What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Soup for everyone

5 Nov
Three soups that are quick, easy and can all be done simultaneously.

Three soups that are quick, easy and can all be done simultaneously.

Earlier in the school year I did quite a bit of food preparation ahead of time, making and freezing foods for future use. One thing I’d wanted to do but hadn’t had time to do, was make and freeze some soup.

Recently when I had one child home sick for an extended amount of time, I had an afternoon where I’d have a couple of hours to make some soup. The only question was, what kind of soup? Everyone has a favorite. I love cream of broccoli and creamy cauliflower soup, as does my oldest daughter, who happened to be the one home sick. But, my other daughters and my husband, they love the cream of tomato soup that I’ve been making lately and my middle daughter in particular had been asking for it quite often.

When I thought about the recipes though, they were all pretty similar. Other than the actual vegetable for each soup, namely broccoli, cauliflower and tomato, the base ingredients and instructions were all pretty similar: onion and chicken broth. The tomato soup had a few extra spices thrown in, and the broccoli soup had celery added in and some milk and flour at the end, but ultimately I realized that I could actually make all three at the same time, almost like an assembly line: cut up all the onion, divide it into the soup pots, cut up each veggie and add them in, and then simmer. If any additional steps or ingredients were needed, it wasn’t all that hard to do. Nothing was complicated, expensive or time-consuming. In an hour I’d be done. The tomato soup has an option to put in tortellini and shrimp at the end, but this time around I was doing it without those last two ingredients mostly because that is what had been requested.

Just like that...three soups, done and everyone's taste buds were happy!!

Just like that…three soups, done and everyone’s taste buds were happy!!

Although I cried a lot of tears cutting up all those onions, overall it was a great experiment and all went off as planned. I had enough soup for whoever wanted whatever kind they wanted over the next couple of days, and then using quart-sized bags, I froze the rest. We already had a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon where a few of us had soup for lunch from the freezer, and there’s still more for whenever we need it, whether it’s for an after school snack, a lunch or a dinner where someone doesn’t like what’s on the regular night’s menu.

Since these soups have already been featured on my blog, I’m putting the links below so that you can refer to them if you’d like to make any or all of them for yourself. The weather here is starting to cool down and it will be nice to have some soups for the upcoming chilly days and nights ahead!

Here are the links for you.

If you’d like to make the Cream of Broccoli Soup, click here.

If you’d like to make the Creamy Cauliflower Soup, click here.

If you’d like to make the Creamy Tomato Soup, click here.

Enjoy!

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4 Responses to “What’s for Dinner Wednesday: Soup for everyone”

  1. aviets November 5, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    We’ve been doing a soup to eat and freeze almost weekly this fall. Soup is one of my favorite meals, and it’s awesome to know there’s a delicious dinner waiting In the freezer the following week that requires almost not effort. Your recipes look great – I’ll put them on my list to try next week!

    • thewholebagofchips November 5, 2014 at 8:25 am #

      Thanks! What kinds of soups do you freeze? I’d love some other options!

      • aviets November 5, 2014 at 10:22 am #

        This week we did a chicken and wild rice soup – I posted that recipe on Monday. A couple of weeks ago it was minestrone. We’ve done steak and ale soup, beef and barley, steak soup, and white chili…though the white chili is probably a thing of the past because my daughter won’t eat it and it’s mostly just her and me at home now.

      • thewholebagofchips November 5, 2014 at 10:44 am #

        Thanks for sharing these! I’ll be over to check out the chicken and wild rice soup now! Steak and ale soup also sounds delicious. I think half my crew would like the white chili here.

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