9 Savory Soups That Make Perfect Freezer Meals for Fall
Freezer-friendly meals are a busy parent's best friend, especially when we long for a cozy dinner at home but have no time to prepare a meal. One of the best foods to keep in your freezer for nights like these? Soup. It's healthy, hearty, and kid-friendly — and will warm you up on a chilly fall evening. (See also: How to Freeze Foods That "Don't Freeze Well")
Most soups freeze well, but some are better suited to cold autumn nights than others. Your family is sure to enjoy the following freezer-friendly soups this time of year.
1. Crockpot Pasta Fagioli
Stephanie O'Dea's Crockpot Pasta Fagioli is a fall favorite in our house. Her recipe makes quite a lot, so you'll have plenty to freeze.
2. Creamy Carrot Soup
Bring your kids into the kitchen to make Creamy Carrot Soup — or make it yourself and conveniently "forget" to tell them that it's made from a vegetable.
3. Lentil Soup
4. Chicken Noodle Soup
Traditional Chicken Noodle is always satisfying, but try surprising your taste buds with a spicy Sichuan-Style Chicken Noodle Soup.
5. A Hearty Stew
Beef stew is a classic hot meal for a cold autumn night, and it freezes well. Also worth trying? Chicken and Sausage Stew with Oven Roasted Potaotes.
6. Black Bean Soup
7. Turkey Corn Noodle Soup
Leftover turkey? Make Turkey Corn Noodle Soup. (And don't lose the recipe — you'll need it after Thanksgiving.)
8. Mini Meatball Soup
Rachael Ray's Mini Meatball Soup makes a hearty meal that is sure to be a crowd pleaser, especially with the addition of her Grilled Cheese "Sammies."
9. Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Apples and butternut squash are both in season, so stock up now and make plenty of Butternut Squash and Apple Soup to freeze for later.
Suggestions for Serving Soup
Keep the following tips in mind when serving soup to your family.
- If you've never frozen soup before, Soup Chick's advice for how to freeze and reheat soup will come in handy.
- Serve soup that someone else made! By hosting a Soup Swap, you can share your own bounty and indulge in a dinner you didn't have to make.
- Unless you're counting carbs, round out your meal with bread for dipping. Garlic toast, cornbread, biscuits, or beer muffins could all be the perfect side for your family's favorite soup.
What is your family's favorite fall soup? Does it freeze well?
This post is by Alyssa Chirco from our sister blog, Parenting Squad. Visit Parenting Squad for more parenting tips and news: