Did you know that the preparation of soup goes back many centuries in time? This meal is believed to be one of the earliest ever prepared by modern humans, dating back to as much as 20,000 years BC. And it is also considered that the earliest variation of soup, which included various roots, and animal components existed ever since people began utilizing fire in their daily lives. Amazing, right? Of course, since then, soup preparation has developed and progressed through the thousands of years, becoming a culinary art on its own. This dish is an essential component of any culture's diet, and there are hundreds of regionally unique and tasty soups to be found all over the globe. Different recipes may include everything from vegetables and meat to legumes and grains, depending on where you live. Soups also come in different consistency, with the most common being clear, thick, or creamy.
This meal has always been more economical than dry food since it can serve many people while being nourishing at the same time. A hot soup gives you a quicker sense of fullness that doesn't necessarily go away faster. Soups have the qualities of being a tasty, nutritious, and satisfying meal, and there are many reasons to serve them often. Here are several examples:
Incorporating extra veggies into your diet is simple with soup.
You must be aware of the many benefits that veggies provide! Foods high in fiber are recommended as a way to improve overall health. However, only a tiny percentage of individuals achieve this standard. Soups are an excellent method to incorporate extra veggies into our diet when fresh salads aren't an option.
The soup assists you in maintaining your desired weight.
According to many studies, consuming soup regularly may help you lose weight since it is satisfying and makes you feel full. Soup consumption has also been shown to decrease calorie intake over the course of 1-2 days. Soup not only helps you lose weight, but it also keeps you there for a more extended period of time! If possible, consume it regularly, but avoid adding too much salt, which may quickly turn into a poor diet choice.
Soup keeps you well-hydrated and nourished.
Many people struggle to consume enough fluids, particularly in the winter when thirst is not experienced as often. An easy method to stay hydrated is to eat soups that are rich in water content.
On a chilly autumn day, a bowl of hot and steamy soup is the best food choice to help keep your body warm. It doesn't matter if you prefer vegetables, meat, or a mixture of both, there is no denying that this dish can be made in many different ways to suit even the pickiest of tastes. It's simple, doesn't require many ingredients, and even complete novices can manage cooking it. Because of this, this meal has earned its reputation as the best comfort food.
To make sure you stay warm and healthy in this beautiful yet cold season, The Holiday Blog has selected the best fall soup recipes for you. Make sure to celebrate the variety of tasty and nutritional vegetables that the fall season has to offer. From a creamy pumpkin soup to a steamy chicken noodle soup, you are sure to find something for everyone in your family in this list with hearty soup recipes.
Fall Soup Recipes
Creamy Sweet Potato Soup
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 2 white potatoes
- 1 turnip
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons margarine
- salt to taste
- ground black pepper to taste
- Vegetables should be peeled and chopped into tiny, consistent pieces. Place in a saucepan and cover with chicken stock, using just enough liquid to cover. Bring to a boil and continue to simmer until the veggies are soft.
- In a food processor, combine the veggies and liquid. Puree.
- Return the pureed veggies to the pan. Stir in the cream, brown sugar, nutmeg, and butter gradually—season with salt and pepper to taste.
Hokkaido Pumpkin Cream Soup
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 (3 pounds) Hokkaido pumpkin - peeled, seeded, and cut into matchbox-sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
- 20 ounces chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seed oil
- sour cream
- toasted pumpkin seeds
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Cook and whisk the pumpkin, brown sugar, and curry powder in the butter for 6 to 10 minutes or until the pumpkin caramelizes. Pour the chicken stock over the mixture, bring to a boil, and simmer for another 20 minutes, or until the pumpkin is soft.
- Place the soup in a blender and fill it no more than halfway. Hold the blender cover in place; start the blender, using a few rapid pulses to get the soup going before leaving it on to puree and using a food processor, process in batches until smooth.
- Toss 1 teaspoon pumpkin seed oil, a dollop of sour cream, and a few pumpkin seeds on top of each serving of soup.
Chicken Noodle Soup
- 1 gallon water
- 1 (4 pounds) whole chicken, cut into pieces
- 1 large onion, peeled and halved
- 3 bay leaves
- 10 whole black peppercorns
- ⅔ bunch celery leaves reserved
- 1 pound whole carrots
- 3 tablespoons chopped lemongrass (optional)
- ¼ cup chicken bouillon powder
- 1 pound carrots, peeled and sliced
- ⅓ bunch celery, chopped and leaves reserved
- 1 (8 ounces) package dry egg noodles
- Bring the chicken and water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, skimming fat as required.
- Add the halved onion, bay leaves, peppercorns, whole celery, whole carrots, and lemongrass to the saucepan and cook for 1 hour, covered.
- Strain the broth and set aside the chicken. Remove the skin from the chicken and chop the flesh into bite-size pieces after it has cooled enough to handle.
- Return the filtered stock to the saucepan and mix in the chicken base, chopped celery, and chopped carrots. Bring to a boil, then lower to a low heat, cover, and let to cook for 20 minutes, or until carrots are soft.
- Chop the celery leaves and add them to the saucepan with the noodles. Simmer for another 10 minutes, or until the noodles are tender. Stir in the chicken and cook until heated through.
Easy Lentil Soup
- 8 ounces brown lentils
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 1 quart water
- 1 pinch dried oregano
- 1 pinch crushed dried rosemary
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon olive oil, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, or to taste (Optional)\
- In a large saucepan, combine lentils and 1 inch of water. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook for 10 minutes before draining.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Cook and stir the garlic, onion, and carrot until the onion softens and turns translucent, about 5 minutes. Combine lentils, 1 quart water, oregano, rosemary, and bay leaves in a mixing bowl. Bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and leave to cool for 10 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper after adding tomato paste. Cover and cook, occasionally stirring, for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the lentils are softened. If the soup becomes too thick, add more water. To taste, drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and red wine vinegar.
Beef and Vegetables Homemade Soup
- 1 ½ pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
- 1 (15 ounce) can green beans, drained
- 1 (15.25 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 (46 fluid ounce) bottle tomato-vegetable juice cocktail (such as V8®)
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
- ¼ tablespoon onion powder, or to taste
- salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- In a large pot over medium heat, combine beef broth and beef stew meat. Bring broth to a boil, then reduce to a low heat and cook beef until tender, about 45 minutes.
- Combine the beef, corn, green beans, tomato sauce, and tomato paste in a mixing bowl. Season the tomato-vegetable juice cocktail with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a low heat and continue to cook for 5 hours.
With all of the proven health benefits, it's no wonder soup is a winning meal. Not only does it help you stay full longer and control your appetite, but it also helps your body to stay hydrated and warm during cold days. And fall, with its abundance of seasonal vegetables, is the ideal season to enjoy hearty soup and a great time to get creative with your soup recipe ideas so you can serve something different every night for dinner. If you need some more inspiration, check out this Pinterest board to find many more soup recipes that will wow everyone in your family!