Hello dear readers,
Sukkot is one of my favorite holidays, especially since I love fall weather. I love the changing of the leaves and the cool breeze and the crisp autumn days. However, the autumn nights can be a little… chilly. So, if you’re spending seven straight autumn nights outside, let’s say dining al fresco in a sukkah, it might get a little cold, especially on the east coast. Yes, you can (and should) wear a light sweater when eating in the sukkah so you don’t get sick, but it can also be useful to plan a good menu with nice hot dishes.
Everyone in my family (especially my husband) loves a good bowl of soup, so here’s a fun idea for Sukkot: Seven days of soup! We tried this last year, and it was a huge hit with the family. This year we’ll be away at a kosher Sukkot hotel, but if you and your family want to try it this year, here are seven suggestions for soups you can serve on each night of the holiday:
- Chicken Noodle. You can’t go wrong with a classic. Chicken, vegetables, noodles, matzo balls – yum! If any soup can prevent you from catching a cold while eating in the sukkah, it must be this one, right? For your family, it’s a taste of home, while for your guests, it’s welcoming and comforting even while it’s slightly different from their own chicken soup recipe.
- Cream of Broccoli. For the first day of Yom Tov, we do meat, and for the second day, we often do dairy. This creamy soup has been popular recently, even among the various nieces and nephews who steadfastly refuse to eat anything that looks like broccoli. But this soup, they go crazy for. Go figure!
- Lentil. This is one of the simplest soups I make, and one of the most popular. It’s very filling, and you can almost understand why Esav was willing to accept it from Yaacov in exchange for his birthright!
- French Onion. This one can take a little longer to make, but it’s well worth your time. I like to serve this soup with a dairy meal so that I can garnish each bowl with a little piece of toasted bread and grated mozzarella cheese.
- Egg Drop. You might get to a point in the holiday where you’re tired of big and heavy meals. Maybe you’ll throw together a meal of leftovers, where everyone can choose from the different dishes you’ve made and then make a plate of what he or she likes. If you’re still looking for a soup, this one is super easy, with few ingredients and short cook time. It’s light and goes with anything, even leftovers!
- Split Pea. Another thick soup, I love to make mine a little smoky.
- Minestrone. Who doesn’t love minestrone? Different types of vegetables, some small noodles, it can be both liquidy and chunky, with different textures and flavors, and it’s hearty and delicious!
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