Lentil Soup with Spinach

olive oil for sauteeing
1 medium onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 large rib celery, diced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
5 C. water
16 oz. dried lentils (about 2 C)
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 T. salt
1/2 t. ground black pepper
2 (28 ounce) cans whole or diced tomatoes
1 C. water
3 handfuls fresh spinach 
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Pour small amount of oil into large pot.
Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic.
Cook and stir over medium heat until celery is tender.  
Stir in 5 C. water, lentils, bouillon cube, salt and pepper.
Heat to boiling; reduce heat.  
Cover and simmer until soup thickens, about 1 hour.
Stir in tomatoes (with liquid), spinach and 1 C. water.  
Simmer uncovered, 15 minutes.
Top each bowl of soup with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Quinoa Chili 

1 C. quinoa, cooked according to package directions (set aside)
2 t. olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
1-2 T. chopped garlic
2 C. vegetable broth
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz) can chili beans
30 oz. diced tomatoes (do not drain)
8 oz. tomato sauce 
a few slices of jarred jalapenos, chopped
1 T. Worcestershire
1 T. cumin
1 T. chili powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 (15 oz) can corn, drained

Heat olive oil in large pot.  
Saute onion approximately 10 minutes.  
Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes.
Add all ingredients (except quinoa and corn) to the pot and bring to a boil.  
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.  
Add quinoa and corn to pot.  
Heat through.  
The Best Chili

​2 T. canola oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
3 pounds lean ground chuck or ground turkey
2 (31 oz) cans chili beans
1 (16 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 t. chili powder
1 to 2 T. cumin powder
2 t. salt 
pepper to taste

In a large pot, saute onions and garlic in oil until translucent.  
Add ground chuck/turkey and cook until all red color disappears. 
Put chili beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin powder, salt and pepper in a bowl.
Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth
(I started doing this when my kids were young to disguise the beans!).  
Add to meat mixture in pot. 
Simmer, uncovered for 1 hour.  
Best made a day in advance to allow flavors to blend.
Spicy Chicken Soup 

2 quarts water
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. ground black pepper
1 t. garlic powder
1 T. onion powder
5 cubes chicken bouillon
3 T. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (16 oz) jar chunky salsa (can use 24 ounces for a spicier soup)
2 (14.5 oz) cans peeled and diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (10.75 oz) can condensed tomato soup
1-2 T. chili powder
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained (can also use frozen)
2 (16 oz) cans chili beans, undrained
1 (8 oz) container sour cream

In a large pot over medium heat, combine:
water, chicken, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, onion powder and bouillon cubes.  
Bring to a boil,
Reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes, or until chicken juices run clear.  
Remove chicken from pot and shred.  
Strain broth and reserve the strained broth.
In a large pot over medium heat, cook onion and garlic in olive oil until slightly browned.  
Stir in salsa, diced tomatoes, tomato soup, chili powder, corn, chili beans, sour cream, shredded chicken and 4 C. broth. 
Simmer 30 minutes.
Next Day Turkey Soup

2 quarts chicken broth
1 turkey carcass, all meat removed
1 onion, halved, plus 1 onion, minced
1 carrot halved lengthwise, plus 1 carrot, minced
1 whole stalk celery, plus 1 stalk, minced
2 bay leaves
3 C. dark turkey meat
2 garlic cloves, smashed
2 T. olive oil
1 carrot, minced
1 stalk celery, minced
3 C. leftover cooked Thanksgiving side vegetables:
Brussels Sprouts, sweet potatoes, green beans, etc.

