When autumn falls upon Fountain Valley, California, Susan Pursell simmers up this comforting soup. The hearty sausage slices, white kidney beans and colorful kale will keep your gang asking for seconds.
My grandma's pea soup was a family favorite. What makes it different from any other pea soups I have tried is the addition of whole peas, spaetzle-like "dumplings" and sausage. Try it once and you'll be hooked. —Carole Talcott, Dahinda, Illinois
The home economists in the Quick Cooking Test Kitchen whipped up this comforting combination that takes advantage of time-saving frozen vegetables and fully cooked sausage. A little soup mix lends a mild onion flavor to this winter warmer-upper, which your family is sure to love.
Not only is this hearty soup my family's favorite meatless recipe, but it's a complete meal-in-one. It's loaded with vegetables, and the fluffy carrot dumplings are a great change of pace at dinnertime. —Karen Mau of Jacksboro, Tennessee
“My husband and I make our own sauerkraut and grow many of the vegetables in this easy slow cooker soup,” relates Yvonne Kett of Appleton, Wisconsin. “It cooks all day and smells delicious when we come home from work. I usually assemble this the night before and put it in the fridge. Then I take it out and pop it in the slow cooker just before I leave for work in the morning.”
Red pepper flakes bring a little zip to this hearty soup that's full of good-for-you ingredients. Should you have any left over, this soup is great reheated, after flavors have had time to blend. I like to serve steaming bowls of it with rye bread. —Carol Custer, Clifton Park, New York
"This is a delicious and hearty soup," assures Beverlee DeBerry of Hempstead, Texas. "Combined with a nice loaf of French bread, it's a complete and satisfying meal. It's become a family favorite at our house."