Clear Soup Recipe with video & step by step photos – A detailed post on how to make healthy & delicious vegetable clear soup at home. Clear soup is a soup that is made by simmering veggies, & or meat in a liquid until all the flavors are released. These soups are clear and are great for those on a liquid diet. Clear soups are made without the addition of any spices, starch or any other flavoring ingredients. But there are so many versions made across the world and some are made even without the addition of any oil or fats.
Clear soup is made differently in various cuisines. I have shared the method I follow at home. It is a 2 step process where firstly all the veggies are simmered to make a vegetable stock. Next some more veggies are sautéed with ginger & garlic. Then simmered in the prepared stock.
This 2 step process makes the clear soup extremely flavorful & delicious similar to the one you get in Asian Restaurants.
In this post I have shown making vegetarian clear soup but have also added the details of how I make the chicken clear soup. It is just one step process that is different from the veggie version so thought of sharing it here in the same post.
Some times I am left with lots of veggies at the end of the week and don’t know what to do. Then I resort to this awesome way of using up all of them at one time.
You can flavor up with whatever you like but the basic clear soup is made and served as is plain without any spices.
What vegetables to put in clear soup?
Clear soup is usually made with veggies like carrots, french beans, mushrooms, cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, broccoli, yellow onion, celery stalks & sweet corn.
How is clear soup made?
- Simmer all the veggies in water and strain the vegetable stock.
- Saute garlic, ginger and some more veggies in oil. Then pour the vegetable stock and simmer for a while.
- Season with salt and serve.
How to Make Clear Soup (Stepwise Photos)
Prepare Veggie Stock
You can use any amount of vegetables to make this clear soup but a well balanced quantities will yield you a delicious soup. Avoid using too much of cabbage in this as it will leave an off flavor to the soup.
1. Add 1 large yellow cubed onion. Avoid using red onions as the flavor will be different.
2. Add 1 cup celery stalks.
3. Add 10 French beans and 2 medium sized carrots.
4. Next add half medium cabbage and 1 to 2 celery stalks with leaves or coriander leaves.
5. Pour water just enough to cover the veggies. I used 2.5 cups water.
6. Cover and simmer until the veggies turn soft.
7. The veggies must turn mushy and flavorless.
8. Strain them to a large bowl
9. If you don’t intend to eat the veggies then mash them well. I get about half a cup of stock from this.
10. This was the veggie stock I got.
Make Clear Soup
11. Add 1 tbsp oil and saute 1 teaspoon each of chopped ginger & garlic for a minute. If you prefer to make it without oil then just skip the oil. Pour the stock, ginger & garlic and the veggies. Simmer until they are slightly tender.
12. Then add mushrooms and saute well until a nice aroma comes out. You can also skip mushrooms here and just add some carrots, beans, sweet corn and peas.
13. Pour the veggie stock.
14. Simmer and boil until the mushrooms are done to your liking. Then add the spring onion greens. Add some salt if you prefer. Some restaurants serve it with soya sauce.
Serve clear soup hot with some fried noodles or fried rice. You can also simply add some boiled noodles to the soup and have.
- You can skip using oil in the recipe. Add garlic, ginger and mushrooms to the soup after straining and boil until the mushrooms are done.
- I discard the strained veggies as they become tasteless. However you can also season and eat them on the side as they are fiber rich.
- Use the organic veggies to make the clear soup and not the vegetable stock as the veggies are discarded. I always prefer to use the organic vegetables at the final step. This time I had only organic mushrooms so I sauteed and left them in the soup.
- You can replace mushrooms with mixed veggies.
Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )
- 1 large yellow onion (avoid red onion)
- 1 cup celery stalks ( you can also add more) chopped
- 2 carrots diced or cubed (can add more)
- 10 french beans (lesser if also fine)
- ½ cabbage diced
- 1 to 2 stalks celery leaves or coriander leaves
- 1½ cup mushrooms sliced (or ½ cup mixed veggies or broccoli )
- 8 florets cauliflower (optional)
- 1 tsp garlic chopped
- 1 tsp ginger chopped
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 stalk spring onion greens or scallions
- ½ tsp crushed pepper or ground pepper
Preparation (make vegetable stock)
- Add all the veggies except mushrooms & spring onions to a large pot.
- Pour water just enough to immerse them. I used 2½ cups of water.
- Cover and simmer on a low flame until the veggies wilt off completely and turn flavorless.
- Place a strainer over a large pot and strain the veggies.
- If you intend to eat the veggies then skip this step. Mash the veggies well & leave in the strainer for 20 mins. You will get about half cup soup.
How to Make Clear Soup
- Heat the same pan with oil.
- Saute ginger and garlic for a minute.
- Then add the mushrooms and saute well until they begin to smell good.
- Pour the strained clear soup to this and simmer until the mushrooms are done to your liking.
- If desired add some salt to taste. You can also serve the veggies on the side if you desire.
To make Chicken Clear Soup
- Add 250 grams bone-in chicken along with veggies & 3 cups water to the pot.
- Cook until the chicken falls off the bone.
- Remove the chicken aside and then strain the clear soup.
- Shred the chicken and set aside.
- Heat oil and saute ginger garlic until aromatic.
- Saute the shredded chicken and pour the clear soup. You can also saute mushrooms first and then add chicken.
- Let the soup come to a boil to bring out the flavors of ginger and garlic.
- Add spring onion greens and season with salt.
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.
NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)
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