Confession: I have recipe amnesia. I love to cook seasonally, so of course in the summer time I’m all about cold refreshing soups and salads. But as soon as we hit a cold snap, I’m like bring on the HEAT. And then I start thinking, oh wait, what soups did I love last winter? Because I kind of remember but I’m kind of iffy on it because I’ve done a lot of cooking since then.
Motivated by a Whole30, around two years ago, I transitioned to a paleo-ish lifestyle revolving around whole foods and eschewing additives. After two years of cooking paleo-friendly soups, it’s time for me to remember all the ones I love since this is my new way of livin’. So this is like me putting pen to paper. Only lazier, because it’s easier for me to type than to scribble unintelligibly in a notebook.
Here are some of my favorites from last winter, but I’m always wanting to add new recipes to my arsenal. What’s your favorite soup recipe that I need to make next?
If you live in KC and have been to t.Loft, you will get me when I say Jill Minton’s recipes are my soul food. Like when you visit my house, I cook like the food she serves in her restaurants. She’s my healthy girl crush. I made her Sweet Potato Sausage Chili today (pictured above), and it’s super flavorful, delicious, nourishing and W30-compliant. I added homegrown slow roasted tomatoes to the pot for even more oomph. Make it. STAT. Another favorite and W-30 compliant chili is the Whole Smith’s Sweet Potato and Chocolate Chili. Can you tell I L-O-V-E sweet potatoes and non-traditional chili recipes? Too bad my kids are not amused.
Ever had the deliciousness that is Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Soup? Of course you have. But when I realized that I’m lactose intolerant, I said bye-bye to creamy soups. But then I discovered adding full-fat coconut milk has basically the same delicious effect as heavy cream and my life was forever changed for the better. Hallelujah. My friend Jill made and shared Farmstead Chic’s Whole 30 Zuppa Toscana with Potatoes and Kale with me when we did a W30 meals swap last fall, and I’ve made it again and again!
Again sad face because I thought no more broccoli and cheese soup for me. But thanks to Steph and Stupid Easy Paleo, I can still experience the goodness without the dairy when I make her Comforting Creamy Broccoli Soup. (also W30-compliant) Another one I want to try is this Detox Broccoli Cheese Soup from Pinch of Yum that gets its cheesiness from nutritional yeast. I’m on board!
But not to be forgotten during the month of October, the squash soups! I’ve been making Fabio’s Creamless Creamy Butternut Squash Soup for years. That one is easy to remember because I can associate it with a male model sporting flowing blond locks. It’s my old standby. But then last year I replaced Fabio when my friend shared Fit Slow Cooker Queen’s recipe. You guys, it has bacon in it. And some other interesting flavors like curry powder and cilantro, which sounded odd to me initially but totally work like magic. So if you’re looking for a delicious butternut soup with straightforward flavors, go with Fabio. But if you’re wanting to amp up the flavor, Fit Slow Cooker Queen’s your go-to gal. (To make this one W30 compliant, leave out the chicken bullion cubs and add a splash of chicken stock instead.) Another squash plus curry soup that calls for PUMPKIN is on my to-make list for the coming weeks!