When we're lucky (or have been good—I'm not certain which), this soup is served in the staff cafeteria at my high school, where I am a media specialist. The cooks have served it for years, and it remains a special favorite. —Mary Lindell, Sanford, Michigan
On the cooler nights of spring, it’s heartwarming to enjoy a bowl of hot, homemade soup like this one from our Test Kitchen. It’s easy to make, using convenience foods like canned tomatoes and frozen green beans. It’s versatile, too. You can opt for chicken and chicken broth instead of beef and substitute your favorite veggies.
Horseradish, spices and slightly sweet balsamic vinegar give this gazpacho its Cajun flair. Served chilled, it’s one of the best starters you can have in the heat of the summer.—Denise Klibert, Shreveport, Louisiana
“Warming bowls of this chilly weather chowder can include most any type of seafood or whitefish. We especially like it with haddock, cod or grouper. Crispy rolls and a green salad complete the meal.” —Eleanor Atteridg, Rolesville, North Carolina
The lively flavor of lemon perks up this rich, brothy soup accented with sugar snap peas. “I enjoy this soup with a green salad, sourdough bread and a glass of white wine,” writes Celeste Buckley from Redding, California.