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For the Love of Soup

Updated on July 2, 2017

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It's no secret that I love to cook, and create new recipes, especially when it comes to soup.

If I were to write the meaning for soup in the dictionary it would go like this: Comfort food for all and any occasion.

My grandmothers on both sides of my family were soup makers. I remember as a child sitting and watching them cook thinking about all the things that I could add to the pot and make it taste good. Sometimes I would make a suggestion and it would be added, and other times not.

I was so happy when I was old enough to create and make my very own soups adding a little of this or a lot of that to the pot, let it simmer and cook away.

I will be sharing with all of you my soup, stew, and chili recipes. I make soups all year round so be sure to check back often to see if there is a recipe that you'd like to try.

Photo credit: All photos used in this article are the property of the author Susan Zutautas unless otherwise stated. If you'd like to borrow or use any of my photos please get written permission first.

Tools to Help You Make Delicious Homemade Soups

Some people think that it's hard to make homemade soups. I'm here to tell you that soup is one of the easiest meals one can make. You can either start with a bone, or start with a simple vegetable stock.

I never ever throw away a ham bone, turkey or chicken carcass, as these are great soup starters. If you're not planning on making a soup right away simply wrap up the bone or carcass, and throw it the freezer until you're ready to make that delicious pot of soup.

Update International (SPS-24) 24 Qt Induction Ready Stainless Steel Stock Pot w/Cover
Update International (SPS-24) 24 Qt Induction Ready Stainless Steel Stock Pot w/Cover

A large stock pot is perfect for making large quantities of soups and stews. They These pots are perfect for steaming lobsters, crabs, or for cooking large ears of corn.

 

What kind of soup is your favorite?

Ham Bone Soup
Ham Bone Soup
Hearty Minestrone Soup
Hearty Minestrone Soup | Source

Tell me what your favorite soup is to eat or make.

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There is nothing like soup; It is by nature eccentric; no two are ever alike, unless of course you get your soup in a can.

— Laurie Colwin "Home Cooking" (1988)

Sharing My Soup Secrets

I'm always trying new things in the kitchen when it comes to cooking. and thought that I'd share a few discoveries with you when it comes to making soup.

  • If you like garlic as much as I do you may want to try this next time you're making a soup, stew, or some kind of a sauce where you want that garlic taste to pop out at you. Rather than chopping the clove or cloves of garlic and adding them to the pot try grating or pressing instead. I find that this creates a delicious and aromatic taste sensation.
  • I've learned through trial and error that pasta should never be added to the soup in the beginning of its creation. When using larger pastas such as elbow macaroni, you should cook it separately and then add to the soup just before serving.
  • When available always try to use fresh spices and herbs rather than dried.
  • To remove fat from soup simply chill the soup for an hour or so in the refrigerator. When you see that the fat is on the top skim it off with a spoon.

Ingredients That Are Great to Have On Hand - For Creating Soups

Aside from using fresh or frozen vegetables, spices, and herbs, I like to use dried beans, barley, soup mixes, hot sauces, rice, and pastas.

Bob's Red Mill Vegetable Soup Mix, 28-ounce (Pack of 4)
Bob's Red Mill Vegetable Soup Mix, 28-ounce (Pack of 4)

All of the Bob's Red Mill products I've ever used have been fantastic. there are many to choose from and can sometimes be found at your local grocery store.

 

Homemade Soups Versus Canned Soups

We all know that homemade is always the healthier choice but not everyone has the time or the desire to make homemade soups.

Sausage Kale Soup

Sausage Kale Soup. This recipe can be found below.
Sausage Kale Soup. This recipe can be found below.

Soup, Stew, and Chili Recipes of Mine That Can Be Seen Here or Other Places Online

I started writing recipe articles about four years ago. and it is something I very much enjoy doing. Below you'll find a handful of my recipes for delicious soups. I hope you will enjoy them.

The Soup Nazi

Vegetarian Black Bean soup

The perfect soup for a meatless meal.
The perfect soup for a meatless meal.

Cold Beet Soup or Lithuanian Saltibarsciai - Delicious soup that is served cold and sometimes with ice cubes.

