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Four Soups to Keep You Warm

foursoupsIf you haven’t noticed, I happen to like soup a lot. If you haven’t further noticed, it is kind of perfect soup weather everywhere in the US right now. I am reposting some of my favorite soups that I think you will find to be an excellent way to combat this cold snap. Most of them can be made very quickly and can also be easily turned into vegan soup by using vegetable broth and leaving out any dairy.

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Zesty Tomato Soup – This is a very fast soup to make. It has a nice little kick to it to warm your insides while your outsides battle the elements.

creamy lCreamy Lentil – This is possibly my favorite soup. I often make this in the morning cold and heat it at work. It’s hearty and healthy. If you haven’t tried lentils, this would be a good introduction.

spicy cSpicy Cauliflower – Another spicy soup. This is also very fast. Leave out the dairy and use vegetable broth to make a vegan version of this soup.

crabCrab Potato Chowder – Nice and thick and hearty. You can use clams instead of crab or shrimp or even chicken. Chowder is great for chasing away the cold.

Stay safe and warm these next few days. It’s the perfect time to snuggle up with everyone. I bet you can even get your teenagers to stay in the room with you.


Zesty Tomato Soup

While it’s not terribly cold right now in Central Maryland, it is January and that means cold weather in most parts of the country. Personally, I think cold weather is best faced with a piping hot bowl of tomato soup. And a Zesty Tomato Soup is even better for chasing away the chill. And with a veggie broth, this is a VEGAN soup!

Zesty Tomato Soup
2 quarts broth of choice
1 – 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 – 12 oz can tomato paste
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Dash of cayenne
Dash of chili powder

Combine all ingredients in a soup kettle. Stir until the tomato paste has been completely incorporated through the broth.  Heat for 30-60 minutes.

I topped this soup with shredded sharp cheddar and served it with a quesadilla; a tiny bit of an update to the classic tomato soup and grilled cheese.

If you’re looking to jazz this up even more you can add any or all of the following ingredients:

Crumbled bacon or sausage
Diced chili peppers
Spinach (cooked and drained)
Black Beans
Diced chicken

Add everything except the bacon/sausage and spinach, top with crumbled tortilla chips and you have a very fast Chicken Tortilla Soup!