The start of the fall season is usually marked by that first hint of chill in the air. That chill outside can often translate into a chill inside as we adapt. This makes fall the perfect time to curl up with a steaming bowl of soup. But, do you want to have yet another bowl of regular old chicken noodle soup? Why not warm up your body and soul at the same time with some unusual soups? Here are a few soups that you should try this fall to warm up yourself and your family.
Harvest Soup With a Basil Bump
If you want a great soup that you can throw together with one trip to the farmers market, this is the soup for you. Get your big pot going with fresh diced tomatoes, zucchini, onion, bell pepper, celery, and carrots. When all those wonderful ingredients have simmered together and gotten all softened, it’s time for the surprise ingredient – basil pesto.
Make a classic basil pesto from fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, and olive oil, blended smooth in a food processor. Stir the basil pesto into the finished soup, reheat and serve hot. This is great before the basil, but after the basil pesto is added, this soup goes from great to unbelievable! No more chill. No more dry scratchy throat, or runny nose after you’ve settled in with this spicy, satisfying soup.
Pozole Chases the Blues Away
Known as a special occasion dish in Mexico, this is a soup that is often served at large parties where the wine, beer, and other adult beverages flow freely. As such, this soup is a well known cure for hangovers and is often eaten in the wee hours of the morning. Typically, this soup is a combination of pork, beans, and hominy grits in a hearty stock.
But, its curative properties come from an abundance of several other ingredients like garlic, cumin, onion, fresh oregano, and lots and lots of red chiles. Whether you want to sweat out a headache or ward off a chill, having a pozole recipe to turn to is a very good idea.
Turkey Wonton Warms You Up
We love our leftover holiday turkey, don’t we. We especially love it when we’re looking around for some inspiration to make a warming soup. This soup starts simply enough with some stock, turkey, noodles, pork dumplings, and greens. Use baby bok choy for authenticity, or choose a more bitter or peppery green if you want to impart more of a warming feel to your soup.
Most recipes for wonton soup will have added sesame oil which is tasty and also helps to soothe the throat. For whatever reason, the more intense the flavor, the more warming a soup is. Of course, adding red pepper flakes bumps the warming factor up a notch or two, so be sure to spice this soup up to send the chills packing.
Pre-plan to have the ingredients on hand for that leftover holiday turkey. It’s a great change from the regular leftovers.
Apple Pumpkin Soup Strategies
If there are two ingredients to put in your soup that scream Autumn farmers market, they would be apples and pumpkins. There are quite a few variations on soup recipes using these two fall favorites. You may be looking for a soup that closely resembles pumpkin pie. Or, maybe, you want the tart apple flavor to come through first.
You can make a country style soup with big chunks of pumpkin and apple swimming in a sweet and sour broth to warm you inside and out. You can make a smooth pureed soup with a surprising kick of curry to help clear a stuffy head and chase away the chills. This is a combination of two powerhouse ingredients that can go from one end of the flavor wheel to the other with no problem at all. Pick your favorite flavors and create a soup that fits your needs.
When it comes to chasing chills away, nothing beats a big steamy bowl of soup. But, choose the right ingredients and you can do more than make a warming bowl of soup – you can create a big soup hug. Don’t forget to make some yummy crusty bread to go with it!
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