To my Japanese husband, soup just means one thing: miso. Miso soup is considered a side dish and never a main meal in Japan. But here in America, particularly the northern states, soup as a main dish is very much looked forward to as autumn weather turns nippy!
“Just trust me,” I cajoled my skeptical husband. “Soup for dinner is really a thing in the US! Think how nice it’ll be to come home at the end of a long day, all chilled to the bone (“That won’t be so nice!” he quipped.) and getting to sit down to a nice hot steaming bowl of soup! It’ll warm you right up from the inside out!”
He was willing to give it a try, though his one caveat was that I also prepare an ample supply of steamed rice. (Rice is a Japanese meal-time staple – they don’t consider it having been a real actual meal unless rice has been served, even if the table’s loaded with bread and pasta.)
The things I liked most overall about these soups, was that:
A) They were easy to prepare
B) They were quick to prepare
C) They didn’t need expensive or exotic add-ins
D) Many of the mixes are gluten-free, so if our gluten-free cousins came to visit, we’d be able to serve those to them.
E) The corn and rice ingredients are Non-GMO, and there’s no MSG or other non-natural ingredients!
F) They tasted GREAT!!!
Connecticut Cottage Chicken Noodle Soup
I’m a fan of Chicken Noodle Soups, with a Jewish background, how could I not be? Happily, this soup did not disappoint! It had a lovely made-from-scratch taste, without the overdose of fat, even considering the minor butter add-in. I didn’t use chicken breast, though. I had some leftover cooked boneless, skinless thighs and those worked just fine!
This was a good, satisfying soup, and paired with some cheese toast, was good for a light lunch, or for pouring down the gullet of a person with a cold.
I give it 4 stars for taste and 2.5 stars for complete dinner-meal-ability.
Florida Sunshine Red Pepper Corn Chowder
I love chowders, particularly seafood chowders! But soup-mix potatoes are usually ‘meh’ at best. Well, I don’t know how Frontier Soups went about preserving their soupmix potatoes, but when reconstituted as part of the soup, these taters did pretty good! No points off for those!
There was a teensy bit of cayenne for some very minor heat, but it was nothing that scared off the kids. I added in some shrimp and served it forth.
This was one that got a verbal exclamation of enjoyment from my husband! (Yay!) and with only the obligatory bowl of steamed rice, he was willing to concede that yes, soups can really be a real meal. (With rice alongside. Of course.)
I give it 5 stars for taste and 4 stars for complete dinner-meal-ability served alongside a small green salad or green smoothie (And the rice, of course – who could forget the rice!) This was one that did a good job of sticking to your ribs! And the kiddos ate every bit of it!
South of the Border Tortilla Soup
This one was also a winner with my husband and I, but a bit too strong-tasting for my kids. I really didn’t think it was all that spicy though. I did add in 1 cup of mild queso salsa, but just to give it a bit of creaminess that my husband expected after having his tastebuds spoiled by commercial chain restaurant tortilla soups. The tomato salsa I used was also mild.
I give it 4.5 stars for taste and 5 stars for complete dinner-meal-ability, as-is. (Yes, dear – rice, rice, rice! Sheesh! *whispers: but really, while rice is nice, this soup can stand alone with all the veggies and protein it’s got.)
Mississippi Delta Tomato Basil Soup
Literally, a few minutes before I made this one, my husband called to let me know he’d just gotten a tooth extracted, and by the way, could I please make sure that dinner was liquid? Oh yeah, and the dentist said – ‘No rice!’. There was manly whimpering. Very manly…really!
So I prepared this mix , added cream and then ran the whole kit and caboodle through my nutribullet blender to puree it all.
It. Was. Fantastic!
“THIS!! This is AMAZING!!” my husband gestured emphatically and ecstatically. Thank god, because he was so happy with this soup that I didn’t hear a single kvetch, moan, whine or complaint at the lack of rice on the table. (YAY!!!)
This was a gorgeous-tasting soup! I haven’t tasted better in a restaurant!
I give it a solid 5 stars for taste AND 5 stars for complete dinner-meal-ability, if served with a glass of milk for some protein!
This was a soup that you wish you could strew on satin-covered sheets and roll around in it – forget rose petals! Pureed, the mouth-feel and quality ingredients melded into luxurious richness. Maybe pair it with some garlic bread, but go easy on the garlic, you don’t want to overpower the awesome taste of this soup!
(And then my husband made me puree some rice. Sigh.)
Frontier Soups is an American company founded by Trisha
Anderson, who transformed her life-long love of cooking into
a career in the food industry. The company is dedicated to
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