Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Top 10 Favorite Soups for National Soup Month

A collection of some of my favorite Deep South Dish soup recipes for National Soup Month.

Grab a hot bowl of one if my favorite soups, because January is National Soup Month y'all!

No doubt it's a good month to celebrate soup in many parts of our country, though in this part of The Deep South, Mama Nature can't seem to set her mind on either hot or cold. But, we've had plenty of those wet and dreary days in between flip flops (literally) of summer weather and freezing weather, and that is perfect weather for soup no matter the temperature.

So, in honor of National Soup Month, you'll be seeing a few new soups featured here at Deep South Dish this month, but in the meantime I thought I would share a round-up of some of my most favorite soups. Be sure to pop by and check out my updated round up of soups for National Soup Month too - enjoy y'all!

Hamburger Soup has been my favorite, well, for about as long as I can remember really. Something akin to the cafeteria soup we loved in school - back when cafeteria food was actually homemade - it's a basic beef broth and tomato base with ground beef, seasoned with a mirepoix and then really, whatever vegetables you happen to have on hand. Loaded with flavor, this soup tastes like you literally simmered it all day long. You might want to double it - this one goes fast.

A good old fashioned soup, whenever I make this Southern Vegetable Beef Soup I can't help but think of my Grandma Mac and how when she'd cook up a batch, she'd sort of sigh and say "you just can't find a good soup bone anymore." Here I feature bite sized strips of beef sirloin tip steak, sauteed with a basic mirepoix, and a beef and tomato base, with a mixture of veggies, some potatoes and corn. It's definitely a mainstay of the south.

I wanted to develop a Loaded Baked Potato Soup recipe for my site, but I found many existing recipes to be a little more heavy on the cream, half and half and sour cream than I felt they needed to be. While many recipes used the elements of the loaded baked potato toppers either in the soup or as a garnish, they often used mashed potatoes for the potato portion. I was determined to use actual baked potatoes. With those elements, the soup turned out exactly the way that I had hoped it would.

Imagine macaroni and cheese in a soup form and you'll have a pretty good idea how amazing this Mac and Cheese Soup is. It's like a big ole bowl of super creamy macaroni and cheese comfort. Even if you aren't a big fan of bleu cheese, consider trying the crumble topping because it was a fantastic enhancement for this soup.

Probably hands down, one of the easiest soup ever, 7 Can Soup is an absolute favorite. Simple as can be - just dump a bunch of cans into a pot! Diced tomatoes, Rotel tomatoes, canned green chilies, chili beans, kidney beans, pinto beans and a can of corn are my favorites, but you can vary those to your own tastes. Let it simmer a bit and then garnish it with some goodies. Easy as can be, but don't let that fool you. It is delicious!

Of course, where would a soup round-up be without good ole Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup? It's my favorite under-the-weather soup. Not only do the steam and warmth of the soup help with nasal congestion, but the chicken itself and all of the seasonings typically used - garlic, onion, & ginger to name a few - are known to have certain anti-inflammatory properties that appear to offer some real respiratory benefits. Course, it's still a great soup, even when you're feeling fantastic!

This Leek and Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage is definitely one of my favorites and I've received many compliments on it. Several readers have put this soup in their regular rotation for mealtime and that's the biggest compliment I could ask for. This soup starts with a basic mirepoix, but the addition of leeks and cabbage pair up incredibly with smoked or andouille sausage - just make sure that you thoroughly clean those leeks!

The stars of this next soup are the corn and tomatoes which just belong together if you ask me... though the sausage makes this absolute soup-perfection. I loved how the flavors came together in this Spicy Cajun Sausage and Corn Soup. If you're feeling a bit adventurous, toss in a can of Ro-tel tomatoes for some extra heat.

This Creamy Cheesy Potato Soup is another "cheater" soup that uses some convenience products, along with some fresh veggies, chicken stock, potatoes and fresh cheddar cheese. It's another site favorite that I've gotten loads of compliments on. Garnished with a crumble of smoky bacon, I think you'll love it too!

And last, but not least, Greens and Black-eyed Pea Soup is the newest addition to my featured soups. Starting with a base of The Trinity, and using canned collard or turnip greens and canned black-eyed peas, I made this for New Years Day and was extremely pleased with how it turned out. A delicious and easy way to get some greens in your diet - I think you'll love this one too.


For more great soups pop over to my Soup Recipe Page!

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  1. Yay for soup month! Besides Chili and potato soup, I think Hamburger Soup was one of the first soups I learned to make when I was branching out into exotic dishes. Love this lineup.

  2. Wow! So many of these soups look delicious. I'll definitely be trying some, 'cause we have plenty of soup weather her in Maine! By the way, I made your smothered pork roast yesterday! It was so delicious! We loved it!

  3. What a great roundup! I MUST try that hamburger soup!

  4. With the temperature in the 20's here in MA, your soup recipes look like the perfect meal to cook! The problem is deciding which one to make! They all look so good! :)

  5. This is an intersting post....anyway...I don't know what soup to choose..... in the meantime I'm going to choose..I wish you a great 2011!!!Hugs, Flavia

  6. I cant wait to see more soups! I love having them in winter. I would like to know if these soups would freeze well? I hope you are having a good day

  7. I had no idea it was soup month, and here I wasted 6 days already! They all sound delish :)

  8. A superior list, no doubt. It's cold and snow/rainy here so I'll take a bowl of each please....just put it on my tab:)

  9. Oh my gosh I can't decide whether the loaded baked potato or the greens and black eyed peas is my favorite! I just love greens. Bookmarked and will be trying your recipe for sure Mary.

    Have a great week.

  10. This is a great list of soups...thanks for sharing

  11. LOVED the ham bone beans. I couldn't believe that *I* made this. It was absolutely amazing and reminded me of the ones my mom used to make when I was a little girl. I ate 3 bowls the first sitting.

    1. I'm so excited!!! I just love those beans too - stewing down that ham bone really makes a huge difference. I'm so glad you took the leap of faith and gave them a try and that you really enjoyed them!!

  12. Going to try the black eyed peas and cabbage. Two of my favorites not on were "Sausage and Sweet Potato Soup with Black eyed peas".

    1. I'm working on an updated compilation and that will be on the new list!

  13. Please post an okra stew or soup recipe

    1. Hi Katherine! I don't have an okra stew currently but you can find all of my recipes using okra right here:


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