I'm a working mom with limited time to feed my hungry family, so I'm always looking for quick recipes. This speedy soup (which may remind you of a Reuben sandwich) is a favorite of ours. I frequently stir up a batch of apple muffins to complete this meal.
-Terry Ann Brandt, Tobias, Nebraska
"I came up with this simple, delicious soup years ago when my husband and I both worked," writes Mary Dixon of Northville, Michigan. "It's easy to dump all the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning...and wonderful to come home to the aroma of dinner ready."
"My grandpa and his brother (they're twins) love to fish," shares 11-year-old Jasmina Kocurek, Palacios, Texas. "For years, they've made this colorful chowder. It's so good that when I entered it in our 4-H Food Show, I received a top award."
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 make this wonderful garden-fresh soup as soon as my homegrown zucchini is plentiful," remarks Betty Claycomb from Alverton, Pennsylvania. "I often double the recipe and freeze some to enjoy later," she adds.
I'm not sure where the name of this soup originated, but my aunt in Pennsylvania shared the recipe with me. Even in our hot-Florida climate, this soup always satisfies. Family and friends frequently ask me to prepare it. - Nancy Ducharme, Deltona, Florida
"Clam Chowder for a Crowd is a very popular dish at church camp and our family reunion," notes Mrs. Lynn Richardson of Bauxite, Arkansas. "It has a thinner broth than most chowders but is very flavorful," she confirms.