Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

This is a simple soup with natural ingredients that is big on flavor. Perfect for lunch or with a sandwich or salad at dinner. It is also vegan/vegetarian so it is a meatless Monday favorite.

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

2t olive oil

1 yellow onion chopped

4 clove garlic chopped

6 cups sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 2″x 2″ pieces

4 c water

1/2 t dried Chipotle Powder ( found in the spice aisle, a little goes a long way )

1 lime zest and juice

1 t salt

Fresh herbs or arugula for topping if desired.

Heat oil in a 2 1/2 quart sauce pan over med high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes. Add potatoes, water, salt, lime juice, lime zest and chipotle powder. bring to a simmer, cover and cook 30-40 minutes. Let cool slightly by removing from heat. Add to blender in 2 batches if necessary and puree. Add back to pan and keep on low until ready to serve. Add chopped herbs or arugula if desired.

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

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Pea Soup with Mint and Feta

Pea Soup with Mint and Feta

Light and perfect for Spring. Great as lunch with a salad or a grilled cheese sandwich.

Pea Soup with Feta and Mint

2 cups vegetable or chicken broth

2 cups frozen peas

1/4 cup cream

1 T chopped shallots

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 T chopped mint

1-2 T crumbled Feta cheese

In a sauce pan bring broth to a simmer, add peas and shallot continue to cook for 4–5  minutes or until peas are cooked, add chopped mint, lemon juice and cream, cook 1 more minute. Remove from heat and puree in blender. Re heat in pan if necessary.  Ladle into bowls and add crumbled feta. Makes 4 appetizer or 2 main course servings.

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Cauliflower Bisque with Smoked Gouda

 

It is soup weather, this decadent, silky soup is great for guests and kids.

2 T butter

1 cup chopped leeks

1/2 c chopped celery

2 garlic cloves chopped

1 head of cauliflower, chopped

3 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1/2 c half and half

1/2 t salt

white pepper to taste

2 c shredded smoked Gouda cheese

 

melt butter in a large pot or dutch oven, add leeks, celery and garlic, saute until leeks and celery are soft, about 8 minutes, add cauliflower and saute for 2 minutes more.

 

add broth and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes or until cauliflower is tender. Puree mixture in a large blender. Return to pot add cream, 1 1/2 c cheese, salt and pepper. cook over low until cheese is melted. Ladle into bowls and garnish with remaining cheese.

Chorizo and Kale Soup

 

Chorizo and Kale Soup

1 slice bacon

1 package of chorizo sausage cut into bite sized rounds

1 cup chopped carrots

2 cups diced potatoes

1 cup chopped onion

3 cloves chopped garlic

1 T smoked paprika

6 c chicken stock

4 cups washed and chopped kale

Add chorizo and bacon to a large pot, sauté until bacon is crisp, add Potatoes, onions, carrots and potatoes, cook over med high heat until onions are soft.

 

Add paprika and chicken stock,  bring to a simmer cook for 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender, add kale and cook for 5 minutes more. Serve.

Creamy Tomato Soup with Pesto

I don’t know what it is about Fall, but this time of year makes me go right for the comfort foods and classic combinations I grew up with. As I looked at my menu board for the week I thought this could have been one my mom had when I was a child. Last night’s dinner was grilled cheese and tomato soup. I made the soup in the crock pot so it was done and ready for whenever my family decided to make their appearance for dinner, and the bonus is you get to smell its deliciousness all day.

Creamy Tomato Soup with Pesto

1 28 oz can of peeled whole tomatoes

1 20 oz can of petite diced tomatoes

1 1/2 c vegetable stock (chicken would work too)

1 T italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

1 t salt

1/4 c brown sugar

1 cup chopped onion

2 cloves of garlic chopped

1 c cream

2 T butter

For Pesto

1/2 c  fresh basil

1/4 c parmesan cheese

1/4 c pine nuts

1 large clove of garlic

1/4 c olive oil

Add tomatoes, stock, Italian seasoning, pepper, salt, sugar, onion and garlic to a large slow cooker/ crock pot. turn on high and cover. Cook for one hour and then turn to low. Cook for 2-3 more hours or until tomatoes and onions have completely softened. Add cream and butter and use an immersion blender to puree. You could also use a regular blender or use a wooden spoon to mash. Place on warm until ready to serve. Taste for salt and sugar add more if desired.

Meanwhile place basil, parmesan, garlic and pine nuts into a food processor, pulse until smooth and then slowly add olive oil while processor is on until pesto is the desired consistency.

Serve soup with a drizzle of pesto over the top.

Kale, Potato, and Pork Soup

Hearty, Yummy, and Easy. This is a perfect weeknight meal for fall or anytime of the year. The vinegar added at the end adds a nice flavor and brightness to the soup.

