A couple nights a week our family ends up eating in shifts because everyone is going every which way, all at the same time. Having a hearty soup simmering in the slow cooker is an easy way to give them all a warm meal.—Susan Stetzel, Gainesville, New York
In the Pacific Northwest, we dig our own razor clams and I grind them for the chowder! Since these aren't readily available, the canned clams are perfectly acceptable. —Sandy Larson, Port Angeles, Washington
I'VE ENJOYED this soup for years because it tastes good, is simple to make and doesn't leave a lot of leftovers.
When there's a chill in the air, a steaming bowl of this savory soup is welcome.
-Mavis Diment, Marcus, Iowa
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 daughter got this recipe from her husband's mother. As in many households, our turkey gets picked over for a few days after the holidays. When the carcass is almost clean, it's time to make soup! This soup is especially good on cold winter nights when it's snowing...which happens a lot where I live!
Because it looks different than traditional chili, my family was a little hesitant to try this dish at first. But thanks to full, hearty flavor, it's become a real favorite around our house. I like to serve it with warm corn bread. —Jeanette Urbom, Louisburg, Kansas
One of my family's favorite soups, this tasty recipe was one I discovered years ago. Served with a salad and bread or rolls, it makes a savory supper. Sometimes we like to grate mozzarella cheese over the individual bowls just before serving. —Lynne Dodd, Mentor, Ohio
“I came up with this thick flavorful soup while making
some adjustments to a favorite stovetop chicken casserole,” relates Janice Mitchell of Aurora, Colorado. It goes together in short order using precooked chicken chunks and a couple of pulses in a mini-processor to chop the veggies, she adds. “We like this soup for lunch with a crisp roll and fresh fruit.” TIP: “Using some of the broth to saute the vegetables keeps the fat content down,” Janice notes.