I love soup. I could literally eat it every meal, all year round. In fact, when I was pregnant with Jones, I craved it all.the.time. I had some sort of soup at every meal for MONTHS. (Until I ordered a gag inducing soup at a Mexican restaurant and then didn’t eat soup for months…)
Anyways, when I saw that the Friday Five topic from Cynthia, Courtney, and Mar was Favorite Fall Foods, I yelled “SOUP” and started cheering. Ok, maybe I just thought to myself, “oh, I have some favorite soups”. Whatever. Same thing.
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1. Potato Leek soup – This soup is soo good and very healthy. You can’t go wrong with potatoes, carrots, and leeks (plus a few other ingredients) topped with fresh ground pepper and Greek yogurt.
2. Vegetarian Tortilla Soup (or chicken tortilla soup if you prefer) – One of my friends gave me this recipe when Jones was little and I’ve been modifying it each time to make it just a bit easier. It is now the simplest, most slow cooker friendly soup I make. Top it with avocado or cheese or Greek yogurt along with the tortilla chips and it’s super yummy.
3. Split Pea Soup – My college boyfriend’s mom gave me this recipe so that I could make it for him. Luckily, it was so good that I was completely on board with cooking it for him (’cause really I was cooking it for me.) Now I make it with ham and both Beer Geek and I love it. This is the one time I recommend non-whole wheat noodles (egg noodles or spaetzle work best) as the starch thickens it. I also recommend making it a day in advance – it’s one of those soups that tastes better as it ages.
4. Turkey Sweet Potato Soup – This is the perfect Thanksgiving leftovers soup. Like most of the soups I make, the recipe is just a general guide. I make it all the time, but the best version I’ve ever made was when I used leftovers from a turkey I basted with maple syrup. So good!
5. Five (or more) Bean Chili – I make the best chili ever. No, really. I have yet to make a pot that people haven’t loved. I always make a huge amount and I seldom have leftovers. But I have no recipe. No pot is the same as a previous pot. But I did my best to write down my process with the last pot and will share it with you. I think the key thing is that you use variety of beans. I keep meaning to make it with one of those 15 bean packages, but I never seem to manage prepping dried beans.
1-2 pounds meat (I prefer grass fed ground beef, but I’ve done it with steak or ground turkey or leave the meat out and increase the beans)
1 large onion, chopped
2 Cloves garlic, chopped
1 T chili powder (I always add more)
1 tsp cumin (I always end up adding closer to 1 T)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp cocoa (I often forget this)
2-4 cans diced tomatoes with chilis
5 cans of different types of beans (or more), drained and rinsed
Cook meat, onions, and garlic until meat is brown. Drain if necessary (depends on your meat). Add to slow cooker or big pot. Add in everything else. If using crockpot, put on high until warmed through and then on low until you need it. (If you are going to be out all day, just put it on low for 8 hours.) If using pot, bring barely to a boil and then cover and let simmer on low until you need it. I usually like at least 5 hours. (Increase spices to taste – we like things hot. Add extra tomatoes to create the consistency you like. Add mushrooms and peppers if you want, especially if you’ve omitted the meat.)
What are your favorite soups? I’m always looking for new recipes!
18 thoughts on “5 Soups Friday!”
Favourite soup …—> bone broth.
I also love love love Chili!
It’s like the Big Bang Theory. “I want soup!” I love when the weather turns and I can bring out my fall and winter recipes. They’re healthy but I’d also classify them as comfort food.
Yum, these sounds delicious! I love tortilla soup. I’ve never tried making a potato leek soup at home so I might need to give this one a try this year 🙂
I love butternut squash soup esp with leeks!!
Erica, I’m with you – I LOVE SOUP! These recipes look great, especially the Turkey Sweet Potato Soup; I’ve got to try that one. Thanks so much for sharing these; I hope you have a great weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!
Yum! I love a good tortilla soup. I am all about the soups lately. We are doing a soup theme in January for meatless Monday love to have you link up some of your faves
I love making soups at this time of year. It’s so comforting to come back from a cold run and have a hot bowl of soup.
I love fall soups, stews, and chilis especially with the cold weather!
I so love soup!! I’ll definitely be trying your recipes. My fave recipes right now include a butternut squash with macintosh apple soup and parmesean onion soup. I’m also trying to perfect my Guinness cheddar soup!
Tortilla soup is one of my favorites! Or chili… anything Mexican-ish. 🙂
I love chili, but almost never actually think to myself “I really want soup right now”
I love a good soup! What a great idea for turkey leftovers. I make a Mexican chili and serve topped with cheese and sour cream.
mm, love soups and chilis in different variations. Intrigued by turkey and sweet potato soup!
my fav is lentil soup. although i’m a big fan of most broth based soups so your chicken tortilla soup sounds great!
I love soup and will have to try all of these! Split pea is my favorite–Ina Garten makes one that doesn’t have meat in it but I’ll have to try putting a little ham in it, I can only imagine it gives the soup even more flavor 🙂
Thanks for sharing! The split pea soup looks outstanding.
I love potato leek soup and have never tried it with greek yoghurt! Can’t wait to give that a go! I absolutely adore soup too, especially when it’s getting colder! 🙂
Ok, don’t laugh, but my favorite soup is the Chicken and Wild Rice from Panera. I’m not very adventurous when it comes to soups…it’s a texture issue I think. I hate mushy vegetables!