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Lettuce Soup
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Roasted Cauliflower Carrot Soup
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Creamy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Ham Soup
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Creamy Celery and Egg Noodles Soup
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Easy Strawberry Soup
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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup
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Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup
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Watermelon Soup
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Slow Cooker Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup
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Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup
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Creamy Roma Tomato Soup
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How To Freeze Bok Choy Whole To Use in Udon Soup
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Cheesy Vegetable Soup
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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Cream of Mushroom Soup
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Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup
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Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup
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Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup
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Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
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Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup
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Homemade Chinese Pork Wonton Soup

Lettuce Soup

CREAMY Lettuce Soup is a delicious, healthy recipe that uses 1 head of lettuce.  Combined with heavy cream, chicken broth and spices, this is a great way to add lettuce to your diet! I love using Bibb lettuce in this recipe but Romaine and Iceberg work good too! Who knew cooked lettuce could taste so yummy for dinner – even kids love it!

Hi,

Do you want to come in?

I’m going to make us some soup.  It will be delicious.

Oh, what kind of soup you ask?

*LOCKS DOOR, REALLY QUICK*

Lettuce soup.

Creamy Lettuce Soup is a delicious, healthy recipe that uses 1 head of lettuce. Combined with heavy cream, chicken broth and spices, this is a great way to add lettuce to your diet! I love using Bibb lettuce in this recipe but Romaine and Iceberg work good too! Who knew cooked lettuce could taste so yummy for dinner - even kids love it!

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Roasted Cauliflower Carrot Soup

HEALTHY & CREAMY Roasted Cauliflower Carrot Soup! This recipe is loaded with fresh vegetables and is so easy to make! Even though it tastes cheesy there’s no cheese in the recipe – it’s amazing! Recipe can easily be made dairy free by using almond milk.

Roasted vegetables don’t get enough love in my opinion.   Magic happens when you crank your oven up to 450 degrees, and roll your vegetables around in olive oil.   Cauliflower and carrots are good by themselves, but ROASTED cauliflower and carrots?  They are amazing!

Roasted Cauliflower Carrot Soup With bread on Side

I had some beautiful carrots that I planned on making baby puree with (which I did – with a kick of cinnamon – she loves it!), but I was left with half a pound of carrots. 

I took another glance in the refrigerator and saw a head of cauliflower that was screaming to be used.  I was feeling in the soup mood so I decided to make my family’s favorite cauliflower soup, but with a carrot twist!

This soup is so creamy – but without all the extra fat that usual creamy soups call for! In fact, there is no cheese in this soup! There is only 1 cup of milk, and if you want to make it dairy free you can easily substitute almond milk instead.   

Fresh Garden Carrots with Green Tops

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Creamy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Ham Soup

CREAMY SLOW COOKER Sweet Potato and Ham Soup recipe! This easy Crock Pot meal includes ham, sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, red pepper, onion, corn and white beans in a creamy cheesy broth! It’s a great idea for leftover ham for dinner and it’s packed with healthy vegetables!

This soup is the real deal.  Your entire family is going to declare this meal the best!  This soup is creamy, comforting and packed with vegetables (sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, red pepper, corn, onion and white beans!).  What’s not to love?

CREAMY SLOW COOKER Sweet Potato and Ham Soup recipe! This easy Crock Pot meal includes ham, sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, red pepper, onion, corn and white beans in a creamy cheesy broth! It's a great idea for leftover ham for dinner and it's packed with healthy vegetables!

Over the weekend I was itching to make something with sweet potatoes so I decided instead of a casserole, I was more in the mood for a creamy Fall soup! 
CREAMY SLOW COOKER Sweet Potato and Ham Soup recipe! This easy Crock Pot meal includes ham, sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, red pepper, onion, corn and white beans in a creamy cheesy broth! It's a great idea for leftover ham for dinner and it's packed with healthy vegetables!

What I love about cold weather soups is that they can be creamy (and cheesy) but you pack them full with vegetables! As I mentioned so many times before I’m in love with my slow cooker, so you’re going to love how easy this is!  

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Creamy Celery and Egg Noodles Soup

Creamy CELERY and Egg Noodles Soup recipe! This easy vegetarian soup is filled with vegetables and served with egg noodles for a hearty, healthy dinner! You can even add chicken in it for more protein! It’s a simple and delicious way to eat your vegetables, even kids like it!  Whenever I ask myself “What should I do with a head of celery?” this soup is always the answer! 

