7 Soup Recipes Your Kids Will Love

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As soon as the temperature starts to go down and the leaves on the trees change I start thinking about soup. I can think of no other category of food that is as consistently satisfying, nourishing and comforting. Whether you are have a bowl of chicken soup when you are sick or you are serving an elegant parsnip bisque at a dinner party, soup makes everyone happy.

I make my own stock, but you can get some pretty good stock at the grocery store now. Just look for low sodium or no salt added stock. If you get the regular stock it is really loaded with salt.

For two years I wrote a weekly column on Planet Green called Soup of the Week. If you want to delve a little further into some soup recipes there is quite a variety to choose from. This week, I stuck with soups that would appeal particularly to kids.

1. Broccoli Cheddar

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Neither of my kids were big broccoli fans, in fact my daughter at age 23 has just come around to it in the past week. Never give up! I could however, coax them into eating this broccoli soup with cheddar cheese in it. If you like, you could make this with cauliflower instead.

2. Vegetable, Bean and Pasta Soup

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This vegetable, bean and pasta soup is a very simple, straightforward soup. This is my soup of choice when I'm feeling a little under the weather. Comfort in a bowl.

3. Pumpkin Soup With Bacon and Blue Cheese

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Using canned puree pumpkin for this pumpkin soup with bacon and blue cheese makes it a pretty quick and easy thing to whip up. Depending on your taste, you can add some chilies and make it a bit spicy, or add a bit of maple syrup and sweeten it a bit.

4. Baked Potato Soup

This baked potato soup is such a great dish. It requires a bit of time because you bake the potatoes first and then make the soup, but it's worth it. Serve it with bowls of cheese or or chives, or sour cream or bacon, just as you would with a baked potato. Let the kids choose which toppings they would like.

5. Roasted Sweet Potato Soup with Maple and Thyme

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Sweet potatoes really lend themselves to a bit of maple syrup, enhancing their natural sweetness. I added a bit of cheddar cheese as a garnish to this roasted sweet potato soup with maple and thyme to add a bit of a salty contrast.

6. Butternut Squash With Apple

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My daughter is making this soup for our lunch as I write this. A couple of years ago you couldn't go to a restaurant without finding butternut squash soup as the special of the day. There's a good reason for that: it makes a great soup.

7. Glazed Carrot Soup

I don't know many kids who don't like carrots. This is a very easy carrot soup with some sweet undertones. If you like a spicy soup you could try this spiced carrot soup that I had in a restaurant and loved so much I had to try to recreate it.

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