In Hebron, Indiana, Edna Hoffman created this colorful veggie soup with a hint of cayenne. A nice change of pace from heavy cream soups, this hearty yet healthy combination can be served as a side dish or light meal.
"We tasted soup a lot like this at a local restaurant," Marilyn Lee from Manhattan, Kansas happily reports. "When I came across a recipe that sounded similar, I made a few changes to create this version."
We live on the Gulf Coast, where fresh seafood is plentiful. I adapted several recipes to come up with this rich bisque. It's great as a first course or an entree, and it can be made with just shrimp or crabmeat. —Pat Edwards
Dauphin Island, Alabama
You can prepare soup, make dips and even season meats with this handy mix from June Mullins of Livonia, Missouri. "My grandchildren really enjoy it as a coating on oven-roasted potatoes," she says. "It's an inexpensive substitute for the envelopes you get at the store."
"A steaming bowl of this soup hits the spot on a cold rainy or snowy day, which we have in abundance here," writes Linda Fox of Soldotna, Alaska. Oregano adds fast flavor to the pleasant combination of tender vegetables, pasta spirals and ground beef.
Get into the Halloween theme with this cute soup created by our Test Kitchen. With a mix of vegetables, beans and seasonings, it's a thick and hearty broth with a kick of spice that heats up Halloween menus.
“As a mother of three, it goes without saying that time is short but precious to me,” relates Brenda Turner of Schererville, Indiana. “I whipped up this fast and nutritious chowder one night, and my 7-year-old son said it was ‘Awesome!’ ”