Cozy Fall Soups

Fall is my favorite season for so many reasons! It used to be a toss up with spring, but I’ve officially decided that fall takes the cake. In the spring everyone tries to rush the spring dresses and shorts when really it’s too cold still and that’s just uncomfortable for everyone. I feel as though you can ease more comfortably into fall. You also have the buzz of the holidays to look forward to. Plus, I don’t know about you, but the change of weather and the brisk cool air are good for my soul. It’s a healthy change of pace and for some weird reason I feel like I can just breathe better. While I may not get to enjoy the Midwest fall weather anymore (please hold while I wipe a tear away) who’s to say I can’t at least make it feel like fall in my own little world! Just give me all the Bath and Body fall candles, a blanket, a bowl of soup, and a glass of wine…and BAM! Minus the weather and changing leaves you’ve got the perfect fall day haha.

I’ve never considered myself a soup person, but in the past few years that’s been changing. Something about soup makes things feel so cozy. Especially on a cold rainy day. SO, without further adieu, here are my top three!

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

This is my newest find! I actually came across the idea for something like this from a book I was reading where one of the characters had made it. I love the idea of squash and apple, it’s like the epitome of fall. There is quite a bit of prep work you can do ahead of time which is awesome, then the actual making of the soup goes really quickly. Also, heads up…there is a little kick. Personally I love the spice, but if you don’t like spice, be sure to leave out the cayenne pepper!

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

If you are looking for a comfort soup that will make you want to curl up on the couch with a cozy blanket and watch it rain, then look no further! This soup is guaranteed to warm up a chilled body from the inside. This recipe also has a lot of prep work you can do ahead of time. I’m all about that because I can prep everything the day before, then quickly whip it up after a long day without a ton of effort. (Also, I don’t like peas, so I always leave those out.)

Spicy Beef Chili

Confession, I have hated chili my WHOLE life. Like hated. In my hometown they always have a Chili Supper around homecoming anddd I was always the one ordering the hotdog they give the kids (shrugs). I’ve dreaded chili and spent my life dodging it. So, why you ask do I have a chili recipe on here? Because this recipe changed the game for me. It’s jam PACKED with flavor, it has a lot of beef, and it’s chunky instead of being super thin (it always weirded me out having thin chili with lots of beans…it’s weird and not for me). This is spicy, once again if you can’t handle the heat…you may want to skip this one. I serve this with a variety of toppings: hot sauce, sour cream, crackers, shredded cheese, etc.

If you give these a try, let me know – I’d love to hear what you think. Also, if you like when I share my favorite recipes, maybe I’ll try to do that more often. I cook almost every night and am always trying new recipes (I rarely repeat unless they are true and tried favorites) and have recently been working on a little project.

I usually ask Kirby what he feels like for dinner and each time I get the response of “eh…I dunno”. So to me, that means out of the hundreds of recipes I’ve made not one sounds good, so I better try something new haha it turns out he just couldn’t remember what his options (yeah, we are still working on that whole communication thing). SO, I decided to create my own recipe book. I created a template for each recipe and I try to snap a photo of every meal now, upload it to the recipe, print, and add to the binder in a page protector (plus I like having them all in one place in actual book form than reading from a screen). If you’re curious, here’s a sample and bonus fall recipe:

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I’ve been having fun with this and always leave space at the bottom where I can hand-write any additional notes. It will be a neat thing I can keep for a long time AND it’ll make my husband a happy camper getting to look through and pick out what he’d like. Anyway, I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful fall weather and have time to slow down, regroup, and maybe create some community with a soup night! Until next time, friends!

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