Five Fall Soups For the Ages

I don't know that that title means. But it sounds important. And soup is important. So. There it is.

I used to think the same thing myself. And then I realized how easy it is to make soup. And that any time spent in the kitchen is time spent by myself. Away from the children. I cook a lot these days. PS. How funny is the text in this ad? What better music can a wife hear, indeed. 

Fall is here.

How do I know? Is it the crisp weather? Changing colors? Or sudden desire to layer tights, socks and boots?

No.

I know because I spent the last two nights up with a sick baby. I am trying not to panic. I am trying to tell myself everyone has sick kids, suck it up. I am breathing and counting and pacing. It is almost working.

And I am focusing on my favorite parts of the fall/winter months of illness and homebound activity. And today, one of my favorite things is soup. So, the littlest list of the loveliest soups I have ever made. And yes, one is by yours truly. And yes, you should probably judge me for including it on a top five soups of all time lists.

Heaven knows I am judging myself.

So, without further ado, my top five fall soups.

Vidalia Onion Soup with Wild Rice from Smitten Kitchen. 

Ah, this soup will have you convinced that Fall is most certainly the best season of the entire, ever loving year. Every time I took I bite I turned to Riley and said, "Wow, this is really good! Do you think this is great? Let's have this all the time! Do you want to?"

He did.

Corn and Cheese Chowder from The Pioneer Woman

Ree Drummond is one of my good ole fashion home cooking idols and this recipe is just one more example of her down home prowess. The only change I made to the recipe was to fry up a little extra bacon to sprinkle on top. Naturally.

 Green Chile Butternut Squash Soup by, well, me.

Okay, not really by me. Really by my mom. And it is the best thing I make all fall/winter/colder spring months. I love it with sandwiches, by itself and sopped up with crusty bread. It is delightfully easy to make and freezes so well as long as you keep the cream out of it until you are ready to eat. I know these things to be true. Amen.

Beef Stew with Potatoes and Carrots from Gourmet

Beef stew. With potatoes. And carrots. With a hearty splash of balsamic vinegar. I really don't think I need to say anything more.

Roasted Cream of Tomato Soup from Smitten Kitchen.

Listen, I am totally smitten with Deb and her Smitten Kitchen. I could have easily made a top five list of soups just from her contributions to the culinary world. This one made the cut because it is easy and fun to make. (Who doesn't love squeezing the guts out of tomatoes?) And my kids slurp it up like it is a bowl of Lucky Charms with extra marshmallows and without all those pesky cereal bits.

So there. Five reasons I can cope with all the fevers, late nights and bleary eyed mornings that will descend on us over the next six months. (And by cope, I mean hide in a corner until it is all over, only emerging to eat and cry.)

What are your favorite soup recipes?