Wildcat-a-touille

Note from the Soup Charmer: This soup was made as an ode to my Dad, who had a vegetable and fruit garden that was the envy of all and fed a family of eight. My mother was a champ in the kitchen with Dad’s bounty. One summer I swear we had a big pot of…

Reddengray

Like the erstwhile Chico pub for which it’s named, this classic red bell pepper soup harks back to a simpler time. Fresh, crisp peppers are sauteed, simmered and pureed with garlic,  thyme and a pinch of cayenne, then finished with smooth cream. (Vegetarian) (makes approx. 2 quarts)  1 Tbsp butter 4 red bell peppers, chopped…

Sundance

What to do with a tomato bounty? One word: THIS. Grab some fresh basil and a couple of things from your pantry and this soup will be ready in a flash. Simple and summery! (Vegan) (makes approx. 1 ½ quarts) 4 tomatoes, peeled and seeded 1 quart tomato juice 12 fresh basil leaves 2 cups…

Silver Dollar

Named for Chico’s annual summertime fair, our take on Hungarian Mushroom soup is, hands down, our most talked-about creation. Pretty much da bomb. If you don’t like mushrooms, you’ll want to move along. (Vegetarian, with the Vegan variation below.) (Makes 2 quarts. Make extra, because it freezes beautifully!) 1 lb mushrooms, sliced (button or cremini)…

Wildwood

A soup near and dear to the Soup Charmer’s heart. Her sweet mama used to make a chicken tarragon casserole that was a family favorite, so Sally decided to make a soup to honor that memory. Nailed it after three tries! (Meaty) (makes approx. 4 quarts) ½ cup (1 stick) butter 2 medium yellow onions,…

El Rey Gazpacho

The king of cold soups!  Ripe summer tomatoes are juiced and chilled with a medley of garden-fresh Mediterranean veggies, plus a shot of zesty hot sauce. ¡Deliciosa! (Vegan) Note from the Soup Charmer: This fab soup is a riff on a gazpacho that my sweet mama used to make and one of our favorite celebrations of…

Monkey Face Mulligatawny

A delightfully spicy Indian favorite! Free-range chicken, organic rice and Granny Smith apples with veggies and a hint of curry simmered in our Souper Chicken Broth.  Our kids have done unspeakable things just to get a bite of this soup. (Meaty) Monkey Face Mulligatawny (makes approx. 3 ½ quarts) ½ cup (1 stick) butter 2…

Cherry Street Jubilee

Summer brunch? Serve this chilled soup as a refreshing twist! Fresh dark cherries are all over the farmer’s market right now. Combined with lemon zest, they infuse a subtle, sweet red wine. We finish it with Greek yogurt for a little tang.  (Vegetarian) Cherry Street Jubilee(makes approx. 3 qts) 5 cups water ½ cup white…