My mom dehydrates the last pick of tomatoes from her garden each fall—perfect for quick soups like this one. If I don't have time to prepare dry beans, canned beans work just as good. —Lori Terry, Chicago
My husband is Korean-American, and I enjoy working Asian flavors into our menu. This tasty soup was something I put together one night with what I found in our fridge. Everyone loved it! —Mollie Lee, Eugene, Oregon
Our church women’s group assembles this soup mix to give to visitors and to sell at our annual bazaar. Each container is labeled with the directions to make it and additional ingredients needed.—Pearl Brock, Coudersport, PA
Shredded rotisserie chicken is complemented by fresh green spinach and cheese tortellini in this quick-to-fix soup. It makes a great starter or a light meal with a salad and crusty bread.—Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, FL
Here’s a simple soup with plenty of taste and just a little heat. Loaded with Sweet potatoes, black beans and sausage, it tastes even better the next day—if you have any left.—Gilda Lester, Millsboro, Delaware
I love making this soup because it makes good use of leftovers from Thanksgiving. It is quick, easy and tasty. No one feels like they're eating leftovers since it's so different from Thanksgiving dinner. —Margee Berry, White Salmon, Washington
You’ll want to capture the rich flavor of roasted tomato, pepper, onion and garlic in this colorful soup. Add cubed bread pieces for the perfect light vegetarian meal. —Debby Harden, Williamston, Michigan
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
Here's a recipe I created as an alternative to plain potato soup. Hearty and comforting, it disappears quickly when I serve it to my family on chilly evenings. Team it with bread and a salad, and you have a complete meal.
Meet the Cook: Even though I'm single, I make multiple servings of everything - as reflected in the name of my soup! Actually, that tendency's helped me get to know my neighbors. The local ladies have "adopted" me. They always volunteer to be my guinea pigs whenever I try out a new recipe or two. —Cheryl Trowbridge, Windsor, Ontario
Meet the Cook: Soup is tops on the list of things I love to cook. I've used this one as the beginning course to a meal...and as a Sunday supper with hot rolls and butter. When we had a small restaurant in Arizona, I made my mushroom soup every day. We never had any left over. It got raves at a deli I worked at, too. I never cooked very much until my husband and I were married, 48 years ago. We're the parents of three grown sons and the grandparents of 12.
-Beverly Rafferty, Winston, Oregon