January 2021 is a month in which many of us are asking each other, “Are you OK?” and starting to expect to hear the truth. “How are you?” is a greeting that is starting to feel more and more absurd, and the only reply I have for people who ask me that question, but still want brevity in our chats, is to shrug and say in a question mark way, “I’m COVID good?” 🤷♀ As silly as routine greetings feel, “National this or that” months also feel a little ridiculous. But, if we cannot celebrate and share soup during these fraught times, then what in the hot fuckity-fuck are we even doing?
I am so lucky that I love soups and stews, and I never have “soup fatigue,” LOL. And as such, it was no surprise when my Power Cirlclettes and I all pledged a shared affinity for the warmth and comfort soups bring through a spontaneously erupted text chain of favorite soup recipes. This roundup is a record of that beautiful, loving, comforting hug of an eruption, plus a couple of extras. (There are no affiliations or promotions in place here — these are just great recipes we have enjoyed.)
“Jen’s Butternut Soup”
OK. This is a savory porridge, but I feel it counts because the feelings of comfort and nourishment are as strong as any soup or stew!
Instant Pot Tasty Chicken Congee (Jook) | Tested by Amy + Jacky
6 simple ingredients & 5 mins prep to make this tasty & comforting Instant Pot Chicken Congee (Pressure Cooker Chicken…
From Bobbie’s Boat Sauce, which can jazz up any soup or veggie:
Beans, Greens, Grains, and Broth
Ingredients 1 lb beans of your choice, soaked overnight (I like cranberry beans or the Rancho Gordo Yellow Eyes…
Vegan and delicious!
Nourishing Miso Soup
This healing, healthy, vegan miso soup is a comforting one pot meal sure to soothe body and soul. My 8 year old…
This vegan broccoli soup is one of my favorite recipes of all time!
Vegan Broccoli Soup Recipe — Love and Lemons
You’d never guess that this creamy vegan broccoli soup is totally dairy-free! It’s made of a rich, savory blend of…
And, we all agree that the #1 winner of the soup roundup went viral for a reason, Alison Romans nailed it! (Warning, locked up in NYT firewall.)
Spiced Chickpea Stew With Coconut and Turmeric Recipe
Spiced chickpeas are crisped in olive oil, then simmered in a garlicky coconut milk for an insanely creamy…
My stepfamily’s Escarole Soup (Italian Wedding Soup) is a delicate and beautiful culinary delight that I associate with Christmas Eve or Dinner, I always forget now that it’s been more than two decades since we lost the matriarch of the family. One of the most wonderful surprises in 2020 was when my Stepmother brought a mega batch over to the house. The thin, salty broth provides the best backdrop to the aromatic escarole and the tender little meatballs. I’m sworn to secrecy for our exact recipe, but here is something similar that I’ll give a shot at some point.
Escarole and Meatball Soup (aka Italian Wedding Soup) - Mangia Bedda
I had originally set out to call this recipe Italian Wedding Soup, but I decided not to. I know that most of us refer…
Oh, and here is my go-to bone broth recipe:
Bone Broth Recipe
There are many ways to make a beneficial bone broth to heal and seal the gut. This is my favorite, and I vary it by…
And, you can never go wrong perusing America’s Test Kitchen posts:
Browse Recipes for Soups & Stews | America's Test Kitchen
Our test cooks and TV show cast explain exactly how and why our Soups & Stews recipes work
Do you have a favorite soup to add to this list? I would love to see it!