October is a great time to learn how to make homemade soup from scratch. The weather in most parts of the country is finally starting to cool down. Cooler temperatures may leave you feeling chilly, so try making a few batches of warm, hearty soups with me this month.
Throughout October, I will share a series of my go-to homemade soup recipes. Each recipe requires less than an hour in the kitchen and makes enough to feed a family of four. Plus, you will also have plenty leftover soup for another meal. Leftovers are one of my favorite benefits of making homemade soup. Let’s look at a few more benefits homemade soup offers you and your family.
7 Benefits of Making Homemade Soup From Scratch
- Soup makes great leftovers for lunch. I usually make a batch of soup, stew, or chili almost every week of the year. Dan and I like to eat one of these homemade batch recipes for lunch during the week. A batch of soup usually makes 6-8 servings. Often I will make homemade soup for a weekend meal and still have enough for two or three days of lunch during the week. Wouldn’t you love to have one less meal to cook for your family?
- Soup freezes well for future meals. Throughout the year I have busier weeks than others, as I’m sure you do. I may be traveling for work or involved in back-to-back days of 10-hour meetings. A few years ago I started to plan ahead for these weeks when it is unlikely that I would have time to cook. Most soup freezes and reheats without losing its taste and texture. That is why I make soup my go-to meal to freeze for meals during busy weeks.
- Homemade soup is lower in sodium than store-bought alternatives. I like to use homemade broth, when available, or low-sodium/no sodium store-bought broths in soup. I bump up the taste by adding the salt to reach the desired taste profile. If you make the soup at home you can tailor the soup to your tastes and health goals, instead of being subject to what a restaurant or food company thinks you want to taste.
- Soup is a great way to use up left-over veggies. When was the last time you opened the refrigerator, then thought I purchased too many vegetables last weekend and wondered what to do with the veggies before they wilted? Soup is a great way to use up those slightly past prime vegetables. Plus, you will get the benefit of actually consuming what you paid for, instead of throwing your money out with the trash.
- Soup offers you a great way to stretch your meat grocery dollars. One pound of meat used in the soup will make 6-8 meals depending on the recipe, but that same one pound used in as the main course might make only 3-4 meals when coupled with a vegetable. You can see that using that same cut of meat in soup almost doubles the number of meals you can serve and saves you money in the long run. Plus, soups are a great way to use less desirable cuts of meat. If you don’t care for dark chicken meat, but you want to roast a chicken, you can use that dark meat in a soup and mask the taste.
- Soup is a quick, simple meal to make. After a long day at work or taking care of the kids, the last thing you want to do is spend the entire evening in the kitchen. Simple soup recipes come together quickly and can often be made in less than 30 minutes. If you plan to make soup on a busy night, you can also prep your vegetables ahead of time making the process even faster on the night you make soup for dinner.
- Soup warms you from the chill of fall and winter. Who doesn’t love to cozy up with a bowl of warm soup on a chilly fall day or after playing outside in fresh, fallen snow? Soup is a great way to bring warmth while nourishing your family during the cold seasons of the year.
I hope you will join me in October as I share some of my favorite soup recipes with you.
Do you know how to make soup from scratch? If so, what are your favorite soup recipes?