Imagine the setting. It’s a cold winter day. It’s below zero. You’re running home from school as a kid and as you bolt through the door, with your fingers feeling like they’re about ready to come off, your mother says to you, “Sit down, I’ll make you a nice hot bowl of soup”. You’ve just heard music to your ears. While it doesn’t necessarily have to be below zero to enjoy a bowl of hot soup, there is no doubt that nothing beats it when you feel like you’ve been living in the North Pole. And if you can’t decide what kind of soup to have in order to warm up, this article offers up a few suggestions.

According to old mom’s tales, not only is this kind of soup good for warming you up but it’s also great if you have a cold. Of course we are referring to the ever popular chicken soup or chicken noodle soup. A whole book could be written on this kind of soup alone but the basics are pretty simple. Chicken soup, home made that is, is made from chicken broth and seasonings. You get the broth after you cook the chicken itself. After that, you can throw into it whatever you want, including noodles, celery and even whole chunks of chicken if you like. Of course if you’re too lazy to cook, there’s always Campbell’s Chicken Soup. You can get these in many varieties, including their Chunky Soups, which contain some good chunks of chicken.

But chicken soup isn’t the be all and end all of soups. As a matter of fact, chicken soup has become so common that many people are dying for a change. Well, they don’t have to die too long because there are more than enough varieties of soups to keep even the most finicky person happy.

A great soup for throwing in things like small hot dogs and salami is pea soup. Pea soup has a very thick consistency, unlike most other soups. If you’re not a lover of vegetables, especially peas, then this is probably not a soup you’re going to want to try as it has a very distinct flavor. You’re probably not going to want to tackle making this from scratch. Campbell’s has a very good pea soup that you can then add your own salami or hot dogs to.

On the other hand, if you like your veggies, then a good vegetable soup is probably something that you’ll enjoy. The great thing about these soups is that you can pretty much put anything into them that you like including celery, carrots, lima beans and a host of other vegetables. A good vegetable soup can be a meal all by itself.

And of course you’ve got your mushroom soup, clam chowder, both New England and Manhattan style, Lentil soup, a Jewish favorite, tomato soup, which is great with rice and even pumpkin soup.

Yes, there are plenty of soups to keep any soup lover more than content.

Alicia D. Walker

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