Choosing Soup Ladles

For a recent piece for The Spruce Eats, I tested 15 soup ladles. Learn more at
I’ve put quite a bit of thought into recipes for a wide range of soups, but I didn’t think much about the tool I use to serve those soups until I tested 15 soup ladles for The Spruce Eats. It turns out that how comfortably and cleanly you scoop soup from a pot and pour it into a bowl depends mostly on the ladle shape, size, and material. The latter can be especially important if you have nonstick cookware. Size might be the key consideration if you make soup in a small saucepan or giant stockpot. And shape and other features can be crucial if you’re skimming fat, drizzling gravy, or pouring into an oversized mug or wide, flat bowl.

By testing so many ladles, I developed all sorts of opinions and ideal uses for various ladle shapes, sizes, and materials. I also made a lot of soups, many of which will be lunch and dinner staples now that cool weather is becoming the norm.
Learn about choosing and using soup ladles


Roasted and Curried Squash Soup

There are so many directions you can take squash soup, and every spin you put on it changes the flavor. Learn more at
If you’ve yet to fall for squash soup, now’s your chance. There are so many directions you can take this soup: different varieties (including pumpkin), various spices and herbs, chunky or smooth. As I explain this week in my Twice as Tasty column for the Flathead Beacon, every spin you put on it changes the flavor.

I find squash soup most flavorful if you roast the vegetables, add spices and finishing touches at the cooking stage that maximizes their flavor, and puree the soup to remove any potential stringiness and ensure balance in each spoonful.
Learn to make Roasted and Curried Squash Soup

30-Minute Tomato Soup

Make creamy tomato soup from scratch in just 30 minutes with what’s at hand. Learn more at
In this week’s Twice as Tasty column for the Flathead Beacon, I share one of my favorite soup recipes. Even my sister, who grew up unimpressed by many tomato dishes, has gotten hooked on this soup. It’s quick, easy, and uses the homegrown produce that’s been stashed away for the winter. In the column, I share my storage methods for its main ingredients, hoping to entice you to plan ahead next growing season. I also tell you how to make it right now with whatever tomatoes and onions are in your kitchen.
Learn to make 30-Minute Tomato Soup