Poor soup. Sure, it’s warm and tasty, but what is it? Is it a starter? Is it a meal? Is it something you have with half a sandwich on the side for lunch? Or can it be dinner -- the entire dinner (with a salad and some crusty bread)? If you make the hearty kind of soup that leaves you feeling stuffed -- in a good way! -- soup can carry the whole meal and be the star. So whether you’re craving a big bowl of warm hugs or the awe that comes from feeling totally full from eating something with just a spoon, here are three hearty recipes that give soup a good name:

Photo Photo by Budget Bytes (http://www.budgetbytes.com) Sausage Kale Soup

Photo Photo by Andrea Bemis (http://dishingupthedirt.com) Moroccan Carrot Soup with Spiced Chickpea “Croutons”

Photo Potato Leek Soup