Spicy Butternut Squash and Chickpea Soup

My 4 year streak of not catching a cold is over. My immune system turned on me. Just like that. One day I’m basking in the glory of good health and the next I’m coughing my brains out.

Desperately needing soup, I dragged my sick self to the kitchen and whipped this up. While chicken soup is a known cure-all, I needed something fast without fuss and chicken was not a part of that equation…. 

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Italian Wedding Soup

Meatballs marry leafy greens, pasta and carrots to live happily ever after in this Italian Wedding Soup. While this is a popular soup for weddings the name refers to the vegetables and meats marrying well together. Minestrata Maritata. Married soup.

This Italian American version is lighter than the traditional Neapolitan version that uses an abundance of meat including prosciutto on the bone, sausage, beef and chicken with escarole and cheese like mozzarella and parmesan. The meat is slowly simmered for hours then shredded and added back into the soup, making for a hearty main dish…. 

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Cheddar Cheese Beer Soup with Pumpernickle Croutons

A thick and creamy soup recipe with beer and aged cheddar cheese,  made all the more delicious with the addition of stone ground mustard and homemade pumpernickel croutons.

Beer. Cheese. Mustard. Pumpernickel bread. Classic flavors that boost each other up and have little in common but when combined are all the better for it!… 

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Loaded Sweet Potato Soup with Brown Sugar Bacon

Loaded Sweet Potato Soup with Candied Bacon

An immensely comforting sweet potato soup garnished with cinnamon brown sugar bacon, pepper jack cheese and sour cream. The soup mimics a loaded baked potato transforming it from side dish into a thoroughly satisfying meal!

The soup is fairly fast and easy to make. Almost as quick as boiling potatoes for mashing. Just one of the many reasons to love it.

Sweet potatoes are simmered with onion and garlic in broth until soft, pureed and then topped with candied bacon, pepper jack cheese for a pop of heat and sour cream…. 

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Vegetable Soup with Parmesan Dumplings

A heartwarming vegetable soup packed with the wholesome goodness of both sweet and white potatoes, zucchini, carrots, celery, garlic, onion and cannellini beans. Perfectly delicious all on its own, when you throw parmesan dumplings into the mix you create a rock star.

The dumplings start out as baby clouds, a mere teaspoonful of batter grows up and out to be 5 times bigger. Soft, fluffy and airy, they have a tiny bit of chew to them. I like to use extra black pepper to perk up their flavor…. 

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Creamy Zucchini Cheese Soup

Zucchini are still growing in my garden! Baby ones and blossoms too. Late bloomers.  Not that I mind one single bit. Zucchini has a permanent place in my life all year long.

Yep, I’m the person buying those sorry looking zucchini in the middle of winter that were trucked in from who knows where. If you see me cooing to them in the produce aisle, say hi.… 

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