- by Anschutz PR
By Lauryn Trimmer
If you’re like me, there are days when you can spend hours on a huge dinner. And then there are days when making dinner is something to avoid at all costs.
One of the easiest ways around this is to make and freeze soup.
To freeze soup, label and date a large ziploc bag, then ladle the room temperature soup into the bag and seal it. Lay it flat in your freezer. And that's it! Once the bags of soup are frozen, you can stack them vertically, to save space.
Here are 10 different soups that freeze well:
1.Italian Meatball Soup. Don’t add the pasta or herbs until you’re ready to serve. Recipe:
2.Any type of bean soup. This easy ham and bean soup from Living Well Spending Less is a great option.
3.Chili. Everyone seems to have their own favorite chili recipe, but in case you don’t have one, here’s a recipe that claims to be the best basic chili:
4.Chicken and Dumplings. Soups with potato are usually not good for freezing, but this one is! (It doesn’t matter if the potatoes fall apart while thawing.)
5.Pumpkin soup. Most people advise against freezing soups with dairy. If you make the pumpkin and potato base ahead of time, you can always add the cream when you’re ready to serve.
6.Mushroom soup. Try this Mushroom Quinoa Soup from Two Peas & Their Pod. It’s also gluten free and vegan!
7.Asian Beef Barley Soup. If you like spicy foods, you’ll love the hot chili oil in this recipe!
8.Chicken tortilla soup. Wait to add chips, cheese, and other toppings until you’re ready to serve it. Genius Kitchen has an amazing Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe which you can find here:
9.Broccoli cheddar soup.This one might be a bit tricky because it contains dairy, but you could always make the broccoli and rice ahead of time, and add the cheese right before serving.
10.And of course, split pea soup. This recipe from Betty Crocker is amazing and simple, but for an even simpler version, you can buy pre-packaged ham steaks at most grocery stores. Serve with a fresh, warm pan of cornbread.
Freezing soups ahead of time can save you lots of time. Cook two or three batches of soup at once, and freeze them for later in the week.
Most soups last for up to a month in the freezer. Or, you can make and freeze soup for tomorrow. It’s up to you.
Have fun not cooking dinner!
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