Since January is one of the coldest months of the year, no matter where you live, it makes sense that it is National Soup Month. There isn’t anything better than a steaming bowl of homemade soup to snuggle up with on a crisp, cool winter evening. Soup not only warms your body, it is also said to do wonders for the soul and to bring comfort to those who are ill. This month, make it your mission to sneak soup into your family’s menu as often as you can. To get you thinking about how soup fits into your life and inspire you to try some new soups this month, here are some interesting facts about soup and some delicious soup recipes to tempt your taste buds.
- Americans clearly love their soup because they eat in excess of 10 billion bowls of it each year.
- Andy Warhol, famous painter and creator of the Campbell’s Soup Can painting, had soup for lunch every day for more than 20 years.
- Frank Sinatra ate a bowl of Chicken and Rice soup before almost every show.
- When it comes to selecting soup as a meal, more women and men will stick to the soup and skip the entrée.
- Bars in Nebraska can only sell beer if there is soup cooking.
- If you looked in the pantry or cupboards of any American kitchen, you would likely find at least one can of soup since most households buy soup at some point during the year.
- In most kitchens, you would find six cans of soup, the average we tend to keep on hand.
- Soup can be a starter, a meal, or an ingredient in a completely different dish like Green Bean Casserole, made with Cream of Mushroom Soup.
- While Americans are most likely to choose soup for lunch or as a starter for their evening meal, many families around the world start their day with a bowl of soup for breakfast.
Celebrate National Soup month by trying some of these fantastic soup recipes. Get the freshest flavors at the best prices by purchasing locally grown ingredients at your grocery store or farmer’s market. Check out these delicious soup recipes available on the Fill Your Plate blog. For more ideas, click the “Recipes” button on the home page and the “Soups” link under Popular Categories.
- Albondigas Meatball Soup – beef, rice, potatoes, variety of vegetables
- Carrot Ginger Soup – carrots, ginger, onions
- Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – chicken, rice, variety of vegetables
- Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Chilled Potato, Leek, and Beet Soup – potatoes, leeks, beets, chicken broth
- Classic Minestrone
- Comforting Corn Chowder
- Cool Arizona Melon Soup
- Cream of Cauliflower Soup
- Grand Canyon Sweet Onion Soup
- Italian Cupboard Soup – pork, tomatoes, beans.
- Mexican Pork and Bean Soup
- Ranch Soup – beef, beans, chilies, tomatoes
- Spicy Ham and Black Bean Soup – ham, beans, salsa, green onions