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Where does soup rank in your food favorites?

I've pegged it at number 4 in my preferences:

1. Bread
2. Potatoes
3. Beef
4. Soup

Where does it stand with you?

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  1. Pretty damn low. I like to chew my food. But then my top 5 likely looks much different from yours.

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    1. re: linguafood

      High, as I go out for pho more often than any other type of food.

      1. re: linguafood

        You haven't had my chorizo and sweet potato soup. That you can chew!

        1. re: Isolda

          I'm all for chunky soups, but they still wouldn't rank in my personal top ten.

          Because Casa Lingua was infested with a cold, I've made chicken soup *twice* in the last two weeks. It was mighty tasty: bone-in thighs simmered in better than bouillon, lots of carrots, leeks, and celeriac (just for the flavah, I toss its ugly ass out once the soup's done -- really, a vegetable only its mother could love) served over broad egg noodles. It was delicious. But I only ever think of making it / crave it when I'm sick.

          I'm just not much of a soup person. I really have to be in the mood for it, and it's not ever something I decide to make on a whim. I'd order it in a resto if it sounds really, really, *really* interesting, tasty or unusual. But in 9 out of 10 cases, other appetizers would interest me more.

          That said, I do like a good pho / Chinese noodle soup. Emphasis on good.

          1. re: linguafood

            (hi, lingua -- try boiling cubes of celeriac with an equal amount of potatoes -- drain and mash - it's a nice changeup from mashed potatoes from time to time -- hubby loves 'em)

            I also chop it and roast it with other root vegetables when I'm roasting chicken, lamb, or pork.

            Ugly, but tasty.

            1. re: linguafood

              >>That said, I do like a good pho / Chinese noodle soup. Emphasis on good.<<

              I've had so many good to great Pho bowls here in metro Detroit, I would never try to duplicate any of them at home. Too many nuances to try to duplicate.

        2. High. Out for pho, in for nearly everything else, I eat a lot of soup.

          1. In my top ten. I like to make my own, and do so frequently, using chicken stock I make myself after eating a roast chicken.

            1. Meh..........I do like soup when I eat it, but don't eat it often. Never seems to really fill me up....

              Today, however I've been craving soup.....had some earlier may have more in a bit....

              1. Right now #1. This is my healthy diet for the New Year. This week I made curried squash and apple, split pea with ham, and mushroom barley with my lamb leg bone left from New Year Day. Today I'm making ratatouille for dinner, then freezing all the leftovers so I can start over fresh. (I like to live out of my freezer and soup is great for this). Much easier than making a normal meal, and I THINK better for you overall. Planning on doing this til grilling weather comes back around in the spring. Not that I'm militant about it, I really do love soup.

                1. Soup is probably # 3 or 4 for me, although I do love it. I think I love desserts and pasta more. And cheese.
                  But I agree with Coll, for healthy eating, soup is really great. I pretty much make one kind a week. Last night was black bean with sweet potatoes, last week was split pea with ham, and I'm thinking french onion for next week ( soup AND cheese...yum!)
                  Other favorite soups are butternut squash, tomato basil, minestrone, pasta fagioli ( soup and pasta and cheese...really yum!) both NE and Manhattan clam chowder, seafood bisques, and I have 2 soup recipes that are sounding good, but that I haven't yet tried.....Lightened up loaded baked potato soup and chicken pot pie soup, both from skinnytaste.com
                  One final word on soup, for Coll....I love soup even in grilling weather...made a lot of gazpacho last summer, and also love vichysoisse!

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                  1. re: sunflwrsdh

                    Black bean with sweet potato sounds wonderful, do you use Mexican spices? I am also doing onion soup next week, and roasting the onions (and probably some shallots) in the oven as discussed on another thread.

                    I eat so much soup in the winter that I need a break in the summer!

                    1. re: coll

                      Try adding some smoked chicken in with black bean and sweet potato. I use Mexican spices, diced onions, and peppers in it and my children love it!

                      1. re: coll

                        Yes, cumin and cayenne; 1/2 teaspoon of each. And lime juice at the end.

                        1. re: sunflwrsdh

                          OK on the menu for this week, thanks! I'm thinking some kind of smoked sausage plus chipotle.

                    2. #1 of all favourites! any kind of soup!

                      but........ you have bread on your list. i hate to choose between bread and anything else, especially if it's German.

                      my ranking from your list: bread, soup, beef, potatoes.

                      1. In the winter, soup is a staple in our house. Nothing beats a blustery-cold winter day like a big bowl of hearty soup (this week was split pea and ham).

                        In the summer, it never appears, unless it's the odd bowl of gazpacho.