We’ve had good success with growing celery in the garden for the first time this year.  With the end of garden season in sight I’m left with a few  beautiful heads of celery hanging out in my refrigerator.  This leads me to the question of the week “What should I make with lots of celery”?

Sure there’s the easy route of cutting celery up and dipping it in peanut butter for a delicious snack, but I wanted to throw my apron on and come up with something new for the celery.  It was the first day where it felt like Fall, the weather was crisp and chilly and so I was craving something warm.   Ta-da, Creamy Celery and Egg Noodles Soup was born!
Creamy CELERY and Egg Noodles Soup recipe! This easy vegetarian soup is filled with vegetables and served with egg noodles for a hearty, healthy dinner! You can even add chicken in it for more protein! It's a simple and delicious way to eat your vegetables, even kids like it!  Whenever I ask myself "What should I do with a head of celery?" this soup is always the answer! 

This soup is creamy, delicious and is filled with enough vegetables to make this a healthy comforting soup! This soup uses 1 whole pound of celery.  Most recipes call for just using the celery stalks but I wanted to use everything, so that’s what I did – celery stalks, leaves, everything!   The leaves have so much flavor (and scent!) to them that they deserve to be enjoyed too!
Creamy CELERY and Egg Noodles Soup recipe! This easy vegetarian soup is filled with vegetables and served with egg noodles for a hearty, healthy dinner! You can even add chicken in it for more protein! It's a simple and delicious way to eat your vegetables, even kids like it!  Whenever I ask myself "What should I do with a head of celery?" this soup is always the answer! 

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Easy Strawberry Soup

EAT HEALTHY WITH THIS EASY Strawberry Soup! This simple Summer time meal recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish! 

NYC experienced a heat wave this week so Summer is officially here!  With the temperature near 100 degrees the last thing I want to do is cook in the kitchen, so I came up with this cold strawberry soup that is easy to make and delicious!  

EAT HEALTHY WITH THIS EASY Strawberry Soup! This simple Summer time meal recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish! 

How to Make Strawberry Soup 

It’s a perfect time to be picking fresh strawberries from your garden or buying them at the farmers market, so I am using 8 cups of fresh berries for this tasty strawberry soup.  Throw everything into your blender, chill for a couple hours and then dinner is served.  

Don’t you love how simple it is?  And don’t you love how pretty this soup this?

EASY COLD Strawberry Soup is the perfect fresh Summer time meal! This simple recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish!

Yogurt and orange juice are both blended with the soup to make it creamy.   You can use vanilla or strawberry yogurt depending on if you want to make this extra strawberry or not.

Hope you enjoy this easy Strawberry Soup!  EASY COLD Strawberry Soup is the perfect fresh Summer time meal! This simple recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish!

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Strawberry Soup

EAT HEALTHY WITH THIS EASY Strawberry Soup! This simple Summer time meal recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish! 

Course Soup
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 8 cups fresh ripe strawberries hulled and halved
  • 2 cups vanilla or strawberry yogurt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar depending on taste preference
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • fresh mint leaves to top optional

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender except the fresh mint. You might need to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender. Blend until everything is creamy. Place in refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours.
  2. Serve in bowls and add fresh mint leaves on top.

 

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup

SLOW COOKER Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup is packed with healthy, hearty vegetables which is going to warm up your dinner table! This recipe is easy to make – throw all the ingredients in your crock pot for 8 hours and it’s ready! Even better – this meal is economical and doesn’t cost much to make! We love this as a Fall and Winter meal!

This Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup warms my heart physically and emotionally.  It’s everything a comforting Winter time soup should be – easy to make, makes the house smell great, is filling and makes me feel warm.  
SLOW COOKER Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup is packed with healthy, hearty vegetables which is going to warm up your dinner table! This recipe is easy to make - throw all the ingredients in your crock pot for 8 hours and it's ready! Even better - this meal is economical and doesn't cost much to make! We love this as a Fall and Winter meal!

