Soup is the best. It’s cheap, it’s easy to make, and it’s the perfect thing to eat when it’s cold. I’m sorry to insult you by listing these very basic facts that you already know about soup, but I’ve been eating a lot of it lately. It makes me feel weirdly domestic to have a pot of anything (well, not anything…anything edible) cooking on the stove.
In honor of Soup Weather, here are some of my favorite soups, as well as one I haven’t tried yet.
Cabbage and White Bean Soup with Sausage
I make this soup all the time and it always makes the house smell so good. Well, after the house stops smelling like cabbage (farts), that is. This is easy and very filling.
Butternut Apple Soup
This one will make you feel super healthy. Bonus: you can eat it even if you don’t have teeth!
White Chicken Chili
I make variations on this recipe, from former HelloGiggles writer Carrie Murphy, all the time. It’s super easy to swap out any leftover chopped/shredded meat. Basically as long as you have cans of beans and corn on hand, you’re halfway there.
Okay, so this isn’t really soup necessarily, but it’s pretty close. Also it’s probably the cheapest thing I know how to make, which is why we have it every couple of weeks. It’s one of the few times that H. willingly ingests large quantities of vegetables.
White Bean and Bacon Soup
I just made this soup for the first time last week, and you guys! It was so good! I mean, most things are going to be good if they have 8 pieces of bacon crumbled up in them. I have a sort of embarrassing love of canned Campbell’s Bean and Bacon soup (I know it’s gross! I can’t help it!), and this is like a classier, grown-up version of that. Also, the cookbook I got this recipe from (The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook) is filled with baked goods and it’s FANTASTIC.
Black Bean Pumpkin Soup
Okay, so I haven’t actually tried this soup yet, but it sounds great, doesn’t it?
The Pioneer Woman’s Beef Stew
There’s beer in PW’s beef stew, which is how you know it’s good.
You might be wondering what you should serve with your soup. Some crusty bread? A nice salad? Those are both perfectly fine options, but I’ll tell you what I love: Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. Yes, the kind that comes in a box and costs about 40 cents.
I love everything about this. The retro font, the quotation marks, and the actual corn muffins themselves. Maybe you have the time and inclination to bake yourself a fresh batch of fancypants cornbread every time you want soup, but honestly, I don’t. Jiffy corn muffins for life. I’m so devoted that I’m thinking of getting a tattoo.
So what about you guys? What are your favorite soup recipes? Let me know in the comments! If you have any negative feelings about Jiffy, though, keep those to yourself. They’re America’s Favorite, don’t you dare speak ill of them.