Hearty, satisfying soups and a crackling fire are the perfect antidote for winter’s frigid nights. Soups are economical and simply the best for pantry meals or making use of leftovers and produce that’s seen a better day – many a delicious impromptu soup has resulted from “fridge diving”. Generally, they’re quick and easy to make on the stove top or, gather the ingredients the evening before and plug in for a “leave it and eat it” meal in your trusty slow cooker.
When in it comes to winter’s ultimate food party – the Super Bowl (February 1st this year) – don’t forget the soup! NFL Super Bowl XLIX promises to be an exciting game as the nation’s two most formidable teams face off in Glendale, AZ. Whether you’re rooting for the Seattle Seahawks or New England Patriots, or are just there for the party, it’s all about comfort food and, even though it will be warm and sunny on the field, you’re likely to be huddling inside with a cup of steaming soup, temporarily untouched by wind, rain, snow, or ice.
A majority of the soups in this collection of 12 Deliciously Satisfying Soups are vegan and gluten free – I’m not vegan, but favor a more plant-based diet at home to compensate for all the rich and wonderful restaurant meals I consume when traveling or writing about the Orange County culinary scene. Vegetable laden soups are often naturally gluten free and, since I make homemade stock at home, also low sodium. Keep in mind that soup is one of the Salty Six unless you’re making them at home using purchased low sodium broth or homemade stock with no salt added. You can see all the soups by clicking on the opening photo or on the slideshow.
At our house, it’s the Patriot’s all the way. With a die-hard New England fan in residence (Red Sox during baseball season), I’m serving up New England Clam Chowder and Skinny Sriracha Chicken Potato Skins. Enjoy!
Recipe please! (pictured clockwise from top left)