the season of soup

October 26, 2011

It’s that time of year. Finally, Minneapolis has accepted fate and we’ve left behind October temperatures in the 80s for blustery, grey mornings and quickly darkening evenings. And just like that, my body knows what’s good for it and starts intensely craving soups (and pounds of cheese and pasta, but that’s another post altogether).

In the spirit of this season of soup I thought I would share my personal to-make list of soups, in case some of you are looking for inspiration too.

Bean and lentil soups tend to be my favourite and I’ve got quite good at remembering to soak dried beans overnight and cooking them up to use in whatever (I currently have a hefty batch of French lentils and cannelini beans sitting in the fridge). I know you’ve heard it before, but they really taste better than out of a can. Really.

So, without further ado, soup!

Cauliflower Soup with Mustard and Gruyère croûtons – from Gourmet Traveller

Twice Cooked Tuscan Bread Soup – from Saveur

African Peanut Soup – Relishing It

Kale Tortellini Soup – Running with Tweezers

Chunky Vegetable Soup – Butterfly Food

French Onion Soup – Bon Appetit

Creamy White Chicken Chili  from Eat Live Run

And a few personal favourites from this site. Reading back over these posts makes me want to hide inside a sleeping bag and never come out :)

Nigel Slater’s Classic Caldo Verde

Lentils with Kale and Bacon

Moroccan Carrot Soup

What soups are you excited to make now that the cold is creeping on? Feel free to share links!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

tami October 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

thank you so much for including me – and in such great company! :)


Marisa October 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

I love nothing more than making soup throughout the cold months of the year! So cozy! I have a friend that makes some sort of African peanut soup and it is exceptionally good – so I think I’ll have to look into that recipe. I also found a recipe yesterday that I’m very excited to make. It is from Cooks Illustrated and it is called “Creamless Creamy Tomato Soup.” I love tomato soup with cream but it can be awfully heavy and is so laden with extra calories. So I’m very intrigued by this recipe – definitely plan on making it!


Mary October 27, 2011 at 9:04 am

Here’s a soup that my family loves:


Kara October 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm

What a lovely list of soups to try! I’m especially excited about the African Peanut Soup:)
Here’s a few of my favorites:



Delaney October 28, 2011 at 8:52 am

B & I made the African Peanut Soup last weekend and it was phenomenal!


Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing It October 28, 2011 at 10:30 am

Here is another one of my favorites — Italian Wedding Soup. The meatballs in this soup are some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s also loaded with vegetables, so that’s a nice bonus!


Laurie Jesch-Kulseth @ Relishing It October 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

Here’s one more — Red Lentil Soup with Lemon. The lemon is the star of this soup — it works so well with the red lentils. Something you must try!


Ellie sefton October 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Here’s a lovely thick, hearty winter vegetable, containing very little fat:


Angharad October 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Thanks for all your links and suggestions everyone! Feel free to keep ’em coming!


Mary November 4, 2011 at 8:32 am

My family loved the creamy white chicken chili!


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