November 1, 2021

All the Soup Recipes and Tips and Tricks for Soup Season

It’s officially soup season. My friends and family call me the soup queen. I make maximum use of my Instant Pot, Crock-Pot, and Stock Pot during the Fall and Winter months and have written 13 recipes for soups on my website Being the soup queen comes with some tips and tricks.

Keep a Stock bag in the freezer

I have a Ziploc bag in the freezer. When I am cutting vegetables, I throw the stems to peppers, the onion and garlic skins, carrot shavings, lettuce that’s about to turn – anything vegetal goes into the stock bag to make homemade stock. When we eat chicken, I save the skins, bones, necks, and gizzards – anything that will flavor the stock. When the stock bag is full, I put all the scraps in the Instant Pot on Manual for 35 minutes and make stock that I freeze for soups. If you don’t have time to make your stock, use high-quality chicken broth like Minnesota-made Talking Stock Foods. Taking Stock Foods is a woman-owned company based in St. Paul. I interviewed one of the founders, Molly Clark, on the @Makersofmn podcast I host (Season 1 Episode 51), and I have been a fan of their Organic Chicken and Ginger Tumeric Bone Broths ever since.

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Mason Jars are great for storage

I freeze my soups in Mason Jars. The pint jar is a 2 cup portion that is perfect for a single serving. The Quart jars are 4 cup servings perfect for lunch or dinner with some fresh bread and a cheese course. The key to using Mason jars is to leave an inch and a half of headroom in the pot to expand the soup when freezing. Brothier soups need a bit less headroom than stews or chili or bean soups that will expand more. I like Mason jars because I can reheat soup in them, and they stack nicely in my freezer. They are also great for gift giving and not as expensive as Tupperware. Occasionally, I will get a cracked jar, but I simply throw that jar away when I do.

Soups are perfect gifts

New baby, bring some soup. Sick co-workers bring them some soup. Soups are incredibly versatile and warming, and there are so many choices in varieties you can satisfy your vegetarian, gluten-free, and meat-loving friends. Nobody says no to the soup.

Have a soup swap

Many book clubs, neighborhood groups, and church gatherings have soup swaps. Each person brings 8 pints or 4 quarts of soup and a recipe card, and people trade. This is a great way to try new recipes or have an easy get-together.

Soups make great open house meals

A crockpot of Chili or an Instant Pot of Chicken Wild Rice soup can be kept warm all day if you have folks over at the holidays or an open house for family and friends. Soups are easy to serve for a crowd, and you can even buy those Sourdough bread bowls at Whole Foods, Panera Bead, or make them yourself.

My Favorite Soup Recipes

Here is my current list of soup recipes, including the Roasted Tomato Basil soup that I give as gifts at the holiday and is perfect with Grilled Cheese. My recipe can be made dairy-free by omitting the cream. I use my canned, fresh roasted tomatoes from the Ely Hilltop Garden here in the Fall.

Hearty Soup Recipes