Easy Soups from Scratch and Quick Breads

Easy Soups from Scratch with Quick Breads to Match: 70 Recipes to Pair and Share by Ivy Manning makes it simple to create delicious, nourishing soups and warm, toothsome breads for any day of the week with straight-forward, time-saving recipes.

With 70 soups and breads to mix and match, soup lovers can choose from cozy classic combos such as Creamy wild rice and turkey soup accompanied by Bannock bread with browned butter and sage or Tortellini chicken soup with seasonal vegetables and Roasted garlic focaccia for dipping. Plenty of internationship inspiration can be found including Jamaican pork and sweet potato stew served with Blue corn and maple skillet bread or Spicy sweet chicken curry soup and Malaysian net breads. 

Readers can rely on helpful troubleshooting tricks and get-ahead tips to make these winning combinations come out perfect every time. Nothing is more comforting at the end of the day than a hearty bowl of homemade soup and freshly baked bread, and this book shows home cooks how to do it in under an hour.

I love a good soup cookbook and especially one that offers incredible breads to pair with steaming bowls of goodness. The Wild turkey soup is on the menu for after Thanksgiving Day - sometimes we look forward to the soup more than the meal itself. 

Special thanks to the publisher, Chronicle, for sharing the tasty combination of Thai coconut chicken soup with Flaky green onion pancakes with our members today. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post where you can enter our contest for three copies of this title open to US and Canadian members supplied by the publisher with a fourth copy sponsored by Eat Your Books to our members worldwide. 


Thai coconut chicken soup

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Serves 6

Active time ten minutes
Total time 40 minutes 

Called tom kha gai in Thai, this soup is named for the camphor-scented galangal root (kha). You can find galangal (it looks like ginger on steroids) and fresh lime leaves at Asian markets. Both freeze well, so stock up and you'll be set for months! There is no substitute for galangal, but it is present in most Thai curry pastes, so if you can't find galangal, include an extra 1 tsp or so of curry paste. This soup is brothy and light; if you prefer richer soup, substitute a can of thick coconut cream for one of the cans of coconut milk in the recipe.

  • Two 15-oz [445-ml] cans coconut milk
  • 2 1/2 cups [600 ml] chicken broth (see page 17)
  • 4 oz [115 g] oyster mushrooms or shiitake mushrooms (stems discarded if using shiitake), sliced
  • 3 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup [35 g] thinly sliced fresh galangal root
  • 2 tsp Thai red curry paste
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 10 fresh lime leaves
  • 1 1/4 lb [570 g] boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced against the grain
  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 cup [7 g] chopped fresh cilantro

1. In a large soup pot or Dutch oven combine the coconut milk, chicken broth, mushrooms, shallots, galangal root, curry paste, brown sugar, and lime leaves. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes to infuse the broth with the aromatics.

2. Add the chicken to the pot and cook over very low heat until the chicken is just cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes. Do not simmer the broth, or the chicken will become cottony and dry. Add the fish sauce and lime juice to the pot.

3. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with the cilantro. Instruct diners to pick out the galangal slices and lime leaves; they are too tough to eat.

GET AHEAD: Store the cooled soup in airtight containers or zip-top plastic freezer bags for up to 4 days in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer. Defrost overnight before reheating over low heat. Add the cilantro immediately before serving.

Flaky green onion pancakes
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Makes 2 pancakes, serves 4 to 6
Active time 30 minutes, Total time 40 minutes 

This is possibly the most fiddly bread in this book, but it's also the most fun. The pancakes have delicious, flaky layers and are ideal for soups with an Asian bent. The lightly charred flavor means it's great with similarly smoky soups, too.

  • 1 cup [140 g] all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 11/2 tsp [70 ml] toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup [120 ml] boiling water
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add 1 1/2 tsp of the sesame oil and the boiling water and stir until the mixture comes together into a shaggy dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and no longer pockmarked, about 2 minutes. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and set it aside for 10 minutes. Divide into two equal pieces.

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll one of the pieces of dough into a 12-in [30.5-cm] round, rotating the dough occasionally to make sure it's not sticking to the work surface.

3. Brush the pancake with 2 tsp of the remaining sesame oil, leaving a 1/2-in [12-mm] border without oil around the edges. Sprinkle the pancake with half of the green onions. Starting with the edge closest to you, roll up the pancake into a tight cylinder. Pinch the ends together to seal in the green onions, and pull on the ends gently to elongate the cylinder until it is about 14 in [35.5 cm] long. Coil the cylinder into a tight spiral (it will look like a little snail shell on its side). Cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap and set aside. Repeat the process with the remaining piece of dough.