Put chicken broth, turkey carcass, onion halves, carrot halves, 
1 celery stalk and 1 bay leaf in a large stock pot.  
Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 1 1/2 hours.  
Finely dice the remaining onion, carrot and celery and reserve.
Dice the turkey meat.  
(If preparing soup for the next day, be sure to store leftover turkey meat in an airtight container before placing it in the refrigerator, top with 1 or 2 ladles full of broth to keep meat moist).
Before straining broth, remove large bones and carcass with tongs.  
Strain the broth through a sieve.
Discard the solids.  
In a large soup pot, heat garlic cloves in the olive oil.  
Allow to brown slightly and add minced carrots, celery and onion.  
Sweat over medium-low heat until softened, about 7 or 8 minutes.
Dice the leftover vegetables.  
Add  the turkey broth and the remaining bay leaf.  
Bring to a simmer.  
While simmering, add Brussels Sprouts, green beans and diced turkey meat to the soup.  
Bring it back up to a simmer.  
Finally, add the sweet potatoes to the center and gently push them down.  
Turn the heat off and cover.  
Allow to sit and steam for 5 to 7 minutes.
Lentil-Tofu Soup (serves 2)

2 T. canola oil
1 small onion, diced (1/4 C)
2 t. curry powder
1 t. ground cumin
2  cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 C. dried lentils, rinsed and sorted
4 C. vegetable broth
2 C. water
8 ounces firm tofu, cut into cubes
2-4 C. chopped kale (or spinach)
2 t. salt
1 t. ground pepper

In a 1 1/2 quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.  
Cook onion, curry, cumin and garlic in oil for 8-10 minutes,
stirring occasionally. 
Stir in lentils, broth and water.
Heat to boiling. 
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.  
Stir in tofu and kale.  
Cook over medium heat 20 minutes or until kale has softened.  
Add salt and pepper.
Dill Pickle Soup 

5 C. chicken broth
1 3/4 pounds potatoes, diced
2 C. chopped carrots
1/2 C. unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 1/2 C. chopped pickles
1/2 C. all-purpose flour
1 C. sour cream
1/4 C. chicken broth
2 C. dill pickle juice
1 1/2 t. Old Bay Seasoning

In a large pot, combine broth, potatoes, carrots and butter.
Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes and carrots are tender (about 20 minutes).
Add pickles and continue to boil.
In a medium bowl, whisk flour, sour cream and broth together, making a paste.
Whisk the flour mixture into the soup.
Add pickle juice and Old Bay.
Cook a few more minutes.
Remove from heat and eat!
Easy Bean Soup


1 (15 oz) can black beans, undrained
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, undrained
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans, undrained
1 (15 oz) can black-eyed peas, undrained
1 (28 oz) can chopped tomatoes with juice
1 (30 oz) jar enchilada sauce
1 C. canned, unsweetened pumpkin
salt and pepper to taste

Place all the beans and tomatoes with all their liquid into the pot.  
Heat over medium-high heat, stirring often.
When the mixture is heated through, 
reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in the enchilada sauce, pumpkin, salt and pepper.
Heat until desired temperature and beans are soft enough for your liking.
Tortellini, Spinach & Tomato Soup

1 T. olive oil
2 T. butter
1-2 t. minced garlic
4 C. vegetable (or chicken) broth
6 oz cheese tortellini (or ravioli), frozen
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
5-8 ounces fresh spinach (a few handfuls)
1/2 C. grated Parmesan
salt & pepper to taste

In a large pot, heat the olive oil and butter over medium-low heat until melted.
Add the garlic and saute for 3 minutes.  
Add the broth and bring to a boil.
Add the frozen tortellini and cook for 5 minutes.  
Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes.
Tear the spinach into bite-size pieces and add to the soup.  
Cook a few minutes or until spinach wilts.  
Stir in Parmesan.
Season with salt and pepper.  
Slow-Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

1 (16-24 ounce) jar Salsa Verde 
2 # boneless, skinless chicken thighs (can be used frozen)
1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained
1 (15 ounce)) can cannellini beans, rinsed
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 T. minced garlic
2 t. ground cumin
1/2 t. salt
sour cream (for serving)

3.5 quart slow-cooker

Mix all ingredients together in slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high 5 to 6 hours or on low 8 to 9 hours until chicken is cooked through.
Dollop each bowl of soup with sour cream.

