SOUP’S ON!

Different kinds of soups - sprinach soup french onion cream-soup and carrot cream-soup on the table

Different kinds of soups – sprinach soup french onion cream-soup and carrot cream-soup on the table

It seems a bit crazy with temperatures pushing into the high 80s in my neck of the woods to think about soup, but that’s exactly what’s on my mind. Blame author Michelle Douglas for bringing up the subject of soup. Last week she shared a picture on Facebook of the soup she’d just prepared, and asked what everyone’s favorite soup was. Of course I love lobster bisque and clam chowder, but you won’t catch me making those because they’re too dang hard!

That got me to thinking, what is my favorite homemade soup? Turns out I have three current favorites based on number of ingredients, level of difficulty (easy!), and good, flavorful taste. Since I’m sick of writing blogs about my books, I decided to share my top three soup recipes with my blog readers.

The first one I found at Weight Watchers and it is called Spring Vegetable Soup with Orzo. Here’s a picture of my finished product. It’s light, delicious and full of healthy vegetables.SpringVegeSoupOrzo_n_lg

Here’s the recipe:

6 cups reduced sodium chicken broth

2/3 cup uncooked orzo

1 large carrot, diced

1 ½ cups diagonally sliced asparagus (bite-sized pieces)

1 cup frozen green peas

4 medium scallions, sliced

1/3 cup fresh, chopped dill

2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

¼ tsp table salt

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

Bring the broth to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add orzo and carrot; boil 7 minutes. Add asparagus and frozen peas; boil until orzo and vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in scallions, dill, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Next is a recipe for Hearty Potato Soup given to me by my mother many years ago. I’ve been making it since my grown up kids were little tykes.exps28217__RX931394D52A

Recipe:

6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced

2 carrots, diced

6 celery stalks, diced

2 quarts water

1 onion, chopped

6 tablespoons butter or margarine

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

1-1/2 cups milk (I use non-fat milk and it works just fine)

In a large kettle, cook potatoes, carrots and celery in water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid and setting vegetables aside. In the same kettle, sauté onion in butter until soft. Stir in flour, sald and pepper; gradually add milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Gently stir in cooked vegetables. Add 1 cup or more of reserved cooking liquid until soup is desired consistency. (I always need more than one cup of vegetable broth, be generous and save some for thinning the soup the next day, as this soup thickens as it cools). This serves 8 with hearty bowls. Think about adding a salad and making some cornbread for a complete meal!

And the last soup I discovered in Family Circle Magazine. It’s another great and easy soup!

Soup!

I hope you’ll try one or all of these recipes. If you do, let me know what you thought about them.

Until next time, make it a great one!

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5 Responses to SOUP’S ON!

  1. All of those look fab, Lynne, but I am SO DEFINITELY going to try the potato soup. It looks absolutely delish. Yup. It might take a while for me to get over my current soup kick. 🙂

  2. Marie Miller says:

    I too love and enjoy soups very much…cold or in the middle of the summer I will make soup and enjoy it for several days because I make food to feed an army…it’s my Samoan heritage Lynne…lol. I love a Vietnamese soup…pho/better known when your order it as #1. I made clam chowder many moons ago. It turned out well but too much fuss so I only enjoy it when I’m eating out. Maybe I will try one of these soups one day. Bon appetite my friend and great to do something different from the norm. Hugs my friend.
    Alofa …

    • Marie!
      I’d love to sample some of your soup especially since you make enough for an Army!! Is Pho #1 spicy hot? I’m a wuss.

      Let me know if you try and like any of these.

      hugs,
      Lynne

  3. robena grant says:

    I love the sound of that potato soup. Maybe I’ll give your recipe a try. In truth, I love soup in the summer, but I buy it at Trader Joe’s. Their carrot ginger soup is a favorite for lunch. A cup of soup and half a sandwich is perfection. 🙂

  4. I agree, Robena – soup and sandwich is a match made in heaven.

    I think you’ll like my mommy’s potato soup. It’s healthy and not loaded with calories.