Soups - Tomato Toscano
By Penny Howard

For some, Fall means Pumpkin Spice everything.  For me, it means starting to change out my menus from big dinner salads and plates of fresh-cut veggies as sides to some grilled meat to some of our favorite comfort foods and soups. 

We love soup and casseroles.  Crockpots are ok, but I was never able to get it together enough to be able to start a crockpot meal in the morning before everyone left for work and school. Most of our soups are something I can put on the stove and have a hot meal ready for dinner in an hour or so.  I have a Pinterest board dedicated to soups. 

Keep it Simple

Soups can be as simple as going to the vegetable drawer and getting out all of those things you planned to cook, but haven’t, chopping them and putting them into some broth.  Season it up nicely with your favorite herbs and spices and you have a vegetable soup.  Add some ground beef or even some leftover taco meat to make it a little heartier.

Favorite Recipes

Italian Sausage Soup

My favorite soup is Italian Sausage Soup.  I found this recipe pre-Pinterest and have been making it for years.  It is a quick soup and has several fresh vegetables in it.  It is gluten-free and if you leave out the Great Northern beans, you can make it low carb.  You can even substitute a non-meat Italian sausage and make it vegan.  We tried a grain-based Italian sausage in it one time and it was fabulous.  I did find it on Pinterest now, so here is a link to the pin.

Keto Zuppa Toscana

Another soup we like is Keto Zuppa Toscana by Lilly.  It is a copycat of Olive Garden’s soup that switches out the potatoes for cauliflower.  It is quick and easy to make. I think this version of the soup is even better than the restaurant version. It is a definite winner for us.

Unstuffed Cabbage Roll

Soups - cabbage roll soup

Unstuffed Cabbage roll soup/one-pot dish is another fall and winter favorite.  It makes a big pan providing us with several days of meals.  We like leftovers around here.  This soup is one that tastes better the second day because the flavors have a chance to mingle and get happy together overnight.

Low Carb Crock Pot Taco Soup

Low Carb Crock Pot Taco Soup is a mouthful to say and a mouthful of tasty flavors to eat.  It is a crockpot recipe, but I have made it on the stove when a crockpot wasn’t available.  It is simple, has only a few ingredients, and goes together quickly.  Here in West Texas, we find lots of ways to make tacos a part of our meals.  Taco Soup is definitely going to be on our table throughout the fall and winter.

Join the Fun

There are so many soups, but these are some of our tried and true favorites.  I have a whole other list of new ones to try for this fall.  I will keep you posted.  If you have a favorite soup recipe or you try one of these, let me know.  I am always looking for new soups to warm us up as the weather cools down. 

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