This healthy, light soup is quick to make and has authentic flavor from ginger, sesame, soy sauce and green onions. Cantonese bean thread noodles, also called cellophane noodles, are typically soaked in hot water for 10-15 minutes then rinsed and used in soups and stir-fries. —Jean Hines, Goodyear, Arizona
Folks are sure to comment about the awesome roasted red pepper flavor in this velvety soup. It's a fantastic first course for special occasions or alongside sandwiches at a casual gathering.—Mary Zettlemaier, Chelsea, Michigan
"I came up with this rich yummy soup when I was in a hurry one day and we needed something hot to eat," recalls Ruth Andrewson of Leavenworth, Washington. It's versatile, too. You can substitute most any vegetable with excellent results."
Joan Anderson of West Covina, California, shares this creamy soup featuring leftover cooked chicken. “Tarragon really brightens the flavor,” she says. “I serve it as a main dish with crusty bread. It’s fabulous!”
Looking for something new to beat dinnertime doldrums? Try my pumpkin soup! A touch of curry powder lends an aromatic spiced appeal while whipping cream gives the soup its silky texture.—Debbie Flocco, Norristown, Pennsylvania