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Homemade Soups for Busy Families

Simple Homecooking with Soups, Stews, and Chowders


Updated December 07, 2009

Ever feel like trying to balance parenting your baby and keeping up with all those household chores is like attempting to balance a feather and a gorilla on a set of scales? Certainly, it is challenging. However, you can still offer your family great home-cooked meals without too much fuss. Homemade soups can be a fairly quick and easy option with tons of flavor and limited prep time.

1. Homemade Soups With Beans

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A great way to create a hearty, satisfying soup is to find recipes that use beans as a primary ingredient. Beans soups are often packed with protein and can fill that grumbling hole in the belly. My favorite is Tuscan Bean Soup. This easy to make soup has so much flavor with turkey kielbasa, tomatoes, and cannelini bean in a chicken broth. You won't regret trying this recipe out.

If you are looking for other bean soup recipes, check out these possibilities:

2. Homemade Soups With Potatoes

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Like beans, potatoes add bulk to soup that help make the meal a filling one. In some recipes, the potatoes can be prepared ahead of time. Consider boiling your potatoes the night before. That will help you reduce your time in the kitchen during the early evening hours (which we know how those hours are often a baby's witching hour anyway).

Here are some fabulously yummy homemade soup recipes that use potatoes:

3. Homemade Soups With Pasta

Homemade Soups
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Practically everyone knows the comforting nature of a good bowl of chicken noodle soup. There is something about pasta that soothes the soul of any carb-loving noodle-aholic. Pasta is another great way to make sure a soup moves from just being tasty to being a meal that sustains you throughout the day. Here are some of my favorites:

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