Recipe Round-Up: Sup on Soups

Did you hear that January is National Soup Month?

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”

1 Butternut squash peeled & cubed, oil, 4 cups broth 1 onion, Salt. 4 Tbsp Peanut Butter, Purée. Serve w Cilantro, red pepper
1 Butternut squash peeled & cubed, oil, 4 cups broth 1 onion, Salt. 4 Tbsp Peanut Butter, Purée. Serve w Cilantro, red pepper

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!

From Bobbie’s Boat Sauce, which can jazz up any soup or veggie:

Vegan and delicious!

This vegan broccoli soup is one of my favorite recipes of all time!

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.)

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.

Oh, and here is my go-to bone broth recipe:

And, you can never go wrong perusing America’s Test Kitchen posts:

Do you have a favorite soup to add to this list? I would love to see it!

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