Chili Mac Soup

Chili Mac Soup

A main dish recipe for a thick and hearty Chili Macaroni Soup that combines not two but three of my favorites: chili, soup and pasta! And yes, I know it’s summer (for most of my readers). But I for one can’t imagine going the entire summer without eating soup or chili. This is the type of food I love and crave. I always find me way back to it after eating my fill of the foods we associate with summer like salads and burgers. Anytime is a good time for comfort food like this. So crank up your air conditioner and make it!

It’s a snap to throw together and cooks up quickly. I used my basic go-to chili recipe and added chicken broth and pasta shells. It’s made with ground beef, cannelini beans, corn, green peppers, onions and whole-grain pasta shells. The broth is a combination of diced tomatoes and chicken broth heavily seasoned with chili spices. Filled with flavor, it’s satisfying and delicious!


-Make it meatless by adding additional can of beans in place of the ground meat.
-Substitute ground turkey for the beef.
-Use a different type of bean.
-Forego the chicken broth altogether and make straight chili mac.

Chili Mac Soup

Chili Mac Soup
(by Reeni)

1 pound Ground Beef or Turkey
1 Yellow Onion, thinly sliced in half moons
1 Green Bell Pepper, thinly sliced in 1-inch long pieces
Canola oil, for sauting
1 tablespoon Chile Powder
1 teaspoon Oregano
1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
1 teaspoon Cumin
½ teaspoon Sea or Kosher Salt, plus more to taste
Cayenne pepper, optional, amount up to you
1/8 teaspoon Fresh Black Pepper, plus more to taste
1 – 14 ounce can Cannelini Beans with juices
1 – 14 ounce can Diced Tomatoes
2 – 14 ounce cans Chicken Broth (low salt)
12 ounces Medium-size Pasta Shells (like Barila Whole-grain)
Shredded Cheddar, for serving
Sour Cream, for serving

1. In a large skillet brown the ground beef over medium heat crumbling it apart as it cooks. Meanwhile in a large soup pot saute the onion and green pepper in enough oil to lightly cover bottom of the pan.

2. When the onion and peppers are tender add all of the herbs and spices including the salt and pepper with a little more oil if needed. Cook for 2 to 3 more minutes.

3. Drain the grease from the ground beef and add to the onion mixture along with the beans, tomatoes and broth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste halfway through and season as needed, and again at the end.

4. Cook the pasta separately according to package directions. Drain and toss with a teaspoon of olive oil.

5. To serve spoon pasta into bowl, ladle soup over top. Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream.

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Potato, Cream Cheese, Bacon and Chive Soup

Potato, Bacon & Chive Soup

This is a recipe for a thick and creamy Potato Soup flavored with Cream Cheese, Bacon and Chives. Cubed potatoes are simmered in broth with sauteed onion and thyme until tender then milk, bacon, chives, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese are mixed in. It’s another Panera knock-off and one of my favorites. I always assumed that it was sour cream that I was tasting in their soup. But a quick scan of the ingredient list on their website and I found cream cheese in the list sans the sour cream.

Just like the Broccoli Cheddar Soup knock-off this one is thicker than Panera’s but with many of the same distinguishing flavors. And it’s another super quick and easy soup that’s rich, hearty, filling and extremely comforting for a rainy May day.

I’m sending this to Deb of Kahakai Kitchen for Souper (Soup, Salad & Sammie) Sundays.

Potato Cream Cheese Bacon & Chive Soup
(by Reeni)(Serves 4)

1 Yellow Onion, diced
2 tablespoons Olive oil
1 teaspoon Thyme
Sea or Kosher salt and Fresh Black Pepper
6 cups Potatoes, 1/2-inch cubes
4 cups Vegetable or Chicken Broth
2 cups Milk
4 ounces Cream Cheese (not fat-free)
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/4 cup Chives or Green Onion, chopped*
5-6 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled

1. In a large heavy bottomed saucepan saute the onion and thyme in oil until soft and tender, season well with salt and pepper.

2. Add potatoes and broth. Simmer for 20 minutes until potatoes are tender. Carefully remove two cups of the potatoes and puree with a blender/immersion blender.

3. Add the pureed soup back in along with the milk, cream cheese, Parmesan, chives and bacon. Bring to a simmer and stir the cream cheese into the soup as it melts. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve.

*An easy way to ‘chop’ chives or green onion is by snipping with kitchen scissors.

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Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Garlic & Butternut Parmesan Soup

It’s so hard for this die-hard squash lover to resist buying up all the squash in sight with rock-bottom prices like .59, .69, and .79 cents a pound! I came home from the market to discover I was in possession of 6 of them! And then a couple of days later…oops! One more makes seven. It was inevitable that a soup would be made.

If ever a soup could sing then this one did. The roasted garlic and Parmesan balanced out the sweetness of the squash. It was a perfect harmony of earthy, sweet, and salty. This is an extremely forgiving soup, as most are, that’s just one of the many things I love about them. A little extra squash – vegetable instead of chicken stock – heavy cream instead of milk – Romano instead of Parmesan – nutmeg instead of sage – no problem! Twist it around your little finger and make it your own. Just be sure to make it!

