Community Picks

Community Picks -- Noodle Soups

February 21, 2013

Once again, we want to give a big thanks to all of our volunteer recipe testers for your thoughtful comments and for helping us continue to strengthen our recipe recommendations. You can read the winning headnote and tester's comments by clicking through to the Community Picks recipes — the comments are at the top. And even if the recipe you tested wasn't chosen as a CP, please feel free to leave your testing notes in the recipe's comments section. Constructive criticism is always encouraged!

Community Picks (Tested and photographed by us!)

Bacon & Egg Ramen

Shop the Story


Lemon-Chicken & Pepe Soup


Burmese Noodle Bowl


My Mom's Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup


Community Picks (Tested by you!)

Country Style Vegetable Soup with Fermented Black Beans and Tofu
Creamy Miso Soup w/ Veggies, Greens & Soba Noodles
Greek Lemon Soup - Avgolemono
Passatelli in Brodo
Pasta Piselli
Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup

Photos by James Ransom

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • amisyandre
  • cook4fun
  • foxeslovelemons
  • AntoniaJames
  • lapadia
Marian Bull

Written by: Marian Bull



amisyandre March 22, 2013
I love the ease of cooking with rice noodles when you are pressed for time but still want to make something healthy.They are very versatile and with their soft flavor they can be paired with almost anything from meat to vegetable
cook4fun February 22, 2013
Many thank you's to the editors and to the testers. I am so pleased to have had my Creamy Miso Soup recipe chosen as a Community Pick as this was my first entry in a contest. Quite an honor among this most distinguished company.
foxeslovelemons February 22, 2013
I'd like to add my "thank you" to the editors - I'm grateful to have been chosen. And thank you to sdebrango for testing and writing such a nice review. Thank you to the other testers as well! In short, THANK YOU :)
AntoniaJames February 21, 2013
These all look so good. Thank you, gingerroot, for testing mine and for the review. ;o)
gingerroot February 22, 2013
The pleasure was all mine, AJ! I'm so glad to have your delicious soup in my repertoire now.
lapadia February 21, 2013
Dear Food52 peers, I am dismayed the recipe I favorably tested/reviewed did not receive a much deserved CP. Rumors throughout the F52 community grapevine have detailed this very subject for some time.
Furthermore, I am equally dismayed that Food52 has not replied to an email I’ve sent them, regarding this subject. I, for one, feel disrespected.
AntoniaJames February 21, 2013
lapadia, what recipe did you test? Would you be so kind as to put your review in the comments to that recipe (and perhaps you could put it in the comments here, too!), so we can read and benefit from it? I'm curious, and very interested! ;o)
lapadia February 21, 2013
Dear AJ,
Here is my review for Chef Junes Pasta e Fagiole e Scarola which has also been posted to the recipe:

This is my favorite soup and I could happily eat ChefJune’s recipe the rest of my life. It is perfect as written, an overnight affair if you are soaking the beans; a quick sauté of onion and garlic before adding the stock, beans, Italian herbs and prosciutto, simmer for an hour, all the while filling your kitchen with a wonderful, fragrant, Italian aroma! During this time, the escarole is prepared and the pasta, farfalle – commonly known as little bowties is cooked and to be added in intervals before serving and topped with cheesy goodness = Parmigiano or Pecorino. Whether you call it fagiole or fazool, which is what my family called it, it’s all the same, pasta with beans soup, a warm-your-soul kind of peasant Italian dish!

Thanks so much for your attention to this...
Kukla February 21, 2013
Dear lapadia! Your review is wonderful, and the soup sounds delicious, but the editors always ask us to write not more than 100 words. This might be the reason.
lapadia February 21, 2013
Thanks for your kind words, Kukla :)
Bevi February 21, 2013
I think that editors, by virtue of the definition, can take a review as favorable as this one and parr it down (in other words- edit it) to meet the word count and grant a contributor who has almost a full *pie* the benefit of her expertise.
Bevi February 21, 2013
lapadia February 21, 2013
Pare – to peel or cut, trim, decrease bit by bit [from Old French parer to adorn, from Latin par?re to make ready] Couldn’t resist that ;)
Marian B. February 22, 2013
lapadia, thank you for sharing your review. Although we wish we could, we can't make every recipe with a positive review a community pick. It is always a challenge to select a small number of community picks from the wealth of recipes submitted for each contest, and we do our best to take all reviews into account. We always encourage testers to share their reviews in the comments section!

And we do our best to respond to user emails, but there is a huge volume answered by a very small staff -- we do appreciate your patience if it takes us a few days to get back to you.
mrslarkin February 22, 2013
Thanks for the response, MarianBull. Why can't we make every recipe with positive reviews a community pick? Isn't that in the spirit of this being a community-driven website? I think if we knew the policies and procedures behind what makes a community pick, we'd better understand why it may or may not be chosen.
ChefJune February 22, 2013
I think originally all the recommended recipes WERE made Community Picks. Somewhere along the way, the staff changed their minds, but didn't tell us.
Kristen M. February 22, 2013
What Marian was trying to say is that we invite up to three testers in the community, then we also test to find the Finalists -- so a single positive review doesn't guarantee a CP. When the editors weigh multiple reviews, there are often different results and opinions to compare -- it's amazing how different a recipe can turn out for different cooks, in different kitchens. We do our best to make judgement calls awarding CPs to recipes that work well for the most people, but just because a CP doesn't get awarded doesn't mean it's not a great recipe -- which is why we always encourage reviews to be posted in the comments too.
lapadia February 22, 2013
Thanks so much to everybody for your time taken with this CP subject. Attention editors please look for my email. Happy Weekend!
Panfusine February 28, 2013
Chefjune: That was when there was a separate set of recipes picked for the community to test, and another one that Food52 had picked to test themselves.
Kukla February 21, 2013
Congratulations to all CP's!!! What a great collection of delicious soups!
Kitchen B. February 21, 2013
Congratulations to all the CPs, they look like a great set of recipes.
fitsxarts February 21, 2013
these look amazing! yum