A favorite soup from a favorite cookbook, this Chickpea Soup with Saffron and Almonds from "Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express: is a quick to make soup that is the perfect combination of flavors and textures. The chorizo Bittman suggests adding is essential, and this recipe a keeper.
All of my favorite flavors are combined in this Chilled Lemongrass and Coriander Vichyssoise by British chef Delia Smith. This is a rich soup and a cup or a small bowl of it, served icy cold, is perfect on a warm day.
Yes, it was just last week, but I am already craving another round of Giada's Pasta e Fagioli . Pasta, beans, and of course bacon, are all in this take on an Italian classic soup. What's not to love?! Hearty and really yummy. ;-)
This Curry Soup from "Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Cookbook" may be a healthy choice, but it was packed with flavor and noodley goodness. It is a take on an Indonesian soup and uses Javanese curry and lemon for its flavor. Very filling and very good.
A sausage-potato soup was living in my head and found its form in this Hearty Chicken Sausage, Garbanzo Bean, Artichoke & Kale Soup . With chicken sausage and pureed beans instead of cream to make it thick, this is a healthy bowl of soup that packs in lots of flavor. One of my favorite original recipes of the year.
There is no way I could leave Sunset Magazine's Creamy Lemon-Rice Soup with Mini Meatballs of my year's best list. I mean mini meatballs...come on!?! This combination of a Greek avgolemono (chicken and rice soup with lemon and beaten eggs) base with the savory tiny meatballs really is the perfect comfort food.
Mark Bittman's Tortilla Soup --actually he has many versions but this one is from The Best Recipes in the World. This version is full of flavor, wonderful texture and is really delicious. In fact, I modeled my quick tortilla soup on some of the the flavors in Bittman's.
I made a lot of cold, green soups with avocado in them this summer, but I think this Smooth Zucchini Soup was my favorite. A healthy, raw, vegan soup with a good thick texture and lots of flavor, it was perfect with some Tomato-Avocado-Herb Bruschetta.
My VitaMix 10 Minute Thai Creamy Tomato Soup , is an original recipe I whipped up in the blender. The kaffir lime, lemongrass and other Thai ingredients gave this soup a ton of flavor and the coconut milk added a wonderful creaminess.
If I get a cold this season, I am definitely pulling out the recipe for the Elephants' "Cure" Chicken Soup from Elephants Delicatessen in Portland, Oregon. Slightly spicy (from serrano chilies) with layers of flavor, this version of chicken soup will knock the sick right out of you.
I'll say it loud and proud: I love split pea soup! This Smoky & Chunky Split Pea Soup is an original recipe that I put together leaving lots of big chunks of potato, carrot and smoky ham hocks. Super flavorful from the broth made from ham shanks, this was a big bowl full of comfort.
Because it was so tasty and so unique, I had to include this Passion Fruit (& Cantaloupe Soup) in the round-up. Pureed melon and passion fruit, along with fruit juice and white wine made an easy, refreshing and elegant dessert soup.
So those are this year's top soups that I made as it would be way too hard to pick favorites from all the wonderful soups and salads and sandwiches too that all the friends of Souper Sundays have made and submitted over the past 12 months.
I am looking forward to another year full of delicious bowls of soupy goodness, tasty salads and sumptuous sandwiches--including the ones in the Souper Sunday kitchen this week.
Let's start things off with a warm welcome to Daphne from More Than Words , here for her first Souper Sunday and joining us from Perth, Australia. Spring has sprung in Perth and Daphne made this lovely Spring Bacon and Vege Soup and says, "Spring doesn't mean less soups! Well, almost. I couldn't resist this one though. It has heaps of vegetables in it which I love! Peas, bacon, carrots and potatoes-what not to like? ;) It's such a quick soup to whip up. Perfect for our friday night meals. This was made in under 20 minutes, and a great way to use up vegetables left over in the fridge."
My good friend Reeni from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice brought her Loaded Baked Potato Soup this week and says, "If you love loaded baked potatoes and soup, like I do, then this is the perfect recipe for you! This thick and creamy potato soup is speckled with fragrant herbs like rosemary, thyme and parsley and topped with all of the somewhat-indulgent things found on a baked potato. It's hearty, warm and filling. Not to mention completely satisfying. Especially on a crisp, cool night or when you're feeling under the weather."
Erin from EKat's Kitchen made some sunshiny bowls of soup and says, "Today, we journeyed 6 blocks to the farmer's market. Lots of great fall fruits and veggies. Squash was $1/each!! The farmer told us all about the squash, its origins and its flavor, and we can't wait to make some pies with it! He also gave us a fantastic recipe for Butternut Squash Soup , which I have completely and utterly fallen in love with. The flavors are amazing and there's just enough kick from the cayenne pepper to liven it up."