If you'd like the recipe for this Lithuanian soup it can be found above.
If you'd like the recipe for this Lithuanian soup it can be found above.

I love comments and like to know when people stop by, so please leave me a comment to let me know that you were here.

Thanks for stopping by today and I do hope you'll return to check out my newest soup recipes. - Please leave links to your recipes right here.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank YOU, Susan! The feeling is definitely mutual.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Margaret, My mouth is watering from your description of your latest soup creation. I will happily add both of your links. Thanks so much for stopping by as it's always so nice to see you.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Susan, I always love your soup recipes! My favorite soup changes and often ends up being whatever I made most recently. ;) I came up with a fabulous chicken, pumpkin, kale and cannellini bean soup last week that was aweseome, and even better when I added a little coconut cream and ginger to the leftovers, which totally transformed it. I also love making the hearty bean soup with beef flanken that my mom used to make every winter, but my husband isn't that fond of it so I don't make it very often any more. Two of my other favorite soup recipes are my Healthy Vegetable Soup with Cannellini Beans and Optional Chicken Sausage (http://margaretschindel.hubpages.com/hub/vegetable... which can be easily adapted to suit vegans, vegetarians and omnivores, and my super yummy Gazpacho (http://margaretschindel.hubpages.com/hub/the-best-... that has a surprising secret ingredient. Note: I included the links only because you specifically asked for them. :) Looking forward to more of your fantastic soup recipes!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Annie, How true some combos just don't work.

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      Ann 3 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I'm a great soup fan, some combinations work, some - not so much - but I love to experiment.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Barb, Thanks so much!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Your soup recipes are always awesome, I think I have most of them pinned now!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @mbgphoto: Thanks so much!

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Looks good. Like your changes

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @julieannbrady: I've never had it but will have to try it next time I'm there.

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      JuliaAnnPayne 3 years ago

      Http:/www.squidoo.com/great-autumn-recipe

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      I love the seafood soup that I get at Longhorn's Steak House - that would be the one I'd be making next.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @JuliaAnnPayne: Thank you Jules you recipe link has been added and I will pin your recipe as well. Thanks again.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @asereht1970: So glad that soup helps you.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Ibidii: Thanks for sharing your recipe. I've added it to the list and I've pinned it. Will share it on my Facebook recipe page this week.

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      My homemade hot and sour soup is the best, my daughter makes a big pot of this and saves serving size containers in the fridge and freezer for me. http://www.squidoo.com/homemade-low-fat-hot-and-so...

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      I'm having a hard time eating without soup. Often times, I put it on top of my rice to make it easy to swallow. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @paperfacets: Thank you so much for your recipe. I've added it, pinned it and shared it on my Facebook recipes page.

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I love making soup as the main course of dinner. The son was not so much into the idea, but everyone else in the family thought this Chayote soup was perfect with bread or tortillas.

      https://delishably.com/vegetable-dishes/creamy-cha...

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @MarathonRunning: Thank you for your soup link and I'll be adding it shortly as well as sharing it on my Facebook recipe page, and on Pinterest.

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      Martina 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Thank you for showing interest in my soup recipe susan-zutautas! You made a wonderful job on this page because it is filled with lots of interesting recipes and informations. I`m happy to be participating in your contributor project.

      http://www.squidoo.com/simple-white-bean-soup-with...

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @RealHousewife: Sounds good!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      HI Susan. Here's my link to the soup you wanted. Thanks so much.

      https://hubpages.com/food/using-a-rice-cooker-to-m...

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      RealHousewife 4 years ago

      I love home made soup! Just made some beef stew last night and it should be perfect for tonight!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @smine27: Thank you and I'll go and add it to the list and share it around.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Merrci: Thank you for stopping by to add another delicious recipe! I've added your link, pinned it and will share it on my FB page over the weekend. Thanks again and Happy Valentine's DAy!

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Hi Susan, Here's a soup recipe I just published. Is this where we let you know?

      http://www.squidoo.com/brunswick-stew-with-chicken

      Your split pea soup sounds awfully good for today!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @earthybirthymum: Nice to meet you too!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @takkhisa: Oh my that sounds really good. I've never added bamboo shoots before to a soup and will have to try this. Thanks!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Vegetable soup is my favorite dish! I like it when I add tomato and bamboo shoot in the soup.

