Zupas Cafe is a wonderful little cafe here in Utah. Oh yeah, and Nevada. We found one while we were in Las Vegas. We love our soup and Zupas offers some amazing soup, sandwich and salad recipes. (The chocolate covered strawberry with every meal doesn't hurt either). This recipe for Zupa's garden chowder is another good one. It's also known as Christmas chowder mainly for it's pretty red and green colors. We love Zupas so much we've made their Halloween special Caribbean Pumpkin Coconut Soup and our family favorite Chicken Enchilada Chili Soup at home too.
After having a bowl full down in Las Vegas I was hooked. But sad that they didn't offer it here where I live anymore. So I attempted to make it from scratch from home.
I found what I think is the original recipe. I have some doubts though, mainly because they mentioned it is their friend's aunts recipe. Which means they must be from Utah (everyone in Utah starts a story with something like, "my friend's girlfriends third cousin twice removed..."). It's one of those endearing things I will remember from living here. Also the traffic. And the drivers. And weird phrases like "Oh my heck!" And Tevas or Crocs with socks. In the middle of winter.
But Utah does have Zupas. And this delicious knock off recipe for garden chowder. Or Christmas chowder. Whatever your family decides to call it, it's delicious!
While the original recipe is vegetarian, you can also add a few cups of diced chicken or leftover turkey if you would like. It will still taste great!
Recipe adapted from What's For Dinner?