When my children requested more vegetarian dishes, this chunky stew became a favorite. Red wine vinegar perks up the flavor and carrots add color. We like to ladle helpings over cooked rice.
—Alice McEachern of Surrey, British Columbia
I LIKE TO CREATE new dishes for my husband and me. I'd rather fuss over a meal and set a fancy table than go out to eat.
I often serve this soup on special occasions such as our wedding anniversary...we have celebrated 56 of them!
-Bessie Hulett, Shively, Kentucky
Tomatoes and roasted sweet red pepper pair up to create a fabulous base for this herb cream soup. Serve it as a first course at holiday dinners and you'll be amazed at the compliments you receive.—Doty Emory, Jasper, Georgia
I came up with a cheddar cheese soup a while ago and decided to give it a boost with a variety of root vegetables. Crushed pita chips and fresh parsley make fun garnishes. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania
This spicy soup, featuring shrimp, crabmeat and tomatoes, gets its zip from hot pepper sauce and cayenne pepper. It's easy to prepare and dresses up any meal. Of all the recipes I've borrowed from my mom, this soup is the one that I've made most often.
North Palm Beach, Florida
Nutrition experts recommend 2 fish meals per week. This soup recipe from Barbara Parks of Renton, Washington is a tempting way to meet this dietary goal and extend expensive fresh salmon. Even though it uses 2% milk, it has a rich mouth feel. Serve with a salad and a crusty whole-grain bread.
I love to serve this bright orange bisque for special occasions in fall and winter. The recipe includes a minted chili oil to drizzle on top. It's well worth the few extra minutes it takes to make! —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
Cayenne pepper gives a little kick to bowls of this pretty golden soup, a first course that everyone seems to love. It can be made several days ahead to fit a busy schedule, then heated up whenever needed.