Warm Up With a Bowl for National Soup Month

January 28, 2015

The colder winter months are the perfect time to eat soup, and since January just so happens to be National Soup Month, it’s even more reason to enjoy!

vegetable soup But where exactly did soup originate? Most soups across different cultures started out as a remedy for the sick and the elderly. In fact, the word “soup” is of Sanskrit origin—derived from the su and po, which means good nutrition[1]. This explains why chicken noodle soup is a go-to food when you’re sick! In fact, chicken soup is the most famous broth-based soup in the world[2].

Many people throughout history enjoyed soup for its simplicity. A soup referred to as “pocket soup” was popular with colonial travelers because it could easily be mixed up with a little water[1].

Would you like soup or salad? In 18th century Paris, soup was believed to serve as the foundation for the first public restaurants. Soups such as broth, bouillion and consommé made their debut in these “restoratifs,” the word from which we derive “restaurant”[1].
Tomato Soup

As times progressed, canned and dehydrated soups came about in the 19th century. These soups were especially known for keeping cowboys and soldiers fed on the trail[1].

Can’t get enough of soup? Us either! Enjoy these fun soup facts:

  • We ‘eat’ and don’t drink soup. In most cultures, soup is had as a part of the meal. According to etiquette experts, since we consume soup with a spoon as opposed to sipping it from a bowl, we ‘eat’ it[1].
  • Want to remove excess fat from your soup? Simply take a lettuce leaf and draw it across the surface of the soup. The excess fat sticks to the leaf. You can also skim the excess fat off with a large spoon[3].

What we love most about soup is that it’s an easy way to hide incorporate vegetables in your diet (or disguise them from your kids!) Here’s a collection of some of our own personal favorites:

  • Fiesta Party SoupAll the cleaning, slicing and dicing is already done for you if you pick up a couple bags of frozen veggies to make this flavorful Fiesta Party Soup—it’s like a party in your mouth!
  • We just love the combination of pasta, veggies, herbs and spices in this Chicken Tortellini Soup. Adding in the sour cream makes it even creamier and scrumptious! Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  • We can’t get enough of this cheesy-licious Broccoli Cheddar Soup using frozen broccoli—don’t forget the cheese straws!
  • With only a few minutes of prep time, you can come home to a steaming hot bowl of this Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup with Barley.
  • Come home to a rich and creamy bowl of this Easy Crock Pot Potato Soup for dinner after you let it simmer all day!
  • Seafood Chowder and MuffinsThinking of how much you miss the beach and warm weather during these cold winter months? Then you won’t be disappointed when you try a bowl of Hearty Seafood Chowder and Sweet Bacon & Herb Muffins.
  • Nothing screams comfort food like a grilled cheese sandwich and bowl of tomato soup. Pair your ooey-gooey sandwich with Slow Cooker Tomato Soup.

 What’s your favorite kind of soup? Share with us in the comments below!

 

[1] http://ilovesoup.net/thehistoryofsoup/
[2] http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/soup.aspx
[3] http://idiva.com/news-health/7-interesting-facts-about-soups/3165

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