Best Soups for the Seacoast

Finally, it’s Fall on the East Coast. There’s nothing better than a warm bowl of your favorite soup after coming in from the cool New England October air. We know you’ve probably already mastered the perfect chowder. That’s why we’ve brought you a few new recipe ideas to put in your rotation. And with so many fresh, local ingredients, there are endless recipe options! You could try new combinations all month long. (Check out Shaw’sExeter Farmer’s Market, or any of our other local markets when you need to grab your ingredients.)

Here are a few of our favorite recipes to get you started. You may want to bookmark them or save them for later. We think you’ll want to make them over and over again.

Instant Pot French Onion Soup. French onion soup isn’t just for special nights out anymore. Now you can make a quick and easy (and flavorful) version in your instant pot! Grab a bottle of dry white wine for the recipe being starting. You’ll also need 8 oz. of gruyere or Swiss cheese to sprinkle evenly across the top of the soup just before serving.

This isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it type of recipe, but it definitely speeds up the cooking time with a total of 50 minutes from start to finish. Perfect as a meal on its own or as a great appetizer before a New England seafood meal. Maybe add a nice piece of crispy garlic bread for a complete meal.

Roasted Cauliflower Soup. If you’re looking for a creamy soup option, give this one a go. The biggest surprise? This soup looks super creamy, but it’s free of cream and cheese. The rich texture comes from the butter, instead. Sautéed onions and hints of nutmeg and lemon pair perfectly with the flavor of the oven-roasted cauliflower. You’ll need a blender for this one to get the right consistency. Don’t forget to get a topping for the soup. Green onions, parsley or chives are the chef’s recommendations.

This recipe is gluten-free, but you can also adapt it for vegan and dairy-free needs as well. The chef outlines how to in the recipe. And now that the beaches are empty, may we suggest packing this one for a quiet, fall beach picnic?

Pesto Chicken Minestrone. If you’re a fan of pesto, this recipe should be on your list to try next. You start by roasting garlic in the oven to produce a paste for later on in the recipe. Meantime, cook the chicken in a Dutch oven or large pot with a parmesan rind. Then add in kidney beans, carrots, crushed red pepper, mashed garlic, kale and tortellini. Steam for a bit until kale and pasta are cooked, and voila! Dinner is served.

Of course, you can make your own pasta, but we suggest picking up some from Terra Cotta Pasta Co. and throwing it in.

New England Potato Soup. Okay, we couldn’t help including one New England-inspired dish. This one is a great spin on a chowder-style, without being too heavy. It’s a perfect soup if you have leftovers to throw in, but it’s also easy to modify to a vegetarian version.

For the traditional recipe, you just need a few simple ingredients — butter, flour, stock, and your favorite veggies. Use vegetable stock if you’re going vegetarian. If you’re not, try chicken stock and some ham. Try adding your favorite spices, sweet potatoes, or anything else you have laying around! It’s totally customizable.

Ready to get started? Give one of these recipes a try and feel free to pass it on. And, as always, if you have any questions about the Hampton area – property management or otherwise – we’d love to help. Visit or give us a call at (603) 605-8425