Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday 13: Thirteen soups I'm looking forward to making this fall

Tis soup season, and I'm happy for it. Even though we're still having warm and wonderful days, it's quite obvious that fall is all around us, and the craving for soups begins.

I have never been completely confident in my soup-making abilities. I think my throw-it-all-in-a-pot approach can work great sometimes, and then not so much at others. Lack 'o consistency, I think that's what it's called. So I have decided that THIS winter, I'll pay more attention to recipes and seasonings and try to really master the soup.

In pondering soups I'm looking forward to making, I collected a list of 13--some from this very blog, some from around the interwebs. Enjoy!

1. Cauliflower soup. There's a local restaurant that serves an amazing cauliflower soup--very rich (truffle oil, I think) and creamy (cream, of course). The recipe I linked to seems like a good start... I will have a flavorful time experimenting with this one, I think.

2. Megan's gingered pumpkin pear soup.

3. Lentil soup. I devoured a bowl of lentil soup already this fall at yet another local restaurant and it was sublime. The best I've ever had of the lentil variety. I have very little faith I'll actually be able to duplicate it, mostly because I was enraptured with eating it and not with figuring out what was in it. I guess maybe I'll have to go back for another bowl. Soon.

4. Corn chowder. Loving the idea of the chipotle in this recipe... I think that flavor would prove quite popular around here.

5. Tortilla soup. This is one I make all the time, but have yet to post here. Time to remedy that situation!

6. Roasted tomato soup. Found this yummy sounding recipe, and the best thing is the accompaniment to the soup--click on over and check it out. (Oh, the mystery! You know you want to.)

7. Borscht. I can't believe I haven't posted a recipe for borscht (beet soup, in case it's not a part of your soup vocabulary) here before... I recently saw it written up in a great little book one of my aunts created of my Grandma's recipes, so there's really no excuse for not doing that, very soon.

8. Mushroom soup. I am torn between a creamy puree (below) or this one that looks more like a stroganoff... might have to make both!

9. Homemade noodle soup. This will make my son very happy. He loves this one in his thermos on a cold day.

10. French onion soup. I am ready for this smell to permeate the house! And the cheese, glorious cheese!

11. Roasted ratatouille soup. This just sounds like the best of summer in a bowl...

12. Thai pumpkin soup. In this recipe, pumpkin = butternut squash. I can go for that. And the coconut milk!

13. West African peanut soup.

Hope my list has you craving soup too! Now I just need to decide which one is first... what do you think? Let me know and I'll take it under advisement.

For more Thursday 13s, go here.


  1. What?! Not confident in your soup making. That's crazy talk. I dream about your white bean and rosemary soup...

    and Oprah giving me all her favorite things!

  2. I love soup, too! Can you really go wrong with a big bowl of soup? Thanks for including me in your round-up. I have also had the West African Peanut Soup bookmarked for a while, but have yet to try it. It sounds delicious and 'd love to hear how you find it. :)


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