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Updated on June 3, 2015

Five Great Soup Recipes

Soup recipes are delicious and a wonderful way to make a good meal year round,even though we think of eating soup more in the cooler weather. The advantage of making soup in the summer is you can make it with fresh vegetables in a larger quantity and freeze bags of soup for those winter day. There is no vegetable in a can that tastes like one that is fresh.The first four soups can be vegetarian.

Corn Chowder

One of my favorite soups is Corn Chowder. It tastes especially good when made with white corn, but the color of yellow gives the chowder a nice appeal also. You can actually mix the two corns together whether you use fresh corn or frozen and get a wonderful result. It also freezes well. This soup can be served as an appetizer or as a main course.

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices Bacon, cut into 1/2” pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Hot smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 10 ounce packages of frozen corn (white or yellow to taste)
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 canned fat-free evaporated milk (12 oz. can)
  • 4 green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced

Directions:

  • Cook the bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Drain on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Discard all but 1 tbsp. of the drippings ad return the pot to medium heat. Add the onion. Cook and stir for 7 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, paprika, and cumin and cook, stirring for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the corn and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Transfer half the soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Return the purée to the saucepan and stir to combine.
  • Stir in the milk and season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat 1 min. longer.
  • Serve topped with the green onions and bacon.

Yield: 6 servings

Calories per serving: 188

Corn Chowder

Big-Batch Vegetable Soup Recipe

This is an easy, very versatile soup with any assortment of vegetables you desire. It makes a great main dish and again you can us frozen or fresh vegetables. If you are using frozen vegetables you can always us a bag of some mixed frozen vegetables. You could easily double the recipe and this soup would freeze nicely.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 5 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 cup water
  • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes, untrained
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 8 cups mixed vegetables, such as carrot, corn, green beans, corn, peas, potatoes and zucchini (Cut larger vegetables into bite sized pieces)

Directions:

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan, set over medium heat. Add the next four ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir for he next 8 minutes.
  • Add the broth, water, tomatoes with their juices and tomato paste. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, 20 minutes. Stir in the vegetables and return to a simmer.
  • Cook, uncovered until the vegetables are tender, usually about 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Yield: 8 servings

Vegetable Coup

Cream of Squash Soup

Cream of Squash Soup

This is a nice light, creamy soup that is delicious. It is simple to make and the nutmeg gives the squash just the right flavor to make the taste delightful.

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 med. Yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 can of Campbell Chicken Broth, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup coffee cream
  • Dash pepper
  • Dash nutmeg
  • Minced chives or parsley

Directions:

  • Combine onion, squash and chicken broth in saucepan and cook until soft.
  • Puree mixture and return pureed vegetables to saucepan and add a dash of pepper and a dash of nutmeg.
  • Heat mixture.  Add 1/2 cup coffee cream.
  • Remove from heat; do not let mixture boil.
  • Serve sprinkled with minced chives or parsley, according to your taste.

Yield: 4 servings

Tortellini Soup: A Quick and Easy Tortellini Soup Recipe

Red Beans & Rice Soup

Red Beans and Rice Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2/3 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 tsp.chili powder
  • 1 tsp.dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp.ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 14.5 ounce can chili-ready diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15 ounce light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 6 ounce can tiny shrimp, drained
  • 1 tsp. balsamic or red wine vinegar
Directions:
  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion and celery.  Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook and stir 5 minutes.  Add the garlic.  Cook and stir 1 minute.  Sprinkle the vegetables with the flour.  Cook and stir 1 minute.
  • Add the broth, rice chili powder, thyme, cumin, hot sauce and tomatoes with their juices.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium low, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vinegar.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Yield:  6 servings

Easy French Onion Soup for Guests

Spicy Bean Soup

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New Orleans Spicy Bean Soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 ham hock, with some meat
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lb. kidney or navy beans
  • 2 large. Onions, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery with leafy tops, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1-2 tsp. Creole seasonings
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

Directions:

  • In large pot, combine water, ham hock and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Uncover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Strain into a large bowl. Discard the bay leaf. Remove meat from the bone. Trim off visible fat and cut meat into small pieces. Set aside 1/4 cup of the meat. Reserve any remaining for another use. Remove fat from stock.
  • Add beans, onions, celery, carrots, red peppers, parsley, cilantro, cumin, oregano. Next add Creole seasoning and garlic to the stock in the large pot.
  • Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to simmer. Cover and simmer 2 1/2 - 3 hours, or until beans are tender.
  • Puree 4 cups of soup in blender or food processor. Stir back into pot. Stir in reserved ham. Season to taste with hot pepper sauce.

