I really don’t consider myself a cook. I put things together in the kitchen and heat them up. I usually go for the recipes that sound delish, but also with the least ingredients and that look like the easiest to make. The crock pot is my best friend. With all this being said, there is nothing better than a yummy, hot soup during the chilly fall and winter seasons. I also love making soups for meal prepping. Simply double the recipe and put half in the freezer for an easy dinner at a later date. I am lucky enough to have a husband that cooks, and he doesn’t mind a recipe that takes a little more time and effort. Over the years, we have tested many soup recipes, and these are my tried and true. They are all very rich, so they can be satisfying as the entire meal (or maybe add a light salad or bread, if you choose). I cannot recommend them highly enough!
Soup number 1 is Winter Squash and Bacon soup. This is one my husband makes because it does take a bit of effort with the squash, but the extra effort is worth it. If you are lucky enough to have a partner who cooks, perhaps pass this recipe on to them. The recipe comes from a local chef, Brook Harlan. He and Inside Columbia Magazine collaborated, and he published a soups & salads cook book. We loved so many soups in this book that when my husband accidentally left it at the grocery store, Brook was kind enough to give me a second copy, even though I was willing to pay for it again. The winter squash and bacon soup has amazing flavors. Rich, savory, slightly sweet. It’s divine.
Soup number 2 is another Brook Harlan recipe: Tomato Bisque. This soup reminds me of my Grandma Nana even though it isn’t her recipe. I remember her cooking tomato soup often. I like to pair this soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. There is something about a bowl of tomato bisque paired with a grilled cheese sandwich, isn’t there? It’s like they were made for each other. I’m pretty particular about my tomato bisque, however, and this one is THE BEST, in my opinion. It also has loads of veggies in it as well!
Soup number 3 is Hearty Beef & Mushroom Soup. This one was recommended to be by a friend years ago, and I’m so glad it was because I make it over and over and over again. It’s simple and SO very good. Don’t skip out on the rosemary. I’ve done that, and found out that the rosemary really adds amazing flavor. Last time I made it, I actually doubled the rosemary because we were growing it in our garden and needed to use it up. If you like the flavor of rosemary, go for doubling it. If not, stick with the recipe as is. I’ve already made this soup twice this fall we love it that much. Easy and delish!
When you are craving a bacon cheese burger or pizza but you don’t want to consume all the carbs, the next two soups are going to be perfect for you! The first one is Easy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup. I usually buy a big package of precooked bacon bits (that are real bacon) from Sam’s which makes this recipe even easier. Let me tell you: The pickles make this soup. Seriously! When I mention pickles and soup, I often get strange looks from folks; however, I assure you, my friends who have made this soup after I’ve recommended it, LOVE it. For real, give it a try!
The soup I made most recently is this Low Carb Crock Pot Pizza Soup. (It’s the soup in the photo at the beginning of this blog post).I followed the recipe besides adding an onion and red bell pepper. I like both on my pizza, so I figured, why not? When I make it again, I will use fresh mushrooms rather than canned. Other than that, this pizza soup was perfection. If you are a fan of pizza and soup, you can’t go wrong with this one! It is so very filling and absolutely delicious!
I have so many soup recipes I love and could share, but these five are definitely the ones I come back to over and over again each year (besides the pizza soup–it’s a new one for me). I can easily say these soups are my top five favorites. Let me know if you give any of them a try!