By Kelly Bogard

Soups and stews are a mainstay in our house through the fall and winter months. There’s just something soothing about that warm, savory meal that makes my soul happy.

We are just past our second cold front of the year here is Central Texas, and my soup pot is screaming to get out of the cabinet and find it’s rightful place on the stove. Here are a few of my favorites to get you started for this soup season.

Chicken Noodle Soup
There’s nothing more comforting than a big bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup. Chock full of flavor, lean protein and vegetables, it’s sure to cure a cold or even a bad day. It’s better than the can. Savory. And homemade with love.

Reata’s Jalapeno Cilantro Soup
This soup is a great start to a bigger meal. It’s rich and creamy. And truly a dream to the taste buds. Because it is a heavy soup, I suggest this as a starter for a meal with lots of veggies and lean protein.

Cheeseburger Soup
What a great soup for game day. It’s easy to make and can feed a crowd. The ingredients in this one are staples at my house, but I’ve been known to switch the potatoes out for two to three cups of cooked rice in a pinch.

Potato Leek soup
Who doesn’t like a big bowl of potato soup? Creamy and cheesy with a warm smooth texture I can hardly resist. But if you feel like you need a little more, you can always add diced jalapeños or even some ground sausage to spice it up.

Venison Stew
Set your sights on a hearty stew. Wild game like venison is great no matter how you make it. Not only is the meat flavorful but this one has seven, count them, seven vegetables in it to start. And I can think of even more that might make their way into it. Like asparagus, green beans or maybe even some chopped cabbage or corn.

Be sure to keep everyone warm as the temperatures get lower. Warming the heart and soul with a good home cooked meal is a great way to start. From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!