Here’s a healthy soup from our Test Kitchen that's ideal for vegetarians and those watching their weight. Butternut squash and lentils make it filling, while herbs and other veggies round out the flavor.
“This is a wonderful recipe to put together in the morning and forget about the rest of the day,” assures Yvonne Andrus of American Fork, Utah. “I have three small boys who are not big fans of vegetables, but they especially enjoy this hearty soup.”
“I adapted this recipe from several I found online,” says Corrie Gamache of Palmyra, Virginia. “When I was a vegetarian for health reasons, it was a favorite. Even my meat loving husband asked for seconds!”
My husband and I created this recipe to replicate the minestrone soup at our favorite Italian restaurant. It's nice to have this ready to eat for our evening meal on days when we have a real busy schedule. To make the soup vegetarian, use vegetable broth instead of beef.—Alice Peacock, Grandview, Missouri
This soup has a great southwestern flavor and is a real winner with my family. I love it because I can have the soup cooking in my crock pot, and when I get home from work, I can quickly make the dumplings and fix dinner in a jiffy.
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
"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."
You just have to try this hearty soup for its unique blend of flavors and beautiful appearance, With all the rich foods served during the holiday, it's nice to serve this soup loaded with fiber and vitamins.
—Christina Till, South Haven, Michigan
Cumin and chili powder give spark to this thick, hearty soup from Amy Chop of Eufaula, Alabama. "If you have leftover meat - smoked sausage, browned ground beef or roast - toss it in for the last 30 minutes of cooking," she says.
There is nothing quite like the wonderful feeling of when you open the door and smell this delicious stew bubbling away in the slow cooker. To make preparation even easier, I like to start it the night before, and then all I have to do is turn on the slow cooker in the morning. —Lyndsay Wells, Ladysmith, British Columbia