Whether you’re coming in from the slopes or spending a chilly weekend huddled on the couch to watch a movie, nothing says welcome home or elicits comfort like the warming aromas wafting from a simmering pot of homemade soup. Celebrate Homemade Soup Day, observed annually on February 4, by breaking out your stockpot and cooking up some soup.
Asian favorites include Vietnamese pho, Japanese miso, Thai tom yum goong, Indian mulligatawny and Chinese hot and sour. European options include Italian minestrone, French onion and Portuguese sausage, kale and potato soup. Popular American soups include chicken corn and clam chowders.
Hearty appetites will appreciate beans and ham or chicken and sausage combinations. Vegetarians can celebrate with pasta fagiole, potato leek, tomato basil, lentil, wild mushroom and rice or a soup conjured from a favorite roasted vegetable.
Chill out by ladling up gazpacho, vichyssoise or borscht and if the groundhog promised an early spring, you cool-climate folks can brave a slurp of chilled split pea and mint soup. Enlist its verdure color as an incantation to hurry the furry prognosticator’s prediction along.
The winning choice for Homemade Soup Day is grandma’s old-fashioned classic chicken noodle soup. It bathes you in comfort and offers the flavor of simple goodness.
Today, make everything extra special by setting out choice toppings and breads. If snowflakes are falling and wind is howling, just help yourself to another bowlful. Spoon-feeding never felt this good.