                        1. Especially in winter, 11. Pretty much anytime. I love soup! And I really like full-meal soups.

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                          1. re: mamachef

                            Hi, mamachef -- hope your holidays were fabulous, and your new year brings you much happiness and healing.

                            Do you make soups for all your boys, or just for yourself?

                            1. re: sunshine842

                              How sweet, sunshine842. What nice wishes, and oh the very same to you and to yours; especially health. I survived last years' festvities while not feeling like I really wanted to - but there's this year coming up. Lessen we all get raptured up. :)
                              I make soup for EVERBODY. It really is a personal favorite, and a home favorite, and a work favorite wherever I've been planted, for family/staff meal (or at least, part of staff meal.) At home, good hearty soup suffices. My kids would have needed at least a grilled cheese with soup. And my boyos at work, they need more than just soup, though I do tend towards full-bodied, ingredient-driven soups for them: meatball minestrone, potato/bacon chowder, 7-bean soup, the works. They especially loved, of all things, a zucchini/pumpkin/calabasas/manybean soup, which came as a suprise to me. I knew they'd eat it but I didn't know they'd love it so much, nor ask for it to be put in a semi-regular rotation! And then there, we also have the pretty much neverending pot of Miso soup on, for my vegetarian fellers. No vegans this year. Thank you whomever.

                          2. I cannot go a day without soup.

                            And I very much prefer hot soups to cold ones.

                            In the summer, I will blast the A/C just to thoroughly enjoy my soup in peace.

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                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              We like hot chocolate so much that we'll blast the A/C in the summer just so that we can turn on the fire place, wear sweaters in the house, and enjoy a nice, hot cup of hot chocolate.

                              Wasteful? Who cares!!

                              1. re: linguafood

                                Not anymore wasteful than blasting the heat during the winter so that I can enjoy my ice cream.

                              2. re: ipsedixit

                                I'm with Ipse on this one. Soup is my all time favorite food. Brothy not creamy. Has helped me lose weight, too.

                                1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                  The weight-loss thing has been around for a long time -- seems that clinically it holds up, too -- people feel more satisfied with soup than with the same ingredients on a plate (the volume with the water) - but there are fewer calories per serving in soup (because of the water) -- so yes, soup is good food!

                                  (and by water, I mean water, broth, juice, cream, milk etc., etc. -- all liquids have, by definition, a high water content....)

                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                    Not to get off-track, but I don't necessarily think that it's just the high water content of soup that makes it a good weight-loss technique. I think the fact that because soup (generally) is served hot, it takes longer to eat. I think that has to have some effect because there are some soups -- even with high water content -- that are no low-calorie (e.g. chowders, etc.).

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      That's very true, ipse. One sure can't stuff one's face with soup, the way some do with a burger, say, or a massive forkload of mac & cheese!

                              3. I don't have many soup recipes, but the few I use get me through the winter. I make a Twice Baked Potato soup, Split Pea, Navy Bean, Crab Bisque, and a Beef Barley. And oddly, I like them all equally. Throw in a great tasting bread, and I'm blissed.

                                1. I wouldn't rank foods like that. Chicken noodle soup from a can would have to rank really low, but homemade chicken soup would rank high. And, soup gets more attention from me in these colder months. I made black bean soup last night. I was inspired to make it by a superb bowl I ate in Portland over Christmas. My soup was almost perfect! I wanted to eat it all, but there are too many carbs in a batch for me to do that.

                                  I like soup (homemade) a lot this time of year.

                                  1. I love soup, particularly in the winter. But there are many types of soup that I dislike: anything with overcooked chicken, beef or other meat (just because it’s soup doesn’t mean cardboardy bits are OK), anything with overcooked pasta or other starchy things (just because it’s soup doesn’t mean soggy bits are OK), anything too porridgy, goopy or creamy. So I won’t eat most versions of chicken-noodle, minestrone, broccoli-cheese, Italian wedding, cream of x, etc.

                                    1. #1 for me. I guess because I live in cold climates.

                                      1. Soup is at the top for me. My soup references are:
                                        1- It has to be spicy or I will add some hot sauce
                                        2- Has to be hot, I will not eat lukewarm soup
                                        3-- Cream or milk based I avoid
                                        4- I rank good Vietnamese Pho, French onion soup, Chinese roast duck with noodles soup, Manhattan clam chowder at the top. But I like bean soups and split pea and make them at home from time to time

                                        1. Pretty far down the list...If ya don't count Gumbos.

                                          When the weather is wet, rainy, cold....a good bowl of a hearty, full meal deal soup is great....IF I have a (must) big hunk (or two) of hot buttered corn bread to go with it....

