In case you're feeling sad that you missed out on National Soup Month in January, don't worry. You still have time to celebrate National Homemade Soup Day on February 4! (Why these delicious made-up soup holidays aren't in the same month is beyond me, but I guess that means more time for us to enjoy a bowl or two.)
For most of my life, I haven't steered far from the soups of my childhood. Unless it came out of that iconic can we all know and love as chicken noodle or tomato flavored, I wasn't interested in eating it.
That was until I went to a Tastefully Simple conference several years ago in Boston. I decided to venture out and ordered a bowl of lobster bisque at our hotel. It was amazing! Suddenly I realized there may be more out there in this world than just tomato soup and buttered crackers.
Over the years, I've tried several different Tastefully Simple soups. Perfectly Potato Beer Cheese Soup and Sausage & Potato Soup are two of my favorites. In search of a new soup to try, I hopped on Tastefully Simple's website and searched "soups" in the meal category of the recipe index. I came across several that looked delicious, but I narrowed it down to three choices. I printed those recipes and let my family pick which one we should try for dinner. We landed on Baby Red Potato Soup.
This soup is creamy and hearty and the perfect comfort food. It's also really simple to make.
Next, add the spinach and cheese and stir until the cheese is melted. That's all there is to it!
Sprinkle some crumbled bacon top of your bowl and enjoy!
I also made a loaf of Bountiful Beer Bread to go along with this soup which was a perfect match.
Okay, so I feel like I may know what some of you are thinking at this point. Yes – the recipe really calls for 1 pound of processed cheese. Here's the deal though - it's all about moderation, right? As I said, this is truly a comfort food, so I probably won't add it to my weekly dinner rotation. However, on a cold, crisp night when the wind chill is dipping below zero, it might be exactly what you need to warm up and push on another day until it's finally spring. (Maybe it's just me, but I don't think I'm alone.)
Plus, there is spinach in this soup, so I consider that to balance things out. My kids didn't even think twice about eating the spinach which surprised me, so that's a win.
One of my kids said the soup reminded them of mac & cheese, just without the noodles. So maybe I'll throw a little spinach in our next pot of mac & cheese and see what they think. This soup could be exactly what I needed to help introduce more healthy ingredients to my kids in the future.
So when you're looking from something different than just plain old chicken noodle or tomato, give Baby Red Potato Soup or one of the many other soup recipes on Tastefully Simple's website a try – you won't be disappointed.
Happy National Homemade Soup Day!