A bowl of soup is a powerful dish. It evokes a feeling of warmth, comfort on a cold day and something that you helped prepare at home with your mother growing up.

THE SOUP SISTERS COOKBOOK offers 100 Simple Recipes to Warm Hearts . . .One Bowl at a Time

With 100 recipes arranged by season, The Soup Sisters Cookbook is a truly unique way to enjoy heartwarming soups throughout the year.

The Soup Sisters Cookbook showcases scrumptious recipes from the "souper volunteers" of the Soup Sisters alongside recipes from many of Canada's top celebrity chefs--including Michael Stadtlander, Bonnie Stern, Lucy Waverman, Massimo Capra, Anna Olson, Michael Bonacini and Elizabeth Baird. With 100 recipes arranged by season, The Soup Sisters Cookbook is a
truly unique way to enjoy heartwarming soups throughout the year. There is advice on making and storing stock; the equipment and techniques you need for successful soup making; and a full list of essential pantry ingredients. It is certain to appeal to soup-lovers everywhere!

Soup Sisters are a Calgary-based non-profit enterprise founded in 2009 by Sharon Hapton. They are dedicated to making a tangible difference to the lives of women and children in need. Soup Sisters believe in the power of soup, and the nutrition, comfort and warmth that the gift of soup can bring. This belief has resonated quickly and profoundly with communities across Canada, who have come together through their local Soup Sisters event to cook, share and donate soup to women's shelters in their own community. The Soup Sisters' growing network has over 4,500 supporters, who collectively donate over 8,000 bowls of soup every month, with over 75,000 donated to date. There are Soup Sisters locations across Canada and you too, could prepare a bowl of soup and make a difference.

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The Soup Sisters Cookbook: 100 Simple Recipes to Warm Hearts…One Bowl at a Time
Edited by Sharon Hapton & Pierre A. Lamielle Published Appetite by Random House

Curried Sweet Potato, Carrot and Red Lentil
Julie Van Rosendaal - Cookbook Author and Blogger - Dinner with Julie
Makes about 4 servings

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) red lentils, rinsed
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) curry powder, or more to taste
  • 4 cups (1 L) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) plain yogurt or whipping cream (35% MF)
  • Salt to taste
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, sauté the onion, garlic and ginger in the oil, until the onion is softened.
  2. Stir in the carrots, sweet potato, lentils and curry powder.
  3. Add the stock and 1 cup (250 mL) water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low.
  4. Simmer, uncovered, until the lentils are tender, about 35 minutes.
  5. Purée until smooth. Add the yogurt. Reheat over medium heat(without boiling), and add salt to taste.
  6. Ladle up a bubbly bowl of sweet lentil soup.

Giveaway

The good folks at Appetite by Random House have kindly offered three (3) copies of The Soup Sisters Cookbook to Food Bloggers of Canada members. Simply leave a comment below on this post as to what is your favourite soup (and if there's a particular reason why, please share the story). The giveaway ends at 11:59pm on Friday, November 30th and three winners will be selected at random and announced Monday, Dec. 3 in the FBC News post.

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32 Comments

Mike Moses

What can I say..Mmmmmm Soup. The more recipes the better for this great staple. I have always had a love for soup. If it’s rustic and hearty the better. Nothing makes a Canadian Winter a little easier than home made soup.
Good Luck Soup Sisters, and Great Job!
Chef Moses

Charmian Christie

What? I’m the first to comment? I love almost all soup by my favourite is a mushroom and paprika version I discovered back in university. Unlike cream of mushroom soups, it’s based on a clear broth with only a dollop of sour cream as garnish. Since my husband hates mushrooms I don’t feel guilty when I don’t share it.

Tamar Swartz

I also love soup, but my favourite is Vichyssoise – leek and potato soup with a drizzle or cream and sprinkle of chives. It’s my dad’s specialty and I look forward to every time he makes it.

Julie Angelini

I used to be indifferent about soups but recently I made my own squash soup for the first time, from scratch. Well I totally fell in love with it. Homemade beat the canned variety hands down!

Marisa

I love soup and could eat it everyday in Fall and Winter
My favourite is buttercup squash because it is bright orange and very thick.
Tonight I am making split pea and adding frozen peas for extra shocking green colour!
Last week I made Leek, Potato and Corn Chowder
This is a great way to get my kids to eat extra veggies without complaining!

Jeanine Friesen

I’m simple, and love something simple and quick to put together. That’s why I love a Cheese Veggie Chowder I make for my family quite often. It’s supper today, in fact! 🙂

Kim Beaulieu

I love lasagna soup. I know it’s not a traditional soup but it’s so darn good. I’m completely obsessed with it right now. I also really like a good minestrone, something so comforting about it.

Bonnie Vockeroth

Hands down, mushroom soup! It’s hearty richness always comforts me on a rainy night. I could drink it out of a mug everyday.

On another note, Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers is a great organization! My friends and I volunteered at a soup making session in Vancouver and I had the best time. I would do it again for sure. All of the recipes rock! Cheers.

