When the leaves start to change outside, my stomach immediately craves homemade soups. Not one soup in particular, not even one soup a week – I’m talking multiple kinds of soup back to back. Maybe it’s the change in temperature, or perhaps it’s the beautiful fall colors that cover every inch of The Pioneer Valley that inspire me; either way my kitchen has been filled with aromas from roasted garlic to apples and fennel.
After going apple picking at a nearby orchard, my first soup on the menu for the week was Butternut- Apple. I made a few tweaks to the recipe, substituting the chicken broth for vegetable broth, and adding honey and apple cider vinegar to jazz it up a little, but other than that if was fantastic.
Next up was roasted garlic and sweet potato with Fakin’ Bacon. If you’re looking for a soup that requires minimal effort, I’d suggest this one in a heartbeat. Roasting the garlic and sweet potatoes take the better part of an hour, but after they’re done it’s as easy as throwing everything in the pot, heating, and immersion blending away…
Next time I’ll use about half of the sage the recipe calls for – the soup was amazingly rich, but I could have done without the overwhelming essence of sage. I must say though, adding Fakin’ Bacon to dish was absolutely perfect. ::pats self on back:: It added the perfect amount of contrast to an otherwise sweet and robust flavor. Who doesn’t like the contrast of a silky soup against the crunch of some crumbled bacon? Look out split pea and butternut squash!
Lastly but certainly not least, was Smart Sausage vegetable soup. I make this one on the regular; however I never seem to make it the same way twice. Inspired by Lightlife’s Easy Sausage and Vegetable Soup, I usually combine whatever veggies I have on hand into a big pot, while cooking pastinas and Smart Sausages on the side.
Cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, and shiitake mushrooms took center stage this time around. Followed by onions and garlic just because, and Smart Sausages Italian style for protein – 13 g of protein to be exact!
The perfect fall soup with a hearty piece of eight grain bread!
What’s your favorite soup to make when the seasons start to change? Do you typically like rich and creamy soups, or broth with various fun things to fish for? 😉
Need some recipe inspiration? Head over to our website for some great soup recipes; including everything from Chili, to New England Chick’n Corn Chowder. I promise you’ll find something that will satisfy your need for a cozy autumn meal!
Lightlife Team Member