My father was a cook in the Army and taught me the basics in the kitchen. My childhood baby-sitter inspired my love of cooking, too...in fact, she gave me this recipe. —Julie Brendt, Antelope, California
Myrna Sisel of Green Bay, Wisconsin makes the most of her turkey by simmering the carcass to create this soup that's warm and comforting on a cold winter's day The golden broth is full of rice, barley and colorful veggies.
"This hearty three-bean soup is very easy to fix," remarks Sharon Thompson of Hunter, Kansas. "You can add a can of green chilies if you like it hotter. I increase the amount of tomatoes and beans for large church get-togethers."
"This easy soup is tasty and nutritious, too," notes Phyllis Shaughnessy of Livonia, New York. "I like to top individual bowls with a few sprigs of fresh parsley. Home-baked rolls- I use frozen bread dough- are an added treat."
In Gretna, Louisiana, Will Zunino simmers this rich and creamy creation in his slow cooker. Because the chowder is ready in less than four hours, it can be prepared in the afternoon and served to dinner guests that night.
I made up this recipe because I'm a member of a weight loss program and want to lose weight safely. I've given this recipe to some other members. They've told me: "It's out of this world!" And, "It's the best soup I've ever eaten!" —Marianne Brown, Glendale, Arizona
I've gotten great response at our church dinners and senior groups whenever I bring this thick easy-to-fix soup. I usually take home an empty pot and often get requests for the recipe. The flavor seems to improve with leftovers...if there are any! —Evelyn Buford, Belton, Missouri