10.24.2017

7 Delicious Soup Recipes for any Night of the Week

As soon as the temperature drops, I like to put a pot of soup on the stove.  In North Carolina, official soup weather begins late October through the winter months. This is when you will start seeing more soups on the local restaurant menus.

When I dine in restaurants, I like to order a lot of creamy soups such as butternut squash, carrot, potato, tomato, coconut curry, and even beet soup. Will jokes that anytime there is a butternut squash, carrot, tomato, or a beet soup listed at a local restaurant, he knows I will order it. The soup can be in a pub, deli or high-end restaurant and I order it almost every time.

The main reason I order that type of creamy-based soup out a lot is that I'm too lazy at home to make something pureed and creamy smooth.  I do not own a hand blender and I think that is an essential chef's item for rich, creamy soups. One fall, I was dining at our local five-star hotel property when I was on assignment for a Forbes piece at the Umstead Hotel's Bar and Lounge for lunch, and butternut squash soup was on the menu. I loved it so much I ordered a second bowl. Who does that when the soup is $9 a bowl? It was worth it to me at the time. I had to have more.

I still talk about a carrot soup I ordered at a pub in Ireland in 1998. No doubt, I like it when a professional chef makes a soup.

At home, I tend to make more stews and chilis. The soup that I make most office is a vegetable beef soup that is a combination recipe that I put together from both of side of my grandparents. It's my absolute favorite soup and I could live off of it during the winter months.

I am very honored to be a local judge for Urban Ministries of Wake County Stone Soup Supper Event this year on November 15. This is going to be a great night where professional restaurant chefs serve soup and compete for the prize of "soup-erior", all for a great cause. Proceeds raised from this event support programs that feed, shelter and provide health care for Wake County residents. It will be a fun night for the community and all for a great cause.

Urban Ministries of Wake County Stone Soup Supper
Stone Soup Supper to Support Urban Ministires of Wake County will be Nov. 15 in Raleigh 

In honor of my judging, I wanted to share some soup recipes from my virtual colleagues. One of the things I love about blogging and writing are the connections I make. The recipes I'm sharing with you are from my Chapter 2: Travel/Lifestyle Bloggers Collective. We are all about the same age, give or take 5 to 10 years, and are from all over the world. We communicate daily and it really is like having co-workers in the same office, but no one ever complains about their boss. Because if you did, you would be complaining about yourself.  These are some of the recipes from their own kitchens.

Arizona Inspired Mexican Soup from Karen Dawkins, Family Travels on a Budget.

Arizona Inspired Mexican Soup


Instant Pot Chicken Vegetable Soup from Diana Rambles.

Instant Pot Chicken and Vegetable Soup


Tomato-Basil Bisque Soup from Michelle, of Honest and Truly.

30-minute tomato basil bisque


She-Crab-Soup from Alison Abbott of Green with Renvy

She-crab-soup from Charleston, S.C.


Curried Carrot Soup from Deon van Schalkwyk of FoodJam

Curried Carrot Soup


Tortilla Soup from Crystal Maleski of Make Dinner Easy

Tortilla Soup


My vegetable beef soup recipe

Grandma's Vegetable Beef Soup

I would love to hear about your favorite soup. Put the recipe on my blog's Facebook page. 

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