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Did you know that soup is considered to be one of the first fast foods? It's true! The history of soup is closely intertwined with the history of cooking, and among the earliest was a version that combined peas, lentils and beans for a quick and easy meal. recipe photo

Since then, soup has evolved into a mealtime favorite that is everything from quick and easy to sophisticated and elegant. During the cold nights of winter, a bowl of hot, nourishing soup will warm you up and satisfy those comfort-seeking taste buds.

Wondering where to get started to make a soup from scratch? More than 83 percent of homemade soups feature broth as a base to create a deliciously satisfying dish. The makers of Swanson Broth know that soup is a wonderful treat 12 months of the year, which is why they are offering some of their favorite homemade soup recipes.

recipe photoSensational Chicken Noodle Soup is a classic and quick soup recipe that only takes 25 minutes from stovetop to table, but tastes like it took all day. It starts with the secret ingredient, Swanson Chicken Broth, and combines fresh celery, carrots and black pepper with, of course, chicken and noodles to create a timeless soup full of flavor.

If it's something a bit more substantial you're in the mood for, prepare Hearty Beef Barley Soup. A meal in itself, this soup begins with Swanson Beef Broth and is seasoned with thyme, garlic and mushrooms. With the addition of sirloin steak, this soup delivers a hearty and tasty meal in every spoonful.

For a soup chock-full of fresh vegetable flavors, start with Swanson Vegetable Broth and incorporate leeks, carrots, celery, turnips and white kidney beans to create Winter Vegetable Bean Soup With Pesto. A simple, homemade pesto offers an unexpected touch to this hot and hearty dish.

While the definition of "fast food" has changed over the centuries, soup is certainly a quick and versatile one-pot wonder. So, when you're craving comfort, treat yourself to a bowl of this wholesome fast food. For more recipes, visit Swanson Broth.

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