What’s your favorite thing about fall? The answer for me is an easy one: it’s soup-making time again!
I’m well-known in my circle of friends for my stellar soups. Whenever we have a party and it’s cool out, it’s pretty much a guarantee that soup will be on the menu. I even made 3 different ones for my birthday party last year.
Here are my 5 favorite soups starring fall produce.
Antioxidant-rich collard greens and fiber-packed black-eyed peas have a starring role in this nutritious Collard Green & Black-Eyed Pea Soup. There’s no need for loads of ham or salt pork—just a small amount of bacon gives it a wonderful smoky flavor. You can skip the bacon and substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth for a great vegetarian dish.
Borscht is a simple beet soup typically made with beef broth and garnished with sour cream. We give it a kick with horseradish. For a vegetarian soup, use vegetable broth instead.
Our cheese- and beer-lover’s potato soup, Cheddar-Ale Soup, has only a fraction of the fat and sodium of a traditional recipe. We use low-fat milk and only a little oil and keep the flavor strong with zesty, sharp Cheddar cheese. Precooked diced potatoes, which you can get at many supermarkets, keep this recipe super-speedy. Regular diced red potatoes also work—you’ll just need to increase the cooking time.
I make Curried Carrot Soup a lot. it’s one of my go-to soups year-round. It gets better with age and freezes beautifully. If you like a bit of heat, use hot Madras curry powder in this recipe. Try it with toasted cheese-and-mango chutney sandwiches.
Quick French Onion Soup—French onion soup is a favorite but it usually isn’t substantial enough to make a complete meal. We’ve solved this problem by adding fiber-rich chickpeas to a broth flavored with sherry and three kinds of onions. Of course, we didn’t forget the gooey topping, we’ve just made it a little lighter and a lot easier to prepare at home—simply top toasted whole-wheat bread with cheese and pour the soup on to melt it.
What are your favorite produce-packed soups? Tell us what you think below.