On the emotional side it makes me happy because it is filled with vegetables from our Summer garden.   Besides the carrots and celery we are using our canned stewed tomatoes which I can’t get enough of.   We canned so many of these tomatoes I lost track of how many.
Stewed Tomatoes in Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup

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Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup

EASY TO MAKE recipe for Homemade Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup with potatoes, carrots and celery. This creamy soup is a healthy comfort dinner food! Best served with biscuits to dip into the chicken broth! Mom, your families are going to love this!

This Homemade Chicken Dumpling Soup is a Winter comfort food favorite.   It’s so delicious that I can almost guarantee that whenever I make it, we’ll have it the night after again because the craving will still be there.  That’s what happened last week. I made it on Wednesday, we ate it all, we loved it.  On Thursday we decided we were going to make it for dinner again.  And we ate it all again.  

Easy to make recipe for Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup with potatoes, carrots and celery. This soup is a healthy comfort food!

The Best Things About Chicken Dumpling Soup!

The best thing about this chicken and dumpling soup besides the homemade dumplings (yum!) is that it’s also filled with veggies – potatoes, celery, carrots – everything a good chicken soup should have in it.  

Easy To Make Dumplings

FAQ for this recipe:

Can I substitute or add additional vegetables?
Feel fee to make it your own and add additional vegetables if you’re trying to empty out the fridge – onions, peas, green beans, and bite size cauliflower are all equally good in it.  Just don’t skip on the potatoes – never skip on the potatoes!

Can I use chicken bouillon cubes instead of broth?
Absolutely, I do it all the time.   

Can I make this vegetarian?
You sure can.  Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and don’t add in chicken breast.  You might want to add in some additional protein like white or great northern beans. 

Flour Dumplings in Soup

Are dumplings hard to make?
No.  Homemade dumplings are one of the easiest things to make.  It’s really just about mixing some simple ingredients together and then dropping it into hot broth to form the dumpling.   The dumplings might not be the prettiest you’ve ever seen, but they will taste just as delicious. 

Dumpling and Vegetable Soup

Do I need to make a side dish for this soup?
I never do, it’s pretty hearty as is.  I like to serve with some buttered bread or rolls.

How many servings is this recipe?
3-4 supper servings.

How good is this soup?
So good you’ll make it again tomorrow.

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Watermelon Soup

EASY Watermelon Soup recipe that only has 4 ingredients!  In just 10 minutes using watermelon juice, lime juice and ginger you have a tasty healthy soup!

Yes, it’s the last day of February and I’m giving you a watermelon recipe because I like to go against the blog rules of only putting recipes on your site that are “in season”.  To be honest, watermelon can always be in season if you freeze your Summer watermelons.

If you ever have a watermelon that you think you can’t eat completely, don’t let it go to waste! Just chop it up, or turn it into watermelon juice, throw in the freezer and you’ll have it for months to enjoy!    That way it can be Winter and you can enjoy this Hot Watermelon Soup!

(This is watermelon juice that I freeze. I just throw chunks of watermelon in the blender and then measure 2 cups into a freezer bag).
This Hot Watermelon Soup is very simple to make witWatermelon soup is a delicious warm soup. In just 10 minutes using watermelon juice, lime juice and ginger you have a tasty healthy soup!

This Watermelon Soup makes me happy because I just want to grab my sunhat and a shovel and run to the garden.  I have been getting the garden shivers lately.  You know the garden shivers, right?  It’s when you’re so excited for the garden season that every time you think about what you’re going to grow you just start to shake with excitement.  I’m not a doctor but I will confirm that garden shivers are not dangerous at all, instead they cause happiness.  

Watermelon Soup Recipe

When I eat this Watermelon Soup, either in the Summer or the Winter, it makes me think of the garden and all the great memories that come along with it (not to mention the power of saying “I grew this!”).   So I like to consider it a happy soup!

Watermelon soup is a delicious warm soup. In just 10 minutes using watermelon juice, lime juice and ginger you have a tasty healthy soup!

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup

I love this SLOW COOKER Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup!  This soup is so comforting and cheesy, perfect for a cold Winter night!  The soup is cooked on high in a slow cooker for 4 hours, making it a easy soup recipe! Your entire family, including your kids, is going to love it!

The end of November brought cold weather and rainy days.  Because of the added layers to stay warm and the drizzle of rain it also brought a laziness to the dinner table.  I’ve been stuck in a dinner rut the last few weeks making easy and quick meals.  It usually gets to dinner time and we’re both too tired to really think of anything new so it’s something simple.    I am craving comfort food right now.  Hearty, creamy and cheesy is what I want.   To make a comforting Winter meal that is still simple and quick, I brought out my slow cooker and this Broccoli and Potato Cheese Soup was born.

