Technique for a warm bowl of soup

I suppose this isn’t so much about how to warm a bowl for soup as it is a persuasion to warm a bowl. At Tante Marie’s, it was a student’s job every day to warm the bowls and plates for lunch. To forget to do this was as much a problem as failing to salt the soup properly.

It’s simply that a warm bowl is going to hold the heat of the soup longer and give you the true flavor of your soup longer (so you can eat slower), and greater enjoyment of your meal. A cold bowl or plate makes you want to eat fast before everything gets cold, and it steals all of the thunder from your hard work, even if that work was simply opening a can (or in my case, a jar of wonderful Drummond Island tomato-roasted garlic-dill soup, from Bohica Farm).

Maybe it’s just me being up here in the north country, but every dish in the cupboard right now is freezing cold. That’s fine if I’m serving up a scoop of ice cream, but for my soup or my sup, I’m running my dish under hot water and letting it sit in the warmth for a few minutes, then drying it off, then serving it up.

For larger quantities of dishes, warm up the oven to its lowest setting and place stacks of dishes and bowls in. Take them out just before serving. If they get too hot, use hot pads and let them cool off slightly before serving. Better not to serve with a mitt on your hand, though restaurants seem to be just fine with that, and telling you to beware of the hot plate.

Warming bowls and plates is a small gesture, but an easy one that makes food taste better, and more importantly, slows us down in all the right ways.

Favorite Soup Recipes

Lebanese Vegetable Soup with Chickpeas and Kale

Avgolemono Lemony Chicken Rice Soup

Fragrant Chicken Soup

Garlicky Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard

Lentil Bulgur Soup with Mint Olive OIl

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  1. Antonia Allegra on October 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Hi, Maureen – Your mention of Tante Marie’s leads me to mention a feature story in the San Francisco Chronicle’s new little food magazine…on Mary Risley and Tante Marie’s. Glad that the learning experience went so well for you. And you’re right about warming plates and bowls! For those who are saving energy (of one kind), the plates/bowls will heat properly in a microwave for 45 seconds…If not using a microwave, well, then, the oven or a sink of hot water will do…Happy Autumn. XO Toni

  2. Betsy on October 18, 2012 at 6:58 AM

    How about some of your amazing potato soup in that nice warm bowl? I still make your recipe!

  3. Mariangela on October 24, 2022 at 12:40 PM

    Guilty! It takes my Wolf oven a 1/2 hour to heat up! What about heating water in a kettle and putting it in the bowls while the soup warms and then dump water and serve soup?

    • Maureen Abood on October 24, 2022 at 3:45 PM

      Yes! This is a favorite method especially if you don’t have many many bowls to serve.

  4. Olivia Eskander on October 24, 2022 at 4:30 PM

    Brilliant idea Maureen, please keep sends your lovely recipes specially the soup and salads.

    Many thanks.

    • Maureen Abood on October 26, 2022 at 9:01 AM

      Thank you so much Olivia!

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