The Super Bowl. Whether you like it or not, you’ll probably be watching. If not for the football, then for the commercials. Or maybe the halftime show (ugh, Justin Timberlake Adam Levine, really?) Or maybe for the food. Yes, definitely for the food. You’re bound to be surrounded by bountiful spreads of wings and dips and pizza for miles. But you don’t need a stadium made of sandwiches or a watermelon sculpted like helmet to enjoy the big game.

What if there are other food options and what if they are right there in the name? I’m talking, of course, about soup. Superb soup, served in bowls! Yes the wordplay is corny, but these recipes definitely are not, unless you actually want to add corn to them—then go ahead, why not?!

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If you have a vested interest in the game, you may want to go with team-themed options. And no I’m not talking about adding rams or patriots to your broth. (Please don’t eat either!) If you don’t care either way, pick something that aligns with Super Bowl food traditions.

New England Clam Chowder

If you’re rooting for the Patriots (again), go with a nice New England clam chowder. Our recipe takes you through the process of making the creamy, seafood-laden soup entirely from scratch. And don’t forget this pro-tip: When prepping the vegetables for the soup, save all the peelings and scraps (except the potato skins) to steam with the clams. Get our New England Clam Chowder recipe.

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Slow Cooker Pork Ramen

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Ramen recipe

Eva Kolenko

If you’re pulling for the Los Angeles Rams, ramen is a perfect choice—the city is known for many great ramen joints, but more importantly, the name of the team is right there in the name of the dish! This succulent pork version is easy to make in the slow cooker too, and perfect sprinkled with scallions, sesame seeds, and hard-boiled eggs. Eat this and you can’t lose, even if the team you’re rooting for does. Get the Slow Cooker Pork Ramen recipe.

Cheesesteak Soup

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If you’re still celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles’ win last year, or you just like lots of meat and cheese, we recommend going with a cheesesteak soup. Yes, such a wondrous thing exists! This recipe is a beefier take on French onion soup. Throw in peppers and onions and top with tons of cheddar and provolone, because Cheez Whiz in soup is just weird. Get the Cheesesteak Soup recipe.

German Beer Cheese Soup

German beer cheese soup recipe

The Wanderlust Kitchen

But what if you don’t care one way or another who scores the winning touchdown and didn’t even know there was a team named after a bird? In that case, use the one beverage that’s bound to be overflowing the day of the Super Bowl as the key ingredient in your soup—beer. Grab a bottle or two and add some extra flavor to the mix. This German beer cheese soup can be made in 30 minutes. Use ale for a full-bodied taste or pilsner or wheat beer if you want something a little subtler. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a gooey bowl of beer and cheese. Get the German Beer Cheese Soup recipe.

Oktoberfest Potato, Bacon & Beer Soup

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If you’re looking for a heartier option that is also somehow less heavy, go with this brothier bowl. It’s basically loaded baked potato stew (but you could still serve potato skins on the side instead of plain old bread)! Get the Oktoberfest Potato, Bacon and Beer Soup recipe.

And what do you serve any of these delicious choices in? You could go with these lame football-shaped bowls. But why use plastic bowls when you could use bread bowls?! Low-carb diets be damned, bread bowls are the ideal way to eat any soup or stew. Their crusty exteriors add some well-needed crunch and their doughy insides sop up every last drop of broth. If you’re especially handy, bake oblong rolls to get the football shape effect. You can also use them to hold dips, chilis, and other snacks. Because no matter what the occasion, you can never have enough bread.

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This post was originally published on January 31, 2018 and was updated on January 22, 2019.

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