Saturday, February 4, 2017

National Homemade Soup Day

Winter is now officially half-over, but if there is one good thing about winter, it is eating homemade soup.  I love soup and crusty bread anytime, but it is especially satisfying when the temperatures drop below freezing.  It is 15 degrees F right now.  So, I decided I would dedicate this post to National Homemade Soup Day.

My mother made lots of soup when I was growing up.  I remember Campbell's tomato soup from the can and some packages of chicken noodle soup (whose brand I do not remember), but my favorite was her 'risi e bisi', an Italian rice and pea soup that was a very liquid risotto.

I too make lots of soups.  They are great for freezing and I still have some onion soup and chili in the freezer.  While I have never frozen the recipe I am posting today, I couldn't resist showing off, LOL.  I submitted this recipe to the local newspaper way back in 1984 (a homage to the book which is now a best seller).  It is for my Chunky Cheese Soup.  Here is the recipe:

Chunky Cheese Soup
Serves 8-10

3 cups large dice Yukon Gold potato
1 cup diced carrot
1 cup diced celery
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
4 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp olive oil
4 cups chicken stock
3 cups half and half
1/2 cup flour
1 pound cheddar cheese, shredded
1 Tbsp snipped fresh parsley

In 5-qt Dutch oven, heat butter and olive oil over medium high heat.  Add vegetables and cook until tender, but not browned.  Add chicken stock.  Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
Whisk together half and half and flour.  Add to soup and cook until heated through. 

Remove from heat and add cheese.  Stir to mix well until cheese is completely melted. 
Sprinkle with parsley to serve.

Here is part of the newspaper article.  I am not sure where I stashed the original and this photo just happened to be on the computer.  Scott is Charlie's Dad.  I am serving the soup in mugs that I made in ceramic class.  Why did I ever get rid of them???

BTW, that plant hanging in the background is my hoya plant that I have posted pictures of before. Fortunately, that flowered wallpaper is long gone, though I loved it when it was there.


  1. That soup looks yummy! How cute you were featured in the paper like that. I love soup. I need to make a big pot of a few favorites and freeze them. Indeed quick meals if prepared in advance. These days we strive for 30 minute meals or less and then on the weekend with family over their tastes aren't for soup. But I do have time in the morning to make soup before I start work and then can heat it up over the next few days for dinner.


  2. I am a rare one because I m not much for soup. I know! I haven't met anyone in my life who doesn't like soup, just about everyone does. I like soup most when I am sick and my mom made a great chicken noodle

  3. I love soup and I love cheese so I'm sure I'd love this soup. Thanks for sharing! Wow 1984. Almost as vintage as me :)

  4. I love homemade soup. Too bad yours isn't Weight Watchers friendly. I am trying to think of what your Mom's chicken noodle soup packets may have been. I'm guessing Lipton or possibly Knorr? (Knorr had the dried noodles and a capsule that had the chicken broth) I remember Campbell's tomato soup fondly from my youth - went great with my Mom's grilled cheese sandwiches. Alana

    1. I Googled it and maybe it was Lipton? I do not remember Knorr from my youth. We also had grilled cheese with tomato soup.

  5. I do like homemade soups, though cheese soup not as much. My favorites are navy bean, split pea, and beet soup with cabbage.

    1. Those sound rather healthy. Must be your brother's influence? LOL

  6. I make lots of soups for the freezer. Only made a cheese soup once and I made it leaving off the cheese to add when I defrosted and ate it. I still have turkey soup left and i am very fond of my tomato soup which is so simple to make. Love the picture in the article.

    1. Leaving the cheese out when freezing is a good idea. When I make butternut squash soup I do not add the cream until I defrost and reheat it.

  7. soups are great help to reduce the cold effect .
    i am sure you make really delicious ones!


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