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Enrich All Your Meals with Beautiful Soup Bowls

No matter the season, a bowl of soup is always comfort food. In the winter, the warmth and nutritiousness of gently cooked vegetables gets you through cold days. In hotter months, cold soups like gazpacho or watermelon soups help take the heat off.

If you don't have a shelf full of soup bowls you love, it's time to do something about that.

What Are Soup Bowls?

A soup bowl is a bowl made for serving and enjoying soup. Its companion is a soup spoon,  characterized by its round bowl at the end of the handle for scooping up a mix of liquid and veggies.

  • Most of these type of bowls are slightly wider and more shallow than other bowls, like, for instance, a cereal bowl, but deeper than a pasta bowl.
  • Some are flanged with a rim around them. To serve soup during formal dinner service, select rimmed soup bowls. This style is sometimes called a soup plate.
  • For some soups, such as a bouillon soup, it's appropriate to drink directly from the bowl. In these cases, the bowl has open loop handles for holding.

Note that traditional etiquette dictates if you start with a spoon, you finish with a spoon. Today, no one is likely to fault you for drinking the last drops after getting through most of the bowl with a spoon, though.

Multi-Tasking with Your Bowls

To make the most of your soup bowls, choose ones that you can use for other foods you often enjoy.

  • Some people will eat cereal and soup from this bowl. This is a good plan if you love a hearty stew. That heavier broth deserves the depth of a cereal bowl in some cases -- all of them casual or informal.
  • The average soup bowl is perfectly suited for oatmeal. Layer fruit and nuts and spices in your bowl to create a delicious breakfast.
  • If you've chosen shallower bowls, you can use them for pasta or pasta salad, too.
  • The lug bowl, used for French onion soup, is mostly a single-use bowl, but French onion soup is so tasty, it's worth the shelf space.

Now that you realize all you can do with the humble soup bowl, start looking for recipes. This everyday food has so much rich history and so many cultural recipe variations. You could have a bowl every day and be satisfied.

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