In less than half an hour, I can have the ingredients for my satisfying pea soup simmering away in my slow cooker. What a great treat to enjoy this soup on a chilly night.—Heidi Schmidgall, Hancock, Minnesota
We started a 39-day Soup Challenge to eat healthier after the holidays, figuring if "Survivor" contestants could last 39 days on little food, surely we could survive on soup! This split pea soup was a family favorite. —Debra Keil, Owasso, Oklahoma
A big bowl of substantial soup is the perfect antidote to cold weather and busy schedules. Whether it’s a weeknight family meal or an informal get-together, I pull out my tried-and-true soup and bread recipes and relax. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
This recipe speaks total comfort food to me. I can’t wait for fall and winter so I can make it. I cook it low and slow all day, and it fills the house with a yummy aroma. I curl up next to the fire and enjoy it with a nice crispy baguette. Yum! Jalapeno adds a little jolt to this classic soup.