We received 80 fantastic recipes from across the country for the third annual Soup Challenge – in each region, three contestants were voted into the finals by the fans and two were selected by our judges based on the creativity of their recipes alone. It was extremely tough to pick the last couple for the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest, as all the soups were fabulous. Here are some of our favorites that came close, but did not make the finals. We would love to hear what you think and if you want to see more Soup Challenge recipes!

Northeast Soup Challenge Recipes

Curried Lentil Squash Soup With Sweet Golden Raisins

“After recently delivering my second child I found myself in need of 2 things. First of all sleep, but I didn’t get much say in that and second of all healthy filling meals that would help me shed my stubborn pregnancy weight. Lentils are something I always keep in my pantry for their great nutritional value and versatility. Fresh vegetables are always added to my healthy meals but when I was too tired to go to the market I opted for root vegetables and squash that I could buy in bulk and had a long storage time. When combined with the wonderful warming flavors of curry I had a great healthy soup packed with flavor and vitamins that I am able to cook up quickly and freezes beautifully. I have since shared this soup with many busy friends and family with everyone remarking about the comfort it brings. Healthy, Inexpensive, Tasty, and can be prepped ahead of time; sign this busy mom up!” – MacKenzie

Mushroom Brie Bisque

“This is my favorite soup that a local eatery who is only open for summer months offers. It’s such a delicious soup to enjoy in the winter, I had to find a way to make it myself at home. This is what I’ve come up with, after a few trial and error batches, and it’s simply divine!” – Laura

Southeast Soup Challenge Recipes

Curried Pumpkin And Popcorn Soup

“Soup is my favorite thing to eat at lunchtime! This recipe was created when I was trying to figure out what to do with leftover canned pumpkin from the holidays. The addition of popcorn gives it a fun twist, and is a great crunchy contrast to the smooth “creamy” soup! This is fun, easy, and very healthy soup! Pumpkin is packed with nutrition, and the popcorn gives it a low calorie fiber boost, plus it is delicious!!!” – Eileen

Southern Coastal Clam And Shrimp Chowder

“I am from the South and live on Floria’s Emerald Coast in the Panhandle. My family loves to eat fresh Gulf Seafood. As a child I traveled to San Francisco as my father was a military officer, and I and fell in love with clam chowder. We recently took our children on a trip to the Northeast before they left for college, and New England Clam Chowder warmed and nourished our souls. We are a soup eating family, and feel soup can heal, comfort, and bring families together at the dinner table.” – Susan

Midwest Soup Challenge Recipes

Not So Drunk Borracho Bean Soup

“I am a big fan of Mexican food and usually order Borracho Bean soup with my dinner. Being that my favorite Mexican food restaurant is 800 miles from where I live, I have learned to make my own. I don’t always have beer on hand and found that it is not really necessary to make this soup great. My biggest fans are my husband and my daughter and son-in-law. It is a tradition in our family to have Mexican food on Christmas Eve but you can find me making this soup anytime I’m making homemade Mexican food.” – Barbara

Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Soup

“This is a family recipe that my father taught me. Every year on the day after Thanksgiving he takes the leftovers and turns it into soup. I love this soup so much that I made it several times a year. It is hearty, healthy, and full of vegetables.” – Katherine