4. Heat a 12- to 14-in [30.5- to 35.5-cm] skillet (preferably cast-iron) over medium heat. While the skillet heats, roll out the pancakes a final time: With the palm of your hand, press down on one of the coils to flatten it. Roll the dough into a 10-in [25-cm] pancake. Place the pancake in the skillet and cook until golden brown with a few dark brown spots, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Reduce the heat if the pancake begins to brown too quickly and press with a spatula on any areas that remain uncooked (they will be yellowish instead of opaque white

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  • lpatterson412  on  11/22/2017 at 1:39 PM

    tortellini chicken soup with seasonal vegetables!

  • heyjude  on  11/22/2017 at 1:40 PM

    Farro Minestrone

  • Astrid5555  on  11/22/2017 at 2:10 PM

    Many mushroom and quinoa soup

  • mcrimmins  on  11/22/2017 at 2:24 PM

    Lighter Broccoli and Cheese Soup.

  • hibeez  on  11/22/2017 at 2:56 PM

    roasted beet and carrot soup

  • stef  on  11/22/2017 at 3:40 PM

    Black bean and roasted red pepper cream. Can almost taste it

  • orwuhfoukdy  on  11/22/2017 at 4:10 PM

    The Roasted asparagus soup with cashew cream sounds delish.

  • Mariarosa  on  11/22/2017 at 5:10 PM

    I would make the spicy roasted poblano and potato chowder.

  • lgroom  on  11/22/2017 at 5:21 PM

    Spicy Ethiopian red lentil soup.

  • lauriesk  on  11/22/2017 at 5:39 PM

    Roasted asparagus soup with cashew cream

  • Nancith  on  11/22/2017 at 7:08 PM

    Pumpkin, pancetta, & Arborio rice soup sounds luscious.

  • Kristjudy  on  11/22/2017 at 7:12 PM

    South Indian sambar

  • alemily  on  11/22/2017 at 8:16 PM

    Spicy roasted poblano and potato chowder

  • JaneRose  on  11/22/2017 at 8:46 PM

    I love soup and eat it all year long. The broken pasta and bean soup looks yummy.

  • starrie143  on  11/23/2017 at 5:42 AM

    Thai coconut chicken soup

  • AGENT99  on  11/23/2017 at 8:37 AM

    Fresh-and-fast olive oil bread

  • contest718  on  11/23/2017 at 10:43 AM

    Fresh-and-fast olive oil bread dough

  • eliza  on  11/23/2017 at 11:57 AM

    Roasted garlic focaccia

  • jd5761  on  11/23/2017 at 3:53 PM

    Thai coconut chicken soup for me

  • smartie101  on  11/23/2017 at 4:27 PM

    Roasted beet and carrot soup

  • GillB  on  11/23/2017 at 10:42 PM

    Roasted Cauliflower and Paprika Soup

  • LaurenE  on  11/24/2017 at 3:00 PM

    spicy roasted poblano and potato chowder

  • matag  on  11/24/2017 at 3:27 PM

    Lobster tail bisque

  • ktwalla  on  11/24/2017 at 5:26 PM

    Cajun Red Beans and Rice Soup

  • rchesser  on  11/24/2017 at 9:20 PM

    Jamaican pork and sweet potato stew...yum!

  • t.t  on  11/24/2017 at 11:31 PM

    Korean kimchi and tofu soup

  • AnnaZed  on  11/25/2017 at 12:30 AM

    No-soak slow-cooker beans (how I wonder?)

  • PennyBarr  on  11/25/2017 at 10:53 AM

    Ooh, lovely book - I think your headline recipe is the one I'd like to try - Thai coconut chicken soup. Sounds delicious!

  • sarahawker  on  11/25/2017 at 10:58 AM

    Spicy roasted poblano and potato chowder

  • Missionfood  on  11/25/2017 at 3:31 PM

    Creamy cannelloni bean soup with gremolata

  • ravensfan  on  11/25/2017 at 3:35 PM

    Roasted beet and carrot soup

  • VeryVigario  on  11/25/2017 at 6:43 PM

    Smoky San Marzano tomato soup

  • DesiKim  on  11/25/2017 at 8:40 PM

    Spicy roasted poblano and potato chowder sounds delicious

  • PennyG  on  11/26/2017 at 1:41 PM

    Roasted cauliflower and paprika soup!

  • sullivmi  on  11/26/2017 at 5:36 PM

    Mmmmm .... Jamacian pork and sweet potato stew!!

  • jezpurr  on  11/26/2017 at 9:15 PM

    Not sure which first, lots of interesting recipes!!!^_^

  • sgump  on  11/27/2017 at 3:11 PM

    The Brazilian seafood and coconut soup sounds quite nice--is it perhaps a recipe for moqueca?