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      earthybirthymum 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Nice to meet you Susan!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Merrci: Just the picture alone is making me drool! YUM! Thank you and will be adding, and sharing your lens shortly.

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Here's my Baked Potato soup. Doesn't soup sound good on a rainy night like this?

      https://hubpages.com/food/baked-potato-soup-light

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Lynn Klobuchar: LOL I think it's Souper! :)

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      Lynn Klobuchar 4 years ago

      Hi Susan. Got a new one --Creamy Tomato Soup -- for the "Souper Bowl." Yeah, even I didn't think it was so funny.

      http://www.squidoo.com/creamy-tomato-soup

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @susanholland10: So glad that you liked it and thank you for letting me know.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I made your Sausage Kale soup!! Oh my gosh!! It is divine! My family loved it, too. Besides from being delicious it is also easy to make. That is the best combination for me when cooking: Delicious and EASY! Thanks for sharing the recipe. LOVE IT!! :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @WriterJanis2: Me too! I never tire of soup.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Lynn Klobuchar: Thank you, and I look forward to trying your onion soup soon.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: Thanks so much for your chicken soup recipe.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Tamara14: Thank you and your soup has been added.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @favored: I've added where to leave your links up above. Thank you for letting me know that I never said where to do so.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @favored: Thank you for the links and I was will add them shortly. Thank you again.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I'm a huge fan of soup year round.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Susan, I was on your broccoli soup article and it said to leave a link here for our soup link, but I don't see where we are to do that.

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      Tamara14 4 years ago

      I see you were also influenced by your grandmother(s) like me :) That's why I'm happy to share my creamy leek and potato soup here, since it has a great trick my grandma used to do. Here it is http://www.squidoo.com/leek-and-potato-soup

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Carol Houle: Thanks Carol, Have added both of yours to the list. I'm trying to find the answer for you right now.

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      I make soup in the old fashion "Clean out the Refrigerator" fashion, whatever vegetables or leftovers go in the pot. Here my Chicken soup recipe that I do just that with all the time. https://hubpages.com/food/clean-out-the-refrigerat...

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      Lynn Klobuchar 4 years ago

      Hey Susan, The Empress of the Tureen, my favorite soup is a moving target depending on what is fresh, available, needing to be "moved along" -- different all the time. Writing this in the winter -- loving warming, savory soups. Thanks for including my onion soup! More to come. Happy sipping.

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      Carol Houle 4 years ago from Montreal

      2 of my family's favorites are

      Cabbage http://www.squidoo.com/junk-euro-mac-cheese

      Turkey http://www.squidoo.com/turkey-soup-18895

      You say that "you don't have to be a squidoo writer to leave a message", but I think that has changed because none of friends can comment on my lenses anymore without an squidoo, facebook or twitter account. Advise me,plz.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LisaAuch1: I've read a few of your soup recipes and they look awesome!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @susanholland10: I know you're gonna love the sausage kale soup.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @tlpoague: Thanks so much tlp :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @delia-delia: Some of the best soups I've ever made have come from refrigerator left-overs.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Wednesday-Elf: We had chicken pot pies for dinner last night and I said to my hubby that I should just start making my own rather than buying the store bought ones.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Merrci: I do hope that you enjoy them.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @sharon-smith-58958: Thanks so much SS!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LisaAuch1: :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @favored: That's great and thanks!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Ruthi: Beans I've discovered are now one of my favorite things to eat.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ecogranny: I have a hard time choosing too, and thanks!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @masunyoananda: I often will add leaks to my soups. Gives the soup a magnificent flavor.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @CherylsArt: Cream of Broccoli is my sons favorite :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Heidi Vincent: I love chickpeas too!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @SteveKaye: Now there's a great idea or invention that would be great!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @DecoratingEvents: I'll do a call out on Facebook to you that Soups On! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Leanne Chesser: Please let me know if you have a lens for your quinoa veggie soup and I'll add it to the list :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Sylvestermouse: I make a mean potato and bacon soup that my family goes nuts over :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Diana Wenzel: Loved your recipe for split pea and ham soup!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @SusanDeppner: I still love Campbell's Vegetable soup and have been eating that my entire life :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ColettaTeske: Hope you find a few that you'll enjoy.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @sousababy: Thanks, I make cold soups in the summer and hope to share some of those recipes too.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Nancy Hardin: You know how much I love to cook and I think I'm going to love this!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ChristyZ: Thanks Christy!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LisaAuch1: Thanks Lisa, Will add both of your links. Keep on Soupin :)

