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Soup Swap Party

September 13, 2016

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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
sea salt
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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21 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2016 5:41 am

    I think I’d rather go to a cookie swap, LOL

  2. bookingmama permalink
    September 13, 2016 7:21 am

    That soup sounds perfect! I think my family would love that recipe! And a Soup Swap does sound like a lot of fun!

  3. September 13, 2016 7:28 am

    We love soup! During the cooler months I make it once or twice a week… love the idea of a sway, too. Will look for this book!

  4. Diane permalink
    September 13, 2016 7:37 am

    What a great idea! I love soup.

  5. extraordinaryordinarywhimsy permalink
    September 13, 2016 7:50 am

    This sounds fantastic!

  6. Patty permalink
    September 13, 2016 7:59 am

    I love this idea, too! I love soup!

  7. September 13, 2016 9:12 am

    The only 2 times I will eat soup is if there is no other food or I have lost a bet!

  8. September 13, 2016 10:26 am

    Yum, sounds delicious!

  9. September 13, 2016 10:50 am

    I love soups, so this sounds like a fun event…and a delightful book. Thanks, Kathy.

  10. September 13, 2016 1:49 pm

    Sounds like a lot of fun!

  11. September 13, 2016 2:50 pm

    A soup swap sounds like fun. And so does a book with soup recipes. I can make an entire meal out of soup so this book is for me!

  12. September 13, 2016 3:37 pm

    One of the things I love most about fall and winter is cooking soups, stews and chowders. This sounds like a great book. Might be fun to have a soup swap at work, too.

  13. September 13, 2016 4:27 pm

    What a fun idea 😀

  14. September 13, 2016 7:56 pm

    I like the idea of a soup swap as well. Sopa de Lima sounds very tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe here, Kathy.

  15. September 14, 2016 10:06 am

    Soup, cookie, any kind of food swap would be great.

  16. September 14, 2016 11:09 am

    I really like the soup swap idea. It seems more informal than a dinner party, plus everyone has leftovers to take home. Sounds like a winner.

  17. September 16, 2016 2:21 am

    that soup sounds delicious! I’m a soup lover all year long so I can’t wait to try out the new recipe! and I’m getting the book {you are baaaaaddd for my book budget!}

  18. September 16, 2016 12:00 pm

    Fabulous idea. One reason I love fall is because it can be back to soup season.

  19. September 19, 2016 2:30 pm

    Ooh, a soup swap is a great idea! I’ll have to look for this book since my family loves soup.

  20. eliotthecat permalink
    September 19, 2016 8:47 pm

    Visiting all the participating bloggers for #SoupSwap just makes me want to revisit the cookbook over and over again. Great looking soup!

  21. September 26, 2016 11:20 pm

    What a fun idea! I’d love to try this with my neighbors this winter.

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