Soup’s On!

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Chicken and Dumplings

In honor of National Soup Month, here are some of my favorite soup recipes. Don’t open a can – make a batch of soup from scratch! It’s easy, it warms up your kitchen, and it tastes great on a frosty January evening.

1. French Onion Soup – an all-time cheesy favorite. If you’ve never tried it – and even if you aren’t fond of onions – give this a try.

2. Toscana Soup – A trip to Olive Garden isn’t complete without a bowl of this delicious soup. As one of my all-time faves, I scoured the Internet until I found a recipe that comes close to the real thing.

3. Italian Wedding Soup – This soup is warm and cozy. It can be a little bit tricky to make, but don’t let that stop you – it is so worth it.

4. Chicken and Dumplings – This is comfort food at its finest. More “stew” than “soup” but it is so wonderful it deserves to be on the list.

5. Chicken and Noodle Soup – As a kid, whenever I didn’t feel good, my mom would make a big batch. She even made the noodles from scratch. Small confession … sometimes I wasn’t all that sick – I just love this soup.

6. Chili – No doubt about it, chili is an all-time American classic. From the Super Bowl to your local chili cook-off, everyone has their favorite way to make it. Me, I like mine with a nice slice of homemade cornbread. Yum!

7. Clam Chowder – Growing up on the coast of Florida, seafood was abundant. There’s just nothing better than a big bowl of clam chowder and some hush puppies.

8. Seafood Gumbo – Believe it or not, I came across many recipes that didn’t include okra. For me, it isn’t a gumbo without the okra.

9. Vegetable Soup – A classic that is guaranteed to warm you up.

10. Tomato Soup – If you’ve never had tomato soup made from scratch, it is delicious! Go ahead and make the grilled cheese sandwiches to go with this kid-friendly favorite – you know you want to.