Soup’s on

We love any opportunity to get together with family and friends. And there’s no need to stress over a complicated menu. Throwing a soup party or building regular soup days into your calendar are a wonderfully low-key option for savoring the joy of getting together without all of the fuss.

Here are a few tips for making the most of this casual celebration:

1. Have guests serve themselves from the pot of soup in the kitchen. This keeps things informal and helps limit the mess of dishing soup out at the table.

2. Spice things up with toppings like Greek yogurt, pepitas, shredded cheese, scallions, pesto and croutons.

3. For an even heartier meal, pair with bread. A multigrain loaf, baguette or sourdough boule are great options.

4. For a sweet finish, consider fresh fruit or a few of your favorite chocolate bars to pass around the table.