While creating this crowd-pleasing soup, I was trying to keep in mind a variety of textures, colors and flavors. Its sweet tomato base brims with chicken, broccoli, corn and a couple kinds of beans. It's especially tasty if you garnish it with shredded cheddar and crumbled bacon.
-Connie Johnson, Springfield, Missouri
Tomatoes and roasted sweet red pepper pair up to create a fabulous base for this herb cream soup. Serve it as a first course at holiday dinners and you'll be amazed at the compliments you receive.—Doty Emory, Jasper, Georgia
My husband doesn't care for traditional tomato soup, but he loves this rich, fresh-tasting version. It has an unexpected chicken-broth base and appealing chunks of tomatoes. It's an excellent first course and a great light lunch with a salad and garlic bread.
I created this soup while trying to duplicate one I enjoyed at a restaurant in Philadelphia. It isn’t exactly right, but it’s close! My husband and I love this soup on cold nights with a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s so easy to make that we often have it on weeknights, and I also serve it during Lent.
Here's a surefire chill chaser for Linda Parkhurst of Brooklyn, Michigan. “Even those who don’t like tomato soup love this winter treat,” she writes. “It’s awesome with the seasoned homemade oyster crackers.” Linda asked "Light & Tasty" magazine to lighten up the recipe for her. Find the delicious revamp in the Dec/Jan 2006 issue.
There's garden-fresh flavor in every spoonful of this easy-to-make soup. I like it for a low-calorie lunch, along with a roll and fruit for dessert. It serves just two, so you don't end up with leftovers.
-Nancy Johnson, Laverne, Oklahoma
Chock-full of choice veggies and savory sausage, this filling soup from Diane Antonioli of Marmora, New Jersey will fit nicely into almost any event. "It's a big hit at our house," Diane acknowledges. "My husband and our three children request it all year-round."—Diane Antonioli, Marmora, New Jersey
I first sampled this soup in a local restaurant. After some experimenting with ingredients and seasonings, I finally found a combination my family preferred to the original.—Erna Ketchum, San Jose, California