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A Simple Soup Party

Make It Easy, Delicious, Inexpensive, and Fun

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Minestrone

Bowl of minestrone soup.

Donna Pilato
We all have those times when we're feeling like we're spending more than we'd like, eating more than we should, and running around more than we have the time. On the other hand, locking oneself in the closet while clutching onto our wallets isn't exactly a fun way to pass the time. Instead, we need to find a way to visit with friends that's easier on our waistlines, lighter on our wallets, and simpler for our schedules. A soup party may be the solution we need. The ingredients can be inexpensive, and many soup recipes can be prepared in advance or in a crockpot. In fact, many soups improve with time.

Setting the Stage

By its very nature, a soup party is a relaxed get together. A casual table is all you really need to set with placemats, large soup bowls, a small plate for bread and salad, forks, knives and soup spoons, and beverage glasses. A simple, seasonal floral arrangment would be nice, but a big basket of bread in the center of your table would be just as attractive.

Planning the Menu

When choosing your menu, you can make this party interesting with a few different soup selections, possibly two or three. Remember, the intention is not to make this difficult for yourself, merely fun and tasty for your guests. Choose recipes from a few different cuisines and you can make this an international soup tasting party!

By all means purchase fresh loaves of bread to accompany this meal, but if you're feeling a little ambitious and own a bread machine, break it out for this party since it only takes ten minutes to toss the ingredients together for a home-baked loaf of bread. Finally, add a mixed salad to the menu, and make your own vinaigrette. It may take five extra minutes, but if you've never tried it, you'll be surprised by how easy it is to make, and how much better it tastes than most bottled dressings.

Soups for Thought

Add a Salad

Simple Green Salad with a Honey Mustard Dressing - Serving a salad has become a lot easier in recent years with all of the prewashed and bagged mixes found in most supermarkets. So why not attempt your own salad dressing with the extra time you've been saved?

Remember the Bread

Dessert

Chocolate Brownies - Keep dessert as easy as the rest of the meal.

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