What is your favorite soup?

United States
January 2, 2008 2:06pm CST
It has been cold here, lots of snow. So I have been eating a lot of soup lately. Unfortunately, most of it has been from cans. Which got me to thinking, growing up my favorite soup was chicken noodle. But now, it is tomato. Yet, I really prefer soup that does not come from cans. I grew up around homemade soup--mom used to can her own soup from the surplus of the garden that we had. My garden is not producing any surplus yet (really bad soil--it is going to take me a few more years to fix that problem), so I am not going to get any homemade soup of my own anytime in the future. So what is your favorite soup? And does anyone know any brand of canned soup that tastes more homemade?
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25 responses
• United States
2 Jan 08
Is chicken and dumplings considered soup? I love chicken and dumplings. I guess my second favorite would be gumbo. I love shrimp gumbo and chicken gumbo. I put sausage in both of them.
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• United States
2 Jan 08
I consider it soup.
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
2 Jan 08
i got a really easy yet good and filling recipe for beef and barley soup off the internet last winter. we have a bread maker and make home made bread to eat with our soup. we have this and other types soup about once every other week during the long canadian winter.
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• United States
2 Jan 08
I don't even want to think about a long Canadian winter. I am cold enough already. ;)
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• United States
2 Jan 08
I'm a particular fan of chicken chili noodle soup. (or as my family refers to it - chicken on fire). While I don't particularly like canned soup, I refer back to campbells in a pinch - add extra liquid and real meat (or use a veg soup and add fresh meat stock), and a few fresh herbs and veggies. It helps most "instant" meals feel a little more homey.
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@ellen546 (111)
• United States
2 Jan 08
How about home made potato soup? Its quick and easy to fix, and it doesn't come in a can. You can also make all kinds of soup from fresh or frozen veg, and meat from the super market.
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• United States
2 Jan 08
My Chia Herb Garden - My Chia Herb Garden will add fresh veggies to my soups & stuff.
I can't afford canned soup. Here's what I do for soup. I roast a turkey once a month and cut it into parts, wrapping the parts in tinfoil. They are then frozen in the freezer. I buy fresh veggies at the grocery store. Carrots, potatoes, celery, red onion, cabbage, plus beans and rice. I cut them all up and add herbs. All that goes in my crock pot. Pesto! Home made soup. Add different herbs and spices plus different veggies for different soups. I also got a Chia herb garden for Christmas. The herbs are just sprouting on my counter-top.
• United States
3 Jan 08
Personally, I have avioded turkey soup since the first time I tried it. Note that it may have been the cook, and not the idea. After all, it was my ex-room mate, and he definitely could not cook. The turkey soup he made was quite uneatable; and I will eat almost anything, so I am saying that it was really bad. :(
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• United States
7 Jan 08
Turkey: The Tofu Of Meat - Turkey's delicate taste can be overwhelmed by other foods, and like tofu, turkey can be used as substitute for other higher priced, higher fat meats.
That was the cook. * The main difference between turkey and chicken soup is chicken has a stronger, somewhat more fatty flavor as there is more fat in the meat. You can choose a recipe calling for ground turkey or roast. * Turkey is like tofu, it doesn't have much taste in and of itself. Ground turkey is a commonly used ground beef substitute as it is much lower in both cost & fat. A high fat ground turkey is 15% fat. 15% is the fat content of ultra expensive and ultra lean premium ground beef. Cheap ground beef can be up to 80% fat and disappear in the frying pan all together. * Turkey BBQ soup is just really really good soup...but you don't know what bird is in there because BBQ overwhelms turkey's delicate taste.
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• United States
8 Jan 08
I have never thought of turkey as being as tasteless as tofu. Yeah, I am probably blaming the turkey for what was really the fault of the cook.
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@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
2 Jan 08
My own homemade cream of brocolli is my favorite! I also make a vegetable soup that involves cut summer squash, zucchini, brocolli, onions, mushrooms, beaten eggs slowly dripped into the broth. I'm a dairy vegetarian, I eat a lot of stuff like this. If you want to improve your soil, just pile it with cow manure and leaves and water it down to keep the leaves there! Really pile it high with leaves even during the growing season. Keep adding as the plants grow higher. La Shanna Tova! Happy New Year! Adoniah
• United States
3 Jan 08
I am composting all the vegetable matter and leaves that I can get my hands on. The areas that I started working the summer after we moved in did start to show promise last year; I actually harvested some cherry tomatoes last year.
@Adoniah (7523)
• United States
6 Jan 08
This is not composting. This is putting it right on the garden all year round without composting it first. It works trust me. Of course you should have done it before it snowed if it snows where you live but that will have to be another year.
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@sacmom (14336)
• United States
2 Jan 08
My favorite soup is chicken noodle, but when I was growing up it was clam chowder. My mom didn't make it homemade though. She always got the Campbells Chunky brand soup. Good thing too because I probably wouldn't have eaten the homemade version as I don't like the smell of fresh clams. Funny, huh? I'd rather the soup not smell all 'fishy'...yuck! LOL I've made homemade chicken noodle soup in the past (it was pretty good, even if I do say so myself :P), but as my youngest can't eat it and my oldest isn't interested in eating it I've stopped making it. I buy the canned version (Campbells chunky) instead if my husband and I want soup.
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@AmbiePam (46384)
• United States
3 Jan 08
Clam chowder is my favorite kind of soup, but I don't like how many potatoes commercial soup makers seem to put in the can. But that is bar none my favorite soup.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
2 Jan 08
My favorite is homemade mushroom soup. I don't like can or restaurant soups. They add too much salt and my face get swollen. I don't know any restaurant or can soup that tastes good....
