Soup Swap Party
Several years ago, during a long, cold New England winter, Kathy Gunst and her friend Hope Murphy came up with the idea of a Soup Swap. They invited six other couples and asked everyone to bring a pot of soup to share with enough for everyone to take home leftovers. That way, everyone had a fun night out and got to take home several different soups to enjoy during the week. The get together was such a success, it’s still going strong – the Second Sunday Soup Swap Suppers meets monthly during the winter.
In her book Soup Swap, Gunst gives tips on hosting a Soup Swap and shares recipes for broths, soups, side dishes, and toppings. There are over 50 soup recipes included in this book and, I have to tell you, almost all of them sound good to me! I decided to make the Sopa de Lima since I’ve never made it. It was easy and delicious. In fact, we ate it so fast, I didn’t get a picture!
Sopa de Lima
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
freshly ground black pepper
1 jalapeño chile, cored, seeded, and finely chopped, plus more as needed
1 cup diced tomatoes, fresh or canned
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
4 cups roasted chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
1 cup cooked shredded chicken
¼ cup fresh lime juice, plus more as needed
In a large stockpot over low heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the jalapeño, and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and oregano and cook for 5 minutes more. Turn the heat to high, add the chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low, cover, and cook for 30 minutes. Add the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes
Just before serving, add the lime juice to the soup. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, jalapeno, or lime juice if needed.
Ladle the soup into mugs or bowls, top each with two or three tortilla strips, and serve. Other suggested garnishes include poblano chile, avocado, cilantro, cheese, and lime wedges.
I just love the idea of a Soup Swap and plan to host one this winter. Hopefully it will catch on and become somewhat regular. If you enjoy soup and/or creative entertaining ideas, be sure to check out Soup Swap!
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