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5 fall soups packed with produce

By Carolyn Malcoun, September 21, 2009 - 12:05pm

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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.

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Carolyn Malcoun
A graduate of New England Culinary Institute and University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, Carolyn pairs her long-standing love for food with writing as EatingWell's senior food editor. Carolyn’s culinary interest is rooted in her childhood; she grew up making thousands of Christmas cookies every year with her mom and picking leaves off bunches of parsley to make tabbouleh with her dad. Away from the kitchen, Carolyn enjoys seeking out rare craft beers and exploring the outdoors with her husband, 2-year-old daughter and dog.

Carolyn asks: What are your favorite produce-packed soups?

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