One of the beautiful aspects of fall hosting is the opportunity we have to really simplify the menu–by serving the best fall soups. The right soup can be filling, flavorful, and such a simple main course to deliver. Although it’s currently 94° here in southern California, the fall and winter seasons bring about an almost-immediate urge in me to make weekly soups. And these four are some of the best fall soups I’ve come across.
Being a southerner, I personally prefer comforting, creamy and hearty concoctions. I recently won 3rd place at a chili cook-off with the chunky chili recipe above and have had this simple crockpot broccoli cheese soup in my dinner rotation for years. The tomato basil bisque is a newfound love of mine (used for a fall picnic here) and the above zuppa toscana recipe is a copycat of one of my favorite menu items at Olive Garden.
I’m a firm believer in collecting “the very best” recipes–or at least your very favorite variations of a certain food. I’ve tried countless tomato bisque recipes until I found the one above and knew I didn’t need to look any further. I’ve yet to discover a potato soup recipe that comes remotely close to my favorite version at La Madeleine and simply can’t let myself settle. May I suggest that you don’t be shy to ask for a recipe of something you loved and start to build your “very best cookbook”, compiled with all the best recipes that you love.