Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Chase Away The Chill With Soup

Brrr! January can be so cold and gray. Not to mention, many of us are suffering from coughs and sniffles this time of year. So why not warm your family up with a hot bowl of soup tonight?

While it’s easiest to head to the pantry for a commercial canned soup, it really is pretty simple and foolproof to make a pot yourself. It’s mostly a matter of chopping and simmering - and you’ll definitely taste the difference compared to canned!

Today we’re sharing some of our favorite soups from around the web. Just click the links for the recipes. First up is a perennial winner with children as well as adults - creamy tomato soup. This recipe from Martha Stewart is very easy to make. If you want to fancy it up a bit, we suggest adding some chopped fresh basil before you whirl it in the blender.

Image source: Martha Stewart

If you’re in the mood for something a little spicy, this southwestern chicken soup really hits the spot. It can be ready in a jiffy, too. The recipe from Real Simple is made even easier by using a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

Image source: Real Simple

Loaded potato soup tastes so rich and decadent, but this recipe from Cooking Light is actually pretty low in fat. The magazine suggests creating a toppings bar with things such as crumbled bacon, slivered green onions and cheese so family members can dress it up just the way they like.

Image source: Cooking Light

If you want something that’s both delicious and healthy, nothing beats a minestrone soup loaded with vegetables. This recipe from Vegetarian Times puts a twist on the classic with sun dried tomatoes and white beans. You can also add in some pasta to make it more kid-friendly, if you wish.

Image source: Vegetarian Times

Soup is definitely winter’s comfort food. Once you make your own at home and see how easy and delicious it is, you’ll want to have “soup night” at least once a week. You can always add grilled cheese sandwiches or a nice loaf of crusty bread to the table, too.

What’s YOUR favorite soup?

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