Fall Soups

Written by: Meryl

Nothing warms the soul when the weather is starting to cool quite like a good fall soup. Soup is also a great way to get more veggies in your diet (something I am always striving to do). Since the purchase of my Vitamix I have become a veritable soup factory and although I have yet to generate any recipes of my own I have found a few that have become all time favorites. Hope you enjoy:

  1. Goop’s Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup: I recently made this with my mom while down in Charleston. Whole Foods did not have Kabocha squash but they recommended Kuri Squash as an alternative. I had never had either so I was excited to try whatever they had on hand. I was completely blown away by the flavor of the Kuri Squash. It was creamy, buttery, earthy, and the slightest bit sweet. We added a little bit of coconut butter to the recipe to ramp up the sweetness a bit and it was wonderful. It is safe to say this is both of our new favorite soup and I will be making it many times this fall season.KabochaSQuashsoup
  2. Hemsley + Hemsley’s Chilled Asparagus and Almond Soup: It is a kinda a 1990’s spice but I am absolutely in love tarragon (anyone have a good tarragon chicken salad recipe they can send my way?!). Some complain of it’s liquorish flavor (I am looking at you Geoff…) but I adore it and always add extra to this delicious soup. I am not a huge fan of cold soups- especially in the fall- so I always eat this heated up. Definitely do not forget the garnishes on this one- it keeps the soup lively in flavor and colorful in aesthetic.hemsley-hemsley_Asparagus-Almond-Soup_Guardian_Tumblr_-06182-455x330
  3. Tyler Florence’s Roasted Tomato Soup: The perfect accompaniment to a grilled cheese is a great Tomato Soup. I love this one because it is simple and allows for all kinds of tomatoes. To really make the flavors shine in this soup I add a few healthy dashes of roasted red pepper flakes. The end of summer/beginning of fall is the peak time for tomatoes and really the only time I like to buy them at the supermarket so get em while the getting’s good!tomato-basil-soup3
  4. Tom Kha Gai: My dad loves to refer to me as “Messy Mer” when I am in the kitchen because I am often making recipes that require a lot of ingredients and I have never made before which leads to varying levels of chaos. This so called chaos often has me calling in for the backup of my two favorite Sous Chef’s my brother Kyle and my husband Geoff. Because I am staying with my parents down in Charleston this month while I recover from hip surgery and they are taking such great care of me I have decided to spare my dad my first attempt at my new favorite thai soup. Inspired by a dinner with my co-workers down in Austin at the amazing restaurant Sway I am dying to try and recreate the sweet and spicy concoction they have on their menu. Here’s to hoping this recipe will produce something akin to what I had at Sway and rest assured this will be the first soup I make when I am back in Chicago in October- get ready Sous Geoff 😉unnamed

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