I love this SLOW COOKER Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup!  This soup is so comforting and cheesy, perfect for a cold Winter night!  The soup is cooked on high in a slow cooker for 4 hours, making it a easy soup recipe! Your entire family, including your kids, is going to love it!

This soup pretty much is the definition of comfort food.  It’s potatoes and onions slow cooked in broth.  Then we’re going to add the broccoli.  Add in some cheddar cheese, stir it around and we have a extra creamy soup that is the perfect dish to serve on a cold night.    With most soups, I always suggest adding some crusty bread, or a leftover Thanksgiving dinner roll so you can dip it in the soup. 

Make this Broccoli and Potato Cheese Soup for a comfort food dinner on a cold Winter night. The soup is cooked on high in a slow cooker for 4 hours. This soup is both delicious and easy to make!

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Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie.   Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans! 

I didn’t plan on posting 2 tomatillo recipes this week but when you have a 10 pound basket full of tomatillos staring at you from the kitchen counter you might be persuaded.   It finally feels like Fall in NYC and I wanted to use the tomatillos in a Fall recipe instead of the usual salsa I make.  W

henever I think of tomatillos my mind always goes to soup so I decided to follow this path and come up with a Mexican inspired soup that uses tomatilos, as well as other garden fresh veggies: black beans, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno and corn.  

 This tomatillo soup tastes delicious and has a deep flavor due to the vegetables and spices.  It’s a comforting soup but doesn’t feel heavy like many other Fall soups.    I suggest serving this alongside some rolls or biscuits for dipping.

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie. Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans!

It warms my heart (literally) to see so many of the vegetables we grew in this soup.   The stars of this soup are the tomatillos which are filled with tasty juices that are going to be released in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie. Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans!

The other personal star in this soup are the black beans.   Last year we started growing our own dry beans and since then I’ve been hooked.  We grow a few different dry beans during the Summer so we can enjoy them in the Fall and Winter.  

This recipe calls for 1 cup dry black beans but if you don’t have the time to soak them you can also use 1 can of black beans.

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie. Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans!

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Creamy Roma Tomato Soup

CREAMY TOMATO SOUP using fresh roma plum tomatoes!   This easy homemade recipe is perfect for when you are picking fresh tomatoes from the garden!  You will never buy canned tomato soup again!  This is kids favorite tomato soup!

We’re back for Day 2 of tomato week! Yesterday was Marinated Italian Diced Tomatoes, today is all about one of my favorite comfort meals: tomato soup!  

There’s something romantic about tomato soup isn’t there?  Maybe it reminds you of curling up with a warm bowl in Fall and Winter. Maybe it gives you memories of Mom opening a can of it as a kid.   Or maybe you associate it with with the peak of garden season when you’re picking tomatoes by the basket.  For me, it’s all 3 of these.    

CREAMY TOMATO SOUP using fresh roma plum tomatoes!   This easy homemade recipe is perfect for when you are picking fresh tomatoes from the garden!  You will never buy canned tomato soup again!  This is kids favorite tomato soup!

Tomato soup is a favorite of mine, it’s one of those dishes that when you see on a menu you immediately know what you’re ordering.  But the best tomato soup is homemade.  It’s made with fresh tomatoes (preferably Roma/plum tomatoes), onions and a little bit of heavy cream with bread served on the side for dipping.

Comforting Creamy Roma Tomato Soup using roma tomatoes. This recipe is perfect for when you are picking a overabundance of garden ripe tomatoes!

 

The first step to making homemade tomato soup is getting the tomatoes peeled and diced.  If you’ve never made tomato soup from scratch, don’t worry, this is easy.   Cut a small X in the stem end of each tomato. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water and blanch them for about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a pot of cold water to cool. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skin from the tomatoes  (you can use tomato skins to make tomato powder!), remove the core, and coarsely chop the flesh.  

Comforting Creamy Roma Tomato Soup using roma tomatoes. This recipe is perfect for when you are picking a overabundance of garden ripe tomatoes!

