Soup has always been, and will always be, one of my all time favorite foods. Whether you prefer creamy potato leek, chunky minestrone or robust lentil, soups can always be counted on for a simple and satisfying lunch or dinner. I sometimes even enjoy them for breakfast! Soups are wonderful, not only because they can be made in a pinch out of practically anything in your kitchen, but also because they are incredibly forgiving to the novice chef. All you have to do is throw some olive oil, garlic or onion, soup stock, and a fresh vegetable or two into a big pot and simmer until done. This is the basic recipe for any good soup. From there, you can add any kind of enhancements you like, including cream or coconut milk, meat, beans, croutons, cheese, lemon juice, soy sauce...the list is endless. Because soups have such a broad range of attributes, from light or hearty, cold or hot, simple or complex, there is always a soup out there that matches your mood or desire. Experiment with soups on your own or try my recipes; either way, I guarantee that, once you start making soups, you will grow to love them as much as I do.

Bolivian Corn Chowder
"This soup is nothing like the traditional American-style corn chowder you may be used to. Smoky chipotle chilis and fresh lime juice add an interesting twist."

Broccoli Rice Soup
"With its aromatic garlic and pepper infused broth, Broccoli Rice Soup is the perfect soup to eat when you are feeling under the weather."

Cuban Black Bean Soup
"All the flavors typically found in Cuban cooking are present in this soup including cumin, lime and oregano. A zesty topping of marinated rice distinguishes this version from all the other black bean soup recipes out there."

"Easy to make and great for you! Served with some crusty bread and a salad, this Greek lentil soup makes a complete meal."

Hearty Squash Soup
"When the weather turns cold, who can resist a steaming bowl of smooth and creamy squash soup? An absolute treat!"

Hot and Sour Squash Soup
"In this Asian-inspired recipe, simple squash soup is taken to a new level when it is infused with the flavors of ginger, lemongrass, lime zest, and hot chilies. If you're looking for something new and different to try, this is the recipe for you!"

"Minestrone is probably the most popular soup to come out of Italy. Typically made with a variety of vegetables, herbs, beans, and pasta, this wonderful soup can be varied to match the seasons."

Miso Soup
"Miso soup has steadily been increasing in popularity over the last few decades, thanks not only to its warming flavor but also to its incredible health benefits. This soup is particularly quick and easy to make."

Mom's Split Pea Soup
"Besides simply tasting good, this has got to be one of the easiest soups in the world to make. Split Peas, carrots, celery, onion, and dried thyme add flavor while mounds of brown rice add texture and a nutritious touch!"

Mushroom and Barley Soup
"This is comfort food at its finest! Earthy mushrooms are combined with chewy barley and hearty vegetables to make this filling soup a healthy meal in one."

Posole Verde
"Hominy is typically used in thick pork stews or meat-laden menudo. This hominy soup is the opposite...light and refreshing. Tomatillos, hot chilies, lime juice, garlic and herbs lend their great flavors to this brothy, vegetarian soup!"

"Sambar is a traditional South Indian soup made with lentils. Tamarind and Indian spices add an unusual and addictive flavor. If you are looking for something new and exciting to try, this recipe is guaranteed to fit the bill!"

Spicy Thai Curry Soup
"Who says you can only eat soup in the winter! Try this soup on a summer day. The exotic flavors of red curry, basil and lime juice are sure to cool anyone's palate."

Squash Soup with Tamarind Swirl
"A simple, aromatic squash and carrot soup is drizzled with a tamarind glaze in this special soup. The tart, sweet and salty flavors of the glaze contrast nicely with the sweetness of the squash and carrot. And the black color of the glaze looks so cool swirled into the orange soup!"

Tomato Soup with Croutons
"Every child grew up loving tomato soup. Why stop as an adult? Homemade croutons add the perfect finishing touch to this dish."

Vegetarian Pho
"Pho, the signature dish of Vietnam, is usually made with beef. But, once you experience this aromatic and 100% vegetarian broth scented with star anise, cinnamon and ginger, I promise you won't miss the meat. A garnish of fresh herbs, bean sprouts, lime and chili sauce make this an unbeatable meal in one."



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