I recently started experimenting with new soup recipes, and finally created a rich squash version that omits heavy cream altogether, making it a healthier way to curb my creamy-tooth. —Nithya Kumar, Davis, CA
This is our favorite vegetable soup recipe. I got it from a friend and made some changes to make it lighter. It is quick, colorful and satisfying—and you would never know it's low-fat! —Denise Mayer, Modesto, California
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.
Brooklyn, Michigan's Linda Parkhurst asked us to lighten up her classic soup, we were eager to help out. Velvety Makeover Cream of Tomato Soup is the heartwarming result. Not only is it table-ready in 30 minutes, but it’s a healthy way to warm up after a day of snowy fun.
Shelly Platten of Amherst, Wisconsin shares this thick Southwestern-style chowder that's seasoned with salsa, lime juice and cumin. "I first made this for a special lunch with my daughter," Shelly writes. "We like it with gourmet-style tortilla chips."
Natalie Cataldo relies on store-bought pesto to provide mild flavor to this chunky tortellini and vegetable soup. "It's a hit in my house," says the Des Moines, Iowa cook. "If you don't like zucchini, use another vegetable," she suggests.
I enjoyed a cool berry soup at a restaurant several years ago. The manager gave me some of the ingredients and none of the amounts, so I tinkered with what I had to get this refreshing rendition.
—Phyllis Hammes of Rochester, Minnesota
"This easy soup is so good, I had to send you the recipe to share it with as many people as possible," jots Melissa Griffin from Lansing, Michigan. Chock-full of pasta, beans and spinach, it makes a fresh-tasting and satisfying first course or a light meal in itself.