Tailgating at Friday night high school games brings our children and friends together to share great food. Gumbo is a Southern standard that definitely feeds our hungry crowd. Heidi Jobe, Carrollton, Georgia
We love this hefty soup on Sundays during football season. For a little extra zip to rally spirits, we sometimes add red pepper flakes or use jalapeno-flavored tomatoes. It's also delicious with real crab meat. —Mary Adams, Fairport, New York
Tasty toppings jazz up this no-fuss soup that has Mexican flair. The recipe for this sure-to-please soup was given to me by a friend. I make it often for company, and everyone asks for the recipe. You can substitute pinto beans in red chili sauce for the regular pinto beans and cumin called for in the recipe. —Michelle Larson, Greentown, Indiana
This is my family’s absolute favorite soup, and I can have it on the table in 30 minutes. I usually double the recipe, as the flavors blend and make the soup even better the next day.—Dawn Rohn, Riverton, Wyoming
Hinckley, Minnesota’s Bonnie Erickson shares a comforting, cool-weather soup that’s chock-full of homey, harvest goodness. “I’m always being asked to make this recipe for friends,“ she adds, “and there‘s never any left over!“
When time is tight, Beverly Menser whips up Pasta Meatball Soup in her Madisonville, Kentucky home.
The savory Italian soup relies on items most cooks have in the kitchen, including pasta, prepared spaghetti sauce, canned and frozen vegetables and frozen meatballs. The chunky mixture only needs to simmer for minutes before it can be ladled into bowls.
This no-fuss minestrone is perfect family fare on chilly days. Feeling daring? Substitute a can of butter beans or pinto beans for one of the cans of cannellini beans. I serve it with warm with crusty French bread for dipping into the broth.—Elizabeth Renteria, Vancouver, Washington
A few years ago, a friend at work shared the recipe for this wonderful soup. With beef, barley and vegetables, it's hearty enough to be a meal. A big steaming bowl with a slice of crusty bread is so satisfying on a cold day.
-Lynn Thomas, London, Ontario
"You wouldn't guess that this quick-and-easy soup is low in fat," relates Becky Christman of Bridgeton, Missouri. "Since my husband loves spicy foods, I sometimes use medium or hot salsa in this recipe for extra zip."