Soup Saturday — spending time with old friends and getting to know new ones

It’s time to talk about how we spend our Saturday nights around here. Three words: Soup. Bread. Friends.

bread and soup

A few years back we started a tradition that we fondly call Soup Saturday. It goes like this. I make many gallons of soup, bake many pounds of bread, clean the house like crazy, post an open invitation on Facebook, put out the word among my sons’ friends, and wait for everyone to arrive.

I always make a point of starting the bread the day before.  Our favorite is Clair’s Sourdough but I also like to make Cinnamon Swirl Bread. Occasionally, cornbread seems to be the right bread for the occasion.

French Bread

Because of the crowd a Soup Saturday draws, I always make sure to have a vegetarian option with the soup. Here are some of our favorite soups:

Hearty Pumpkin Soup

Potato Chowder

Black Bean and Ham Soup

Sweet Potato Sausage Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Tortilla Soup

Vegetable Soup

Two big pots of soup

You can also find a lot of other soups under our Soups, Stews, and Chowders tag.

I rarely bother with desserts because everyone fills up on soup and bread.

One of the best things about our Soup Saturdays is the lack of agenda. The goal is to eat, talk, and grow friends. Friends bring THEIR friends and the circle gets bigger. Something really cool happens when people share a meal together.

Serving soup and bread is simple enough that anyone can pull it off. You can open cans of soup and buy your bread at a bakery if that’s what works for you. The point is to do what works for you.

Laura has also hosted Soup Saturdays at her house with great success. I highly recommend this as a great way to ease into practicing hospitality. And I should probably add that there’s nothing set in stone about doing this on Saturdays. In fact, this past week, we had Soup Sunday.

Over the last couple of years, we’ve met some fascinating new friends and spent some really great time with old friends. We’ve never run out of food, dishes, or fun. Give it a try; I dare you!

soup and bread


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One thought on “Soup Saturday — spending time with old friends and getting to know new ones

  1. ok, so about how many people do you usually get? I love this idea but I think my husband would prefer Quiet Saturdays….ha, ha.

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