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Pots O’ Soup

I love a good soup. Who doesn’t? Did you know that soup has supposedly existed since around 20,000 BC? I honestly did not know that until today. Also, the first cookbook in the U.S. included recipes for soups. So yeah, soup has been around for a long time. When the nights get cold, soup is a perfect dish to whip up. Today I’m going to share my favorite soups.

Clam Chowder

Ah Clam Chowder. This was my first soup love. I used to be obsessed with this soup as a kid. Interestingly enough, I did not realize until later on in life just what I was eating in that soup. Not that it bothered me by the time I did realize it. There is some debate on where it originated, or rather, who it originated from. Quick and comforting, this soup is perfect for seafood lovers on a cold night.

Broccoli and Cheddar

Broccoli and Cheddar Soup from Panera Bread

This soup may be simple in its ingredients, but it’s rich and tasty when made correctly. While eating the canned version could be a quick and cost efficient filler when the craving hits, I think ordering this from a restaurant is the way to go. Don’t ask me why. I was actually craving this the other day and my hubby made a trip to Panera to buy me a bowl. It was so good. Maybe one day I’ll learn how to make this at home so I don’t have to make a trip out for it.

Sausage, Potato, and Kale

Sausage, Potato, and Kale from Ree Drummond

If you’ve been to Olive Garden then you’ve seen this soup listed on their menu (Zuppa Tuscana). Thankfully, I have two cookbooks that contain recipes for this soup and am able to make it at home. Spoiler: It’s what’s for dinner tonight. This soup calls for Italian Sausage and I’ve always bought a link of it and cut it up myself before cooking. During this past weekend’s shopping trip, the hubby happened to come across Ground Italian Sausage. I’ll be experimenting with that tonight. Hopefully it’ll make preparing the soup easier without detracting any flavor. (fingers crossed!)

Tomato Soup

Who doesn’t love a classic Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese combo? Anyone? Looking up recipes for Homemade Tomato Soup makes me wonder how easy it actually is to make. I have a feeling there will be a lot of experimenting and testing before I find a perfect fit recipe. Until then I’ll just stock up on canned Tomato Soup and whip up Homemade Grilled Cheeses.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Is any soup list truly complete without this soup staple? While it’s the quintessential sick-day meal, it’s also good for regular days when the outside is more than chilly. One of the beauties of this soup is how versatile it is. You can add or subtract ingredients as it fits your needs. I’m sure there isn’t a person alive who hasn’t had this soup in some version or another. This is another one I should probably try my hand at making instead of buying canned.

Vegetable Soup

I love vegetable soup. When I feel like I need an extra dose of veggies or I’m just in one of my meatless moods, this is the perfect one to whip up. This, too, is versatile as you can add whatever vegetable you have on hand. The broth itself isn’t bad, either.

Are any of these soups on your favorites list? Have you tried to make them from scratch or do you always buy canned? I’d love to hear from you! Happy Monday!

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