Today is the day to warm up with a brimming bowl of homemade soup. The reason? February 4 is National Homemade Soup Day!
When the snow is piling up and chilly winter winds are blowing outside, nothing takes away the cold feeling like a bowl of homemade soup.
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What is the History of homemade soup?
Before stores were able to rely on modern modes of transportation, soups were made at home from foods that were regionally available.
That is one of the reasons there are so many recipes for homemade soup out there!
Soups have been warming us for thousands of years. Watery gruel is likely the origin of soup as we know it.
From 1150 to about 1500 the word soupen meant “to drink in sips.” Soup, supper, and sip are derivatives of this word.
Historians believe that soup was the foundation of the first public restaurants in Paris in the 18th century.
Soups such as consommé, bouillion and broths were served in these early “restoratifs”. The word restaurant derives from this term.
In the 19th century canned and dehydrated soups came into use. This kept soldiers and cowboys fed.
Doctor John T. Dorrance, a chemist working with the Campbell Soup Company, invented the first condensed soup in 1897. Since then Americans have been consuming soups in huge numbers.
Modern day soups have many varieties such as gluten free, low carb, low salt and microwaveble soups.
Fun Facts about homemade soup
Brush up on your knowledge of homemade soup with these fun facts.
- Americans consume more than 10 billions bowls of soup each year!
- Pocket soups were carried by colonial travelers. They could be reconstituted with just a little water.
- The soup can art of the 1960’s by Andy Warhol now sells for hundreds of thousands of dollars but his first works sold for about $100.
- Women are more than twice as likely to choose soup to eat than men will.
- Scientists believe that a bowl of the soup may help to reduce inflammation in your lungs. Many people serve chicken soup when a loved one gets a cold.
- The most popular soup in the US is chicken noodle soup.
- Russian borscht, Italian minestrone, French onion, Chinese won ton and Campbell’s tomato are all popular soups.
- The largest bowl of noodle soup weighed 2,996 lb 1.3 oz and is mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records.
How to observe National Homemade Soup Day
There are lots of ways to celebrate National Homemade Soup Day. Here are a few ideas:
- Indulge in a big bowl of homemade soup.
- Cheat a little by using a homemade soup package instead of your own ingredients.
- Treat yourself to Eating Well Soups for 100’s of healthy soup recipes.
- Read the book Soup Day to your little one.
- Make a bowl of chicken soup while wearing a special chicken soup apron.
- Read the book Chicken Soup for the Soul.
- Use the hashtag #NationalHomemadeSoupDay and #homemadesoupday to spread the word about the day on social media. Here is a tweet to get you started:
What are National Days?
National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. Be sure to check out my National Day’s Guide for more fun days to celebrate.
There are close to 2000 National Days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in February. Be sure to check out this post to discover more about the National Days in February, as well as the February Printable Calendar of National Days.
Be sure to also check out these other foodie National Days this Month:
- National Chili Day
- National Tortilla Chip Day
- National Cherry Pie Day
- National Food Days in February
- Super Chicken Wing Day
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One of the best ways for you to celebrate National homemade soup day is to make a batch yourself. Many people believe that homemade soup is difficult to prepare. Nothing can be farther from the truth!
Most soup recipes are very easy to make.
Here are some recipes to get you started. One of them is sure to become a family favorite.\
- Vegan Butternut Squash Soup
- Slow Cooker vegetable beef and barley soup
- One Pot Beef Stroganoff Soup
- One pot Italian lasagna soup
- Curried broccoli soup made in the slow cooker
- Creamy Tortellini Soup Recipe
- 30 Minute Chicken Pot Pie Soup
- Taco Chicken 15 bean soup
- Acorn Squash and Carrot Soup
- Tom Ka Gai Thai Chicken Coconut Soup
And my favorite on a chilly winter day is a bowl of homemade tomato soup. Print this recipe out below.
- 2 (28 oz) cans Plum Tomatoes
- 4 Tbsp salted butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups Chicken Stock
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- Dash of ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)
- Watercress to garnish
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Add the tomatoes and chicken stock in a food processor and pulse until well pureed.
- Add the garlic to the pot and saute for about 1/2 minute.
- Add the tomatoes and stock mixture and bring to a gentle boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer 10 minutes.
- Stir in the basil and seasonings.
- Add the heavy cream, if desired.
- Spoon into soup bowls.
- Garnish with watercress sprigs and serve warm.
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