While shooting my show in New Zealand one fall, we became good friends with the neighbors, who had a small but plentiful orchard of sweet-tart macintosh apples. We came up with all kinds of neat ways to use them, including this cozy soup that everyone on the crew just loved.
Beautifully textured and laced with subtle curry spices like cumin, mustard, and cilantro, this mellow and delicious soup is a silken delight for the palate. Though elegant and great for entertaining, it’s also agreeable family fare—especially with crispy vegetable samosas and basmati rice. Yield: 12 cups Cooking Time: 30 Minutes Prep
Busy mothers will be grateful for this easy, kid-friendly soup. It provides mellow, universally appealing flavors that inspire the fussiest eaters to finish their bowl and even ask for seconds. Yield: 10 cups Cooking Time: 20 Minutes Prep Time: 15 Minutes Ingredients: 2 Tbsp butter or oil ½ cup diced onion 1½
Also known as schi, this Russian-inspired sweet and sour cabbage soup is a full-flavored, fuss-free homestyle recipe that’s super-easy, quick, and inexpensive to make. Tangy, unique, and satisfying, it feels like a special soup despite the everyday ingredients. Yield: 9 cups Cooking Time: 25 Minutes Prep Time: 15 Minutes Ingredients: 1½ Tbsp butter
Everything you need for a wintertime pick-me-up is right here in this tasty, nourishing soup. Barley strengthens the blood and digestive system, while rosemary improves circulation and helps you feel calm, clear-headed, and alert. Protein-rich mushrooms absorb toxins and escort them out of the body. Yield: 8 Cups Cooking Time: 80
When you’re short on energy, this easy one-pot wonder yields a big pot with minimum effort. Fans of Southeast Asian cooking will love the rich coconutty broth and tender cauliflower and eggplant. Yield: 11 cups Cooking Time: 35 Minutes Prep Time: 15 Minutes Ingredients: 1 Tbsp bland oil 2 cups diced