There is no better way to warm up on a chilly winter day than with a bowl of hot, hearty and flavorful soup! In addition to being delicious, soups are both economical and versatile. And they are a great way to use up leftover proteins (like Thanksgiving turkey) and incorporate veggies into your diet. Here at HPSC we love soups, so we have complied a list of our favorite seasonings to use in soups, as well as some great recipes too!
Italian Sausage Seasoning – This seasoning blend is one of Lacey’s absolute favorites! A variety of herbs combine with garlic, onion, fennel, and crushed red pepper to create a blend with tons of classic Italian flavor and just the right amount of heat. Try this seasoning in cream or tomato-based soups with tortellini, Italian sausage, and veggies like carrots, broccoli, spinach and kale. Check out our recipes for Sausage Tortellini Chowder and Sausage and Bowtie Pasta Soup for some great ideas using our Italian Sausage Seasoning.
Italian Seasoning – This blend of Italian herbs is a great alternative to our Italian Sausage Seasoning if you aren’t a fan of crushed red pepper or fennel. Just be sure to add some additional onion, garlic, salt, and pepper to your soup in addition to this seasoning for a fuller flavor.
Tomato Basil Blend – This seasoning incorporates the delicious flavors of sun-dried tomatoes, basil and other herbs into a fresh and flavorful blend that adds complexity and depth to cream or tomato-based soups. Especially delightful in soups with eggplant, kale, spinach or zucchini.
Mexican-Style Soups and Chilies
Chimichurri Seasoning: This traditional Argentinian seasoning combines bell peppers, smoky paprika, herbs like oregano, bay leaf and savory, with just the right amount of spice to make a delicious blend that lends tremendous depth of flavor to tortilla soup and chili.
Adobo Seasoning: Our adobo seasoning’s lighter Mexican flavor is perfect for white bean chilies and Mexcian-style soups with chicken and black beans. This seasoning makes a great substitute for the individual spices in our Turkey and White Bean Chili recipe.
Black & Bold: This bold, yet simple, blend is perfect for creamy soups like potato and our Hearty Beer Cheese Soup. Sprinkle into individual bowls at the end of cooking in place of plain black pepper.
Garlic Pepper: This versatile blend is full of bold flavors like garlic, pepper, salt, onion, and bell pepper that work very well together. Try our garlic pepper on chowders and potato soup.
Bristol Bay Spice: If you are looking for a seasoning for your next clam chowder or seafood stew, check out our Bristol Bay Spice. Full of traditional coastal bay flavors, this blend combines fresh celery with spicy and warm allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom to make a seasoning that is an excellent compliment to all things seafood.
Creole Seasoning: Creole seasoning originated in the Louisiana bayou and is often referred to as Cajun seasoning. Our Creole seasoning is a blend of black, red and white pepper, along with additional herbs and spices. Not as spicy as our Cajun Spice, our Creole Seasoning is perfect for a crowd-pleasing gumbo. Check out our recipe for easy Crock-Pot Gumbo here.
Cajun Spice: This spicy, traditional Cajun seasoning is great for adding a kick to gumbo. It really is hot so be sure to start with a small amount of seasoning and taste as you add more.
Gumbo File: Pronounced Fee-Lay, this blend of thyme and sassafras leaf is used as a thickening agent in gumbo. Gumbo file should be added to individual bowls at the end of the cooking process. If the powder is cooking to long it can become stringy and unpleasant in texture.