7 Fall Soup Recipes

This morning I gathered a jar of lentils, a few carrots, and a leek for the beginning of an autumn soup.

I rummaged in the freezer for a jar of dark chicken stock, and snipped a few sprigs of thyme from the garden. The boys have the day off of school and we’ll enjoy a simple French lentil soup for lunch.

It certainly is the perfect season for summering a soup. If you’ve never made soup from scratch, there’s no better time than the fall, when all the root vegetables come into play, the garlic is firm and young and ingredients like corn, tomatoes and zucchini are still in abundance.

The body craves this nourishing bowl of vegetables, simmered in a savoury broth, and accompanied by favourite side such as skillet cornbread or whole wheat buttermilk rolls. In fact, I think I better go mix up a batch of those rolls right now.

Here are some of my favourite recipes to get you started.

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Harvest Corn Chowder Recipe

Corn is at its absolute peak right now, and we’ve been taking full advantage of the season. Last week we blitzed about thirty cobs to get a small part of the harvest packaged and in the freezer.

The boys -and Clara, as she is 18 months-going-on-eight-years and must be involved in anything we do – shucked, and I removed the kernels with my nifty trick involving a bundt pan and a chef’s knife.

If you’re wondering what do to with corn, aside from rolling it in butter and sprinkling it with salt, I may have a few good ideas. But first, you need to add todays harvest corn chowder to your weeks’ menu plan.

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Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Parsley Cream via SimpleBites.net

Keeping warm with Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Parsley Cream via SimpleBites.net

Written by Shaina of Food for My Family.

The newness of the New Year is wearing off. The holiday glitz and glitter is starting to fade into the background, replaced by the long days of January: cold and crisp. Bodies shuttling around from house to car and back again, icicles forming on the tip of your nose in the time it takes you to escape the heat-filled car and run to the door. Glasses fog relentlessly as you try to run errands. Sun streams over bright white snow, and then it collapses in the West as a dark blanket of night settles on the landscape.

It’s the nighttime in winter that seems to swallow me whole, forcing us inside to the lit areas of the earth. The sun long gone, we huddle together and stay warm under our tiny roof. It’s a season that has me looking to collect those around me and keep them close.

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5-ingredient Butternut Squash & Apple Soup (sous vide recipe)

Long ago, in the kitchen of one of Montreal’s finest restaurants, I was taught that a truly fantastic soup can be made from a mere handful of humble ingredients.

What made the soup exceedingly good was the quality and freshness of the ingredients, and the method used for cooking. Over the long, frigid Montreal winters, we cooked batch after batch of sous vide butternut squash, and pureed them with a splash of cream for a velvety soup with vivid color. Night after night, I filled bowls with the rich potage, and topped it with delicacies such as seared foie gras, sauteed wild black trumpet mushrooms, and a pomegranate juice reduction. Sublime.

Today’s recipe is inspired by those upscale bowls of soup: a simple combination of apple, squash and onion, seasoned with salt, and thinned with a little cream. Garnished with diced apples, it’s fall in a bowl; and yes, it was cooked sous vide.

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Soup from the Pantry (Recipe: Sausage, Bean & Pasta Soup with Spinach)

What could be better than opening the doors of your cupboard and finding everything you need for a hearty soup? Thanks to a well-stocked pantry, I recently did just that with this recipe.

Okay, I also used up some sausage links, and finished the soup with a handful of tired spinach I had on hand. The results? Our new favorite soup.

Inspired by Julie’s latest cookbook, Spilling the Beans (a recent Bite This Book! feature), this hearty winter soup features beans, pasta, protein, and greens. It comes together in under 20 minutes, just the ticket for family week-night meals.

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