Master Chef, Louis P. De Gouy, once said, ” “Good soup is one of the prime ingredients of good living. For soup can do more to lift the spirits and stimulate the appetite than any other one dish.”
When fall arrives, I peruse my trusty list of favorite soups and begin searching for new recipes to create. I love soup. Cream soups, broth soups, soups with shredded chicken and cheeses, or chunks of beef, maybe slices of sausage with traditional carrots, celery and potatoes, possibly butternut squash, barley and kale. Whatever the ingredients, soup is inviting to the tongue, heavy on the belly without fullness, and creates a toastiness down to your toes.
And for me, the preparation is just as comforting as the end product. The dicing, slicing, sautéing, sprinkling, stirring, and tasting, as well as the smell of the simmering soup permeating throughout the house. Soup is true joy.
(Tuscan white bean soup with kale and shrimp, topped with parmesan shavings)