Kale, Potato, and Pork Soup

1 yellow or white onion chopped

2 large potatoes cut into bite sized chunks ( I left the skin on)

3 T olive oil

1- 1 1/2 lbs ground pork  (substitute any ground meat that you have on hand)

3 cloves garlic chopped

1/4 t  black pepper

1/4 t red pepper flakes (add more if you like it spicy)

1/2 cup chopped carrots

1 T Italian Seasoning

32 oz chicken broth

1 T balsamic vinegar

In a large heavy pot, add olive oil and heat over med high heat. Add potatoes and onion and cook for about 3 minutes, add ground meat, garlic, pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook until Meat is no longer pink. Add carrots, Italian Seasoning and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat. Cook for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Add balsamic vinegar and cook for 5 more minutes. Serve.

Smoked Turkey and Split Pea Soup

 

Despite it’s unfortunate color, split pea soup is a family favorite. I like to change it up a little sometimes, this time with the addition of fresh corn and a smoked turkey leg instead of a ham hock or bacon. Everyone loved it, this one is a keeper. The turkey leg had more flavor and meat than the tradition ham hock, and it was actually less expensive.

Smoked Turkey and Split Pea Soup

1 smoked turkey drumstick  found by the ham hocks and ham steaks at my meat counter)

1 cup of sliced carrots

1 cup chopped onion

1 c chopped celery

1 c fresh corn removed from the cob (about 1 ear)

1 lb dried split green peas, washed and picked through for debris

2 garlic cloves

32 0z chicken broth

1/4 chipotle chili powder or smoked paprika

1 -1 1/2 c water

Prep all ingredients.

 

add all ingredients except water to a large crock pot

 

Cover and cook for about 3 hrs on high or 5 hours on low. Peas should lose their texture and soup should be thick. Remove turkey leg and pick meat off bones and add back to the soup. Check soup for any bones that may have come off the leg during cooking and remove. Add water if needed to reach desired consistancy. Stir and heat through.

Beef Stroganoff, aka Fauxganoff

I usually try not to cook with pre made sauces, soups, dressings etc…, too much unneeded sodium, sugar, and weird ingredients I can’t pronounce. But there are a few family members in my house that will not eat mushrooms, I won’t name names. So for my quick weeknight stroganoff I use a can of cream of mushroom soup to get the mushroom flavor without any visible mushrooms. Some may call this trickery, I choose to call it delicious and comforting.

Beef Fauxganoff

2 T oil

1 1/2 lbs thinly sliced top sirloin

1/4 c chopped onion

1/2 t salt

1/8 t pepper

1/4 c flour

1 t  chopped garlic

1T sherry

1 c water

1 10 oz can of cream of mushroom soup ( I used Campbell’s)

2 T Worcestershire sauce

1/2 c sour cream

Toss meat and onions with flour, salt and pepper. Heat oil in skillet and add meat and flour mixture.

Cook meat until browned on all sides, add garlic and sherry and scrape bits up from pan with a wooden spoon, (deglaze) Add soup, water and Worcestershire sauce, stir until combined and simmer for 5 minutes, stir in sour cream. Serve over cooked noodles, top with chopped parsley if desired.

Fresh Corn Salsa

As you may know I love to use ingredients that are in season, not only is it cheaper, it is delicious. This fresh corn salsa is versatile and yummy. Try it on a taco, tostada, or on top of black bean soup, would also taste great on a salad or by itself on chips and keeps much longer than a tomato or fruit based salsa so it’s great for a potluck too.

Fresh Corn Salsa

2 ears of corn, kernels removed from the cob ( about 2 cups)

1/4 cup red onion chopped

1/2 jalapeno chopped

2 T chopped fresh cilantro

1 t olive oil

juice of 1/2 lime (about 1-2 T)

Remove kernels from cob with a knife, make sure your corn is fresh since we are not cooking it.

Mix together all ingredients in a bowl and serve. We had ours on top of a chicken and black bean tostada.

Smokey Chili with Kale and White Beans

I struggled with what to call this dish, it was a take everything out of the fridge and hope for the best kind of meal. This one really worked though, everyone had seconds. I am still not sure if it is a chili, a soup or a stew. I refuse to call it a stoup, just because Rachael Ray annoys me. Mostly because she makes up new words and repeats them 100 times an episode. I will never use the phrase EVOO either.

1 lb ground beef

1 can white beans

1 small onion chopped fine

1-2 cloves of garlic minced

1 T chipotle chili powder

1 can diced tomatoes

3 c kale, chopped with stems removed

1/4 c white wine

1/2 t salt

1/4 t black pepper

Brown the ground beef over med high heat, add onions and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add chili powder, salt, pepper, beans and tomatoes, stir and turn heat down to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add kale and white wine,cook for 5-10 more minutes or until kale is tender.