Autumnal soups: 4 ways to take them to the next level

With the temperatures dropping and the days getting shorter, now is the perfect time to spend more time doing something we love – like cooking!

Quick and cold dishes are giving way to slow cooking and more elaborate recipes which can warm us up and leave us – and our friends – feeling cozy inside.

Soups are perfect for the fall, so it’s time for them to take center-stage! As well as warming us up, soup is good for the body and soul. What’s more, there are limitless ways to make soups tasty and original, meaning they're a great way to indulge your creative side in the kitchen.

Let’s start with the base: delicious and ready to go

Making soup requires care and organization: it starts with the selection of the raw ingredients, followed by the preparation and cooking stages, all of which can vary based on the ingredients being used. That said, it’s not always as easy as it could be to find the time to go through the whole process.

That’s where our Soup with Pulses and Cereals comes in: it’s the perfect solution when you want to create a complete, delicious and quick dish. This ready-to-eat soup in a jar is prepared using rustic and natural ingredients – all you need to do is heat it up! It’s a delicious autumnal soups recipe featuring 8 different types of pulses (peas, lentils, red lentils, kidney beans, green adzuki beans, chickpeas, cannellini beans and borlotti beans), khorasan and farro, with the addition of our Sundried Tomato Spread.

Perfect on its own, it can also be flavored with more of your favorite ingredients or blended to turn it into the base for a creamy autumnal soup.

Vegetable broth, like grandma used to make

The first secret to adding flavor to soup is a traditional one – the very same that every good Italian grandmother would have used whenever she was running low on kitchen inspiration. While you’re cooking your soup, add some vegetable broth a little at a time, depending on the recipe and your personal taste, together with some cooked, diced vegetables.

This will result in a soup that feels very similar to those minestrones you used to enjoy as a child!

A Middle Eastern touch

Interesting in trying something a bit more daring in the kitchen? Love trying new flavors? Try enriching your autumnal soups by adding a spoonful of yogurt! Or, for a subtler flavor, put the yogurt into a bowl and mix with a drizzle of our Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fruttato and some salt and pepper. Alternatively, you could ramp up the Middle Eastern theme by adding flavorings and spices such as dried garlic, saffron or cinnamon. Once the yogurt mixture is ready, dish up the soup and place a spoonful of your spiced yogurt on top.
The addition of yogurt will give your soup a real hit of acidity, as well as bringing all the other ingredients together. Delicious!

More unusual spices and flavorings

Want to add more of a kick to your autumnal soup? Look no further than the spice rack! It offers a wide range of possibilities to help you flavor your soups and make sure everybody is happy. 

If you like a bit of heat, try adding a little of our Oil and Chili Pepper: all it takes is a few drops to inject bags of character into your soup!

If you prefer a more unusual flavor, why not splash out and try some more adventurous spices, like cumin, coriander, cardamom, ginger or turmeric – this will give your soup a lovely, deep yellow color too!

Spices are becoming more and more widely used in Italian cooking: as well as revolutionizing the flavor of our recipes, they're also a wonderful source of nutritional benefits!

Simple additions: things you’ll have in the kitchen

If you want to stick to a more traditional approach, there are some classic combinations you can turn to in order to preserve the original flavor.

Perhaps the best accompaniment for any soup is crostini: you can buy these ready-made, make them from bread tossed in olive oil or opt for the unique crunch of our Crispy Focaccia.

The simplest things are often the most delicious ones – and adding cheese just before serving is something that will never let you down. It could be a 24- or 36-month Parmigiano-Reggiano, a Grana Padano or an aged pecorino... the end result is always going to be finger-licking good!

Still want one last idea on how to maximize the flavor of your soups? Just before serving, why not add some slices of crispy bacon or ham?

At the end of the day, there really is nothing more comforting than eating a nice, hot bowl of soup as you watch the leaves on the trees turn brown outside and the cold start to bite. That’s when you really know fall has arrived!