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How To Freeze Bok Choy Whole To Use in Udon Soup

If you have too much bok choy, don’t worry, you can freeze it. Follow these steps to freeze bok choy whole so you can use in udon noodle soups for months to come!

We have so much bok choy right now.   Maybe it was a crazy idea planting over 90 plants.  But maybe it was a great idea so we can enjoy it in our favorite udon noodle soup throughout the Fall and Winter months.  Right now it’s hard to imagine cold weather as it’s humid and hot in NYC, but it’s easy to freeze bok choy whole so you throw it in your udon soup once the weather starts to get cold.

If you have too much bok choy, don't worry, you can freeze it. Follow these steps to freeze bok choy whole so you can use in udon noodle soups for months to come!

In the past I showed you how to freeze cut up bok choy without it turning mushy but in this recipe we’re going to leave it whole as I prefer it that way served in Chinese noodle soups.

Steps:
1. Wash your bok choy good to remove any dirt.  Air dry it or use a cotton towel. You want to make sure you get it pretty dry before freezing.   I use my Oxo Salad Spinner to wash all my greens, it’s one of the best purchases to use during garden season.  The salad spinner is great because it gets the greens dry too.  
If you have too much bok choy, don't worry, you can freeze it. Follow these steps to freeze bok choy whole so you can use in udon noodle soups for months to come!

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Cheesy Vegetable Soup

Extra cheesy vegetable soup made with Velveeta cheese!

This soup has it all – tons of vegetables, tons of flavor and lots of creamy cheesiness!  When I made this and saw people were going back for seconds (and thirds!) then I knew this soup was a hit.  While spooning a cheesy taste into their mouth and muttering “This soup is really good!” then I knew I had to post this recipe!

Vegetable soups are usually thought of more broth based, but I love cheesy vegetables.   I was able to use our frozen garden green beans and carrots in this recipe.  It’s the best feeling when you can use your Summer veggies on cold Winter days!  

For this recipe I’m using frozen green beans, frozen corn and fresh carrots and potatoes, but you can throw whatever frozen vegetables you want into this.  Frozen broccoli, cauliflower, California blend, carrots or peas would all taste great!  If possible, don’t skip the potatoes! It gives the soup a heartiness that will fill you up.  

If you're looking for a Winter soup that will warm you up then look no further - this Cheesy Vegetable Soup is it!

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Cream of Mushroom Soup is a easy and quick recipe that is loaded with flavor!   My family declares this homemade cheesy dish the best casserole I make!  Warm up to this baked classic meal sometime soon!
 

We’ll be having our first Friendsgiving this Friday and I’m so excited to see friends and eat all their yummy casseroles, vegetable dishes and dessert.  I’m also pretty excited to share this Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Cream of Mushroom Soup and Broccoli Casserole with them!

To me holidays are all about side dishes.  As my first year as a Vegetarian during the holidays it’s going to be a culinary adventure but that’s ok, side dishes are always my favorite.  In the past turkey has been good, but those potatoes, green beans, stuffing, rolls and pumpkin pie… load me up!  I

made this casserole with the thought of doing a in between of a mac and cheese and mashed potatoes. It’s creamy, it’s cheesy and even better it uses my favorite Cream of Mushroom soup and a bunch of broccoli.  Have you guys noticed my love of broccoli in recipes? I can’t help it. I see broccoli hearts in my eyes.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Broccoli with Cream of Mushroom Soup. These scalloped potatoes are light on the cheese and use a creamy cream of mushroom mixture. They will be a hit at the next holiday dinner!

Instead of using all that milk and a bunch of cheese this recipe is calling for a Family Size can of  Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom soup.  You probably already have a can in your pantry for other favorite Thanksgiving side dishes but did you know it makes one heck of a potato dish too?   This is one of my favorite Condensed soups to have on hand because it’s flavorful and saves me a bunch of time when I’m making multiple dishes at once.

You’ll want to slice up 2.5 pounds of potatoes. I throw these into my food processor and they’re done within a minute. I always think it’s magic.  Then you’ll want to cut up a head of broccoli.  Use the reference photo below to the left to see the size of the broccoli cut up, each piece should be small.

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Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

AUTHENTIC Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup!  This easy to make tortilla soup is made with chicken, crushed tomatoes, hominy, black beans, corn and more!  

I love tortilla soup – love, love love.  

