At Tastealotta we carry a great variety of slow cooker soups, some of which are even gluten-free. Winter is definitely that soup time of year, but we’ve found any time of year is a great time for soup!
Slow cooker soup or using an instant-pot to make soup is a great way to have gourmet soup with little or no fuss and have a great meal that only takes minutes to put together. Even with all of staying home more, it’s nice to have a quick way to whip up a meal and have it serve for many meals in the week.
We are having our Souper Bowl Spectacular starting this week and we thought this would be a great time to share some wonderful adaptations to our already great and tasty slow cooker soups. The slow cooker soups we carry at Tastealotta are very adaptable and lend themselves to also being changed to being vegetarian if you wish. Some of our customer’s favorite soups include:
We have some great cooks that shop at Tatealotta and some of you might have thought of these ideas, but we thought we would share some of our favorite slow cooker soup recipe adaptations with you,
The basics of this soup give you a hardy base to work from and our ideas just accentuate the already amazing flavors in this well-known soup. Try substituting chicken broth for the vegetable broth, it will give the soup more depth, and then add your favorite sausage to the soup. If you want to take this soup to the main dish level try adding both sausage and shrimp to the Caribbean Black Bean Soup and you have turned your soup into something very much like Jambalaya but with black beans, so yummy!
Split pea soup is a winter mainstay in most homes. It has good storage capabilities and can easily be a main dish. With Tastealotta slow cooker split pea soup try substituting chicken broth for the vegetable broth to give the soup more depth. We like adding a ham hock to the soup from the beginning; it adds such flavor and richness. Also with split pea soup once the soup has cooled try using your favorite blender to puree your soup to make a nice and thick soup and then add cubed ham to your finished soup with croutons on top.
Another hearty favorite at Tastealotta is our beef barley soup. Tastealotta’s beef barley soup can easily be adapted to another meat type and one of the favorites is pork instead of beef. When using pork switch out the beef broth for chicken broth and one of my favorite cuts of pork to use is a pork shoulder that we usually use for Pork Verde, but does so well used in barley soup.
When you think of winter or having a cold or the flu your mind naturally goes to chicken soup to the rescue! Tastealotta’s chicken noodle soup gets even heartier if you add chicken thighs with the bone in. The chicken bones are what give your chicken soup all the nutrients of bone broth, which is what is the real helper when it comes to making you feel better when you are feeling sick.
Tortilla soup is hearty, to begin with, especially with the addition of tortillas chips. An easy substitution is turkey meat for the cubed chicken, in traditional Latin cooking, the two types of meat are used interchangeably. If you want to make your tortilla soup vegetarian try substituting vegetable broth for the chicken broth and then braised tofu for the chicken. Tofu really takes on flavors very easily, so sautéing it some of the same spices you find in the tortilla soup will have a wonderful vegetarian addition.
Thai curry lentil soup delivers such good protein plus it’s definitely a hearty soup that can do well as a main dish. We suggest using chicken broth for deeper flavor and if you want to make Thai curry lentil soup vegetarian try using vegetable broth and tofu instead of chicken. You can also make this soup thicker and serve it over rice as more of a curry dish as they do in India.
There is nothing like soup simmering in the kitchen to fill your home with wonderful aromas that tantalize your taste buds and welcome everyone home. Be sure to come into Tastealotta between January 21st-January 30th to take advantage of our wonderful sale. We would love you to share your recipe adaptations with us, we love learning from our fellow cooks and customers!