                                          1. Pretty low and I live in a cold climate. I don't hate soup, I just don't go out of my way to eat/make it. Especially for dinner. Just not in the cards, I guess. Now if someone makes it for me I'm not gonna refuse it and will most likely put some butter on a piece of bread and dig right in. yum.

                                            Casseroles, pastas, chili, mashed potatoes/steak fries, bread, roasted stuff etc is way higher on the list when the temperature drops.

                                            1. I don't think of soup as a food, but as a food category. Some soups are near the top and others, such as canned anything or cream of anything are near the bottom. And I second zzDan's list. Manhattan clam chowder is seriously underrated compared to its gloopy cousin, NE clam chowder.

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                                              1. re: Isolda

                                                Heh... But NE clam chowder must outsell Manhattan clam chowder by a wide margin nationwide. Both canned and in restaurants. On top of that there are never enough clams in the NE version, so you are eating a goopy bowl of cream or milk with flour filler with a few clams scattered around

                                                1. re: zzDan

                                                  If it's made right, it doesn't have any flour at all, and it's creamy and delicious, with plenty of clam and potato chunks.

                                                  1. re: zzDan

                                                    Oh, I know I'm the odd woman out here. I just can't figure out why people like NE clam chowder so much more. (And yes, I've had some very well-prepared versions, so I know what it should taste like. It's just not my favorite.)

                                                    1. re: Isolda

                                                      so that means I can have yours? :P

                                                2. If gumbo is soup, pretty high...

                                                  1. Until the past few years, I was never much of a soup lover. Nowadays, I have to pay more attention to eating healthy, and soup really fills a lot of needs for my way of cooking and my way of eating. I have a few favorites that I've made for years, a spicy bouillabaisse that I only make on New Year's eve, turkey soup after Thanksgiving, bean, lentil, pea or potato soup whenever I have a ham bone. And when I have odds and ends of vegetables to use up, they often go into a pot of soup with some tortellini and beans. Leftover sausage goes into a bean and ditilini vegetable soup. Roast chicken is always stripped and the carcass and extra bits go into making stock. Which traditionally turned into chicken noodle soup, but I was never a big fan of that one. I'd rather make it into Mexican chicken rice or Italian wedding soup.
                                                    DH likes any kind of soup, so experiments are welcome. Next on the list is a curried pumpkin soup that I saw a recipe for.
                                                    In the summer, we love gazpacho with an egg salad sandwich.

                                                    1. Really really depends on the soup and what season it is. there are few things better than a really well made, hearty soup during a cold winter day, or a nice gazpacho on a hot summer day. but most soups are so disappointing when theyre not done right!

                                                      1. Soup is one of my favorite foods though I think I am way too fickle to be able to pin it down to a numerical ranking. Baked potato, tomato of all kinds (especially with blue cheese), clam chowder, lobster and crab bisques, the list goes on!

                                                        1. Soup is easily Number Two on my top five favorites foods. Actually, it's probably very close to Number One, and has been so ever since I was a kid and enjoyed the soups my grandmother made. Her sauerkraut/bean soup was (and is) simply incredible.

                                                          As a result I have a fairly big repertoire of soups; I never buy prepared soupss and make at least one or two different batches _every_ week, and on some days it is my main meal; and I always make sure there are a couple containers in the freezer as well in case I get too busy.

                                                          I could easily live on soup.

                                                          1. #1 I want soup 365 days a year......

                                                            When growing up it was not unsusual to start a holiday meal at my mother's home with a soup course, go back into the kitchen after the salad and appetizer for a refill on soup and then refill again after the main course, why bother with dessert?

                                                            My wife makes excellent thick, hearty soups such as lentil, bean, cabbage, etc. The thicker the soup the netter. I had a cousin (since passed away) who made a seven bean soup. If the spoon couldn't stand upright in the soup on its own, the soup wasn't done.

                                                            I also love soup meals, such as chicken in the pot, flanken and barly in beef broth, etc.

                                                            Love this time of year when soup makles the winter chills go away. I don't care much for cold soups or clear soups.

                                                            #2 is Beef
                                                            #3 is foods with crunch, toast, crackers, croutons, etc.

                                                            Bottom of the list are most dairy foods

                                                            1. Probably soup would be low, but actually some soups are among my favorite foods. I love pho, seafood mi, canh chua, lau or hot pot, tom yam, tom kha, hae mul tang, various types of chigae, caldo de rez, menudo, pozole, oxtail soup, and many other flavor packed meal-in- a-bowl type soups. So maybe soup is actually higher ranking than I might have considered.

