I combine ingredients for this hearty chili, chunky with veggies, the night before, put in my trusty slow cooker in the morning and come home to a rich, spicy meal at night! —Marjorie Au, Honolulu, Hawaii
This is our favorite vegetable soup recipe. I got it from a friend and made some changes to make it lighter. It is quick, colorful and satisfying—and you would never know it's low-fat! —Denise Mayer, Modesto, California
Peppercorns and a handful of herbs add the perfect seasoning to this low-sodium stock developed by our Test Kitchen home economists. To give it even more flavor, they first browned the chicken and sauteed the veggies.
This satisfying soup gets its Italian flair from fennel, thyme, basil and orzo pasta. If you don't start with a low-sodium or sodium-free stock, advises our Test Kitchen stay, you might want to decrease the amount of salt called for in the recipe.
"This hearty soup calls for a lot of fresh herbs to enhance the flavor of the other ingredients," shares Edie DeSpain of Logan, Utah. The aroma while it is cooking is absolutely wonderful. I like to serve steaming bowls alongside a green salad and baking powder biscuits."
"My husband, David, and I volunteer at our American Legion post, cooking dinner on Friday nights," says Lee Hawk of San Diego, California. "David, who loves beams, concocted this hearty soup that combines limas and great northerns with cubes of ham and chopped vegetables. I like to serve it with corn bread."
"These are the best beans and ham you'll ever taste—bar none!" confirms Tom Greaves from Carrollton, Illinois. "Friends rave about this hearty soup that I serve hot off the grill." For easy cleanup, consider covering the outside of your Dutch oven with heavy-duty foil first.
Unlike many chilled soups, this one isn't pureed, so you'll find plenty of chunky vegetable bits in each spoonful. "The recipe is from a friend who serves this refreshing soup on hot summer days," notes Liz Fick of Litchville, North Dakota.
Brimming with a harvest of garden bounty, this quick-to-fix soup from Heather Ryan of Brown Dee, Wisconsin is fresh-tasting and nutritious. The tomato-based broth is chock-full of everything from carrots and zucchini to garbanzo beans and elbow macaroni.
I enjoyed a cool berry soup at a restaurant several years ago. The manager gave me some of the ingredients and none of the amounts, so I tinkered with what I had to get this refreshing rendition.
—Phyllis Hammes of Rochester, Minnesota