’Tis the season for soup — warm, hearty crocks of soup that simmer enticingly until the moment you can dig in with your spoon or a piece of fresh bread. Sweet, spicy, savory, smooth — the variations are endless. Here, you’ll find a delicious sampling of the many soup recipes we’ve published over at Mother Earth News over the years.
You’ll want to start with a good stock. These winter homemade soup stock recipes will help you make a satisfying, warming broth. You can also save vegetable scraps in a bag in the freezer, then simmer the scraps in water and strain to make a tasty vegetarian broth — the perfect base for your next soup creation. This technique saves money (no more buying stock at the store) and makes good use of what would normally just go to the compost pile.
After you’ve got a lovely broth going, you can start to add to your soup as you see fit. Vegetarian? Check out these meatless soup recipes, including creamed celery, creamy corn, tomato, garden, and red bean.
If you’re craving something hearty and fit for cold weather, try out these warming winter soups, including tomato tortilla and fresh garden minestrone. Or, how about this creamy vegetable soup with parsley dumplings.
Butternut bisque is also a smooth, warming soup that’s wonderfully flexible and delicious. Throw in chunks of veggies such as carrots and onions if you want some texture to this soup.
If it’s not too cold where you live, you may not need your soup to be so hot. Some soups, like this sorrel soup, can be served both hot and cold. Sorrel is a zesty, lemony green that goes well in soups and salads. Your opportunities for soup experimentation are never-ending!
You may also want to consider making a loaf of fresh-baked bread to soak up every last bit of your soup — you can go the simple route with our easy five-minute technique, or craft this whole-grain, flavorful loaf. Then, dig in!
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