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14 creative ways to plus up your soups


The beauty of soups lies in their endless flexibility and adaptability. Without a few inventive additions, even the best soups might lack that special zing. It doesn’t matter if you’re starting from scratch or enhancing a ready-made soup; there’s always room for that extra touch.  

We’re about to show you how to take five favorite ready-to-serve soups to the next level with minimal effort. Learn simple ways to enhance these classics and make them even more irresistible:

  • Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
  • Vegetable Lentil Soup
  • Poblano Pepper & Corn Chowder
  • Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup
  • Butternut Squash

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Packed with chicken, veggies, a wild rice blend and a dash of seasoning, this soup hits all the right spots. It’s a nourishing favorite that’s always satisfying. We also love making a creamier version using a béchamel sauce or a splash of heavy cream. For a dish that’s extra special, use these three tricks to make this soup even more amazing.

Curried Chicken Wild Rice Soup

For this trick, begin by sautéing freshly grated carrots in olive oil. This will add not just a pop of color but also a hint of sweetness. Next, sprinkle in some curry powder and stir until it’s wonderfully fragrant. 

Now, pour in your soup and let it simmer gently. To finish, give it a taste and adjust the seasoning with a little extra salt and pepper, if desired. Your enhanced soup can be topped with your favorite garnishes.

Greens and Grains Soup

For a burst of color and wholesomeness, this is a simple yet impactful addition. Gently heat the soup. Introduce a vibrant touch of greens; choose between fresh spinach or kale, finely chopped. Stir in the greens. This process infuses the soup with the fresh flavors of the greens and adds a delightful textural contrast. 

Mushroom Herb Chicken Soup

This elegant modification begins with sautéing fresh, thinly sliced mushrooms in a dash of olive oil. This unlocks the mushrooms’ earthy flavors and golden-brown exterior. It also helps to soften the texture and tone down the intensity of the mushrooms’ flavor. Next, introduce some fresh, finely chopped rosemary. 

Finally, add the mushroom and herb mix to the heated Chicken Wild Rice Soup. 

Vegetable Lentil Soup

For a scrumptious vegan dish, this plant-based lentil soup combines tender lentils with fire-roasted peppers, black beans and vine-ripened tomatoes. If you want some extra creaminess, try adding water or vegetable broth and briefly blending with an immersion blender. For more ideas, here are three techniques to amp up your lentil soup even more.

Vegetable Lentil Soup With Cumin & Sweet Potatoes

Gently heat your lentil soup, bringing it up to a simmer. Next, stir in some thawed frozen sweet potatoes. Afterward, sprinkle in just the right amount of cumin. Allow the soup to simmer gently until the sweet potatoes are perfectly tender. 

Vegetable Lentil Soup With a Crunch

For this recipe, heat your lentil soup until it’s piping hot. Sprinkle a generous amount of toasted edamame over the soup. You might notice how they add an appealing visual element with their vibrant green color.

Vegetable Lentil Chickpea Soup

Warm up your lentil soup. Add in a good amount of rinsed and drained chickpeas. The chickpeas absorb the soup’s savory notes, becoming tender and flavorful. 

Add some black pepper, then drizzle a dash of balsamic vinegar over your bowl of soup for a tangy kick. Vinegar, lemon or lime are three easy ways to make a ready-to-serve soup feel more homemade.

Poblano Pepper & Corn Chowder

With sweet corn, soft potatoes and mild poblano peppers, Pacific Foods Organic Poblano Pepper and Corn Chowder is chowder with a kick. It works at a backyard summer barbecue or as warm comfort in the cold winter. But when you want to add more heat or more crunch, we suggest trying these additions.

Fresh Mex Corn Chowder

Heat up the Poblano Pepper & Corn Chowder. Spoon a generous dollop of fresh salsa over the chowder. It’s a lively mix of chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro and perhaps a squeeze of lime. Then, add the final touch with slices of ripe avocado. 

Poblano Pepper & Bacon Corn Chowder

Warm up your chowder. Meanwhile, cook some bacon until it’s perfectly crispy. Once done, crumble it into bite-sized pieces. These bacon crumbles infuse the soup with a smoky, savory depth. Now, add some seasoned croutons over the top of the chowder. 

Poblano Pepper & Corn Chowder Tortilla

Heat your Poblano Pepper & Corn Chowder. As it simmers, prepare your crispy tortilla strips. These can be store-bought for convenience or homemade for an extra touch of freshness. 

Once the soup is hot and ready, sprinkle a generous amount of crumbled cotija cheese and cilantro over the soup.

Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

Pacific’s zesty roasted red pepper and tomato soup is tasty on its own or as part of a complex dish. For more texture, add complementary foods like onions, carrots, beans or roasted garlic. Here are two other simple ways to get creative with this soup.

Tortellini and Bacon With Pesto Swirl

Cook some chopped bacon in a saucepan until it’s crispy and golden, and set it aside. Next, bring your Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup to a gentle simmer in the same pot. Add some refrigerated tortellini to the soup. Drizzle a swirl of pesto over the soup just before serving. Lastly, sprinkle on the crispy bacon pieces you set aside earlier. 

Chipotle Powder With Bacon & Sour Cream

Heat a bit of olive oil in a saucepan. Add a dash of chipotle powder to the oil and cook it just until it becomes fragrant. Pour in your Roasted Red Pepper Soup. For an extra layer of flavor, you could even use some of the bacon fat to cook the chipotle powder. 

Add a dollop of cooling sour cream to each serving. Finish by sprinkling already-cooked crispy bacon bits on top.

Butternut Squash

Squash is the quintessential autumn flavor with its nutty flavor that gets roasted to sweetness, but we love it any time of year. This creamy butternut squash soup mixes squash with zesty aromatics and warming spices for a delicious, complex flavor. But you can do more with this soup with just a few extra steps.

Mini Grilled Cheese With Sage Butter

Melt butter in a skillet, then crisp the sage leaves and set them aside with the browned butter. Prepare grilled cheese in the same skillet, then cut into small pieces. Serve the soup in shot glasses, topped with fried sage, brown butter and grilled cheese croutons. This makes a delightful appetizer.

Paprika Butter

Begin by heating butter in a saucepan until it foams. Gently stir in the paprika and allow the mixture to simmer until you notice a rich, aromatic fragrance. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Carefully pour the butter into a separate container, setting it aside. Use this paprika-infused butter to top up your freshly heated soup.

Spiced Air Fried Chickpeas

Thoroughly season your chickpeas with an enticing blend of spices — curry and smoked paprika work wonderfully together. Once they’re well coated, transfer the chickpeas to your air fryer. Cook them until they achieve a delightful crispness. After heating your soup, sprinkle these aromatic, crispy chickpeas on top.

Transform your soups into gourmet delights

By now, you understand that soups are a flavor playground involving mix-ins and top-ups and getting creative! Don’t let your soup routine become mundane. Embrace the endless possibilities and turn them into a memorable experience every time. 

Our organic soups make it easier for you to use these simple, creative tips. We offer a variety so that it’s hard not to find what you fancy. Explore our soups to find your perfect bowl of comfort, or discover a new favorite flavor.