New England is known for its hearty soups. I like to experiment with recipes (luckily I have a wife who lets me mess up her kitchen). I came up with this recipe the first year I grew leeks in my garden.
I've always enjoyed seafood bisque at restaurants and one day decided to try my hand at a homemade version. Everyone says this is one of the better recipes they've tasted. —Cindy Rogowski, Lancaster, New York
Folks are sure to comment about the awesome roasted red pepper flavor in this velvety soup. It's a fantastic first course for special occasions or alongside sandwiches at a casual gathering.—Mary Zettlemaier, Chelsea, Michigan
I'M always improvising on recipes. For this one, I started with a basic creamed vegetable soup, and then added roasted squash and leeks for a distinctive taste.
This soup is a great way to get folks to eat veggies. They only know how wonderful it tastes and pretty it looks!
-Dianna Wacasey, Houston, Texas
"When some friends stopped by unexpectedly, my husband, Phil, came up with this fast-to-fix soup that tastes homemade," shares JoAnn Gunio of Franklin, North Carolina. "Two easy ingredients give canned soup just the right amount of zip."