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How to Make Canned Soup Taste Better

Here's How You Can Make Canned Soup Taste 10 Times Better

While we typically simmer up soup from scratch when a craving strikes, we turn to store-bought from time to time. The problem? It tends to fall flat no matter the source — whether a can, tetra pack, or the prepared foods section of the grocery store — and tastes, well, canned. In these instances we turn to a few simple strategies to perk things up.

  • Play with garnishes: Raid your pantry and crisper. Try adding a pinch of red pepper flakes, a few cracks of pepper, a drizzle of oil, a chiffonade of basil or other fresh herbs, a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream, a handful of oyster crackers or crumbled saltines, or even a sprinkling of seeds, chopped nuts, or grated salty cheese like parmesan. Not only do garnishes improve the soup's flavor, but they also add textural and visual contrast.
  • Pay attention to the serving vessel: This may seem silly, but taking the time to serve soup in a favorite bowl or mug with proper silverware, rather than in its to-go container helps. We're visual creatures; embrace it!
  • Adjust the seasoning: Soup, even of the homemade variety, tends to require a bit of tweaking to make the flavors shine. Oftentimes all a bowl needs is an extra pinch of salt, a splash of vinegar (try balsamic in tomato soup), or a hit of spice to take things from so-so to superb. Like all matters of seasoning, make sure to taste along the way.

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