Soup-er Meals for Fall

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Across the board, one of my all-time favorite go-to meals when it starts getting chilly is soup. That might be because I’m a self-proclaimed lazy cleaner-upper after I cook so I love that soups are almost, by nature, one-pot meals. It might be because I can “make” so many of them in a slow cooker and really not have to stare at a pot all day. It also might be because I can literally find a recipe for any type of food that I’m craving. There’s tortilla soup when I want Mexican food, egg drop soup when I want Chinese, lemon chicken soup when I don’t want to walk the five minutes it would take to walk to Greektown in my city. I told you I was lazy.

But the list in my house is never-ending when it comes to the plethora of possibilities with Italian soups and stews. I’d like to pay some homage to these recipes as they are tremendous and can feed an army … or one Italian family.

Take a peek at this recipe for a fish soup called Acqua Pazza (or crazy water) from Italian Food Forever. It’s one of the best ways to eat fish.

Acqua Pazza

But if you’re just looking for something with some quick protein for a weeknight meal, you can always try something like this Italian chicken soup from The Pioneer Woman.

Italian Chicken Soup

Or this Italian Wedding Soup from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice. There’s no open bar, but it’s a great recipe nonetheless.

Italian Wedding Soup

And I’ve saved my favorite Italian soup for last … Minestrone! This one is from Stephanie O’Dea. It’s such a great (and kid-friendly) soup. It was my favorite growing up. Mama Sammarco always made little meatballs for this soup, which made it so much more special.


Don’t be like me. Don’t be partial to Italian soups. I know, I’m working on it, I swear. Branch out there and try all the soups there are for fall this year. Here’s a few more to sample during the upcoming cooler months: Hearty Pumpkin Soup, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Creamy Potato Soup (this one is a Panera copycat recipe. Yum!).

What’s your favorite soup recipe?




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  1. Jaclyn Holtzman says

    My absolute favorite soup recipe is my Grandma’s chicken noodle soup. She makes it from scratch with a raw chicken and boils it in water to create the broth. Unlike most chicken noodle soup, the broth is clear (rather than cloudy), and it is simply divine.

    I definitely do not find you lazy for making soup when most just buy a can of soup and microwave it!

    I also love minestrone, especially because it’s healthy (providing a recipe with low sodium is used).

    Great post~ soup is definitely a winner when the temperatures begin to drop!

  2. Jen says

    I am obsessed with Panera’s Cream of Potato soup! I can’t wait to try this out and see if I’m as good as Panera at soup making. I certainly hope so; bragging about how well I cook is one of my favorite things to do!

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