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Comfort in a bowl: my favorite soups, revisited

(Originally published October 10, 2014)

We’re well into autumn, and though I’ve taken a break from this web site for the past few months, I have an abundance of previously published posts, recipes, and videos that are just right for this time of year. Soup is my very favorite thing to cook any time of year, and to eat any time of day (especially for breakfast!), so it’s the justifiable star of the show now that there’s a chill in the air. Here’s a round-up of MO Deep Roots soup recipes to inspire you.

Puréed carrot soup (Brian Mahieu.)

Puréed carrot soup (Brian Mahieu.)

Pureed carrot soup with parsnips by Brian Mahieu (gluten-free, vegetarian). Light, silky, and loaded with flavor. 

Vegetable beef soup

Vegetable beef soup

Slow and savory vegetable beef soup by Laura Carter (gluten-free). My death-row, desert-island meal. This is all I need! (gluten-free) 

Here are a couple of soup recipes from Chelsea Reetz Bunetic, a farmer who knows how to make her ingredients sing.

Spiced chickpea and heirloom tomato soup

Spiced chickpea and heirloom tomato soup

Spiced Chickpea and Heirloom Tomato Soup (vegetarian and gluten-free). An interesting blend of heat and spice livens this tomato soup, thickened with chickpeas instead of cream.

Kale White Bean Potato Stew (vegetarian and gluten-free). A hearty, tasty all-vegetable stew you can make all fall and winter. Who doesn’t love kale?

This type of old-fashioned sieve and pestle juicer is equally good for making tomato juice and watermelon agua fresca.

This type of old-fashioned sieve and pestle juicer is equally good for making tomato juice and watermelon agua fresca.

Tomato Basil Bisque by John Corn (video and recipe, vegetarian and gluten-free). A creamy bisque featuring the classic pairing of tomatoes and basil, enhanced by summer veggies and goat cheese.

Mushroom barley soup

Mushroom barley soup

Mushroom barley soup by Grace Collins (vegetarian). A rich and classic soup that tastes and looks like food peasants of the seventeenth century would have eaten. 

Sweet & Sour Cabbage Soup

Sweet and sour cabbage soup by Grace Collins (gluten-free). A rich, complex soup with the perfect balance of tart and sweet ingredients.

Chicken corn soup with rivels

Chicken corn soup with rivels

Chicken Corn Soup with Rivels, Pennsylvania Dutch style, inspired by Jeff Smith. This is great with fresh-off-the-cob sweet corn, but pretty awesome with frozen corn too.

Chicken and Rice Soup with Greens

Finally, here is my go-to soup when I want something fast and warm and comforting: The World’s Simplest Soup. It can be made from leftover takeout rice, rotisserie chicken, and whatever greens you can scrounge from the garden, the freezer, or the produce aisle. Quick, healthy, and so easy I can make it for myself if I’m not too sick.

OK, get out there and make some soup! These soups all freeze well, so buy a dozen 2-cup glass storage dishes and you’ll have meals ready to heat and eat until next spring. And remember, soup is for breakfast too!

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