Janet's Notebook
Warm up This Winter with Homemade Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Winter has arrived! My hats, gloves and scarves have come out of the closet. And, so has my stockpot. When the weather is this cold, there's nothing better than a pot of soup simmering on the stove. And, of course, I know some great soup recipes.

Even the pickiest of eaters will love Carolyn Parke's Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. "[This is] simple and so good," says Carolyn "I get asked to make this all the time." This quick and easy recipe will become a family favorite. It's flavorful, hearty and oh-so good!

Michelle Pitts' Texmex Chicken and Corn Chowder is simple to make and sure to earn you rave reviews. It's perfectly thick, creamy and has a ton of flavor without being too spicy. It's definitely hearty enough to serve on its own as a meal. Added bonus... your kitchen will smell wonderful for hours after you whip this up.

"This is my family's quick and personal take on an great soup," explains Leslie MacArthur of her Pasta E Fagioli Zuccaro Family Recipe. In the Test Kitchen, we used orzo (a tiny pasta), but I think most any small noodle would work well. This lovely, hearty soup is winter comfort food at it's finest.

Penny Andersen's Veggie Beef Soup recipe has ordinary ingredients, but EXTRAordinary flavor! "This is best when cooked on the stove in a stock pot all day (8-10 hrs)," explains Penny. "But SO worth the wait!" The veggies lend this soup a unique sweetness that we just ate up. Make sure to have some nice crusty bread handy to soak up all the goodness.

"I have always been a fan of homemade soup and chicken noodle has always been one of my favorites," shares Jessica Mills. Her Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is perfectly salty and satisfying - just like grandma use to make! "Just about everyone in my family loves this soup its not only super yummy but you just can't eat one bowl full it always has you coming back for seconds!" This soup is full of flavor and makes a lot. Pop the leftovers in the freezer for an easy weeknight meal or bring some to a friend.

Have the grilled cheese ready to serve alongside Diane Eldridge's Homemade Cream of Tomato Soup. Diane's recipe is fresh, creamy and oh-so comforting! Diane came up with this recipe on a cool day that was just screaming for a hot mug of soup. This is one simple recipe that packs in a ton of flavor. Add fresh basil for even more zip!

I know you'll enjoy these "soup-er" recipes as much as I do. Do you have a favorite soup? Share the recipe with us!

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Pat Goff - Jan 14, 2015
Thanks for sharing all your recipes. I am just learning how to cook so they are very helpful.
Kim Biegacki - Jan 13, 2015
Soups? Did someone say soups? I love soup!! I must try that Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice that you mentioned above. It sounds wonderful and I've pinched it already so it's on my list to make. I've tried quite a few recipes from Just a Pinch and here are 3 of our favorites that I have many quite a few times. The first being Rose Mary Mogan's Briana's Favorite Cream of Asparagus Soup that is sure to become a favorite once you try it. It is one of the creamiest veggie soups that we have ever had. Not to mention, you can't go wrong with choosing any of Rose Mary's recipes as she is one fabulous cook and baker. There is Mary Ellen Queen's Italian Sausage Soup that is super easy to make, packed with flavor and another that is easily to become a favorite! Now, for the "CHEESE LOVERS" out there here is a recipe you'll want to make again and again from Heather M. Baker called Cheeseburger Soup.
Now for us Northerners I would be remiss if I didn't share some soups you would be sure to have if visiting here in Ohio and the first on the list is one you would find in almost any restaurant called Incredible Italian Wedding Soup and is loved by so many. Another soup that is really simple and my Aunt Linda used to served at her restaurant every winter is Baby Lima Bean Soup. This next one you will really only find in "Amish Country". They call it Hearty Soup and that it is. I changed the name up just a little since I added a few more ingredients, spices and ground turkey... Hearty Soup. Your sure to get your daily dose of veggies with this one as it is packed full of them. Last but not least, is not a Northern soup but comes from my days living in Texas and falling in love with Mexican food. Though it took me awhile to recreate this delicious stew I finally did it. This one is for those cold days we have up here in the North and is one of our absolute favorites called Carne Guisada (Mexican Beef Stew) ----Yes, no doubt I love soups, stews, chowders, brothy, cheesy, and creamy bisque style too. Nothing better on a snowy day than a hot bowl of liquid warmth to dip your spoon in!