January is Nation Soup Month, time for something light and satisfying. Soup has been for decades. Remember back to when you were a child and your mother made you chicken soup to help you feel better from a cold that you were suffering from, or having a warm bowl of soup from coming inside from playing outside in the cold snow. Soup is known as one of the first fast foods, but instead of making a quick trip to McDonald’s you could make yourself a nice warm bowl of soup that can be healthier for you and cost you less in the calorie area. Here are some soup recipes to try at home and make something warm and hearty during this winter month.
Scalloped Potato Soup- Crock Pot
When we think of scalloped potatoes we think of the dish that our mother or grandmother made on the holidays that they baked in the oven. Here is a way to get those great tastes, but make it into a soup. The best part is you can set the Crockpot and still be able to go out and do your daily errands without having to watch it cook.
Ingredients That You Need:
1 Bag Idaho Potatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of potato soup
1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese
How To Prepare:
Step 1: You will want to get out a deep pan and put water into it and set you stove to high and let the water go until it starts to boil, one it starts to boil turn the stove to about medium heat. While the water is warming up you can be peeling the potatoes. You will want to peel 8 potatoes.
Step 2: After the potatoes are peeled then you can put them into the water and let them boil for about 30 minutes and stick a fork into them and see if they are still solid in the center. You do not want to cook them till they are soft because the potatoes will be cooking the Crockpot and you do not want over cook so the potatoes are mush. Once you can put the fork into a couple of layers of the potato you want to take it off the heat and run the potatoes under cold water, you do this because if you do not the potatoes will continue to cook this stops the cooking process.
Step 3: You will want to slice them in a manner that resembles a potato chips you want to cut them this thin because you will be layering them in your soup. Then when you are done with that you want to cube the ham and set the ham off to the side until you need it.
Step 4: Once all your ingredients are slice, you will want to get out your Crockpot. You will want to layer your soup in this order potatoes, ham, cheese and you will do this until you have about 2 inches left in the top of your Crockpot.
Step 5: On the top you will pure in the cream of mushroom and the potatoes soup. Then with one of the empty soup containers fill it to the top twice with water and pour it into the Crockpot.
Step 6: You will want to set your Crockpot on high and leave it on high only for 30 minutes. Do not stir this will only cause the potatoes to break up.
Step 7: You will cook your soup for another 4 hours on low.
When it is finished you should have a creamy hearty soup that you can add a sprinkle of cheddar cheese to and add some chives to the top for garnish and serve with crackers.
Spicy Fiesta Soup- Crockpot
When comes to the warm winter months, it is always nice to have something to warm you up. This soup is not super spicy, but just enough to give it a little kick.
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 box of boil in a bag rice (you can use either brown or white rice)
1 large can of tomato paste
1 large can of whole tomatoes
2lbs ground beef
1 can corn
2 cans black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 packet of spicy chili mix
How To Prepare:
Step 1: Set your Crockpot on high and let is warm up first, then add all your beans and corn to the Crockpot. You do not need to drain the beans, but drain all the water out of the corn.
Step 2: Once you get all the corn and beans in then you will want to add the whole tomatoes and tomato paste to the mixture and stir together with the beans.
Step 3: once you put the corn, beans, tomato paste, and tomato sauce in the Crockpot you will want to add the spicy chili mix and make sure to stir it well into the soup. Nothing is worse than getting one of those powder chunks.
Step 4: You will want to let this mixture cook for 3 hours before you put in the rice. Once 3 hours have past then Take the rice out of the bags and add the rice to the Crockpot. You do not want to do this at the very beginning because the rice will become too soft and then you will have a soup mush.
Step 5: let the soup mixture cook for 3 hours. 20 minutes before the soup is done, you want to start cooking the ground beef; you want to cook it all the way through so that there is no pink showing. Once that is done, you can add the ground beef to the soup and stir it altogether.
Step 6: After 6 hours has past turn the Crockpot off and let it cool down for at least 30 minutes so that it does not burn you because it will be extremely hot at first.
This is away to have that warm Mexican meal all combine into a soup. The best way to serve this soup is with a little dollop of salsa on the top for some extra spice and a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. This makes the soup pretty as well as tasty and goes well with a couple Frito chips on side for dipping.
No matter what your taste is there is always a soup to fit your dinning needs. There are plenty of soups out there to try, so if you have never had soup our found one that you like then January is the month to try something new.