Sunday, December 11, 2011

seasonal staples

seasonal staples ~ onion, carrot, celery and garlic. as i was chopping and shredding them today for a pot of soup, i thought about how often they are the first things i gather when beginning meal prep, especially in the winter when we eat soup often.

i find something so comforting in a bowl of soup ~ the warmth, the aroma, the texture. the fact that my mother made soup often when i was growing up may have something to do with it as well.

i cherish soup season at our home. you see, i could eat soup every day but my family believes that unless the temp is 45 or below, it is not soup season. given that, i prepare it at least once a week during the winter. not only do they taste great but they go together quickly, you can easily substitute ingredients and they're an excellent dish to make when you need to clean out the fridge. a simple soup can become a great meal when you add a salad and fresh, baked bread.

here are links to some of our favorites:

bean & bacon soup

sausage & red bean stew

lentil soup

black bean soup

lasagna soup

other favorites include the basics like chili, white chili, taco soup, beef stew and chicken noodle. what is your family's favorite? and by all means, share the recipe. 


Sharon said...

This is awesome Nancy, thanks for sharing the soup recipes. I think we'll be having more soup this winter too!

Our family's favorite is chicken soup...simple yet delicious.

Anonymous said...

you know I love my soup :)

Wren said...

Already eyeing up the lasagna soup..thanks!! Speaking of..I had a salad and chicken noodle soup for dinner :)

Jennifer said...

love soup season!

i love the smell, of onion, carrot and garlic sauteing, it just smells like goodness.

kimj said...

Just printed the Lasagne Soup recipe. Sounds good and easy! Our fave is Cheeseburger Soup...I think you have that recipe, don't you? If not, I'll send it to you!