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My family makes lentil soup every new year for good luck. My mom has been making it since I was little. Over time, we've tweaked it so that all our family and friends love it. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York
From Cornwall, New York, Edie Irwin shares, “I surprised my mother with a visit to Georgia several years ago, and when I walked in, she was preparing this soup. It was so wonderful that I asked for the recipe. I've been fixing it ever since.” TIP: “Add some crusty bread for a complete meal,” recommends Edie.
After doing yard work on a windy day, we love to come in for a light but hearty soup like this one. It's brimming with cabbage, veggies and white beans. Pass the crusty bread. —Jennifer Stowell, Smithville, MO
Years ago, I found the idea for tortellini with peas and carrots in a magazine and added my own touches to it. Even my meat-lover husband and son enjoy this. If I'm really pressed for time, I'll skip the basil leaves. —Kari George, Ellicott City, Maryland
For weeknights, holidays and special events, we make a sweet and tangy carrot dish flavored with ginger, lemon juice and honey. Make it ahead and reheat in the oven if needed or swap out the almonds for pecans. —Laura Mims, Little Elm, Texas