Today was the first real cold fall day to hit the area I live. The plan was to go out for dinner this evening with a few family members. The restaurant of choice was The Burnt Tongue.

This establishment is famous for serving soups. They have a few other things on the menu, but soup is the main course. As I was eating it got me to thinking about how soup is a complete meal.

When you think about it you can get vegetables, meats, and even fruits all in one dish. Plus the seasonings and noodle variations add even more greatness.

Tonight each of us had a different type – Classic Chicken Noodle, Creamy Tomato Tortellini, and Beef Vegetable. All amazing and good for the soul.

Auguste Escoffier once said:

Soup put the heart at ease, calms down the violence of hunger, eliminates the tension of the day, and awakens and refines the appetite.

This really sums up the way I think and feel about soup. It is also tradition in my family to have soup in the colder months every Sunday. We even have it during the week too. It never gets old and there are always new soups to try.

Soup is good for the soul – not to be confused with “Chicken Soup for the Soul” – inspirational true stories about ordinary people. However a good soup can inspire and be eaten by ordinary people.