Rachel from Rachel's Bite is back this week with a fiery bowl of her stepfather's prize-winning Dante's Inferno Chili . She says, "Like myself, my step-father never really make the same thing twice, so we didn't keep eating that chili over and over. It was pretty much just a one time great food related memory. I did dig out the recipe though and made it for myself. My whole family sampled it again and the general consensus was that it needed salt! How the heck did this win and get published in a newspaper and all that without any salt in it? Oh well, if you make it, I suggest added some of your own. Because if you add some cheese, onions and a little salt, it's really yummy!"
Zibi of Fresh Slowcooking used the ample selection of delicious fall squash for her golden-hued Smokey Butternut Squash Soup and says, "A rich, comforting soup packed with flavour. The addition of smoked cheddar and crispy smoked bacon, make this butternut squash soup hearty and creamy. Perfect for warming up after a stroll in the crisp autumn air. Enjoy!"
Our second new face at Souper Sundays this week is Gwen from Simply Healthy Family , joining us from Arizona and sharing her creamy Cauliflower-Yam Bisque . Gwen says, "Yesterday, it was ever so slightly cloudy out and so I jumped at the chance to make this Cauliflower-Yam bisque for lunch. The kids actually love this dish and so it makes it a bit more enjoyable to make. It's so super easy too, that's the name of the game here at Simply Healthy Family." Welcome Gwen!
Megha from Live to eat!!! made a flavorful Asian Salad with Sesame & Peanut and says, "I came across the event 'In the Bag' which gives you ingredients to innovate a whole new recipe.For this month's event mushroom,herbs and nuts were the suggested ingredients. I liked the entire concept and I quickly started gathering the ingredients...... Asian noodle salad can be made with various ingredients and they can be a healthy dinner after a long day's work. I hope you like my version of the Asian Noodle Salad with Sesame & Peanut."
Tanvi from Sinfully Spicy has a colorful Fish Salad with an Indian Twist to share this week and says, "Its one of the most satisfying and healthy salads I have made at home till date.It evolved as I was making it.Flaky fish marinated in Indian spices coated with homemade garlic-cilantro bread crumbs, pan cooked and combined with sweet green lettuce and a drizzle of lemony dressing…Viola….seafood can’t get better than this!!! I cant have my fish without ginger so I have used it freely.However mellow it down as per your taste.Very nice brunch option indeed!"
My pal Joanne from Eats Well With Others combines Michael Symon with Nigella and makes a salad a complete meal with Crab Tater Tots on a Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette . She says, "The crab tater tots actually tasted like. Well. Tater tots. And who doesn't love tater tots? And though it seems like an unlikely combination, they went beautifully with the butternut squash salad with warm cider vinaigrette, which is a symphony of fall flavors if ever I've had one. I highly recommend that you make this today."
The lovely Michelle from Ms. Enplace is back this week with some Saturday Sandwiches , made with love by her husband. Michelle says, "Probably the best lunch The Husband makes are these "gourmet chicken sandwiches on focaccia." I think the title is pretentious and cumbersome, so I just think of them as Saturday Sandwiches.The Husband found the recipe online while searching for something (anything!) different for lunch. He's modified it and we like to make our own focaccia. I usually do that part the night before and he does the rest. And I get to come home for lunch to find a delicious, filling, homemade sandwich sitting on my plate. Sometimes that's the best thing about Saturdays."
My friend and fellow Cook the Books co-host, Rachel, The Crispy Cook is here with some tasty Eggplant and Zucchini Panini , declaring "Who needs bread in a sandwich anyway?" Rachel also says, "There's no bread in these sandwiches, but rather some thick slices of fried eggplant make up the outside with a oozing mozzarella middle inside. With a few adaptations to make the recipe gluten-free, this turned out to be a terrific hit with my handsome, hungry husband."
Blogging buddy and IHCC partner in crime Heather at girlichef made some homemade Bavarian-Style Whole Grain Pumpernickel Bread for World Bread Day and turned it into a delectable sandwich. About her bread, Heather says, "Perhaps you'll even slice it, butter it, grill it...add a little swiss and make it all melty, some hot corned beef, smelly-delicious sauerkraut, and that oddly-fascinating Thousand Island dressing...and make yourself a Reuben . The world is your oyster..."
My good friend and IHCC co-host Kim from Stirring the Pot makes sandwiches fun and festive with her Trick or Treat Turnovers . Kim says, "These turnovers are probably our favorite Halloween-inspired recipe so far. Everyone really had a great time and enjoyed customizing their own pumpkin. I'm thinking of making these for our neighborhood Halloween party and creating a build your own station for the kids."
So there we go--a celebration of two years of soups and the salads and sandwiches that go along with them! ;-) Thanks to all of my best blogging friends and some wonderful new friends too, for joining in this week with their yummy soup, salad and sandwich recipes. I am honored and very happy to have you here celebrating with me this week! Thanks also to everyone who has contributed to making Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays so much fun the past two years by sending in your dishes and/or stopping by with a positive comment -- you make the event worthwhile!
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Have a great week!