  • sugo  on  11/28/2017 at 2:48 AM

    Smoky San Marzano tomato soup for me

  • dbielick  on  11/28/2017 at 9:17 AM

    Roasted asparagus soup with cashew cream

  • kmn4  on  11/28/2017 at 9:22 AM

    Friulian bean and sauerkraut soup

  • infotrop  on  11/28/2017 at 11:55 AM

    Beer and cheddar bread, which should be delicious with soup

  • verorenee  on  11/28/2017 at 11:14 PM

    Lighter broccoli and cheese soup

  • robynsanyal  on  11/29/2017 at 8:46 AM

    Thai coconut chicken soup for sure!

  • Seren_Ann  on  11/29/2017 at 12:19 PM

    Pumpkin, pancetta, and Arborio rice soup, to get some more Autumn vibes before it's quite over :)

  • bamato  on  11/29/2017 at 1:29 PM

    Butternut squash soup with bacon crumbles sounds great!!

  • kitchenclimbers  on  11/29/2017 at 5:56 PM

    south indian sambar

  • nova  on  11/29/2017 at 6:00 PM

    Lighter broccoli and cheese soup - my daughter's favorite soup and I'd love to find a healthier version for us to enjoy

  • cathycooks  on  11/30/2017 at 12:23 AM

    Vegetable broth - I need a good recipe for this basic.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  11/30/2017 at 1:52 AM

    I would like to make the Korean kimchi and tofu soup.

  • stitchan  on  11/30/2017 at 7:36 AM

    Blue corn and maple skillet bread

  • skipeterson  on  11/30/2017 at 3:24 PM

    Crab buttermilk bisque with sweet corn and bacon

  • lean1  on  12/1/2017 at 10:14 AM

    Farro and Minestrone is my first pick

  • stephlinde  on  12/1/2017 at 10:34 AM

    Spice-roasted butternut squash soup with bacon crumbles

  • robertsicc  on  12/1/2017 at 12:45 PM

    I just had a thia cocnut and chicken soup. I would love to try it. This recipe is calling me.

  • ninaarahgnis  on  12/1/2017 at 2:24 PM

    Roasted asparagus soup with cashew cream

  • lhodder2016  on  12/2/2017 at 6:16 AM

    Creamy cannelloni bean soup with gremolata

  • lhudson  on  12/2/2017 at 7:40 AM

    Mexican chicken noodle soup

  • rachael_mc  on  12/2/2017 at 12:46 PM

    Smoky San Marzano Tomato Soup

  • lselke  on  12/2/2017 at 7:31 PM

    Jamaican pork and sweet potato stew.

  • antpantsii  on  12/2/2017 at 9:57 PM

    Roasted beet and carrot soup

  • mpdeb98  on  12/3/2017 at 8:33 AM

    Roasted cauliflower and paprika soup

  • emilyluvs2bake  on  12/3/2017 at 10:55 AM

    Smoky San Marzano Tomato Soup!

  • sdg8trgrl  on  12/4/2017 at 10:59 AM

    Thai coconut chicken soup

  • Uhmandanicole  on  12/5/2017 at 3:36 AM

    Winter melon soup with smoky ham

  • rglo820  on  12/5/2017 at 5:25 PM

    Many Mushroom and Quinoa Soup

  • Livia  on  12/7/2017 at 2:29 AM

    It has got to be the Creamy cannellini bean soup with gremolata

  • bibliophile02  on  12/7/2017 at 12:53 PM

    Fresh and fast olive oil bread dough

  • Karla123  on  12/7/2017 at 7:17 PM

    I love making soup, and this recipe for a vegetable-rich, grain and bean Farro Minestrone would make a wonderful one-pot meal this winter.

  • bhasenstab  on  12/7/2017 at 9:10 PM

    Tom kha gai would be my first, but I love Ivy Manning’s books. Have two other titles, at least. So, yes please!

  • eileen2015  on  12/7/2017 at 9:16 PM

    Roasted asparagus soup

  • ecasey830  on  12/7/2017 at 9:17 PM

    The roasted cauliflower soup with the everything rye muffins sound amazing!

  • Siegal  on  12/8/2017 at 9:38 AM

    I want to make the Cajun red beans and rice

  • Lafauvette  on  12/8/2017 at 3:04 PM

    Black bean soup. Also, as a Cajun, I feel compelled to point out that red beans and rice is not a soup!