I used to get tortilla soup all the time from a local Mexican restaurant but one day I got some near closing time and it was a big disappointment   It was like they gave me the entire bottom of the pot that was sitting all day long with every ingredient soggy.  I was very upset.  That night I told myself I would match their tortilla soup with my own.  I would set up a table outside their restaurant serving small cups of my own soup and compare it to theirs.  

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe. A authentic tortilla soup recipe made with chicken, crushed tomatoes, hominy, black beans, corn and more!

The neighborhood would love mine.  They would put me on their shoulders, parading me down the streets while chanting “tortilla soup, tortilla soup!”.  Well one of those things came true, I came up with a tortilla soup recipe that (dare I say) is better than theirs.  *High Fives*

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Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup

In today’s recipe we’re going to go back to the Edwardian era and make classically delicious Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup.

I have a new favorite cookbook.  It’s called Edwardian Cooking, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Larry Edwards.  I don’t even watch Downton Abbey (YET) and I’m already obsessed.  The cookbook  includes 80 recipes from Sweet to Savory that include Breads, Side Dishes, Entrees, Desserts.  In the opening the author states “Long before there was the rage of organic food, sustained living and natural eating, there was the abbeys of Great Britain. Though Downton Abbey is a fictitious abbey, what we see dramatized is very real.  Also very real in the television dramatization is the food”.  

Edwardian Cooking
(Those cookies are coming to the blog soon!)

Everything that left the kitchen during this Era was made from scratch. The abbey cook would start their day around 6AM and the day would last 18 hours.  They would prepare 8 meals a day (including meals for the abbey staff). Besides the meals they would also prepare food for the High Teas and many social gatherings on the grounds of the Abbey. Hard work, right?

For this recipe here I have to warn you that this Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup is delicious.  Not only was it good for dinner but I made so much we also had it for leftovers the following day and it even warmed up beautifully.   I’m also pretty proud of myself because this recipe calls for onions and since they are pureed up I totally ate (slurped) them and enjoyed every minute of it!  

Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup

During the Edwardian era it was pratically required that if you served bread with a meal, you had to serve soup. These people knew how to live!  The most popular soup among the aristocrats was the smooth Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup.  The book describes it as the “quintessental English soup” as it includes potatoes, onions, cream and cheese.  When this soup was served it was never served hot.  It was always served at room temperature so guests at the abbey would not have to blow on the soup (the horror!).  

Lastly, it’s cool to note this Soup was always served at dinners when special guests were present.. so consider yourself fancy and enjoy this delicious Satiny Smooth Soup!

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Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 yellow onions peeled and chopped
  • 2 potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 3 tablespoons minced chives or grated carrots

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, potatoes, and garlic and sauté 10 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the contents of the saucepan to a food processor and puree.
  4. In the saucepan, over medium heat, whisk together the dry mustard and heavy cream.
  5. Stir the puree into the saucepan and simmer 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the Cheddar cheese and hot sauce and keep stirring until the cheese has melted.
  7. Ladle into serving bowls, top with some chives or carrots, and serve.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Edwardian Cooking, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Larry Edwards

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

I made this soup a few nights ago and I loved every bit of it, especially how long it takes to make.  Want some delicious Chinese soup in less than 15 minutes? Done.  You just throw in your soft doughy udon noodles, your vegetables (want more vegetables? pile them in!), your broth and some seasoning and your soup is done.  
Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

 Can we also talk about how delicious udon noodles are? I found this pack of noodles in my local grocery and immediately knew they were destined to be in a soup.
Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

 

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

 Enjoy this soup, let me know how you like it!

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup

Servings 4
Author Courtesy 125 Best Vegan Recipes by Maxine Effenson Chuck and Beth Gurney © 2014 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 1 ⁄3 cups snow peas ends trimmed and cut (can also use frozen peas)
  • 1 can baby corn
  • 1 bunch chopped bok choy
  • 3 green onions white and green parts coarsely chopped
  • 1 ⁄4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 ⁄4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 1 ⁄2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 lb udon noodles

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, combine vegetable stock, snow peas, baby corn, bok choy, green onions, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil and black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add noodles. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until noodles are tender.

Recipe Notes

For a more heartier soup you can add broccoli florets, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts or 1 inch cubes of tofu. Add this when you add the bok choy.

