Sorrento Soup (adapted from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Sorrento Soup is a hearty tomato-vegetable soup perfect for a crisp, autumn weeknight, one of a dozen or so excellent soups in Loyta Wooding’s 1972 Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  While ostensibly written for budget-conscious homemakers in the face of rising food prices, Mrs. Wooding’s background at Betty Crocker kitchens lends a sense of company-friendly sophistication to……

Instant Pot Chicken and Black Bean Soup (California, 2006, adapted)

Instant Pot Chicken and Black Bean Soup is a simply prepared soup with Mexican sensibilities suitable for a cool weeknight.  The recipe is one of many lovely soups in a 2006 cookbook from the Mother Teresa Maternity Home in Placerville, California.  The home serves as a women’s shelter with a special emphasis on housing women……

Lamb Conquistador (adapted from the Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Lamb Conquistador is an easy weeknight chili-with-beans from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook (1972) by former Betty Crocker executive Loyta Wooding.   Like many recipes in Smart Shopper’s Cookbook it treats lamb shoulder and lamb chops as a budget friendly item – a cost-friendly alternative to beef.  This may have been true in the 1970s but it’s hardly……

Lamb Curry Tomato Soup (adapted from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook, 1972)

Lamb Curry Tomato Soup is an easy-to-prepare weeknight soup from Smart Shopper’s Cookbook.  Lamb is a surprising ingredient for a cookbook dedicated to budget-friendly meals.  In my little corner of paradise ground lamb is priced higher than ground Wagyu, and the discount grocery chains don’t always have it in stock.  Lamb is something of a premium……

Instant Pot Onion Tomato Soup (adapted from the Tastes of Home, 2005)

One of my favorite recipes from The Tastes of Home is a simple Onion Tomato Soup.  There’s no particular genius to this recipe but it surprised me with its simplicity and elegance.  At heart it’s a French onion soup recipe, with silky thin-sliced onions in a hearty beef broth.  Toss in a can of tomatoes……

Hot Cucumber Soup (Indiana, 1984, adapted)

Whoever invented the phrase “cool as a cucumber” never partied with the St. Andrew’s Parish Bingo Committee.  Hot Cucumber Soup is a straightforward weeknight recipe courtesy of a sixty-something parishioner.   It’s a creamy vegetable soup thickened with white sauce and sour cream.   The vegetable base includes the usual suspects, a mirepoix and some boiled potatoes,……

Mexican Barley Soup (adapted from Mexican Recipes, 1967)

Mexican Barley Soup exemplifies the balance of accessibility and authenticity that Mexican Recipes is trying to achieve.  This recipe is nestled in with a bunch of more obviously traditional recipes, including an excellent albondiga sopa and menudo, but I suspect that Mexican Barley soup is a modern invention.  I’m no expert, but I’ve lived my……

Homemade Condensed Cream of Potato Soup (Wisconsin, 1962, adapted)

My vintage cookbooks are filled with recipes that require some form of condensed cream soups.   Cream of mushroom seems to be the hands-down favorite, followed closely by cream of chicken, but there are still a healthy number of recipes that call for cream of celery or cream of potato.  In terms of convenience and……

Crumb Soup (adapted from Our Favorite Recipes, Wisconsin, 1962)

Crumb Soup is an austere little recipe tucked away in the Vegetables and Soups section of Our Favorite Recipes. In my comings and goings I’ve encountered several variants of a peasant soup using day-old bread as the base, and from the title this was what I expected.  What I found instead was a very simple……