The ones I enjoy the most, of course, are homemade -- or ones that taste like it! At home I often make soup and usually freeze a few bowls for later. I always prepare soup when somebody is sick as well. Thankfully my husband knows how to make great soup and he has made it for me many times when I'm ill. It always makes me feel comforted.
Yesterday when I woke up I started a pot of soup since I was home working all day (on church and coaching work) but the fact that I'm home allows me to watch something that's simmering on the stove, which is helpful. The night before I had soaked a cup of red beans knowing I wanted soup the next day. If you are going to cook bean soup, always remember to soak the beans overnight. Here was yesterday's soup if you want to re-create it yourself. It was so delicious, and it's very healthy.
Bean and Barley Soup
Soak a small package of red beans overnight in a few cups of cold water.
Start a teakettle of water to boil.