Adapted from 125 Best Vegan Recipes Cookbook

Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup is a delicious Chinese soup ready in less than 15 minutes!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe – tastes just like Campbell’s!

How many times have you tried to make a recipe and it calls for Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup so you go into your cabinet and realize you have zero cans?  Don’t let this happen to you anymore!

This scenario has happened to me so many times in life.  Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup is something I use often in soups and casseroles but somehow I always manage to forget to buy a can.  If you have some mushrooms on hand, then I bet you have the rest of the ingredients as well to make your own!

I have to say as well that not only is this easy to make (we’re talking 10 minutes) but it tastes a million times better then the canned version.  There’s something about the fresh mushrooms in this that makes me weak in the knees, but if you don’t have fresh on hand feel free to used canned mushrooms instead. Also I made this with regular milk and unsweetened vanilla almond milk for a vegan recipe and both turned out great!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup regular milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup of mushrooms sliced (fresh or canned)

Instructions

  1. Put all your ingredients except mushrooms in a food processor and pulse until it's smooth.
  2. Add your mushrooms to food processor and pulse a couple times to chop them up.
  3. Pour mushroom mixture into a saucepan on the stove.
  4. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to simmer for 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

If you find it's too thin, add a bit of extra cornstarch and stir. This will thicken it up.

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe – just like how Mom used to make it!  The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Guys, is this winter just crazy?  

Besides a few wild snowstorms over the past few years winter has been on the mild side.   Sure, we had a record setting snowfall a few times during those years, but that was it for the winter.  This year, it’s just winter, all the time.  We’re talking snow, ice, slush and cold all the time.    It seems to me that whenever I check the weather forecast there’s some type of snowy mix being talked about.  And can we talk about how much it stinks to have to walk in the snow?   Living in a city is great for so many reasons, one being that I can walk and get anywhere that I want to go, but that means walking through the snow and slush  and trying not to fall in the process.  It’s a nightmare.   On every single corner there will be a giant puddle of slush just waiting for you.  

 

The good thing through all this cold and snow is seeing all the creatures the kids (and adults) create on the sidewalks to cause some smiles.  This always cheers me up.
Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

What else cheers me up?  Coming inside from a super cold day and warming up with a big bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup.  That totally cheers me up.

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

The secret I’ve found to some great Chicken Noodle Soup is always to use a whole chicken.   Not only is this going to provide the meat in your meal but it gives you that real rich chicken broth that no bouillon or boxed broth can give.   Pair this with some fresh vegetables and spices and you’ll have one big bowl of soup that will be sure to warm you up.

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken cut up
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 2 teaspoons parsley flakes
  • 12 oz bag of egg noodles
  • 3 tablespoons flour

Instructions

  1. Cover chicken in 4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken from pot carefully. Remove all the meat you can from the bones, but carefully as it is hot. Set meat aside. Put bones back into broth and simmer for 45 minutes, covered.
  3. Remove the bones from both, be sure to get them all out.
  4. Add carrots, celery, salt, turmeric, white pepper, thyme and parsley flakes to the pot. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Turn heat back to high and add in egg noodles and chicken. Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until your noodles are cooked.
  6. Mix your flour with a few tablespoons of water until smooth in a small bowl. Pour into soup and continue to stir to make the broth creamier.
  7. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Tasty Kitchen

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Homemade Chinese Pork Wonton Soup

Homemade Chinese Pork Wonton Soup recipe, just like your favorite Chinese restaurant makes!

Earlier this week Matthew and I celebrated 11 years together.    I met Matthew during my first few weeks at Art School in Pittsburgh in 2002.   Months later, we were dating.  Months after that, we moved in (with Essy!).   11 years later, we’ve changed locations, added a few furry children to the family and are still doing out art together.  What else do we do together?  We cook in the kitchen.

I would say that I cook the majority of the meals that we eat for dinner, but once in a while Matthew cooks up dinner and it’s always delicious.   One recipe he’s really into and made it his goal to perfect was homemade wonton soup.   Wonton soup is a favorite of ours and is one of the most popular things we order from Chinese takeout, but we wanted to make it ourselves, including making the wontons from scratch.   Matthew was on a wonton kick for a few weeks, where he spent many nights in the kitchen rolling dough and trying different filler contents to add to the wontons.    I have to say this recipe is the real deal and it receives a 10/10 on the “I Love You!” scale.

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