Classic Soups

Would you make 30 versions of French onion soup to find the one with the richest broth and the deepest onion flavor? Or make dozens of cream of tomato soups to find the best way to preserve its bright flavor and color? We did, using techniques we've come to perfect over years of work in the test kitchen. Few dishes can fill, comfort, and satisfy like a big bowl of hearty soup. Good soup is easy to make, but great soup requires a whole lot of know-how. Learn it all, plus some great recipes and tips on blending soups and making them in advance, in this lesson.

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Core Equipment

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  • Pyrex 2-Cup Measuring Cup

    The unbeatable traditional version of the Pyrex Liquid Measuring Cup is back on the market. read more
  • Vitamix 5200

    Years of hard-core test kitchen use have not compromised this blender’s superior performance. Its hummus and milkshakes weren’t as s... read more
  • Amco Houseworks Professional Performance 4-Piece Measuring Cup Set

    This stainless steel set measured with near-perfect accuracy and offered moderate weight, great balance, and long, level, clearly m... read more
  • OXO Good Grips 12-Inch Locking Tongs

    Missed a perfect score only because one picky tester thought the pincers bruised cooked asparagus—a minor complaint. Class valedic... read more
  • Masamoto VG-10 Gyutou, 8.2"

    “Feels fantastic when you pick it up: comfortable, light, ready.” “A dream” for cutting up chicken and dicing onion, with its “very ... read more
  • All-Clad Stainless 8-Quart Stockpot

    While this pan runs a little hot, it produced "golden and gorgeous" fond. Starred in the french-fry test, with rapid recovery of c... read more
  • Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Set

    Comfortable and accurate with long handles, this set nests nicely. The rim of each spoon is flush with the handle so it is easy to s... read more
  • Wear-Ever Half Size Heavy Duty Sheet Pan (13 gauge) by Vollrath (formerly Lincoln Foodservice)

    "Perfect" cookies, oven fries, and jellyroll in this "flawless" pan. Pork produced "lots of fat but no worries about spilling—pan is... read more

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