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Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, It's National Soup Month

In honor of National Soup Month, head out to your favorite soup bistro and warm up with a bowl or two. Like to DIY instead? Here are 3 simple, yet soul-warming soup recipes from RealSimple.com:

Tomato Soup with Parmesan and Croutons
Ingredients: 2 onions, chopped; 2 tablespoons olive oil; kosher salt; 1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, with juices; 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 cup croutons, 2 ounces Parmesan, shaved

Directions:

  • Cook the onions in the oil with ½ teaspoon salt in a large pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, and oregano. Simmer until beginning to thicken, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Top with the croutons and Parmesan before serving.

Creamy Broccoli and Spinach Soup
Ingredients: 2 leeks, chopped; 4 tablespoons unsalted butter; kosher salt and black pepper; 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth; 1 bunch broccoli, chopped; 1 small russet potato, peeled and chopped; 5 ounces spinach; sour cream

Directions:

  • Cook the leeks in the butter with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper in a large pot over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the vegetable broth, broccoli, and potato. Simmer until tender, 18 to 22 minutes.
  • Stir in the spinach until wilted. Transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Top with the sour cream and black pepper to taste before serving.

Cauliflower Soup with Toasted Garlic
Ingredients: 3 cloves garlic, sliced; 2 tablespoons olive oil; 1 small head cauliflower, chopped; 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth; 1 tablespoon thyme leaves; salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Cook the garlic in the oil in a large pot over medium heat, stirring, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes; remove and reserve the garlic.
  • To the pot, add the cauliflower, chicken broth, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Top with the garlic, a drizzle of olive oil, and additional thyme before serving.