My Top Ten Favorite Soup Recipes

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Soup is my go to recipe for a large group. Why? Because you always seem to make enough. And if you make too much, it just tastes better the next day. That's why I typically make it the day before I serve it to others. And when you get sick and tired of it, you can freeze it and pull it out on a day you're not up for cooking.

Also, it's one pot. So easy clean up.

Since I love soup, I thought I'd share my ten favorite recipes with you that I've made time and time again.

Oh! Another good thing about soup? Even if you mess up the recipe or don't add something it has listed, it still turns out good!

Soup is magical. You'll see.

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1. Butternut Squash Chipotle Chili with Avocado by Cookie & Kate.

2. Quinoa Vegetable Soup with Kale by Cookie & Kate.

3. Mexican Quinoa Stew by Cookie & Kate.

4. Curried Butternut Squash Soup by Minimalist Baker.

5. 5-Ingredient Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili by Minimalist Baker.

6. Classic Chicken Noodle Soup by Averie Cooks.

7. Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup by Oh She Glows.

8. Broccoli Cheddar Soup by Smitten Kitchen.

9. Sausage, White Bean & Kale Soup by Shared Appetite.

10. Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup by Half Baked Harvest.

I hope you enjoy! Now tell me, do you love soup? And if so, what's one of your favorite recipes??

Photograhy :: Hilary Hyland

Creamy Avocado Dip & Dressing


Do you ever look at a menu and pick out a meal because the description sounds real dreamy? You wait patiently (scratch that, impatiently) for the server to place the food in front of you, only to take your first giddy bite and feel....disappointed. 

I know, this situation is truly not that devastating, there are way bigger problems out there. But if you're anything like me and eating out is really exciting because you don't do it a whole lot, then maybe you're just hopin' & wishin' for something real satisfying and good.


This scenario happened recently. I ordered a salad with a creamy-lemon-avocado-garlic-thyme dressing. I was so excited for this salad because of that dressing -- it's a whole lot of my favorite things all blended together. And friend, it just wasn't what I thought it would be.

So when we got home, I tried recreating it. This recipe turns more into a dip -- perfect for dunking sliced veggies or pita chips like you would hummus. Or even spreading on a sandwich as you would mayo or mustard. When I added a bit of water and gave it a stir, it was perfect for pouring on top of a salad.

I hope you enjoy!




  • 1 avocado
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbs mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 small shallot, roughly chopped
  • 2 sprigs thyme, pulled off stem
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • water as needed


  • Place all ingredients in a standard, wide-mouth mason jar.
  • Using an immersion blender, blend all your ingredients together right in the jar. Blend until thick & creamy.
  • If you're using this as a dip or spread, the consistency should be just fine as is. If you want to use this as a dressing for a salad,  add a few tablespoons of water and give it a stir.
  • Guys, that's it.
  • You're done.
  • Happy eating!

Hi there, from the very beginning I wanted this space to feel as though we were sitting at a table swapping stories & recipes. So I write as I would to a friend. And while I definitely take a more minimalist approach to life (thrifting & second hand are my jam) I do want to let you know of products I am using that I really enjoy. Particularly ones that make cooking & gathering way easier! I promise to only share about products & brands I believe in AND actually use.

An immersion blender is one of those trusted tools I use on repeat. I use it for soups, stews, and dressings. And best of all, it's small. It fits in any space or kitchen. Below is a link to the one I have.

Disclosure -- the link below is an affiliate link. That means if you end up purchasing it, any tiny bit of funds goes back into this space. I am so grateful for your support. xoxo