10 Test Kitchen-Approved Essentials for Making Soup
Craving a hot, hearty meal? These soup-making tools will help you get cozy quick. Find our Test Kitchen's favorite cookware, gadgets, appliances and more for cooking, serving and storing soup.
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This large, colorful vessel ($170) makes cooking big-batch soups a breeze. You can sear, saute and simmer—all in the same pot.
Why it made our list: Le Creuset is one of the most trusted cookware names in the industry.
Why it made our list: The LED display makes it easy to see exactly how much time is left before dinner’s done.
Between sauteing garlic, stirring in broth or sneaking a taste of your creation, we guarantee you’ll get good use out of these beautiful wooden utensils ($35). And, since each order comes with a small, medium and large spatula, you’ll have a tool for every task. Check out the other minimalist tools we love.
Why it made our list: This brand comes with a lifetime warranty.
Every chef needs a spatula, and this must-have gadget ($18) is perfect for soup-makers. Available in several colors, this spatula is strong yet flexible. Plus, the silicone head won’t scratch your pots and pans.
Why it made our list: This tool was designed for high-heat cooking and is heat-resistant up to 550°F.
Want to make just a serving or two of soup? You can do so right in this blender ($350). A special setting lets you serve hot, creamy soups in mere minutes—no stovetop required.
Why it made our list: This model was named the best blender by our Test Kitchen.
When you want a thick, velvety smooth soup, an immersion blender can get the job done. This model ($70) comes with a traditional blending attachment, plus options for mashing, whisking and chopping.
Why it made our list: This model was named the best immersion blender by our Test Kitchen.
When it’s time to serve your soup, reach for a tool that you can rely on. This sturdy ladle ($19) is sleek and simple—so it will last you a lifetime.
Why it made our list: The stainless-steel finish won’t melt or warp, even if you leave it near a hot surface.
Give your meal the white tablecloth treatment with these porcelain bowls ($55 for four). This set is simple yet elegant, and its wide diameter means you can eat mess-free. Use them when you make one of our best soup recipes.
Why it made our list: No need to handwash—these beauties are microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
Take your soup pretty much anywhere with this heavy-duty thermos ($40). Its super insulation will keep your meal hot for up to 24 hours.
Why it made our list: The lid doubles as an 8-ounce cup for easy eating.
Got leftovers? Keep ’em fresh in Pyrex storage bowls ($30). This set easily transitions from the freezer to the fridge to the microwave, plus they’re dishwasher safe! By the way, here’s how to freeze soup.
Why it made our list: The glass bowls won’t absorb food stains or odors.