I’ve come up with three quick and easy soup toppings that will brighten up a tasty bowl of broth, whether you’ve had time to make your own or managed to grab a pot from the shops, a little bit of something extra makes it more of a meal.
I’ve been sent a range of soups from Cully & Sully to try, and boy has it been good timing. Matthew has been laid out with chronic back pain, so normal life has somewhat been on hold as I run up and down the stairs taking him stuff and back and forth to the pharmacy for meds. It’s great for my step count (trying for 20k per day and mostly achieving it) but not brilliant for meal planning and shopping – sorry to my Facebook and Instagram followers for my silence and lack of Monday Mealplanners!!!
So a fridge full of delicious Cully & Sully soups have been ace for grabbing, heating and eating.
Who are Cully & Sully?
I’d never heard of them before, but they’re an Irish brand. The founders grew up around Ballymaloe and Midleton in Cork – Ireland’s foodie capital, and are passionate about creating tasty, velvety soups from good quality ingredients. Judging by their website they’re a young and vibrant team with a really fun vibe.
They’re the most popular soup in Ireland, and the good news is you can find them here in the UK at Tesco. The Feeding Boys Verdict? The flavours taste genuinely homemade and I just love the smooth texture – not too thick, not too runny. So far the mushroom has been my absolute favourite – so comforting!
They’ve notched up some Great Taste awards too which is always a good indicator of quality. The soups are currently priced at £1.50 per pot which is pretty good value, and you can freeze them too. They stack more easily than the usual fresh soup pots, as these ones are shaped more like ice cream tubs.
The Way We Make It
What little extras do you add to your soup? Well I love making my own soup sprinkles, whether it’s toasted nuts and seeds or home-made croutons, there’s always something knocking about in the cupboards that can be fashioned into a soup topping.
After a quick root around I found a stale brioche burger bun, a chunk of Parmesan and a few bagels. It’s like Ready, Steady, Cook in the Feeding Boys kitchen at the moment – I’m just using what I’ve got in the fridge/freezer/cupboards to cobble together random meals until I have time to go to the shops. The boys are being very good natured about it thankfully!
So what soup toppings did I make?
- Salted Rosemary Brioche Croutons – Chop a brioche roll into cubes, toss in a little oil, salt and dried rosemary in a roasting tin and give them about 5 minutes in a hot oven until golden and crisp.
- Parmesan Crisps – Grate a wedge of Parmesan. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and drop about a tablespoon of grated cheese in clumps and then bake in the oven for a few minutes until golden and crisp.
- Cheese & Pesto Bagel Toasts – Lightly toast a split bagel, spread with pesto and top with grated cheese and then quickly flash under the grill until golden and bubbling.
Bung all three on a board in the middle of the table and let everyone customise their bowl of soup their way – delicous!
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Have YOUR Say!
I’d love to hear about YOUR favourite soup toppings! Maybe you bulk a bowl of broth out with pasta shapes or perhaps a poached egg? Let me know in the comments below.
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I have been commissioned by Cully & Sully to create these toppings for their soups and to share this blog post with you here on my website. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I only endorse products I genuinely would recommend to you guys.