Stocks and Soups Recipes

Stocks and Soups Recipes

Some people like to make their own stocks to ensure the very best quality and ingredients, and it is simple to do as well as very satisfying. However, if you lack the time - and often the inclination - you can buy excellent stocks, which taste just like home-made, from the chill cabinet of your local supermarket. There's a vast range to suit all kinds of flavors, but chicken or vegetable will be fine for most uses. Remember that some stock cubes can be very salty, so seek out the best you can find.

If you do make your own stock, remember to skim it carefully by sliding a shallow spoon across the top to lift off any scum. To remove any fat from stock, leave it to cool so that any fat solidifies on the top, then lift off with a shallow spoon. To remove fat from hot stock, run a clean cloth under the cold tap until it is very cold, then wring it out and use it to line a colander. Pour the hot stock through the colander and the fat will solidify when it touches the cold cloth, leaving the fat-free stock to strain through into a bowl.

Always cool stock quickly, then chill it and use it within a day or so. To freeze home-made stock, boil it to concentrate the stock and reduce the quantity by about half, then cool it quickly and freeze it in ice-cube trays or other small quantities for convenience.

Soups make great starters for a meal, or you can team with a crusty bread and a side salad to make a complete meal. Keep some part-baked loaves or rolls in the freezer and you are always prepared. This selection offers a variety of thin and chunkier soups as well as some delicious iced soups for warmer days.


  1. Beef Stock

  2. Chicken Stock

  3. Fish Stock

  4. Giblet Stock

  5. Vegetable Stock


  1. Apple and Wine Soup

  2. Beetroot Soup

  3. Bouillabaisse

  4. Carrot and Coriander Soup

  5. Celery and Shallot Soup

  6. Chilled Almond Soup

  7. Chilled Cucumber Soup

  8. Cream of Chicken Soup

  9. Cream of Tomato Soup

  10. Creamy Fresh Pea Soup

  11. Creamy Mushroom Soup

  12. Creamy Rice and Celery Soup

  13. Curried Apple Soup

  14. Curried Chicken and Lentil Soup

  15. Dutch Bacon and Pea Soup

  16. French Onion Soup

  17. Gazpacho

  18. Ham and Sweetcorn Chowder

  19. Jajik

  20. Leek and Pasta Soup

  21. Lentil Soup with Lemon

  22. Minestrone

  23. Mulligatawny Soup

  24. Oxtail Soup

  25. Pumpkin Soup

  1. Scotch Broth

  2. Seafood and Lemon Soup

  3. Simple Chicken Noodle Soup

  4. Split Pea Soup

  5. Thick Cream of Vegetable Soup

  6. Tomato and Orange Soup

  7. Watercress Soup

  8. Winter Vegetable Soup


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