Capitol Hill Cooks | It’s time to host a Capitol Hill soup swap

At this time of year you may feel that the cheer of the holiday season has left you. Merriment is over. Austerity sets in. Six more months of winter loom.

But wait! Rekindle that holiday spirit! January 21 is National Soup Swap Day! That means it’s time to plan a Soup Swap and encourage your guests to get cooking — or at least planning — right away.

I attended my first soup swap right here on Capitol Hill about a decade ago, but it wasn’t until 2007 that the Soup Swap movement went national. Since then there have been coordinated soup swaps from coast to coast on each National Soup Swap Day, and many, many more throughout the year. Bring it home, I say!

The premise is simple. You make six quarts of soup in your biggest pot. You freeze it in six separate 1-quart containers. You get together with your friends and neighbors. You trade. You go home with six new kinds of soup to heat up on a busy weeknight. (Maybe there are prizes.) The complete how-to and FAQ are on the Soup Swap website. It’s delicious. It’s easy. It’s fun.

Need some recipe inspiration? It’s not too late to try this pumpkin soup, or check out this Bacon and Black Bean Soup from Capitol Hill blog Salt on the Table. Soup Swap’s Facebook page also has recipe links, including a yummy-looking soup from local restaurant Lark.

Want to swap but all your friends are lousy cooks or too busy? Want to meet some new neighbors? If there’s enough interest in the comments below, we’ll see about organizing a CHS reader swap later in the month. Hosting a swap? Let us know how it goes!

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13 thoughts on “Capitol Hill Cooks | It’s time to host a Capitol Hill soup swap

  1. Yes! I don’t have a large enough social circle of people who can be bothered to cook to pull this off. Plus almost everyone I know is a vegetarian which, while lovely, isn’t going to fulfill my need for the occasional soup with meat.

  2. My boyfriend and I would love to participate but don’t really know anyone else who would (we’re newish to the area). We would love to participate in a CHS swap!

  3. We’ll be hosting the “Founder’s Circle” Soup Swap this year in the Central District, also on the night of the 21st. You can get that invite by emailing me at

    We also will be hosting the third Central District only (you folks that are South of Madison and east of 12th will be invited through the Central District News. (Sorry, Cap Hill, but the CD has been all over this for years….) Still working on a date/location (a bar!), but look for that in mid-February!