This spicy stew was the main dish at our family's Christmas Eve dinner. The guests, including three vegetarians, were thrilled with the abundance of squash, potatoes, tomatoes and onion. —Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois
When the weather turns chilly, wholesome soup hits the spot. This one tastes like autumn, with vitamin-rich squash and the earthy flavor of mushrooms. Adding cream makes it velvety smooth.Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware
Roasting creates a rich, caramelized flavor, but you can cook the squash cubes directly in the broth if you're short on time. They should pierce easily with a fork when they're done. —Jen Lehner, Seattle, Washington
"I had a similar soup at a restaurant and re-created it at home. To my surprise, it came out even better than the original! This soup actually won top honors in our town's annual cook-off."
Donna Class, Keyser, West Virginia
This hearty soup combines nutritious Swiss chard with other garden favorites. Its light broth is surprisingly rich in flavor and the grated Parmesan packs an additional punch. Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and a little sherry do an incredible job of seasoning this slightly sweet soup. "After I lightened up a recipe from a friend in South Africa," explains Lafayette, Colorado's Shelly Snyder, "it quickly became a family favorite."
I'M always improvising on recipes. For this one, I started with a basic creamed vegetable soup, and then added roasted squash and leeks for a distinctive taste.
This soup is a great way to get folks to eat veggies. They only know how wonderful it tastes and pretty it looks!
-Dianna Wacasey, Houston, Texas
“This chunky soup makes a great meatless main dish,” comments Sundra Haucks of Bogalusa, Louisiana. “Best of all, it’s ready…set…serve in just 25 minutes.” TIP: “We like a lot of macaroni, so I often use more.”