50 Tips to Help You Make the Best Soup You've Ever Had

Tips from The Kitchn

Have you ever added a Parmesan rind to your soup? Or V8? Have you ever wondered how to make better matzo ball soup? Or how to cool homemade soup quickly? Did you know that you can make a quick broth out of cheese? Or whip up vegetable stock in just 10 minutes? Do you know how to make egg drop soup, or broiled and bubbling French onion soup?

What's the secret to the most delicious soup you've ever had? It may just be in our collection today of soup tips, tricks, and smart secrets. Read on for these and more — 50 good ideas from our archives on making better soups in your own kitchen.

Homemade Stock for Soup

The best way to make a really delicious soup is to use homemade stock. Here are some basic tutorials on making great stock at home — and some unexpected shortcuts!

Soup Cooking Lessons

A few of our very favorite soups, step by step.


Boost Flavor

Soup too salty? Or does it need just a little extra oomph? Try one of these tips.

Get the Texture You Want

Creamy soups don't alway need cream!

Soup Shortcuts

Yes, you can start with a box or can and still have something deeply delicious and (almost) homemade).

Pack, Store, and Freeze Soups

Take soup on the road! Tips for quickly cooling and freezing soup, including our best muffin tin tip, and the best soup containers we've ever found.

Soup Troubleshooting

Uh-oh — something went wrong. Learn from other cooks' troubles here!

Serving Soup

Making soup means eating soup. Here are some fun ideas for sharing soup with others, like a soup party and soup swap.

All right — those are our tips for better soup. What are yours? How do you make great soup at home? Any little tips or tricks you love to use?

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