Megg

My favourite soup is Vietnamese pho, particularily beef pho. I just love it’s depth of flavours, and once I made it from scratch, which really gave me an appreciation for the process!

Asiya Baig

My favorite soup is my mom’s chicken corn soup. No one makes it like her..it’s comforting and brings back childhood memories.

Maria MacDonald

My favorite soup is one which I created: Mighty Minestrone Soup. My 8 year old son, a soup-lover since the tender wee age of 1, was my inspiration behind this hearty soup. With root vegetables, beans, rice, and herbs, it’s been a favorite in my home since I started making it 🙂 #ilovesoup

Genevieve

I love soup but sometimes I get sick of the same kinds, so I could use a new cookbook full of soup ideas! My favourite kind of soup is anything with peanut butter – I’ve made carrot-peanut and sweet potato-peanut soups that were both delicious!

Sarah Reynolds

I love soup. It lets me eat vegetarian easily and it’s so comforting. I love the sound of the above red lentil soup but my recent favourite is a salmon and corn chowder. I make it with a can of creamed corn and evaporated milk so it’s pretty healthy too!

Christina Austin

My favourite by far is a good french onion soup with lots of cheese. I was a picky eater (ok, I still am) and I would order the same things at restaurants. Either chicken fingers or french onion soup – without the croutons.

Holly Botner

My favorite soup is good old fashioned chicken soup with matzoh balls. This is the soup that was consumed at each family holiday meal, and at traditional Friday night dinners. This is the soup that we were given if we were sick to nurture us back into good health. My sister shared her recipe for chicken soup with me. She’s a fabulous cook. First we shopped for a huge stock pot. My husband asked me if I was planning to feed the infantry, or if I’d just purchased a hot tub. My sister’s chicken soup cooks for 7 hours. When it cools it turns into solid jelly and the bones are reduced to mush. You can read about my sister’s chicken soup (or stock – same difference) in my jittery cook blog at http://jitterycook.com/2011/11/16/chicken-soup-to-cure-whatever-ails-you/. My auntie Myrtle is the family expert at making matzoh balls. She simply uses the package mix, but must have a light touch as her cloud light balls are nothing like the lead balloons my maternal grandmother made. Reminiscent of the feather light schmaltz graced tasty morsels of my paternal bubbie, Myrtle’s matzoh balls go perfectly with the liquid gold chicken soup. I’d love a bowl full right now.

Jennifer Maloney

I think there’s nothing more satisfying for me than Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, made with a bit of maple syrup and served with a fresh-baked crusty bread.

Ruth Mills

I like to consider myself the ” Soup Queen ” in our house. Why go to an expensive spa when you can get the same results that standing over a nice big pot of soup will give you? There is something quite therapeutic about inhaling the wonderful aromas and feelings it congers. One of my favorite fall soups is the Potato Leek Soup. I live in Northern Ontario, and the winters are long here , so a bowl of hot soup can go a long way to ease your way though the winter here. I love this soup because it is economical, and rich in flavor. Topped with chopped crisp bacon and shredded cheddar cheese, it gives you the feeling that you are splurging on something special. The fresh cilantro brings back a touch of summer to help get me though the winter. I’ve shared the recipe with you on my blog at http://gingersmoothyandottopilot.com/2012/09/14/potato-leek-soup/

Vincci Tsui

At the end of the day, I love all soups, so it’s hard to choose! I find I prefer sweet, creamy pureed soups (i.e. butternut squash, sweet potato or parsnip) over chunky ones though.

Renee

My favourite soup is Vietnamese Pho. The first time I tried it I was living in Montreal, as a poor art student. My friend took me to Chinatown for the first time and we ducked into one of the great little noodle places there. We ordered our huge soups and slurped up noodles and broth fragrant with cilantro and chiles – it was spicy and delicious and my nose was running from the heat. It’s still one of my favourite soups to order, even in Saskatoon’s small but mighty Chinatown.

Joyce Lam

My favourite is minestrone. The idea of a bowl of hot tomato vegetable soup with meatballs and pasta sounds really good on a chilly winter day.

Nutmeg

Winter has set in for good in Alberta and FBC is asking for just one favourite soup! That is almost impossible when it is a staple at this time of year. I have so many to choose from a hearty tomato, Tuscan bean, corn chowder, bouillabaisse but a new favourite is red cabbage soup, featured on this blog post: http://www.gingerandnutmeg.com/2012/02/st-anton-mooser-hotel

Good-luck to all and Thank YOU Soup Sisters for all the great work you do.

Gwen Wright

As soon as I feel the first sniffle of a cold, I head straight to the kitchen to make a big batch of Carrot Ginger Soup. Even in stuffy flu fog, it’s easy to make with only four ingredients that are always on hand – carrots, ginger root, onion and chicken stock. Filled with healthy vitamins and detoxifying ginger, a steaming bowlful instantly makes me feel like I’m on the road to recovery.

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