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January 7, 2012

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.


Posted by: Lou Reginato Jr | January 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Yeah soup season is here in Virginia so i will really going to need you for my season..Yes you make great soups and i love what you write.Keep on helping other us with soups...

Posted by: A Facebook User | January 7, 2012 at 10:42 AM

So an invited guest brings 6 qts of the same soup? Or do they sometimes bring a couple different soups between those 6 qts? Thanks for sharing this great info!

Posted by: Soup-a-Woman | January 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

This is a great post about soup swap! Do you mind if I link to this post on my own blog? I'd really like to if it's okay with you. :)

Posted by: Shirley @ gfe | January 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I so love this idea, Lydia! And gosh, darn it, I said that last year, and didn't put it in my planner. It would have been a great theme for this month's support group meeting. Will have to shift it to February or March and plan on doing it the proper time in January of 2013, I guess.

Posted by: Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) | January 7, 2012 at 03:43 PM

Lou, I'll be here!

AFU, each guest brings six quarts of the same soup. But there's no reason you couldn't do it differently. The point is to swap, in a way that's fair to everyone.

Soup-a-Woman, absolutely, let's spread the word. Soup Swap is so much fun. This year will be our third here in Rhode Island, and people have been planning their soups for months.

Shirley, no reason to limit your swap to January, and I know you would have a great time doing this. Many of the soups people make for our swap are naturally gluten-free, and I'll be sharing some of those recipes here in February.

Posted by: Patty | January 8, 2012 at 07:59 PM

I love this idea too! I like swapping chili with cornbread or tomato soup with cheesy bread, the idea are endless, this is so cool!

Posted by: Helene | January 10, 2012 at 05:17 PM

I made Kalyn's soup this week and it was YUMMERS!

Posted by: Eric | September 13, 2012 at 05:38 PM

Our friend group does this in fall. This will be year 4.
I found this page while researching soups that freeze well since I had a potato one 2 years ago that, while tasting nice... did not and became gritty.

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