Tomato Soup with Orzo

Ina Garten’s recipes never disappoint me, and her latest collection, Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust, is no exception.  With a name like that, the recipes better work, right?  And it’s true; everything I’ve made from it so far has been a winner.
Tomato Soup with Orzo
I chose to make this soup because it reminded me of the comforting tomato soup with elbow macaroni my mom used to make for lunch on rainy Sunday afternoons.  Where I am, the season is just about to make that leap from winter to spring, otherwise known as soups and stews to burgers and salads.  Although we’re close, I’m convinced there are a few soup days left, and this Tomato Soup with Orzo would be a good choice. [Read more…]

Coconut Chicken Curry Soup

We should already be well into soup season, but you wouldn’t know it by the weather we’ve had around here lately.  We had one early snowfall that dumped six inches on every flat surface in the neighborhood, including the two lounge chairs on either side of a big umbrella still sitting on our back deck.  I wish I had taken a photo of that.  Since then, we’ve had warm and sunny afternoons with only somewhat chilly evenings.  However, that’s about to change because we’re experiencing the “warm before the storm.”

Still, in my brain it is soup season.  Several days a week I pop open a can of soup to heat up for lunch and that’s just great with me.  There are a lot of tasty canned soups out there.  Have you tried Campbell’s Gouda Bisque with Chicken or Progresso Chicken Tortilla   No?  Click  here for a coupon.  So good for lunch. [Read more…]

Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup

During the cold winter months, we have some kind of soup for dinner at least once a week.  It might be from a can and doctored up with a little of this and that, or it might be something a little more homemade, like this.  Either way, it’s nice to come home after a long day and throw some simple ingredients in a pot, and then sit down to relax while it simmers.

As the weather warms up, we gradually forget about soup and move on to anything that can be grilled.  It may be time to fire up that grill soon, but around these parts, I’m certain there will be an opportunity for at least one more pot of soup.

If you’re looking for one more pot of soup to enjoy before the weather gets warm, this would be a good choice.  It’s quick and easy to put together, and goes well with bread left over from the weekend, or a panini with some focaccia from the freezer.
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Minestrone with Tortellini and Pesto

Minestrone soup is one of those foods I realized as an adult that I really like.  I probably didn’t think I liked it before because it has a tomato-based broth and is loaded with veggies.  That wasn’t my favorite combination way back then, but now this Italian soup is one I completely enjoy.

As soon as I saw the photo and recipe over at Pink Parsley, I knew I’d be making it soon.  This soup looked delicious, and it was taken to the next level with the addition of cheese tortellini and basil-pesto.  I have lots of pesto in the freezer from last summer, so that part was easy.  All I had to do was figure out which night to put it on the menu.

I think Josie’s recipe is versatile enough that you can switch up the vegetables and spices, depending on your tastes or what you have on hand.  We substituted garbanzo beans for the cannellinis, added a few more mushrooms, and used one less carrot (because a certain snowman needed a nose).

As expected, it was perfect for a cold January evening.  The only thing left to decide is when to make it again.

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