Yield: 14 cups

Summary

Soup is something that always seems nourishing and the nice thing is you can alter a recipe any way that suits your taste. The numbers of soups are only limited by your imagination. It is a great idea to use fresh vegetables and freeze different soups, as you will appreciate the fresh taste in the winter weather.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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    Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

    pstraubie, We love soups also, even when it is just cool weather. i appreciate your comments. Thanks for the angels and I'm sending some back to you. God bless.

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    Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

    These look so good and with a little cold spell here in our neck of the woods they will hit the spot. I have bookmarked these to add to my recipe files. I cannot decide which one to try first.

    Thanks for sharing these with us, Pamela.

    Sending you Angels this evening :) ps

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Tina, I'm glad you found a recipe your were looking for and I appreciate your remarks. I enjoyed your hubs. Have a wonderful New Year.

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    gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

    Pam, I have been looking for the Tortellini soup recipe for a while. I made it one time when my kids were young. No one liked it but me, so i never made it again. Well they are grown now and out of the house and i wanted to make some for myself and here it is. Thank you for posting it. I think we are connected some how. We have a lot in common.

    Thank you for visiting my hubs, if you hadn't, I may never have found this recipe again

    Happy New Years to you and your family

    voted up, bookmarked and shared, I have a lot of friends that love soupy

    Tina

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Nancy, I hardly ever eat canned soup because I like it home made also. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

    I love making my own soup. I think it tastes so much better than can bought soup. Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful recipes. They all sound so good that i'm having a hard time choosing which one that I would like to try first.

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Springboard, I love soups in cool weather also. My mother is cooking some beef stew today. Hope you enjoy the recipes. Thanks for your comments.

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    Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

    Excellent timing considering the cooler months are creeping upon us fast, and soups are definitely the way to keep warm and cozy through it all. These look delicious—I MUST try that squash one. :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    LisaBeaman, That would be fun but it would take quite a large batch of soup. Thanks for your comments.

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    lisabeaman 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

    So I'm thinking that when this challenge is over, you should have us all over for some soup! Looks great - sounds delicious!

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    Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

    Support Med, And they are all good for yo. Thanks for your comments.

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    Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

    The corn chowder looks delicious! They all are great, especially since colder weather is coming our way, homemade soups and beans are great warmer-uppers and are best! Vote/rated.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    omcj, I hope it turns out well for your. Thank you for your comments.

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    omcj1234 7 years ago

    These sound great! I'm going to try the tortellini tonight.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    finatics, I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your comments.

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    finatics 7 years ago

    Mmmm sounds delicious. I love soup and can eat it anytime, might have to try out the recipes now. Definitely bookmarked!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    IzzM, I hope you enjoy the soups. Thanks for your comments.

    Japemwellows, Thank you so much for your comment.

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    Japemwellows 7 years ago from 5ifth Dimensi0n

    I really want to try the squash soup, it's just what i've been looking for. They all sound awesome...bookmarked!

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    IzzyM 7 years ago from UK

    These recipes look great! I love soups so I'm bookmarking this hub. Thanks :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    samsam1s, I hope you enjoy the soups. Thanks for your comments.

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    samsam1s 7 years ago from Texas, USA

    These look like the great soups page! I plan to use them especially now with winter time coming on. But I think I'll be able to use the vegetable one now. Thanks so much. I especially like the pictures you placed with your recipes. I don't do recipes unless there is a picture to show me how it's 'suppose' to look. I know these will be fine.

    Thanks, much!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Audry, It does make life easy to make a one dish meal and soups fill the bill. Thanks for your comment.

    LeanMan, Thanks for the comment.

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    Tony 7 years ago from At the Gemba

    Love the look of the corn chowder, feeling quite peckish now..

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

    Soups are one of my standbys and even in summer, I make them at least once a week for quick lunches or dinners.

    Great recipes!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Jane, Thank you so much for your comment.

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    Jane@CM 7 years ago

    I have been looking for a French Onion soup recipe! Bookmarked!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    coffeesnob, Thanks so much for your comments.

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    coffeesnob 7 years ago

    Pamela. these all look so good. I don't know where to start...bookmarking this one.thanks

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Roberta, Thanks for your comments and I hope you enjoy the soups.