3 T. garlic
2 T. canola oil
2 onions, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped (I prefer an English cucumber)
3 ribs celery, chopped
3 tomatoes, chopped
2 t. salt
1 t. pepper
1/2 t. vinegar
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 C. tomato juice
1 1/2 C. V-8 Juice

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until flavors blend.
Best made day in advance.
Tomato Soup

3-4 tomatoes, cut in quarters
1/4 C. olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 rib celery, finely chopped
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. ground black pepper
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 C. prepared marinara sauce
1/2 C. vegetable or chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 T. dried basil
1 1/2 t. dried thyme
2 C. heavy whipping cream

Place tomatoes on a sheet pan. 
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
Roast at 375 until wilted and caramelized. 
Remove from oven.
In a large heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high heat, add onion, garlic, celery, salt and pepper. 
Saute until vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes.
Add roasted tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, sauce, stock, bay leaf, basil and thyme. 
Simmer uncovered over low heat until soup reduces slightly, about 1 hour.
Remove and discard bay leaf.  
Add cream and simmer about 15 minutes more. 
Taste and adjust seasoning. 
If desired, use an immersion blender to blend soup until smooth.
Creamy Carrot - Mushroom Soup (without cream!)

​2 T. canola oil
1 (8 ounce) pkg. sliced button mushrooms (2 1/2 C.) 
2 ribs celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 C. sliced carrots
3 (14 ounce) cans vegetable broth or chicken broth
1 (12.3 ounce) package silken-style firm tofu 
1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
1/2 C. sour cream

In a large pot, add oil, mushrooms, celery, onion, garlic and carrots.
Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until softened. 
Add broth.  
Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  
Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until tender.
Let soup cool slightly.  
Add tofu.
Using an immersion blender, blend soup until smooth.  
Add evaporated milk and heat through.  
Stir in salt and pepper to taste.  
Top servings with sour cream if desired.
Turkey Wild Rice Soup

5 C. reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 C. wild rice
1/2 C. butter
2 carrots, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
1 white onion, diced
1/3 C. flour
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. ground black pepper
2 C. half-and-half
2 C. cubed cooked turkey
9 slices bacon, diced and cooked crisp 
freshly ground black pepper

In large saucepan, combine broth and rice.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat.
Add carrots, celery and onion; cook until tender.
Whisk in flour, salt and pepper.
Cook until mixture is smooth and bubbly, about 2 minutes.  
Whisk in half-and-half.
Cook, stirring frequently until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.  
Stir into rice mixture.  
Add turkey and bacon.
Simmer until heated.

Cold Strawberry Soup

2 pints strawberries, washed and hulled
1 C. half-and-half (or heavy cream)
1 C. sour cream
1/3 C. sugar 
2 T. lemon juice

In a blender puree all ingredients.  
Enjoy immediately or chill until slightly thickened.
Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

2 T. unsalted butter
2 T. olive oil
4 C. chopped yellow onions (3 large)
2 T. mild curry powder
5 pounds butternut squash (2 large)
1 1/2 pounds sweet apples, (approx. 4 apples)
2 t. kosher salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
1 C. water
3 C. apple cider or juice

In a large pot, over low heat, cook butter, olive oil, onions and curry powder, 
uncovered  for 15 to 20 minutes, until the onions are tender.  
Stir occasionally, scraping the bottom of the pot.
Peel squash.
Cut in half and remove seeds with spoon.
Cut the squash into chunks.  
Peel and core the apples and cut into chunks. 
Add the squash, apples, salt, pepper and  water to the pot.  
Bring to a boil, cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes.  
Using an immersion blender, puree the soup. 
Can also put a small amount at a time in the blender.
Pour the soup back into the pot.  
Add the apple cider or juice and enough water to make the soup the consistency you like.