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.
As the oldest of eight girls growing up on the farm, I began cooking at an early age! This soup—which I first had at my sister's house—brings me compliments no matter where I serve it. —Elienore Myhre, Balaton, Minnesota
“Pure comfort food,” is how Sheila Harms of Battle Lake, Minnesota refers to her warmer-upper soup filled with flavor, herbs and potatoes. “It’s one of my husband’s very favorite cold-weather meals,” says Sheila. “I serve it with warm biscuits or garlic toast.”
"My husband usually doesn't care for low-fat dishes," notes Natalie Warf of Spring Lake, North Carolina. "So after finishing a bowl of this rich-tasting soup, he was surprised to learn that it's very low in fat."
Here's a real gem! After tasting a similar soup at a popular restaurant in the Twin Cities, I came up with my own version. Everyone who tastes it says it's wonderful. Adding the almonds at the end gives the soup a fun crunch.
-Nicole Weir, Hager City, Wisconsin
This easy-to-make soup mix is great to keep on hand for those nights you need to whip up a satisfying supper in a hurry. It's a great substitute for canned cream soup in a recipe. Or, add leftover chicken, asparagus or mushrooms, for example, and you'll have a steaming bowl of delicious soup in minutes.—Kay Beard, Vass, North Carolina
"The first time I made this creamy satisfying soup, it instantly became my family's favorite," recalls Stephanie Moon, of Boise, Idaho. "It is perfect on chilly days. Even those who don't normally like Swiss cheese savor this delicious soup."