  • Dmartin997  on  12/8/2017 at 4:24 PM

    Lobster tail bisque

  • RSW  on  12/8/2017 at 5:32 PM

    Roasted asparagus soup with cashew cream

  • keizerfire  on  12/8/2017 at 5:57 PM

    I'm trying that Thai coconut chicken soup this weekend!!

  • Julia  on  12/8/2017 at 10:44 PM

    Roasted cauliflower and paprika soup.

  • mjes  on  12/9/2017 at 2:29 AM

    Spicy Ethiopian red lentil soup

  • ACanadianBaker  on  12/9/2017 at 6:14 AM

    Smoky San Marzano tomato soup 🍅

  • AngelaLCooks  on  12/9/2017 at 12:42 PM

    Lighter broccoli and cheese soup

  • hrhacissej  on  12/9/2017 at 1:58 PM

    Egg and Lemon Soup

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  12/9/2017 at 3:37 PM

    been doing a lot with roasted cauliflower recently so might try the roasted cauliflower and paprika soup found on page 40!

  • cocecitycook  on  12/10/2017 at 10:44 AM

    Spicy poblano and potato soup. Yum!

  • DanieleK  on  12/10/2017 at 11:12 AM

    Spicy Roasted Poblano and Potato

  • dusksunset  on  12/10/2017 at 1:11 PM

    Lighter Broccoli and Cheese Soup

  • Dannausc  on  12/10/2017 at 6:55 PM

    Broken pasta and bean soup

  • Katiefayhutson  on  12/11/2017 at 6:13 PM

    Spicy Ethiopian lentil soup

  • thewoobdog  on  12/12/2017 at 8:50 AM

    Spicy Sweet Chicken Curry Soup with the Malaysian Net Breads to accompany. Mmmmm.

  • ljsimmons  on  12/12/2017 at 2:07 PM

    I've been looking for a thai chicken soup recipe - this one looks great !

  • tararr  on  12/12/2017 at 2:49 PM

    Roasted Beet & Carrot soup

  • janv  on  12/12/2017 at 6:29 PM

    Black Bean Soup for me

  • tarae1204  on  12/16/2017 at 9:12 AM

    Pumpkin, pancetta, and Arborio rice soup with potato farls

  • BMeyer  on  12/16/2017 at 6:23 PM

    corn and maple skillet bread

  • obigi  on  12/17/2017 at 3:48 AM

    Flaky green onion pancakes

  • robertsicc  on  12/17/2017 at 2:56 PM

    I always like reading soup cook books. Coming into Winter is the perfect time to get a new soup book.

  • tennyogirl  on  12/17/2017 at 11:04 PM

    Vegetable Broth

  • HeatherLynn  on  12/18/2017 at 8:12 PM

    I would love to make the Lighter broccoli and cheese soup !

  • wjsisung  on  12/19/2017 at 12:27 PM

    Green onion pancakes

  • bstewart  on  12/19/2017 at 3:19 PM

    Roasted cauliflower and paprika soup

  • v.t  on  12/19/2017 at 5:02 PM

    Bannock bread with browned butter and sage

  • mfl  on  12/20/2017 at 11:44 AM

    the Thai coconut chicken soup

  • Cornfed23  on  12/21/2017 at 9:41 PM

    Korean kimchi and tofu soup

  • chasteph  on  12/22/2017 at 12:55 AM

    Creamy wild rice and turkey soup with Bannock bread

  • trudys_person  on  12/23/2017 at 11:44 PM

    Pumpkin, Pancetta and Arborio Rice Soup ...

  • orchidlady01  on  12/27/2017 at 3:48 AM

    Lighter broccoli and cheese soup and Spice-roasted butternut squash soup with bacon crumbles

  • lils74  on  1/1/2018 at 11:46 AM

    Spice-roasted butternut squash soup with bacon crumbles, because I am always on the lookout for a superlative butternut squash soup recipe. So many I try seem underwhelming.

  • Karen.2018  on  1/1/2018 at 2:55 PM

    I would try Roasted cauliflower and paprika soup!

  • GregH  on  1/1/2018 at 3:10 PM

    Roasted beet and carrot soup

  • averythingcooks  on  1/1/2018 at 3:47 PM

    Spicy Sweet Chicken Curry Soup would be my number 1 (followed by many others!)

  • auntietina  on  1/1/2018 at 9:54 PM

    Crab buttermilk bisque with sweet corn and bacon

  • EmilyR  on  1/1/2018 at 11:47 PM

    Egg and lemon soup with toasted orzo and kale

  • Execchef1225  on  1/3/2018 at 4:46 PM

    roasted asparagus

  • sberes  on  1/4/2018 at 8:49 AM

    Mushroom and quinoa soup

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