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I've been making this soup for years. After every holiday where ham is served, the hostess hands me the ham bone and a bag of peas when I leave. I love it with a slice of crusty fresh bread. —Susan Simons, Eatonville, Washington
Sure, the ingredients are simple, but together they make this awesome stew. Bake a quick pan of cornbread to eat on the side. It's perfect for sopping up what's in your bowl. —Suzanne Francis, Marysville, Washington
Years ago, I found the idea for tortellini with peas and carrots in a magazine and added my own touches to it. Even my meat-lover husband and son enjoy this. If I'm really pressed for time, I'll skip the basil leaves. —Kari George, Ellicott City, Maryland
The taste of beer is subtle, but it's just enough to complement the cheese in this rich and creamy soup. For a slightly sweeter version, you can use apple juice instead of beer. —Holly Lewis, Swink, Colorado
We have a large avocado tree outside our house, which is very common in southern California, so I like to put them to good use in recipes. To give the soup an elegant touch, top it with edible flowers.
I love cooking, and often share my soups with my co-workers—and they're happy I do. This one is perfect for late summer, because it has a lot of zippy flavor but isn't as heavy as chili. I use my homegrown cayenne peppers in the recipe. —Lori Steiner, Maquoketa, Iowa
I love pumpkin and my husband loves chili. This is a dish that I have been able to combine both loves and we both be happy about it. It has also become a big hit with the rest of my family and they are constantly requesting it. —Catherine Walmsley, Phoenix, Arizona