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Soups, Stews & Chowders

Guest Author - Sandy Moyer

Thereīs nothing more welcoming on a cold winter day than a pot of hearty homemade soup on the stove. A steaming bowl of soup will satisfy your appetite while it warms you up.

You donīt need alot of experience in the kitchen to make great homemade soup. Start with a few basic ingredients... diced potatoes, carrots, or other vegetables with cooked chicken, turkey, beef or seafood. Add herbs and simmer in seasoned broth for a nourishing, delicious soup.

For a quick, no fuss pot of soup, you can start with canned broth or boullion cubes. Making your own soup stock will take longer, but after you taste soup made from your homemade stock, you might agree that it's worth the extra time. It also allows you to control the fat and salt content. Click on the bowl of soup for chicken and beef stock recipes. Also read how to easily remove the fat, leaving your stock virtually fat-free.

Many recipes that begin with beef stock combine a basic vegetable beef soup with barley, minnestrone, rice, or pasta. These additions create a thicker, richer broth.

Traditional chicken soup recipes usually include noodles, but chicken with pasta, rice or hearty vegetable combinations are also very popular.

Creamed soups or chowders, such as New England style clam chowder, are usually made with a white sauce plus half & half or heavy cream. The fat and calorie content of of these soups can be greatly reduced by replacing the cream with with evaporated skim milk.

A large Dutch oven is big enough for some soup recipes. Many other soup recipes will make generous quantities of soup. You'll need a stockpot for those. If you have a family of soup lovers, you might want to invest in a stockpot large enough to hold a double batch of their favorite soups to freeze and enjoy later.

Soups generally freeze well. To freeze soup, let it cool completely first, then ladle into airtight containers. Always defrost soup in the refrigerator. Use frozen soups within 4 months.

Soup Recipes

Chicken Corn Noodle Soup

Cream of Brocolli Soup

Ham & Bean Soup

New England Clam Chowder

Split Pea with Ham Soup

Classic French Onion

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Cheddar-Zucchini Soup

Corn Chowder

Smoky Tomato-Corn Chowder

Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup

Crockpot Cream of Potato Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Crockpot Taco Soup

Bennigan's Potato Soup (a copycat recipe)

Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Click Here for more soup recipes.

Whether itīs golden chicken noodle, chunky vegetable beef, or a rich and creamy chowder, soup just makes you feel good inside... itīs the ultimate comfort food!

For your homemade soup.....

Sango Set of 4 Nova French Onion Soup Bowls, BrownBrown French Onion Soup Bowls
This set of 4 ceramic onion soup bowls feature earth-tones in rich glazed effects. Each bowl holds 16 oz... perfect for serving a hearty French onion soup.

Calphalon 5-qt. Round Nonstick Simply Calphalon Nonstick StockpotCalphalon 5-qt. Round Nonstick Simply Calphalon Nonstick Stockpot
This large, versatile pot works well on both the stovetop and oven. Use it to slow-simmer soups or bake you favorite casseroles. It features low heat transfer contoured handles. Simply Calphalon's nonstick interior cooks with little to no oils or fats and the hard-a anodized exterior will not chip or crack.

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