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July 17, 2010

Seven soups every Saturday: hot and (not too) spicy soup recipes

Seven soup bowls from Pier 1. 

I know what you're thinking, but "hot and spicy" doesn't always mean "too hot to handle." In the same way that chocolate needs vanilla and salt needs pepper, some soups need a wee pinch of heat to balance the sweet. Any soup that calls for a little bit of hot (Tabasco, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, canned chile peppers, etc.) can take a little bit more, if hot-and-spicy is your thing.

Seven hot and (not too) spicy soup recipes caught my eye this week:

Spicy red lentil and tomato soup, from Andrea Meyers

Spicy cauliflower soup, from One Hot Stove

Fresh vegetable soup with lime, from Gluten-Free Goddess

Spicy red bean soup, from Evil Shenanigans

Spicy beef soup (yookgaejang), from Fearless Kitchen

Thukpa (a spicy Tibetan soup), from In Love with Food

Spicy zucchini soup, from The Budding Cook

Find more delicious hot and (not too) spicy soup recipes with Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.


Last weekend, when it was so very hot and humid here in Rhode Island, my husband Ted and I set out on a morning of errands. That we ended up at a Pier 1 (big sale!) right next to a pet store and Trader Joe's... well, I can't imagine how that happened. These seven bowls fell into my shopping basket. I can't imagine how that happened, either.

If you'd like to share photos of seven soup bowls from your kitchen -- or from a friend's house, or your parents' attic, or an antique shop, or a housewares store, or a school or restaurant -- I'd love to share those photos on Saturdays.

It's easy: send one photo, of seven soup bowls. The bowls must all be able to be used for eating soup (no mixing bowls or troughs, please), and they absolutely do not have to match. Send the largest file your camera will allow; I'll size it to fit. Make sure the photo is in focus (very important). Tell me whose bowls are in the photo, or where you took the picture. If you're a blogger, I'll link to your blog.

That's it. One photo, seven soup bowls. Email to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com.


Posted by: Michelle (What's Cooking) | July 17, 2010 at 12:59 AM

What a great idea, Lydia. I'll try to remember to send you a photo. We have several homemade bowls by children from our SOUP fundraiser - kids made/glazed bowls and my students and their families prepared soup. People who attended the event got to pick the bowl of their choice, which we filled with soup. They got to keep their bowls, which hopefully remind them that some families go hungry and need our support. All of the money we raised went to the Emergency Family Shelter in our town.

Posted by: Lydia | July 17, 2010 at 08:22 AM

Michelle, what a fabulous idea! We'd love to see some of the bowls.

Posted by: Cookin' Canuck | July 17, 2010 at 08:36 AM

Sometimes hot and spicy soup can be the best thing in steamy weather, particularly if there is a large, cool drink nearby. There are some great ones to try in this list.

Posted by: CJ McD | July 17, 2010 at 11:07 AM

What a lovely group of recipes!

I have tomatoes in the freezer from last seaon and red lentils in the cupboard. I know which soup I will be making first!

Posted by: Nupur | July 17, 2010 at 06:12 PM

I love your soup round-ups! Thank you so much for including Alice Waters' soup that I posted on my blog :)

I don't think I could survive North American winters without regular doses of hot and spicy soups.

Posted by: Lydia | July 18, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Cookin' Canuck, I agree. Hot soup cools you down. Eventually.

CJ, I hope the red lentil and tomato soup is as good as it sounds. Let us know, please.

Nupur, I agree. A winter without soup is unthinkable!

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