• Philippines
3 Jan 08
hi i love mushroom soup too....
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• United States
2 Jan 08
It's just starting to get cold where I live, and I went and bought some cans of soup today! I've been turned off Campbells and the main grocery brands of canned soup, because of all their salt and how it tastes so laden with preservatives, so this time I bought some cans of Amy's Organic soups. Hopefully they'll be tasty. As for homemade soup (which is far far superior to canned) I go through phases - I'll find a soup I love, make a huge batch, eat that for a few days and then need to take a long break from that recipe. Some of the kinds I enjoy making at least once per winter are: potato & cheese, lentil, split pea & ham, black bean, and butternut squash (mmm!!). I think this year I may try and make a peanut soup as well, I've heard it's really good!
• United States
3 Jan 08
Amy's is a decent brand.
@blackbriar (9126)
• United States
3 Jan 08
My all-time fave is homemade chicken noodle soup. Campbell's Chunky Chicken Noodle is also good as well as Progresso's Chicken Noodle.
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
2 Jan 08
I love red peas soup. Sorry I dotn know about canned soups. I grew up cooking our soups and meals.
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@Lindalinda (4116)
• Canada
3 Jan 08
I like soup too and I live in a cold part of Canada. Hopefully you can add a lot of organic matter to your garden to improve the soil and get a better crop. But nowadays I would freeze any surplus veggies. Home canning is risky because of the danger of botulism. As for homemade soup, it is really easy to make. You can use bouillon cubes, vegetable cubes, beef or chicken as stock. I am giving you also my favourite lentil soup recipe that starts out with plain water. It is so easy and tastes so good. Lentil soup with Spinach 1 ¼ cup of orange or red lentils , rinsed and drained 8 cups of water salt and pepper ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro leaves (substitute parsley if no cilantro is available) 2 onions finely chopped 4 cloves of garlic, crushed ¼ cup olive oil 2 cups (packed) shredded spinach - can also use swiss chard ½ cup lemon juice · Place lentils, water, salt and pepper to taste and cook over slow heat until lentils are tender but not mushy. About 20-30 minutes. Check a few times. · Meanwhile fry the cilantro leaves, onions and garlic in the oil, stirring until the onions are golden brown. Add this mixture including the oil to the lentils. · Add Spinach and lemon juice. · Simmer until spinach is wilted but still green. · Serve with extra lemon juice or lemon wedges Note: Skim off any grey scum if it should develop as lentils are cooking. Note: For variation you can also add finely cubed sausage or ham to the onion mixture and fry it with the onions.
• United States
3 Jan 08
I never considered lentil and spinach soup. I am going to have to try that recipe. Thanks.
@biggerb (2030)
• India
3 Jan 08
My favourite is chicken mulligatawny soup.This I make only occasionally.Here too its very cold so i make a homemade soup with all the veges available and i add chicken broth with few bits of chicken with a dash of pepper and salt.The veges are cooked and then I blend it.This way i make sure i get to have my daily dose of nutrition from the veges.I do not know of any canned soup that tastes like homemade.
• Philippines
3 Jan 08
hi this is my first time to hear about the chicken mulligatawny soup...what language is this? thanks
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@Stiletto (4597)
2 Jan 08
Well personally I love canned soup but only if it's Heinz. I'm assuming you have that in the United States? Heinz Mushroom soup is just the best, with their Chicken soup as a close second. Or I also love Knorr Chicken Noodle packet soup. I'm a rubbish cook - can you tell lol? I guess other people's homemade soup might be ok but mine just doesn't compare to something out of a can I'm afraid!
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• United States
3 Jan 08
I haven't seen Heinz soup in my neck of the woods (Colorado), but I assume that some states must have it.
• United States
10 Jan 08
Campbells has a soup that tastes homemade -- it comes in a cup type thing :) you should try "homemade chicken noodle soup"!! It really does taste amazing and a LOT more homemade than a regular can. As for tomato soups, i'm not really sure =(
@rowantree (1190)
• United States
8 Jan 08
My favorite soup is potato and the only kind of potato soup is the kind I make, homemade. I love potato soup! I like tomato soup as well and Mrs. Grass chicken noodle soup (which is better than canned in my opinion). I really don't know of any soups that are canned that taste homemade though!
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@moneyandgc (3438)
• United States
3 Jan 08
I don't know of a canned soup that tastes homemade. My favorite canned soup growing up was Campbells Potato soup with lots of pepper. I also liked Tomato. For homemade soup, I alway loves my dad's bean soup with the leftover ham. Yum. My favorite soups now are Chicken Enchilada from Chiles or Tortilla soup from Max and Ermas. I still love the bean soup though. I also really like the spicy Picante Chicken Ramen noodle soup.
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@solson (407)
3 Jan 08
chicken noodel soop with soda on the side is great try it
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@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
3 Jan 08
I make a homemade steak soup for my husband that he absolutely loves. Although he's a soup lover, this is his favorite. And it's not really difficult to make. I don't use fresh veggies, though I could. The recipe called for frozen mixed veggies, and I use them. I also add my own potatoes which I brown in the pan where I browned the meat even though the recipe doesn't call for potatoes. I'm sure you could add any fresh veggies you wanted to the basic mix, though. You don't have to give up on good soup just because you don't have a garden.
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@shiloh_222 (5480)
• Philippines
3 Jan 08
hi.. i love asparagus soup, broccoli soup, cream of corn and mushroom. i also like shark's fin soup and bird's nest... i prefer soup that arent canned too... happy new year
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