Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Easy Soups to Make | Frugal Cheap Soup and Meal Ideas | Winter Soups

I've come up with a few different types of easy yummy Winter Soups to make that will appeal to many people and are relatively easy to prepare.

A lot people, me included at one time, are inclined to think that soup is rather a difficult dish to make. However I've discovered that this isn't the case, and that making soup can actually be really enjoyable and have a delicious result.

It's easy to make soup from leftovers - a favorite is Stuffed Pepper Soup, or Golupki soup made from my leftover Lazy Golumpki stuffed cabbage casserole recipe.

Easy Soups to Make

First, we have an old favorite of Crockpot leek and potato soup. There are two ways you can enjoy eating this, either cream, or not blended, and each way has its own distinct merits. If you blend it, you'll truly enjoy the soft texture that this technique creates and it looks wonderful as well, perfect for serving up at dinner parties, or even enjoying while chilling out sipping wine around the fireplace in winter or playing cribbage or your favorite family board games. 

The ingredients also go very well when prepared as a cream soup too, so if you blend it, add in some of this and you'll have a meal of pure indulgence.

However you can also leave the soup unblended, allowing you to enjoy the textures of the leeks and the potatoes, as well as the broth it produces. This can be perfect for those cold winter nights when all you want is a hearty, warm dinner. 

Homemade soups are always a great dish to bring for someone who's under the weather, has a new baby in the house, or loss of a family member.  Ready-to-Serve, and bring along a gift-basket of colorful Handmade Dish Cloths from Moomettes Creations for easy kitchen clean-up.

Winter Vegetable Soups

Butternut squash soup can also be blended or not. The wonderful thing about butternut squash is that it's unusual yet yummy, and you can combine it with most of the same ingredients that you use to make leek and potato soup.

The basic principles of soup making are to chop up all the ingredients, saute them for around ten minutes and then add the stock. I like to use boxed Chicken Stock or Beef Stock from the grocery store, whatever is on sale.

Boil until the ingredients are cooked and semi-soft, season with salt and pepper, any of your favorite seasons to taste, and blend if you prefer. 

Roasted Red Pepper soup or Tomato Soup is easy and satisfying! Serve with croutons or crackers and a artisan grilled cheese sandwich for lunch or dinner.

Search my blog for other soup favorite for all seasons! 

Artisan bread is the perfect accompaniment to this type of dish, and the combination will satisfy you up, while making you feel warm and contented. Add some chunky homemade Sourdough bread, Dill Seed Onion bread or Ciabatta and sweet cream butter from Cabot in Vermont, and you'll have a meal to be proud to serve.

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