10 on Tuesday: Favorite Soups

French Onion soup from La Bonne Soupe in NYC.
French Onion soup from La Bonne Soupe in NYC.

Today’s 10 on Tuesday topic is perfect for a cold (or cold-ish) winter’s day: favorite soups. It’s also perfect for me, because I love soup – whether it’s homemade or from a restaurant… or occasionally, a can.

1. Potato/Bacon Chowder – This is one of two recipes the cook at Eamonn’s shared with me before I moved away. The proportions he gave me were – literally – enough to fill the five-gallon bucket he made for the restaurant, so it took a while to tweak it down to a more home-friendly version, but it is one of my favorite wintertime comfort foods.

2. Black Bean – This is one of those foods I just pull together out of whatever is around, so sometimes it’s vegetarian, other times ham-a-licious, but it’s tasty either way.

3. Tomato – My all-time favorite is from Luna Grill by my office, and is best experienced with their equally fab grilled cheese sandwich.

4. French Onion – Um, it’s soup covered in cheese… What’s not to like, right?

5. Tom Yum – Though I grew up with chicken noodle for colds, I am a total convert to this spicy Thai soup when I am sick. I am convinced it has all the same medicinal properties, plus the added bonus of the spiciness helping with congestion issues. (I also enjoy it when I am healthy, btw.)

6. Manhattan Clam Chowder – As I noted this summer, this has always been my go-to food at Saratoga, and I don’t know if it’s nostalgia or what, but their will always be the version I like best.

7. New England Clam Chowder – I know most people are very specific about which kind of clam chowder they like, but honestly, I enjoy both equally. My current fave for New England style is from DC’s lobster truck, which has added “chowdah” to its menu for the winter.

8. Bean & Bacon – This is the best canned soup ever.

9. Chicken Pho – The Vietnamese joint by my house where I used to get this is gone now, and I miss picking up pho on the way home from work in the worst way. I’ve heard there’s a new place coming, though, so… fingers crossed!

10. Beef & Barley – This is on my list of soups I need to learn how to make, because I really, really like it but have a hard time finding it in restaurants.

So… that’s my list. What’s on yours?

15 thoughts on “10 on Tuesday: Favorite Soups

  1. Common loon January 10, 2012 / 3:11 pm

    In no order:
    1. Crab soup (Mom’s recipe)
    2. French onion soup
    3. Trader Joe’s Tomato and roasted red pepper soup
    4. Hot and sour soup (likely b/c of Dad, more a sentimental thing)
    5. Cranberry pork stew
    6. Taco soup
    7. Chicken noodle soup
    8. Vegetable or Chocken biscuit soup (there are a couple of versions, I like all of them)
    9. Sweet mama’s squash soup (a holiday tradition and favorite at our house)
    10. Gumbo (or does this not count?)

  2. mk January 10, 2012 / 4:04 pm

    Beef and barley sounds really good today.

    • Sarah January 11, 2012 / 10:01 am

      I don’t know if there is an Au Bon Pain near you, but they usually have it, and it’s fairly tasty.

  3. vicki January 10, 2012 / 4:38 pm

    We’ve had such a mild winter, so far, I haven’t made as many soups as usual! These posts are getting me primed, though, that’s for sure!

    • Sarah January 11, 2012 / 10:00 am

      I’ve definitely made fewer, too, and it’s kind of a bummer. I may have to give up waiting for it to be “cold enough.”

  4. Shannon January 10, 2012 / 5:01 pm

    Can I have the Eamonn’s Potato Bacon recipe? Is that allowed? I would like to think that J.C. wouldn’t mind…

  5. Shannon January 10, 2012 / 5:13 pm

    Let’s see…I’m kind of a finicky soup eater but I’ll give it a shot in no particular order:

    1). Clam Chowdah. Oh yum. But it has to pass the “spoon test”, meaning a spoon must stand up in it for a reasonable amount of time. Cooke’s in Orleans, Cape Cod and Finn’s on Block Island make my favorite renditions. I have others from various New England locales that I adore but too numerous to mention.

    2). Seafood Chowder from The Lakeview in my hometown. It’s so good.

    3). Split Pea with Ham (or Bacon). Haven’t found the quintessential place to buy it from yet but Campbell’s makes a decent version.

    4). Tomato Basil. Especially better served with grilled cheese on a snowy day.

    5). Sarah’s previously mentioned Potato and Bacon from Eamonn’s. It was sooooo good.

    6). Lobster Bisque…I really like it but it’s so fattening so I generally avoid it unless I am totally treating myself.

    7). Potato Leek from some pub in Ireland. I think it was in Cahir but I cannot recall. But I do recall wanting to lick the bowl clean and beg the pub owner for the recipe. Neither of which I thought were socially acceptable or likely to happen.

    That’s probably about it. Apparently I prefer cream-based soups of the seafood or potato variety the most. I not a fan of most broth-based unless I’m sick I guess.

  6. Joanne January 10, 2012 / 5:21 pm

    Now I totally want Potato and Bacon chowder..or Beef and Barley soup. yum.

  7. Fran January 10, 2012 / 10:15 pm

    I would love Emmons Bacon Potato recipe, too. You are scoring five stars this week, S … Orzo Spinach and Chicken Chili … yum.

    Soups are my fav. I make beef/mushroom/barley all the time … I’ll try writing a “recipe” and send it.

  8. Sarah January 11, 2012 / 9:59 am

    It’s been ages since I’ve made the potato-bacon chowder, and all the clamoring for the recipe suggests that I should make it this weekend so I can take some pictures for a blog post. I’ll see if I can make that work, and get it up here soon.

  9. Mom January 12, 2012 / 12:05 pm

    Small Pot ‘o SoupS: yes, soups! I started out last night to make Cream of Asparagus — another fav– only to realize I had no broth of any kind (and unwilling to sacrifice my last few plump chix wings to broth or slog out in the pouring rain to buy a box), upon checking the freezer I found a 2 cup container of French Onion Soup. Thawed that & removed chunks of cheese. Added cut up asparagus & 3 cloves of chopped garlic & a slurp of wine. Let it simmer. This morning I was about to throw out the last of my Tomato Basil Soup — so instead I added 3 big Tbsp of that to the pot. Added some S&P. Simmer some more. It is FAB!! Love soup. It is so “manipulable” and we ARE getting to soup time in the NE 🙂

    P.S. I like all of the above (particularly) Loon’s Mom’s Crab Soup! We don’t get Maryland Backfin Crabs in Bing!!

    Would love to see the Eamonn’s’ recipe as well. I’ve concocted a baked potato/bacon/cheese soup like Tully’s. Soup is sooooo forgiving!!

  10. maryann January 13, 2012 / 4:52 pm

    I’m a little late to the soup line! I love just about any kind of soup, although it seems most versions of tomato are boring. A few spicy croutons help a lot. I enjoy making soup; it’s one of the few good things that happen in winter weather. My favorites to make are;
    1) Chicken Milanese – developed from Cortese restaurant recipe, but mine is better. Really.
    2) Old fashioned Chicken Noodle like my Grandma made.
    3) a Spicy Butternut Squash of my own invention with sweet Italian sausage, tomatoes and peppers.
    4) Split pea and ham, but a nice one can be made without meat.
    5) Chickpea puree with lots of spices and chili peppers and creme fraiche to finish.

    I could go on, but my stomach is growling. And no soup in sight.

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