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Best Soups

A collection of hearty, soul-warming recipes

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It's easy to serve up a bowl of comfort with one of these hearty and nourishing soups. Choose from: Rustic White Bean, Lentil with Escarole, Spicy Black Bean with Fresh Salsa, Mushroom Bisque, Fish Chowder, Turkey Tortilla, Curried Butternut Squash, and more.

Plus learn the basics of making homemade stock. It's easier (and tastier) than you may think.

1. Lentil Soup with Escarole

Lentil Soup with Escarole
This is one of my all-time favorite soups. It’s so easy to make, very satisfying, and not to mention good for you. You can substitute other greens for the escarole, such as Swiss chard, spinach, or mustard greens.

2. Rustic White Bean Soup

This soup has tender, creamy tender beans in a broth perfumed with garlic and rosemary. For a more authentic soup, place a small slice of lightly toasted Italian bread in the bottom of each bowl and ladle the soup over it.

3. Spiced Chickpea Soup

The fragrant flavors of ground cumin, coriander, ginger, and cinnamon make this soup soothing and warming. Half the soup is puréed and half is left chunky for the best of both textures.

4. Rich Mushroom Bisque

Roasting intensifies the flavor of mushrooms, giving this soup a rich, earthy flavor. The soup is flavored with a splash of Madeira, a sweet wine made in Portugal.

5. Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
This curried butternut squash soup recipe is rich, fragrant and nicely complemented by slices of crusty peasant bread. You can also use acorn squash in place of the butternut for this recipe.

6. New England Fish Chowder

Fish Chowder
This New England-style chowder is chockful of generous chunks of fish, onion, and potato, which gives it a rich flavor and a luxurious texture. Serve the chowder with oyster crackers and a dash of hot sauce.

7. Spicy Black Bean Soup with Fresh Salsa

This Southwestern-inspired soup is served with a colorful fresh salsa, which adds texture and a tangy flavor. If you like a milder flavor, reduce or eliminate the ground red pepper (cayenne) in the soup.

8. Portuguese Potato and Kale Soup

Easy to make and economical, this Portuguese Potato and Kale Soup is one of those cold weather standards you crave if you happen to live where the weather turns cold and wet in the winter, as it surely does in New England.

9. Turkey Tortilla Soup

Tortilla soup is probably one of the easiest soups to prepare, and a terrific way to use leftover turkey or chicken. This soup is on the spicy side and makes an excellent opener to a simple entree.

10. Salmon and Corn Chowder

Salmon and Corn Chowder
This Salmon and Corn Chowder keeps dinner easy, yet interesting. Because I'm they type of cook that's easily bored, I like to make dishes that appeal to both my tastebuds and kitchen skills. As much as I like simple and straightforward comfort food when it's cold out, I don't want to cook something that makes me think: This again?
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