Seven soups every Saturday: Soup recipes that freeze well (for Soup Swap)
On January 21, a group of friends and I will be joining in the National Soup Swap with our own swap here in Rhode Island. If you're a soupie (of course you are), and you haven't heard of Soup Swap, you'll love the idea.
Soup Swap is the brainchild of Knox Gardner, a Seattle technology consultant who got tired of eating only his own soup creations, and decided to invite some friends to trade soups. From there, it became an annual event, and now swaps happen all around the country.
There's an organized way to swap, and if you invite good soup makers, you're guaranteed to end up with six delicious soups and the recipes to make them at home. From a quart of soup, you can expect 2-4 servings, depending on what else you serve with it, and whether it's a skinny soup or one that's closer to a stew or chili.
It couldn't be easier:
- Invite any number of soup lovers to a party.
- Ask each person to bring six quarts of frozen soup, packed in six one-quart containers, along with six copies of the recipe. Here on Soup Chick there's an entire category of make ahead and freeze soups that would be perfect for Soup Swap.
- Place all the soup containers on a table or kitchen counter.
- Serve some wine. (This isn't required, but it's nice.)
- Ask each person to describe his/her soup. (We call this "pimp your soup", and it's our favorite part of the swap.)
- Draw numbers to determine the order of soup selection.
- Then, one at a time, have each guest choose one quart of soup.
- When you've gone through one round, draw numbers again (so nobody gets last choice each time); keep going for five more rounds, until all the soups are selected. Don't worry about the math; it always works out.
- Send each person home with six delicious quarts of soup and the recipes (I send everyone all of the recipes by email).
Some swaps are more elaborate, with potluck suppers included. Our swap is a 90-minute Saturday afternoon extravaganza of "pimping" and swapping.
Seven soup recipes that freeze well, and would be great for Soup Swap, caught my eye this week:
Slow cooker recipe for spicy ground beef and bean soup with cabbage and spinach, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Parsnip soup with leeks and parsley, from Simply Recipes
Moroccan coconut and chickpea soup, from Gluten-Free Goddess
Tomato soup with roasted red peppers, from Andrea Meyers
Coconut red lentil soup, from 101 Cookbooks
Hearty lentil and black bean soup with smoked paprika, from Cookin' Canuck
Broccoli and parmesan soup, from The Stone Soup
Find more delicious soup recipes that freeze well on Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.