Let me preface this by saying I’m one of the rare birds who actually enjoys book club. (I started a “no-pressure” book club with a crew of pals back in 2016 and it’s still going strong.) But when a friend of mine introduced me to the idea of “soup group,” it sounded like the perfect seasonal swap. Here’s how it works.
What is soup group? Basically, it’s a moment where an intimate group of pals gathers for a bowl (or two) of homemade soup. The host does the cooking, and you rotate homes for each meet-up. That’s it!
Do you really just serve soup? You could ask somebody to bring wine or a baguette. But really the meetup is meant to be casual and low-key.
Will I miss talking about books? If you’re worried the conversation won’t be lively, you could assign everyone an article to read or a current event to ruminate on. Or you could simply make it an add-on to your usual book club. (A homemade pot of soup while discussing the new Ann Patchett sounds pretty cozy, no?)
Now the bigger question: What to serve? This chicken gnocchi soup looks like a bowl of deliciousness, and the cook time is only 30 minutes.