Roasted Garlic and Butternut Parmesan Soup
(by Reeni)(Makes 6-7 bowls)

1 bulb of garlic
Olive oil
1 large Butternut squash(about 6 cups cubed)
1 yellow onion, diced
Sea salt
Fresh Pepper
1 tablespoon Sage, fresh, chopped, or 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried
2 – 14.5 ounce cans of Vegetable or Chicken Broth
1 cup Whole Milk
1 cup Parmesan or Romano Cheese, grated/shredded
Smoked Sea Salt, Parmesan, and Extra-Virgin Olive oil for serving

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Slice off the top of the garlic and remove some of the outer skin. Place in a very small casserole dish or a piece of aluminum foil. Drizzle with Olive oil and bake for 1 hour. Roast the squash at the same time.

Roasted Garlic

3. Slice the butternut squash lengthwise, clean out the seeds, place face down in a baking pan sprayed with baking spray or lined with foil. Add an inch to two of water. Bake for 45 minutes or until fork tender.

4. Remove the garlic and squash. Allow to cool until it won’t burn to handle it. In a small bowl squeeze the garlic from the cloves. Remove the skin from the squash. Rough chop.

5. Saute the onion in a large sauce pan or soup pot in a tablespoon or two of Olive oil over medium-low heat. Season with salt and pepper. When the onion is soft and translucent add the sage and the garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat.

6. In a blender or food processor puree the squash with the broth and onion mixture. (Or add it all to the sauce pan and use a good immersion blender). Work in two batches if necessary. Return the mixture to the pan. Bring to a simmer for 10-15 minutes.

7. Add about a cup of soup back to the blender. Puree with milk. Add back to soup, bring to a simmer.

8. Add the Parmesan, stir in well and allow to melt. Turn off heat. Taste and re-season with salt and pepper if needed.

9. Serve with smoked sea salt, Parmesan, and a drizzle of Olive oil if desired. Crusty bread is a necessity!

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I have to send a huge thanks to the very generous Scharffen Berger for gifting me with a box full of goodies that included this Apple Smoked Sea Salt sprinkled over the top of my soup – it was absolutely delicious!

Roasted Garlic & Butternut Soup

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Cauliflower Romano and Garlic Soup

Cauliflower Soup

This triple delight soup is made with garlic, cauliflower and Romano cheese. Fresh cauliflower is pureed to make up the base of the soup and a fresh garlic paste is melted into the soup. The end result is thick, smooth and creamy. Like liquid velvet.

What do you top a garlicky soup with? More garlic, of course! A thick and crusty garlic bread crouton was a tasty topper to soak up the indulgent, intensely flavored broth.

Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower Soup
(by Reeni)

1 large onion, diced
1/2 cup carrot, minced
2-3 tablespoons Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh pepper
6-7 large cloves garlic
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried
5 cups Cauliflower florets, fresh or frozen
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk
1 cup Pecorino Romano or Parmesan, shredded, plus extra for serving
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for serving
Garlic bread

Saute the onion and carrot in a large sauce pan or soup pot with the Olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Smash the garlic cloves using a large knife or a mallet on a cutting board. Sprinkle with a generous amount of salt. Using the flat side of a large knife mash it repeatedly until it forms a paste.

When the onion and carrot are tender add the garlic paste. Saute for a minute or two. Add butter, melt, add thyme, parsley, and flour. Continue cooking for about two more minutes while stirring. Add cauliflower and broth. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. Turn off and remove from heat. Let cool for ten to fifteen minutes.

Remove two cups of the soup and puree in a blender or with a hand blender. Add back to soup along with cream or milk. Bring back to a simmer. Add Romano and stir until melted. Turn off heat. Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, Romano cheese, and garlic bread.

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Cauliflower Soup

Tuscan White Bean Soup

Creamy Tuscan Bean Soup

This is a hearty and wholesome soup recipe with a mix of cannellini beans, orzo, and spinach. The broth is packed with herbs like sage, thyme, and fresh parsley. The orzo lends it’s starch to thicken it up. The end result is a luxurious, velvety soup. Half and half is stirred in at the end and a generous drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil goes over top upon serving. The oil is a necessity. I wouldn’t eat it without.  It would be like eating cannoli without the filling or bread without butter. Very wrong.

I made this for lunch after one taste knew it would be my dinner too. I didn’t have a choice. I’m a prisoner of love. Add a slice of crusty Parmesan garlic bread to sop up all the rich and creamy broth for a satisfying and comforting meal.

Creamy Tuscan Bean Soup
(by Reeni)

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1/3 cup diced carrot
1/3 cup diced green pepper
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 can Cannelini Beans with juices
4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup orzo, uncooked
3/4 cup chopped spinach, frozen or fresh
2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons dried sage
2 teaspoons dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1 cup half and half
extra-virgin olive oil, for serving
fresh grated Parmesan, for serving

In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan heat the olive oil and saute the onion, carrot, green pepper, and garlic until softened on low-medium heat, about 5-7 minutes.

Add the beans, broth, orzo, spinach, parsley, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Simmer for 25 minutes. Taste and re-season with salt and pepper if desired. Add half and half. Bring back up to a simmer. Remove from heat and serve with a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and Parmesan.

Garlic bread

Use a crusty Italian bread, french bread or peasant bread.

Slather with butter, minced garlic, fresh chopped parsley, and fresh grated Parmesan.

Broil until the tops are lightly toasted.

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Creamy Tuscan Bean Soup