Roasted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons. Oven roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs and a drizzle of cream blended into an easy, silky, 0utrageously delicious comfort meal.
It was tough saying goodbye to summer this year (except the bathing suit part), but cooler weather means it’s time for one of my favorite combinations, Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese.
This Roasted Tomato Soup was made with the last of my garden tomatoes along with some herbs and comes with a modern twist, Grilled Cheese Croutons that have become my new obsession.
Creamy Clam Chowder ~ easy, hearty New England style chowder packed with clams, potatoes and bits of smoky bacon.
You know by now how much I love soup and this Easy Creamy Clam Chowder is one of my favorites. Creamy, with bite size pieces of potato, bits of crispy Applewood smoked bacon and tender clams in almost every bite.
It’s a great one pot meal any time of the year and if you’re lucky enough to squirrel away some leftovers, they make the ideal lunch.
If you’ve shied away from making clam chowder at home because you think it’s difficult or expensive, Easy Creamy Clam Chowder is your recipe ~ quick enough for weeknights, but is elevated enough to entertain with.
Summer Minestrone Soup is loaded with summer vegetables like sweet corn, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans and bell peppers along with garbanzo beans, spinach and pasta. It’s a hearty taste of summer in a bowl.
It’s no secret, soup’s my jam. Even after all these years my husband still wonders how I can enjoy a bowl of thick chowder in the middle of summer. Simple. It’s sooo good.
I’m also a big promoter of farmers markets and roadside farm stands for locally grown produce. These hard-working farmers are an important part of American culture.
This Summer Minestrone Soup is a combination of both ~ a light, yet somehow filling delicious soup loaded with fresh seasonal veggies like tomatoes, green beans, celery, bell pepper, carrots, the last ear of sweet corn from the frig and zucchini from my friend’s garden. I also added some spinach and garbanzo beans for extra protein and flavor as well as a little pasta. It’s a bowl full of bright summer flavor.
Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup ~ thick, creamy, cheesy, tasty packed with chicken, garbanzo beans, chipotle pepper for smoky heat and topped with crispy tortilla strips.
My daughters and I are all on the same page when it comes to our taste in movies. We love spending a Saturday or Sunday afternoon having lunch at the mall and catching a good flick.
One of our favorite lunch spots is a place with amazing Tortilla Soup ~ loaded with chicken in a spicy broth and topped with crispy tortilla strips.
We all get a bowl and share an appetizer so we still have room for the *required* movie popcorn. Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Soup is everything I love about the restaurant version but thicker and includes garbanzo beans, chipotle pepper for heat and smoky flavor and even more cheesy goodness. If you like a spicy, cheesy soup this is it.
Tomato White Bean Soup: rich, thick tomato broth infused with herbs and packed with beans and vegetables.
This time last year I resolved (in a post no less) to stop wasting food. It’s so darn expensive, right? So I’m tackling this resolution again and I hope you’ll join with me. Kitchen comrades in arms, if you will.
A quick inventory revealed five cans of Great Northern beans (must have been one heck of a sale), a couple of cans of crushed tomatoes, two tubes of tomato paste, four containers of chicken stock, an almost empty jar of Nutella (oops), Uncle Ben’s 90 second brown rice, canned artichokes, a jar of pesto and way more I won’t bore you with.
Between the pantry and refrigerator, I had all the ingredients for this Tomato White Bean Soup. . . minus the Nutella (which makes a fine dessert all by itself). You know what they say ~ “happiness is hot soup on a cold day”.
Easy Spicy Beef Chili ~ loaded with beef, beans and vegetables, this chili packs just right amount of heat + 3 secret ingredients that take it to the next level.
If you’re thinking you’ve seen this recipe before ~ you have ~ I’ve updated the photos on this classic, crowd pleasing favorite because it’s fall and whether you’re a fan or not, it’s football season and friends, in my book, those two go together like peanut butter and jelly.
You don’t have to like football to enjoy all the amazing food people create when they gather to watch a game or three. Football food is almost a competitive sport in itself.
Hearty, flavor-packed smoked salmon chowder with bites of tender potatoes. Prepare in 30 minutes. Ideal for weeknights; elegant enough to entertain with!
Baby it’s cold outside! We’re in the middle of a deep freeze right now ~ a Polar Vortex. I don’t know what the question is, but soup is the right answer.
On top of temps that include a wind chill factor, Sunday we got 12″ of heavy, wet snow. It was the perfect day to stay home, cook, catch up on some reading and even watch a little bit of the football game.
Monday brought the reality of digging out and thankfully my husband was up to the task because I was ready to just pull the covers over my head and wait for spring. No really.
Smoked Salmon Chowder ~ thick, hearty, loaded with smoky salmon flavor and tender, bite-size pieces of potato ~ just what we needed. You can eat it without good bread, but really. . .why would you want to?
Roasted Cauliflower Soup ~ creamy, cheesy, bites of roasted cauliflower and other veggies throughout. Add a slice of bakery style bread for a delicious, hearty meal.
My husband is always on the hunt for what he calls a “good bar burger”. It’s become almost a hobby for him, scouting out the best one.
They need to be at least 1/3 pound of juicy beef, with melted Swiss cheese and grilled onions all on a sesame seed bun, served with fries. He adds a generous squeeze of mustard and it’s all washed down with a cold beer or two.
The latest place was a total dive with a sign outside that said ‘no biker colors allowed’. It was cold and rainy that day so when I saw Roasted Cauliflower Soup on a handwritten menu, I skipped the burger and gave it a try.
This creamy, cheesy, hearty soup (chowder?) with bites of roasted cauliflower didn’t disappoint. I guess it’s true what they say ~ you can’t judge a book by its cover. . .
Turkey Lentil Soup – easily made with ground turkey OR leftover Thanksgiving turkey. A delicious, hearty soup packed with turkey, vegetables and lentils.
Soup is my go-to in the winter months. It hits the spot on a cold day and it’s a great way to clean out the refrigerator and pantry.
I’m always on the prowl for new soup recipes and Turkey Lentil Soup is one of my favorites for a few reasons: it whips up quickly but has the rich flavor of soup that’s simmered for hours, it’s a triple threat of nutrition: turkey, lentils and V-8 juice and I can make it using either ground turkey or leftover Thanksgiving turkey when I can’t eat even one more turkey sandwich.
Turkey Lentil Soup for the win.
My husband isn’t always on board new recipes. He likes a traditional meal the way he’s been eating it for years “(insert sigh). So when he asked what’s for dinner, I reluctantly told him Chicken Enchilada Soup in the way you may tell a toddler he has to get a shot because in his food world there are very specific rules: Chicken Soup should only have a clear broth and lots of noodles, carrots and celery. Enchiladas should only be filled with beef and ‘other stuff’, rolled up with sauce and cheese on top. I offered to make him a hamburger instead, but he soldiered up and ladled a bowl of this 20 Minute Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup. I watched astonished as he ate his soup along with a flour tortilla . . one bowl. . . and then another. He liked it.