipe — mainly to have leftovers for work the next day. This container keeps my soup from spilling in my bag and is microwave safe.

4. Any true soup-lover already has a great ladle. But we bet you could use one more. A really good one. This stainless steel ladle from OXO pours out uniform bowls of soup and is spill resistant. Or, if you’ve got enough basic ladles, check this out. It’s the Lock Ness Monster of ladles. Literally. It’s nickname is The Nessie. The coolest thing is that it stands up in the bottom of your pot so the handle never ends up covered in soup.

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5. Mise en Place people, raise your hands! If you’re like me, you like to get all your chopping and prep done before you start cooking. Then you need these bowls. You’ll be so organized and ready to go. Plus it’s what the Chef’s on TV use, so you can pretend to be a TV show host in your kitchen. Come on, give me a “Bam!”

6. Making sure you have the right sized sauce pot is essential to great soup making. Too big will take longer to heat. Too small will create a big mess. This 4-Quart saucepot is the perfect size to mix up a recipe of clam chowder for six.

7. When making a soup for a dinner party, you need to show off big time. And you know what that means. It’s time to pull out the Le Creuset! This set is a blue stoneware tureen with matching soup bowls. It’s way out of my price range but I hope one of you manages to buy it. If you do (or if you already own it *swoon*) take a picture and tag #thecookful on Instagram so that I can hate on you a little bit.

8. If you’ve already got that tureen, I’m assuming you have everything a soup-maker could ever want. But what about this? It’s like a plate and a bowl all in one. Perfect for people who love to dip their sandwich in their soup (me!). These would also work with our Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese and Bacon Croutons. Put the Croutons in the side container so people can dip or toss them all in. Their choice.

9. How can you not love these squat handled bowls with SOUP stenciled on them? They are so begging to be filled with some chicken and noodle.

10. You’ve got to stir the pot. If you don’t already have a good set of wooden spoons, these babies are for you. Or go with something fun like these bamboo spoons with bright handles.

Did we miss anything? What are your essential soup tools?

Originally published September, 2015. Revised January 2016.

Lyndsay Burginger

It’s always entertaining when Lyndsay’s in the kitchen. She’s even been known to belt out Broadway show tunes while making dinner (a handy whisk as her microphone, of course). She currently writes for her international food and travel site, Lyndsay's Travel Kitchen . Lyndsay is also on the editorial team at The Cookful.