Soup’s On!

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Soup’s On!

By Paula Deen

Soup is completely underrated.  Somewhere along the way it got pigeonholed as a first course—a warm-up act for the big show or what you eat when you’re feelin’ sicker than a dog.  And while it’s true that soups are a great starter and a comfort food, I really think of them as an everyday entrée—something fresh, easy and completely satisfying, especially during the coldest months.


Now I know that a lot of people grew up getting their soup from a can; it’s cheap and really convenient.  But soup wasn’t born in a can, y’all.  It actually starts with fresh ingredients, easily blended together for a fulfilling meal chock full of vitamins.  And when you start from scratch, I promise you’ll taste and see the difference (the colors are really beautiful).  In fact, Michael has gotten so spoiled eating my blended soups that he’ll turn his nose up at anything that has a shelf life of more than a week.  (I think he even hid the can opener.)


For this shoot I wanted to share three of my favorite recipes with y’all that I cooked in the kitchen in real time—no fancy “Hollywood” effects here to speed up the process—so I promise they’re as quick and easy as they sound, especially if you have a Vitamix blender which I really recommend getting if you’re into making soups on a weekly basis.


The Roasted Carrot and Tomato Soup is a classic favorite in my family, and I’m guessing it will be in yours, too.  I like to top it off with a dollop of sour cream, but Greek yogurt is a healthier alternative that’s just as rich and creamy.  This soup is also delicious served cold, like a gazpacho.  In that case, I’ll top it with chopped green onions for a little kick and color.  Curried Squash and Apple Soup is a rich and creamy blend of sweet and savory flavors to warm a winter belly.  And if you’ve never tried my Very Green Soup, I promise you won’t be disappointed.  It’s every bit as tasty as the others with a gorgeous color that you just can’t find in a can.


To make these good soups super, the most important step is to deglaze your pan after roasting.  Those lil’ bits and pieces add such wonderful flavor without the calories. Besides that, all you need is a big spoon, a bigger bowl and a real big appetite—which is exactly what everyone on set had by the time I was done cooking three batches.  Luckily, these recipes make plenty of soup that you can either freeze or, if you have a crew like I do, feed the whole farm.  Now that’s what I call a soup kitchen!

Try these other blended soups!
Carrot Soup with Blue Cheese
Sweet Potato and Date Soup
Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup
Creamy Squash Soup
Broccoli Soup
Creamy Pumpkin Soup

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I visited Savannah in June. The number one thing on my list was to stop into your resturant!!! I'm a huge fan of yours and LOVE your recipes. Your recipes bring back childhood memories sitting at the dinner table with my Grandma. Cannot wait to see you back on TV.!! Sending Lots of Love from North Carolina!

By Ashley Peeler on December 12, 2013


Paula, I want to wish you and your Family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. I was online getting your Corn Pudding recipe to make this year for our Family get together. I have 23 people coming to my house so I will have to triple it! I really miss watching you on TV, I truly wish they would let you continue with your shows. I do enjoy when you appear on Bobby's or Jamie's show too. I actually have a couple of your shows taped and I watch them over and over again. Anyway, have a wonderful Holiday season! "Go Black Friday Shopping"...yep I am one of the crazies out on that day...have been for years!

By Jodena Edens on November 25, 2013


I just adore you and your family. one of my biggest wishes and dreams is to meet you.. I love your cookware and yes I have alot of it. So I wish and hope someday to see you buy in reality I know this isnt gonna happen.. I love to cook and everyone says I am a good cook so maybe I can cook some good thing LOL.. I miss you on the food network I dont watch it anymore they took you off and I stopped watching it..anyway thanks for listening Paula I so adore you and the family .. Ps your dogs r so cute !!! <3 grin your friend Sue Smith

By sue smith on November 25, 2013


One of my biggest wishes is to meet you one day I just adore you and your products you sell and Yes I have many of them. Is a wish not that I can ever imagine it happening but I can wish... Love you Paula D. <3 grin

By Anonymous on November 25, 2013


Paula, i am a big fan of yours but i try to log in and i can't. Help

By Linda Kreft on November 14, 2013


lookin cute in those glasses Paula Tell my friend Cheryl Day I said hay

By Janice Dauksch on October 18, 2013


Hi Paula, You look sensational! I hate what has happened to you. I think you are being treated so unfairly, but you have to realize that your fans are standing with you and your family. We love you! I wish I could have met you when you were in Millbrook. I live one minute away from the Millbrook winery were you taped one of your shows. Keep on cooking.

By Lori Manzi on August 13, 2013


Paula, You are in my thoughts and prayers. I have always been a fan. I wish you and your family the best. You have been greatly blessed with them. I think you have been treated unfairly. I am a believer that you that has not sinned cast the first stone. If people listen to that there would be a lot less news on TV. I just wanted to wish you well and tell you a lot of people still care about you. Sincerely, Debbie

By Deborah Bond on July 25, 2013


Adore the Deen Family. Wish I were able to meet and get to know them. All the shows are great When will Jamie be back on? cj

By Carole Toso on January 18, 2013


Paula, these soups sound great. I found this article becuase i was looking for Canyon Foods Red Bell Pepper soup. I had it my sisters while in Houston and cannot find it at the store so i went on line. your Red Bell pepper soup showed up as well. Canyon's product is in a jar but made from scratch. Fantastic flavor and full of vitamin C. If you are hard pressed for time this is a great alternative to making your own. ENJOY!!

By Joseph Landry on January 17, 2013


I love soup, too. I just made a big pot of an Italian bean soup with panchetta and spinach. Wow, good and good for you. Plenty of veggies, beans, and color. Great for a diabetic or anyone wanting to stay healthy in the midst of a flu epidemic and/or Winter colds. Paula, I've followed you for years and just had the nicest compliment paid to me. I am in charge of a number of meals for my church, so my greatest secret to success is to follow your natural gracious way of serving. Sometimes I serve as many as 100 and always want to come across as though it was to simple that I didn't break a sweat but still make surprisingly delicious. Back to the compliment, I was told that Paula Deen and I would make great friends because of our quick smile and sense of humor. If there's someone I'd like to be compared to, it's you, Miss Paula Deen. Now, do you have some hints for tasty dishes to feed a crowd? I'd love to hear from you. Love always, Audrey

By Audrey Mack on January 15, 2013


Dear Paula: YOU LOOK FABULOUS! Did you loose all the weight with a trainer or just changing your eating habits? I must do what you have done to look this good for I have now crossed into my 60's and I want to look and feel better. You are my Mentor! Peace...Love & Laughter, Robin (ABAC Alumni - bought my first cowgirl hat in ALBANY!

By robin dinsmore on January 12, 2013


Lookin good Paula!

By Deborah Kardos on January 12, 2013


I'm paleo, no products of any kind containing gluten. U have any recipes like that

By sharon on January 11, 2013


Paula the soups look delicious, what blender/processor are you using to puree these foods?

By on January 11, 2013


Just want to let you know how fantastic you look in these pictures! You look radiant and healthy! Bravo, Paula!

By Sandy Lee on January 11, 2013

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