Lauren Walz shares more of her favorite soup recipes with Cooking Planit, as she stays warm during the last few weeks of winter:
We had a bit of a cold front blow in here overnight — maybe one of the last gasps of winter. What’s better than a nice, warm bowl of soup on a cold evening? Maybe a hearty vegetarian chili, or a creamy white bean ragout with a chunk of homemade bread to keep it company? Who says soup can’t be a meal in and of itself? The right soup with the right accompaniments absolutely can.
One of my favorites is hearty, spicy black bean soup with fresh homemade tortillas, which, as I hope you’ve discovered by now, is available right here on Cooking Planit. The soup is spicy, creamy, and veggie-filled, and it’s so easy to make, you’ll have plenty of time left to try out those tortillas. Trust me — they’re worth the effort. WE’D LOVE THE PIN!
I’ll miss soup weather when it’s gone, so I’m taking advantage of it while I can. One of the best things about homemade soup is that you can make a huge batch and freeze half of it for a rainy day (often literally). I just let the soup cool down a bit, ladle it into a large freezer bag, and then freeze it flat. It takes up way less space that way, and it thaws in a flash under warm running water.
While black bean soup is a big favorite around my house, I have a long list of old standby soups to make on a cold, rainy day. Creamy Roasted Tomato and Orzo Soup is the silky, hearty tomato soup of my dreams, and nothing could possibly pair better with a grilled cheese on a rainy day. For a spicier, more exotic twist, another of my favorites is Curried Red Lentil and Chard Stew. It’s hearty enough to be a meal in itself, and it comes together in a snap. Or, if you have as much chard on your hands as I do, try Chard and Sweet Potato Stew, which, in addition to being an excellent, hearty bowl, also gives you the excuse to open a nice bottle of wine.
Whatever soup you use to warm up these last days of winter, savor it, and don’t forget to save those leftovers!