Soup Mixes: Gourmet or Normal?

When it comes to soup mixes, there are two camps: those who swear by gourmet mixes and those who prefer the convenience of premixed packs. So what's the difference?

Gourmet mixes generally contain more of the flavorful spices and flavors that give soups their umami (savory) flavor. This can be a good thing if you're looking for a complex soup with lots of depth of flavor, but it might not be what you're looking for if all you want is a simple pot of soup. In fact, some people find that premixed soup mixes can be just as good – or even better – than homemade versions. You can also look for various types of soups via

The main difference between gourmet and premixed soup mixes is that premixed packs typically contain more herbs and other ingredients than are normally found in chicken or beef stock. This means they're generally more robust in flavor, which can be helpful if you're making vegetarian or gluten-free soup. Plus, many premixed packs come pre-packaged with recipes so you don't have to worry about measuring anything!

So which type of soup mix is right for you? It really depends on your preferences and what kind of soup you're making. 

For example, if you're not a fan of basil, you might want to opt for a gourmet mix that doesn't include it; on the other hand, if you love the flavor of basil but don't have much in your garden, or simply don't have time to grow your own herbs, a premixed Basil Chicken Soup Mix will work great in just about any recipe.