We turned the calendar over to March. Yay! Here in Seattle we’ve got trees erupting with cherry blossoms, Birkenstocks making their way back out of the depths of the closet, and children begging to wear shorts to school at the first sign of sunshine.
But really, it’s still Winter here.
This last week we’ve hovered right around freezing most every night, and though the sun may shine on a rare occasion, you still want your parka on as soon as you walk outside. And while I am MORE than ready for grilling weather, for pasta salads and corn on the cob, soup is still for dinner in the PNW. And really, it will still be soup weather here for at least another two months. Seattle doesn’t get this green without a lot of rain. A lot.
So today, I want to share with ya’ll some of my favorite soup recipes. I love soup. It’s like a warm hug for your belly on a bitter cold night. I love the way it warms up easily for lunches. I love how it always turns into a giant pot that lasts all week. I love how it makes the whole house smell good as it simmers and all the flavors meld while you focus on other things. I also love just how low maintenance it is. Most recipes, once they’re all together, can just be turned on low while you walk away to focus on something else. And that, as a mama? Well, that is pure gold.
There is not one of us who has the time to babysit a pot on the stove for hours. Those days are long gone – and really who even was I then? Hours to spend making dinner, those were the days…or were they?
My dinner hour is a lot more full now. The conversation is sweeter and sillier, I have an excellent helper who loves to stir the pot and read me the recipe and it’s the one time as family that we all stop for a little bit to connect. I love dinner around the table. My hope is that the following recipes will help you spend a little time around the table with your loved ones in the coming weeks too.
Less time standing over the stove, more time sitting at the dinner table with your people. I think that’s something we can all say yes to.
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This soup is a family favorite and easy to adapt to your family’s flavor preferences. I love to use Isernio’s Italian Chicken Sausage when I am making this soup; it adds lots of great flavor without all the grease some sausages leave you with. Also, feel free to use any noodles you have on hand. This recipe is great for using up one of those random half empty bags hanging out in your pantry (I have at least four at all times, you do too…right)? Finally, adding that dollop of cheesy ricotta goodness to your bowl right before serving takes this over the top. So good and so much easier than making up a pan of lasagna.
Source: Emily Bites
You know that giant bag of spinach that you buy on Monday with the best of intentions, and by Friday is languishing in the produce drawer, mocking you. This soup wants to help you use it up. My husband rarely considers soup a meal, but this soup is hearty enough it passes without the need for a grilled cheese on the side. It has chunks of potato, sausage, and bacon in a creamy broth, and is sure to satisfy on the coldest of days.
Source: Emily Bites
We like a hearty soup, and this one definitely delivers. Similar flavor profile to the Lasagna Soup mentioned above, and just as delicious. Somedays, you just feel like tortellini. Reese is always excited to see this one bubbling away on the stove, and I love having this one for leftovers. The noodles soak up the broth when left in the fridge, so I always add some more chicken broth when I warm it up to make it more like soup again.
Source: Our Mama’s Kitchen
This soup makes me think of my mama. It was one of her favorites, and honestly, it is one of the only soups I can really remember her making. It’s a pretty good copycat of the Olive Garden soup of the same name. It’s hearty and is sure to warm your belly on the saddest of Spring days, when you’re wishing for sunshine but still staring down gloom.
Source: Adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything
Clearly, you can tell that I love Italian style soups. But, this one is like comfort in a bowl – ham, cheese, milk, potatoes. It’s just meant to be eaten on a rainy day. And it’s almost always a winner with the littles (probably because they get to stack sour cream, cheese, and bacon on top).
Do you have a favorite soup that we should know about? Lo and I both love soups and are always into trying new recipes. We’ll enjoy them while we can…we know sunshine and grilling weather is coming soon!