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      My mums old Soup pot! even though I bought a new one, I still love the old pot! and it makes the best soup! :) We love homemade soups so I can't wait to see what your cooking for us!

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      You have the best soup recipes. I love soup and will be referencing your recipes often. Going to go get a few more ingredients I don't have for the Sausage Kale Soup. :-)

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      tlpoague 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your new status. I love making homemade soups any day of the week. I enjoy so many of your recipes that I will have to be sure to bookmark this page to refer back too. Thanks and I wish you luck.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      I love Potato soups...I make "refrigerator leftover soups" anything goes and yet have not had a complaint, hubby always says, can you make this again? I say no, it's always made differently and of course I write nothing down.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      My favorite homemade soup is 'chicken noodle'. One of hubby's favorite dishes was a homemade chicken pot pie I'd make, starting with simmering a whole cut up chicken in chicken broth, water and seasonings, then cool and take all the chicken off the bones and use a plentiful amount for the pot pie, and the rest would go into homemade chicken soup. I'd use a can of chicken broth to cook the noodles separately (as per your suggestion) and add the noodles to the soup just before serving. Hmmm, good!

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Who can choose! It so depends on the weather and the craving! The ones pictured here look drool worthy. May be trying them next!

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      sharon-smith-58958 4 years ago

      Hiya SZ! I have never made as many soups as I have the past year. As long as they are homemade, they sell out quickly at my cafe. Out of at least a dozen different types of soup I've tried the past few months, surprisingly, one of the best sellers is my Cauliflower Soup.

      You as the SOUPS ON contributor is awesome! This definitely fits your cooking and writing skills. Congrats!!!

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      The Queen of Soups! always will have a place in my heart :)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Looking forward to some new recipes.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I pretty much enjoy any type of soup. I do make a variety of bean soups, though, as I eat a generous portion of beans daily.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      It's a tossup between minestrone, creamy potato, black beans and cabbage, kale and squash, er, um, it's really hard to pick a favorite.

      Congratulations on your post as Soup Coordinator. I'll be looking forward to following your lenses and challenges.

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      masunyoananda 4 years ago

      I love vegetarian soup, such as leek soup added with some vegetables.

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      Cheryl Paton 4 years ago from West Virginia

      I like vegetarian soups; some faves are chunky chili, cream of broccoli, and sweet corn and potato chowder.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      I absolutely ADORE Chickpeas soup.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Here's what we need: A way to download soup. Really.

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      Call me for dinner anytime! These soups look wonderful!

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      Leanne Chesser 4 years ago

      Hmm. I have a recipe for a quinoa veggie soup that I love. I eat vegetarian/vegan soups, so anything with lentils or quinoa or brown rice and tons of awesome veggies!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      I absolutely love a great soup! I most often eat vegetable soup, but my all time favorite is Potato Soup! I will certainly be looking forward to some truly awesome soup recipes and suggestions!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I love many different kinds of soup. My favorite was always my dad's homemade chicken and dumpling soup. Last night I made split pea and ham soup. Will publish a recipe lens since I really like how it turned out.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love soup, from homemade chicken noodle to navy bean soup to my own gumbo creations. I even enjoy some of the same soups out of a can that I ate as a child. Looking forward to what you'll be sharing as Soup's On Contributor!

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      ColettaTeske 4 years ago

      I need some new recipes and we love soup at our house. I'm getting an appetite already!

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      Soup is my favorite appetizer in the winter - I'm sure looking forward to trying out more recipes. And I agree, Bob's Red Mill products are superb. Congrats on your new role!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Congratulations Susan, on being the Soups On Contributor for Squidoo. Nice going!

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