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                                                              1. re: luckyfatima

                                                                Those are also some of my favorite soups. Seriously...what's better than a huge bowl of hot soup on a cold day? Gonna get me some menudo today.

                                                                What is seafood mi?

                                                                1. re: joonjoon

                                                                  Mi is egg noodles in Vietnamese, like the typical Cantonese type egg noodles. In Korean is myun all noodles or just egg noodles? Either way, I think the words are cognates through Chinese mian/mein/mee or what have you. Seafood mi is like this:


                                                                  1. re: luckyfatima

                                                                    I'm not sure about Vietnamese, but I do know that the Chinese mein, Korean myun, and the Japanese men are all the same word. Mmm seafood noodle soup. I'd like to try the other Viet soups but i'm just too hooked on pho.

                                                              2. I don't suppose I can rank foods in the same way. Soup can be a starter, a lunch, or the main course. Choosing it as better than bread but less than meat or vegetables doesn't work for me because soup is made from all these things. I love soup in most forms, but mainly want it served hot in cold weather, though gazpacho is a favorite lunch in the summer.

                                                                1. Having chicken soup now. Onions, carrots, potatoes, kale, peas, most recent parmigiano-reggiano rind, frozen homemade stock, ditalini.

                                                                  Served with bread and butter, and grated parmigiano-reggiano.

                                                                  1. Soup and salad or soup and eggs are two of my favorite meals.

                                                                    1. Soups and stews are very near the top of my list. Chile, gumbo, Oriental noodle soups, cream soups, Mexican bean soup, French onion, and on and on. I can't get enough of them and am always looking to add new soups to my repertoire.

                                                                      1. Bread Potatoes Beef Soup? How are these in the same category? The first two are meal components, the third is a type of protein, and the soup is a type of dish.

                                                                        Having said that, I'm Korean so I have a high affinity for soup. A meal's not complete without it!

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                                                                        1. re: joonjoon

                                                                          My intent was to discover food favorites of other hounds, and how they would rank them; not meal categories. That being said, I think I could live on only a great bread, and a great potato dish, 24/7-365.

                                                                        2. I would put BBQ beef ribs, steak (medium rare), and rare prime rib above soup; but I seldom have bbq beef ribs, steak, or prime rib so soup is right up there. I make it every week, this week is split pea w/bacon. Next week is lentils.

                                                                          1. My parents both grew up too close to the equator to enjoy soup very often. Subsequently it's not something I eat with any frequency. I'll enjoy gazpacho in the summertime and a bowl of gumbo whenever it's there, but it's not something I often seek out.

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                                                                            1. re: JungMann

                                                                              I guess I'm an oddball, but I'm perfectly content to scarf down a roiling cauldron of hearty soup in the middle of July.

                                                                            2. Number 1. Anytime. Did I mention it is Number 1?

                                                                              Bread - bottom of my list. Not a bread eater at home. It's very rare that I'll eat some, and then maybe part of a baguette - then, after the urge passes and the portion has been consumed, the rest sits there in its bag for a while till it is fossilized and then tossed. I've bought artisanal crusty whole grain bread or whatever from bakers at Farmers' Markets on a lark but when it gets home it'll sit on my counter for a couple of weeks until I throw it out untouched.

                                                                              1. Very high. My favourite food in the whole world is wonton noodle soup :)

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                                                                                1. I love soup, in winter soups and their close cousin, stews are at the top of my list, followed closely by bread and then fruit.
                                                                                  Last night I made a wonderful hot and sour soup, very hot, quite sour, and it took less than a half hour. because I invest the time in making stocks and then freezing them.
                                                                                  I even like cold soups, especially vegan creamy ones which are basically just pureed veggies with different flavor profiles.

                                                                                  1. Had this conversation with someone yesterday. I like soup, but rarely order it out, don't have the patience to make it (because aside from sodium levels, they are just as good) and honestly, it's a starter or a snack to me.

                                                                                    I probably have soup less than ten times a year. Usually going for lentil, french onion or something with potatoes. I will have a clam or corn chowder now and again. Have to say of all the types of food,

                                                                                    While you rated soup fourth along side of specific foods, I'd have to say as far as courses go, it would be my last choice.

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                                                                                    1. re: jhopp217

                                                                                      I would rank soup 4th. I love soup, and I do order soup in the Summer months, I always have soup when I'm having lunch or dinner in a Chinese restaurant. I make it throughout the Winter months. Asian soups are my favorite, Thai, Vietnamese, and Chinese. I'm teaching myself to make Korean and Indian.

                                                                                      I like to incorporate lots of veggies in my homemade soups, and usually add noodles or barley