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    Roberta99 7 years ago

    I love soup winter or summer, to me it makes no difference.

    All your soups sound delicious. Will have to try several of them.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    JY3502, This sounds like many a man I've met, but I'm sure he will enjoy the soup. Thanks for your comment.

    lakeerieartists, It is a good recipe to keep. Thank for your recipe.

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    Paula Atwell 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

    I only eat soup in the winter, but I am especially interested in the spicy bean soup. :) Definitely going to bookmark this.

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    John Young 7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

    With all you gals making these recipes there's no need for me to cook. I'll just eat with y'all.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    BPOP, I am a soup lover also. I appreciate you comments.

    Wendy, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

    I am a huge soup eater. Especially in the fall and winter. I am looking forward to trying out the Corn Chowder.

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    I adore soup and your recipes sound wonderful. Thanks, Pamela!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Hello, Thank you for your comments.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    You have timed this very well. Temperature is dropping and autumn is coming and with that winter. Thank you.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Darlene, I hope these recipes add something nice to your daughter's recovery. Thanks for your comment.

    Sheila, You are ahead of the game with your soup already made and I appreciate your comments.

    drpastorcarlotta, Thank you so much for your comments.

    Wavegirl, That is my favorite also. Thanks for your comments.

    Humagaia, I hope you enjoy the recipes. Thanks for your comments.

    Anginwu, I am glad you will be trying these recipes. Thanks for your comments.

    Chris, That is a good choice. Thanks for your comment.

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    carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    That red beans and rice soup definitely has my number on it!!!!

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    sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com

    Great collection, soup allows me to function. Its one of the few things I can eat with one hand while trying to meet writing deadlines and can also be cooked with minimal watching over.

    The Cream of squash recipe will the first I try from your collection.

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    anglnwu 7 years ago

    I love soup. In my culture, soup is almost a must-have for dinner. However, I love learning how to make "western" soups and your recipes are a great help. Rated awesome!

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    Charles Fox 7 years ago from United Kingdom

    I'm definitely going to try some of these soup recipes.

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    Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

    Pamela - you started out with my most favorite soup, nothing beats corn chowder in my book! Beeautiful hud from the recipes to the mouthwatering soups. I am coming to your house for some fall soupsl. yummmy!!!

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    Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

    Hmmmmmm, YES!!! I love coming to your Hubs! I get some Great ideas and get very hungry!! lol, lol, I love soups. I voted-up on this Hub!!!! Blessings!

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    sheila b. 7 years ago

    I just finished my homemade vegetable soup dinner before I started reading! Love your squash soup recipe, that'll be next on my list.

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    Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    Love this hub, fall is coming soon, just around the corner. These are great ideas for my sick daughter, she needs to eat much fresh veggies and this is just want to doctor order. Love this hub and I am your greatest fan, darski

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Prasetio, I hope you enjoy the new recipes. Thank you so much for your comment.

    Minnetonka Twin, It sounds like you have your work out for you if you are making all of those. Thank you so much for your comments.

    Rev Lady, I hope you do enjoy the soups. Thank you for your comment. God Bless.

    Rom, I have made many vegetable soups with cabbage also. Thanks for your comment.

    Vrajavala, It sounds like you have a simple way of cooking all figured out. It sounds good. Thanks for your comments.

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    vrajavala 7 years ago from Port St. Lucie

    I'm a vegetarian, so I just cook my vegetables until they are soft, then add orzo pasta until that's cooked. Then drain out some of the broth and put it in another pot, sift in some corn starch, until its thickened. You can add shredded cheese, if you like.

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    Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

    Pamela,

    I am a soup lover. I also use some cabbage in my vegetable soup, but your recipe looks yummy!!!

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    RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

    I love soup and appreciate the ideas presented here. I no longer have to think or research. I favorited this and will consult it when needed. Thanks Pam.

    Forever His,

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks Pamela for some great soup recipes. I am so excited to bookmark these and start cooking and freezing for the winter months. (I live in MN) I love bringing out fresh produce in the winter as I feel like I'm cheating. I especially can't wait for the corn chowder and cream of squash and vegetable soup. Rated this up and Useful and Awesome. Thanks Pamela.

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    prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I love soup very much. It always good at anytime, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Very well presentation, Pamela. I'll bookmark all these recipes. You make me hungry,LOL. But I am fasting now. I'll told to my mother to make one of these recipes to end our fasting in the evening. 100% yummy. Thank you very much. Vote this Up.

    Prasetio