February 19, 2015

Soup Season!

If there ever was a soup winter this is it. It is barely above 10 degrees F most days here. When we were in Cooperstown last weekend is what rarely above 0 and that is not an exaggeration! To stay warm and happy I’ve been making lots and lots of soup. I even plan to have another new soup recipe for you next week.

There are many reasons why soup makes a great winter meal including:

– Soups are a great way to pack lots of flavors into one bowl. Most soups contain at least one, if not more, vegetables, some beans, pasta, and even meat or poultry. Depending on what you want to make, soup can be a complete, nutritious one-bowl meal.

– Soups lend themselves well to batch cooking. Double whatever soup recipe you want to make and freeze half for later. Soup is always handy to have the freezer when there is no time to cook!

– Since soup recipes can be made up on a moment’s notice they are a great way to use up bits and bobs of whatever is in your fridge or pantry. It is no coincidence that there are so many ways to make soup. You can add almost anything to soup!

Soup ages well. If you make it in advance by naptime cooking, or even making it the day before you plan to eat it, the flavor of soup will only improve. Reheating it is a snap on the stovetop or in the microwave and it is always easy to serve hot.

Here are some of the favorite soups we’ve been enjoying this winter:

Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup | The Naptime Chef

Tomato Soups

Tomato Quinoa Soup

Slow-Cooker Tortilla Soup

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup & Basil Grilled Cheese – Food for My Family

Spicy Tomato Soup – Cheeky Kitchen

Tomato White Bean Soup – Dinner a Love Story

Mushroom Barley Soup | The Naptime Chef

Vegetable-Based Soups

Mushroom & Barley Soup

Caramelized Shallot Soup

Creamy Mushroom & Leek Soup with Croutons

Moroccan Red Lentil Soup with Chard – Feed Me Phoebe

Greens and Garlic Soup – Brooklyn Supper

Turkey Pho from Food52

(image via Food52)

Chicken & Turkey Soups

Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Soup

Sausage Bean & Pasta Soup – Simple Bites

Ina’s Italian Wedding Soup

The Best Chicken Soup You’ll Ever Have – Cup of Jo

Turkey Pho – Food52

Shrimp Soup | The Naptime Chef

Seafood Soups

Thai-Style Shrimp Soup

Cream of Scallop Soup – Orangette

Dad’s Fish Stew – Simple Recipes

Clam Chowder – Honest Food