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What kind of soup?

Sunday is my day to put on a pot of soup.. I prefer a vegetarian soup but ive made split pea and black bean and tomato white bean and minnestrone all lately..suggestions? Maybe a fish chowder?

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  1. I like to make chowders with white beans rather than potatoes, for a healthier soup. Thick chowders are best in cold weather, but I also like Manhattan style clam chowder, which is practically an all-pantry item. Canned diced tomatoes, canned or frozen minced clams with their juice, Better than Bouillon base (fish, clam, or lobster), onion, celery, carrot, beans, dried thyme, black pepper.

    Just finished another of my stand-by soups: browned bits of kielbasa, onion, chicken broth, carrot, celery, caraway, garlic, pepper, cabbage, white beans, diced apple, apple cider, balsamic vinegar.

    Curried butternut squash and apple soup, pureed with cream.

    I've flagged your question to have it moved to the Home Cooking thread, where it belongs. This current thread there http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/929721 has lots of ideas for hearty soups.

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    1. re: greygarious

      <I like to make chowders with white beans rather than potatoes, for a healthier soup.>

      Wow, that's a great idea! Thanks for sharing it. We always end up with some broth + potatoes after serving. The folks here love beans, though, so I think you've just solved my problem, greygarious. Thanks so much

      1. re: MrsPatmore

        You're welcome! I usually use small white, or navy, beans because they cook fairly quickly. But large limas, the canned version of which is butter beans, REALLY have the taste and texture of roughly-chunked potatoes. I use them for "fauxtato salad", with no other changes to the basic potato salad ingredients.

        1. re: greygarious

          oh gosh, we love butter beans (and cornbread) around here. Have never thought of fauxtato salad -- that is pure genius!!! As a butter bean lover, Greygarious, have you heard the Carolina Chocolate Drops sing "Cornbread and Butter Beans"??

          Totally awesome!!! A must watch for those of us who love either (or both) cornbread and butter beans. Here you go:


          1. re: MrsPatmore

            Thank you, but apparently I am more like your Luddite screennamesake than you are: I have a dial-up connection so videos are not possible. Though I did get my first microwave and my still-working Cuisinart before anyone else I knew had them.

            1. re: greygarious

              hey, greygarious, here's a link to the lyrics - which may well cause you to buy the song from Amazon (the best .99 cents you'll spend today) -- http://www.songlyrics.com/carolina-ch...

              Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Cornbread-And-B...

              Disclaimer: I don't know these musicians or anyone related to them . . . I just think this tune is great!

            2. re: MrsPatmore

              LOVE that song. Greygarious - if you ever have a chance to listen to it, please do!

              1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                Well you all talked me into watching it, and I'm glad you did. Definitely brightened up my day!

      2. A good roasted butternut squash soup is great for cold winter days. Easy to do, and a Google search will spit out all kinds of recipes for it. Very versatile

        1. I would recommend a Manhattan Clam Chowder. If you can have cheese, when it's finished a dash of imported Parmesan cheese will really make it special. And don't forget along with canned clams if you use them at all, you want to get at least 2 dozen top necks or cherrystones and steam them up. Save ALL the juice, chop the clams and strain the juice through a coffee filter and add that back into your broth. Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce in moderation. You know the rest.... you're a cook! HAVE FUN - Let us know how it comes out!

          1. I've been thinking a lot about a Salmon Potato Chowder.

            1. vegetarian minestrone with kidney beans and pasta

              vegetarian lentil, or lentil with kale, or curried lentil

              mexican chipotle black and pinto bean soup with tomatoes and peppers and onions

              beet and cabbage borscht

              1. Pumpkin corn chowder

                If you want to stray from vegetarian options, I would do an oxtail soup.

                1. I do the exact same thing all winter!!
                  A few of my favorites lately:

                  Lots of veggies ribollita, very economical too:

                  This lentil soup with coconut milk is really hearty:

                  This chickpea stew i swapped in barley for the orzo and kale instead of the mustard greens:

                  Yam and peanut stew- i love this and its really popular with my friends too:

                  This blk bean sweet potato quinoa chili i make often:

                  1. Potato leek soup. I made some yesterday with a little watercress and cream at the end, plus croutons. Very satisfying.

                    1. Melissa Clark's Red Lentil Soup with Lemon is one of my favourites. I'm actually thinking I might make it today.

                      Here's a link:


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                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                        I am making one very similar to that right now.
                        I use that as a "base" recipe. So good!

                        I am using barley and tomatoes in it today too (left over)....Some mint, and extra lemon. That is a nice soup to play with.

                        I have put spinach and kale in it before too.

                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                          That Red Lentil Soup with Lemon is terrific
                          straightforward, fast as well as delicious.

                        2. Here is another great thread. There are all kinds of soups listed, not just legumes. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9197...

                          1. I've been loving soup with leafy greens nearly every day - kale or swiss chard with mushrooms and/or beans. Fish chowder sounds as well, a potato corn chowder would be great right now!

                            1. This broccoli red pepper chowder is really good. I use less cumin and more mustard than the recipe calls for.

                              1. How about a french onion soup? Easy to do, just takes a while to caramelize the onions.

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                                1. re: EllieS

                                  Just need a good beef stock which is easy

                                2. Just finished dinner, soup and sandwich style. Navy Bean Soup, aka February Senate soup. We spent the meal talking about it, it was that satisfying. Of course I had a ham bone (since you say you "prefer" vegetarian, hope that's not too out of line) but even without it's just perfect this time of year.

                                  1. Borscht. Beets, cabbage, carrots, potato, maybe some tomatoes.

                                    1. I also prefer vegetarian soup, but there is a Haitian soup that is out of this world. People always say to me, "hey, you'd be a meat lover if you'd just try X,Y, Z" Well, no --- except for this Haitian pumpkin soup. It's called, "Soup joumou"

                                      It's a lot of work but on a Sunday, that's OK with me. Here's an example of the recipe:


                                      Another example:

                                      If anyone reading this is a soup fiend, I strongly encourage you to try this soup. It will change your life. It's that good!

                                      1. Garlic soup thickened with day old bread with a poached egg floating in it. Yum.

                                        1. I strongly dislike the food network, but this recipe for avgolemono is the bomb: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ca...

                                            1. Haddock makes a nice fish chowder if you can find it.

                                              1. This is one of the best recipes I've ever got off the internet http://chefmichaelsmith.com/recipe/th...

                                                1. Try butter nut squash with leeks. Its a Martha Stewart recipe. You can make it with veggie broth and boil squash and leeks till soft then purée. So yummy and easy to make.

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                                                  1. re: CasaCarloni

                                                    Butternut squash soup with apples is another good one.