As a soup lover and a soup blogger I'm not much of a boxed or canned soup eater. That being said, Dole just developed garden soups that come in a box that I actually really like.

Dole Garden Soups

First of all, Dole knows produce. I've bought their salad greens and kits for years and this seems a natural progression for them. Dole Garden Soups are fresher than you'd expect from something that comes from a box. The full line is preservative free, MSG free, low in fat and calories, vegetarian, gluten-free, cholesterol free, non-GMO and is a good source of fiber. DOLE even uses an innovative, gentle cooking method to protect and preserve the fresh flavors, vibrant colors and smooth textures that you expect in a delicious bowl of soup. They also make killer bases for all sorts of soup experiments and wonderfulness, which is exactly what I did.

The soups come in 5 delicious flavors (so far):

Carrot Ginger
Roasted Garlic Tomato Basil
Southwestern Black Bean and Corn
Sweet Corn
Tomato Vegetable

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I was given Carrot Ginger and Sweet Corn to try and I added some savory components of my own to come up with two beautiful soups. They were absolutely perfect and I know I'll keep some of these soups on-hand for days when time is tight (isn't that always with 7 kids?).

Curried Carrot and Ginger Soup with Butternut Squash
Curried Carrot and Ginger Soup with Butternut Squash

The first soup is a sweet and spicy affair topped with a cooling cilantro lime cream and curried squash seeds.

Curried Carrot and Ginger Soup with Butternut Squash
Serves 4

1 box Dole Carrot and Ginger Soup
1 cup roasted butternut squash* purée
1/2 teaspoon hot curry powder

Topping:

1/4 cup sour cream
3 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon lime juice
Pinch Kosher salt
(stir together and set aside in refrigerator until needed)

Curried Squash Seeds**:

Squash seeds (about 1/2 cup)
Cooking spray
1/2 teaspoon hot curry powder
Pinch salt and pepper

1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat toast 1 teaspoon hot curry powder - stirring constantly - until fragrant and beginning to darken - this takes about 1 to 2 minutes but can burn quickly so keep and eye on it. Set aside 1/2 a teaspoon of powder for the seeds.
2. Pour in soup and whisk in butternut squash. Heat through - about 3 to 5 minutes and ladle into bowls.
3. Top with cilantro lime cream and curried squash seeds. Serve hot.

*To roast the squash, cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds and insides. Clean off seeds and set aside to use as a soup garnish. Set squash cut side down on a greased baking sheet and roast at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. When soft remove skin and use as desired.

**To make curried squash seeds. take the clean seeds and dry well. Spray lightly with cooking spray to coat and toss with toasted curry powder. Sprinkle with salt and spread on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F until seeds begin to pop - about 25 minutes. Stir once during cooking time.

Sweet Corn Soup with Roasted Tomatoes and Bacon
Sweet Corn Soup with Roasted Tomatoes and Bacon

The second soup is sweet and savory swirled with roasted tomatoes, bacon and chives - topped with sour cream and extra garnishes.

Sweet Corn Soup with Roasted Tomatoes and Bacon
Serves 4

1 box Dole Sweet Corn Soup
4 slices turkey bacon - cooked crisp
2 Tablespoons chopped chives
2 large tomatoes - roasted, peeled and chopped*

1/4 cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon chopped chives
1 Tablespoon chopped crispy turkey bacon and
1 Tablespoon finely chopped roasted tomato

1. Pour soup into a small saucepan and heat through according to package directions.
2. Stir in chives, bacon and tomato. Heat for another 2 minutes.
3. Ladle into bowls and top with sour cream, chives, bacon and tomato before serving.

*To roast tomatoes, cut in half and set on a greased baking sheet. Roast at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until caramelized. When cool remove skins and chop finely. Use as desired.

Disclaimer: I received Dole Garden Soups for free - this in no way influences my review.