Just before the first frost of the season, we gather up all of the tomatoes from my mom’s garden to create this flavor-packed soup. Although it sounds like a lot of garlic, when it’s roasted, the garlic becomes mellow and almost sweet. We serve this soup with toasted bread spread with pesto.—Kaitlyn Lerdahl, Madison, Wisconsin
At our Pittsburgh competition, Lori Kimble's rich and satisfying chowder took top honors. She relates, "This family favorite is perhaps the easiest recipe for clam chowder that I have ever made. Served with sourdough bread, it's especially delicious."
Meet the Cook: Generally, my husband isn't a soup fan - but his spoon's poised and ready for this version. I adapted this rich and creamy concoction from a recipe I tasted at a local restaurant...and it's since become a popular item on my "menu".
-Carol Reaves, San Antonio, Texas
The big fresh-mushroom flavor of this soup sets it apart from other recipes I've tried. After preparing this family favorite for guests, I frequently get recipe requests.
-Elsie Cathrea, Elmira, Ontario
This special recipe from my mother-in-law is one that I enjoy making as part of our fall meals. The soup is so pretty that it dresses up the table. We think it hits the spot on crisp evenings.
-Maryann Klein, Washington Township, New Jersey
"This soup is super easy to make! Since it starts with a box of au gratin potatoes, you don't have to peel or slice them," shares Sherry Dickerson of Sebastopol, Mississippi. "A co-worker recommended the recipe to me. Now my husband requests it often."
“A friend brought me this soup when I was sick,” writes Pat Maruca from Philippi, West Virginia. “It tastes like it simmered for hours, but basic ingredients make it a snap to prepare.” This one’s sure to chase the chillS away!
When we're lucky (or have been good—I'm not certain which), this soup is served in the staff cafeteria at my high school, where I am a media specialist. The cooks have served it for years, and it remains a special favorite. —Mary Lindell, Sanford, Michigan
“I revised a recipe that my family loved so it would be lighter and easier to make,” explains Sue West of Alvord, Texas. “It’s a hearty and healthy meal served with a green salad and fresh bread.”
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