If you like cream of tomato soup, try making it with purchased roasted red peppers. Using jarred roasted red peppers makes it extra easy and pureeing the soup in a blender gives it a nice smooth texture.
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."
Meet the Cook: Soup is tops on the list of things I love to cook. I've used this one as the beginning course to a meal...and as a Sunday supper with hot rolls and butter. When we had a small restaurant in Arizona, I made my mushroom soup every day. We never had any left over. It got raves at a deli I worked at, too. I never cooked very much until my husband and I were married, 48 years ago. We're the parents of three grown sons and the grandparents of 12.
-Beverly Rafferty, Winston, Oregon
This lighter version of a family-favorite soup boasts all the hearty texture, warm comfort and delicious flavor of the original, but less than half the fat and a fifth of the calories! That's a difference to savor! —Rebecca Cook, Helotes, Texas
This simple homemade soup gets a head start from canned potato soup and frozen broccoli. People will be surprised to hear that it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare(if you tell them!).—Gladys Schuler, Bismarck, North Dakota
Potato chunks, Swiss cheese and onions fill this creamy soup that's a comfort on crisp autumn afternoons. Pamela Reiling-Kemp from Roselle, Illinois shares her mother's recipe. “For variety, I sometimes add chopped celery and a dash of green hot sauce.”
This is a new twist on an old favorite—pumpkin soup. I add a little ginger and sage to apples and squash to make this creamy soup. My family loves it when autumn rolls around. —Crystal Ralph-Haughn of Bartlesville, Oklahoma