September is finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited about that! The crisp morning air, chilly nights, and sweater weather — everything just calls for a relaxing night while enjoying a delicious a bowl of soup. I don’t know if it’s my Balkan roots, or my love for any hot liquids — but there is nothing quite as comforting for me as soup is. However, I’m aware that a lot of people find soup to be one of the most boring meals out there. So I wanted to prove them wrong! And in order to do that, I’ve collected some of the best September soup recipes that you can enjoy during this gorgeous month.
Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
The butternut squash, with its sweet, nutty flavor and vibrant orange hue, is an iconic symbol of the fall season. It effortlessly transforms into a velvety soup that warms both the body and soul. To create this creamy butternut squash soup, begin by sautéing a medley of onions, garlic, carrots, and apples until they are tender and fragrant. Then, introduce cubes of butternut squash, lending a natural sweetness to the mix. Complement the squash’s flavor with a touch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg, heightening the cozy aroma of autumn. A rich vegetable broth provides the base, and simmering until the squash is soft allows the flavors to meld beautifully. The final step involves blending the mixture into a luxuriously creamy soup. To serve, a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dollop of dairy-free yogurt adds a finishing touch to this delightful tribute to the season.
Garden-Fresh Tomato Basil Soup
Late summer is a time when gardens brim with ripe, succulent tomatoes and fragrant basil. It’s the perfect opportunity to savor the last fruits of summer while transitioning to the heartier fare of autumn. The garden-fresh tomato basil soup is a simple yet vibrant creation. Commence by sautéing onions and garlic until they turn golden and aromatic. Then, introduce freshly diced tomatoes and a luscious vegetable broth. Allow this mixture to simmer until the flavors harmonize into a symphony of garden goodness. The finishing touch is a generous amount of chopped basil, which adds an aromatic burst of late summer freshness to the soup. This recipe is a testament to the beauty of simplicity and the flavors of the season, offering a comforting bowl of warmth on those transitional September days.
Lentil and Vegetable Soup
Lentils, those tiny but nutrient-packed legumes, take center stage in this hearty lentil and vegetable soup. It’s a soup that embodies the essence of September – a bridge between the vibrant colors of late summer and the earthy tones of fall. The process begins with a medley of sautéed onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. These aromatics lay the foundation of flavor for the soup. Dried lentils join the mix, infusing their protein-rich goodness into the broth. The addition of zucchini, along with dried thyme and rosemary, enhances the heartiness of the soup. After a simmer that allows the lentils to tenderize and the flavors to meld, the result is a nourishing and fulfilling soup, perfect for those crisp September evenings. It’s a testament to the comfort that can be found in a humble bowl of plant-based goodness.