5 Scrumptious Soups for Cold Fall Nights

You know you've been looking forward to it. Admit it.

Despite your romance with summer's cool salads and easy grilling, you love yummy, warm soups paired with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich. Plus, soup meals are the preparation equivalent of an easy barbeque recipe. They're also a crowd pleaser when it comes to the small food dictators in your household. I mean, what kid turns down a grilled cheese?

You also can't beat soup when it comes to nutrition. You can pack so many vegetables in them (purée anyone?) that your kids will practically meet their daily requirement with one sip. And there's something about dunking crackers or whole grain bread in them -- with all its sloppy glory -- that makes soup fun. Is this making you hungry? Me too. I guess we just figured out what to have for dinner tonight. Extra grilled cheese, of course. 

First up, Chicken Noodle, your go-to soup of the season.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped small
2 celery stalks, chopped small
3 or 4 stems fresh thyme, leaves pull off the stems
1 bay leaf
30 ounces low-sodium chicken stock containers
9 ounces noodles
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken (I poached chicken thighs for 15 minutes in water with another chopped onion and carrot)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. In a large pot, sautee onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf in olive oil over medium heat until soft, about 6 minutes.

2. Add stock and allow to boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Add noodles just until cooked. Add chicken. Taste before adding salt and pepper if necessary.

Here are four more scrumptious soup recipes:

Curried Pumpkin Soup is a perfect and delicious recipe for all the pumpkins you have on your doorstep.

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup is a lovely fall soup that makes you house smell like a warm hug. 

Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup combines too great flavors and packs a massive vitamin A punch.

Beans and Greens Soup is a great and easy way to get kids to eat their greens. You'll love it too.
 
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