As barbecue season ends, it’s time to bring everyone inside for a delicious bowl of soup. We love soup season in my house. Sometimes we’re in the mood for a creamy tomato bisque that packs a ton of flavor, but other times we get experimental and throw whatever we can find into a hearty bowl of chili. Whatever soup you choose, it will always hit the spot and warm you up from the dropping temperatures.
As soup season nears, you’ll want to make sure your kitchen is stocked with all the essential supplies you need to ensure crafting your concoctions is as easy and convenient as possible.
Smeg Hand Blender
When it’s time to blend some hot roasted veggies, you’ll want a hand blender — a regular blender will spray all over your kitchen due to the steam. Bake some ingredients, such as tomatoes, garlic, peppers and onions, on a sheet pan, and then throw them into one of these hand mixers for a tasty roasted soup.
Fancy soup calls for fancy bowls, no matter whether you have guests coming over! These artisan bowls add a cozy, rustic charm to your kitchen table as you indulge in your first, second and third bowls.
I’m a new father with less time on my hands, so my Dutch oven has become a life-saver in the kitchen. I can throw a bunch of ingredients into it for a delicious one-pot meal — minestrones and chili have been big hits — with room for leftovers. There’s something so comforting about seeing the Dutch oven steaming on top of your oven as your soup cooks away, just waiting to be spooned into a bowl.
Nearly every delicious soup recipe requires some chopping. The last thing you want is to be chopping some veggies with a dull knife, causing both frustration and more prep time. This knife set from J.A. Henckels includes a knife for every desired slice or chop, and it will cut through with ease.
You’ll need a durable cutting board to use the aforementioned knives. You’ll want one that is resistant to scratches, which will increase its life-span. This Teakhaus board even contains natural oils that protect it from moisture and food stains.
A regular spoon just isn’t going to cut it. Once the soup is ready to be served, a ladle is the right utensil to bring it from pot to bowl. It’s good to have both a regular and a slotted ladle — a regular one is great for scooping a big portion into your bowl, and a slotted one will help you get some larger fillings out of the broth, making for a perfect bowl each time.
The soup-season item you didn’t know you wanted until now, Souper Cubes take soup leftovers to the next level. Pour your leftovers into the tray, which is similar to an ice-cube tray except each section is about 1 cup. It’ll freeze the soup and give you a 1-cup portion to reheat whenever you like, so you can have delicious homemade soup anytime with little effort.
We get it. Not everyone has all the time in the world, especially people with families or busy workdays. There’s no need to fret, since we live in a world where Instant Pot exists. This smart multicooker can pressure cook, slow cook, sauté, sous vide, steam and even make rice. Whatever you need for your soup, an Instant Pot can do it for you quickly and easily.