Tag: soup

Stracciatella Soup

Stracciatella Soup // shutterbean

With the colder weather coming up, my brain is craving childhood comfort foods like whoa- hence the Pizza Bagels and now this soup. Before I left for college many many MANY years ago, my grandmother taught me how to make her Stracciatella Soup.  It was always something she made me when I was over at her house and HUNGRY (which was all the time). She’d give me extra cheese because she is my grandma and that’s what grandmothers do.  I ended up eating this soup a lot in college because it rained so much in Oregon and it was CHEEEEEAAAAP. Also it’s ridiculously easy. So, basically this soup wins.

Stracciatella Soup // shutterbean

Four simple ingredients— chicken broth, spinach, eggs and Parmesan combine forces and turn into this amazing soup. It’s ALLLL about the Parmesan if you ask me. The more, the merrier.

Stracciatella Soup // shutterbean

Thanks for the life skills and the extra cheese (always), Grandma!

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Thai Corn Coconut Soup

Thai Corn Coconut Soup // shutterbean

I spent about 4 years working in a cubicle, so I know how it feels to be stuck at work while you see your friends living it up in the summer. I can imagine it’s even worse since we all check in to what other people are doing on Instagram.  Summer seems so out of reach when you’re sitting under florescent lighting, working on spreadsheets and trying to STAY WARM from the incessant air conditioner. It’s like… SUMMER??! WHAT SUMMER?  I’d give anything to be a bored 9 year old, playing bank with old Monopoly money on our summer vacations in Tahoe.

Thai Corn Coconut Soup // shutterbean

Here’s a soup that will help get you through the week at work. We exploit SUMMER CORN and make a beautiful Thai coconut soup with it. It’s both sweet and spicy as well as light and hearty. I’m pretty sure it would be great with an addition of rice (if you’d like to stretch it out even more) and some cold avocado. I might go crazy and serve it over rice with grilled shrimp on top! What do you say about that?

Thai Corn Coconut Soup // shutterbean

So if you’re stuck in cubicle land, you can bring the summer INTO your workspace with this soup. It’s sure to warm you up and make you appreciate the season’s best even if you’re sitting behind a desk with a view of your coworker’s crazy origami collection.

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Cream of Artichoke Soup

Cream of Artichoke Soup // shutterbean

I have a super long list of recipes I want to make but every now and then I get super indecisive and can’t make up my mind. When I’m stumped, I simply ask Casey what he’s in the mood for. I always know his reply will be something in the hearty/creamy/meaty/warm spectrum. Last week it was:

“Cream of Artichoke Soup. Yeah. Make that.”

OK. Decision made. That was easy.

Cream of Artichoke Soup // shutterbean

I never had Cream of Artichoke Soup until I went to Duarte’s Tavern in Pescadero with Casey and his family. If you haven’t been there, GO. It’s a real treat. When it’s a cold and foggy day, nothing tastes better than their creamy artichoke soup with torn hunks of warm sourdough bread. For Casey, it reminds him of his childhood. It’s because it’s a bowl of comfort. I totally get that.

Cream of Artichoke Soup // shutterbean

We had this soup last week for dinner. It’s perfect for a chilly Spring night.  A night where you feel a little bit of wind and you’re not quite ready to go sleeveless. A night when you are partially excited for warm weather but content with being inside, enjoying artichoke season.

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Spinach Tortellini Soup

Spinach Tortellini Soup // shutterbean

The nights are starting to get cooler here in the Bay Area and I’m absolutely loving it. Autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year. I especially love the chill in the morning because it makes me appreciate the warmth of my coffee even more. Also, SOUP. I love soup weather. Who doesn’t??

This Spinach Tortellini soup is like a warm/cozy blanket. It’s SUPER comforting, hearty and somewhat healthy. There’s an amazing amount of spinach in there– you’ll see. A warm bowl full of soup goes best with a heavy dose of freshly grated Parmesan and a few slabs or 4 of my killer garlic bread.  It’s so dang easy that it goes in my Everyday Eats category. Enjoy!

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Sweet Potato & Sausage Soup

April showers bring May flowers. I have to keep reminding myself of that when it rains all day long. And in between moments of crazy rain and sun peeking through clouds, I want to sit at my kitchen table reading a magazine & eating a bowl of soup. This fantasy includes a hunk of garlic bread, as most fantasies do.

One of my go-to soups is this Sausage Soup I made years ago. I’ve probably made it as many times as I’ve seen The Royal Tenenbaums (which is A LOT). When I was flipping through one of my old Everyday Food Magazines (sniff sniff! So sad they shut down) I found this recipe and realized I had all of the ingredients at my disposal.

It’s like having a bowl of pasta, a bowl of soup, and a salad all in one. Carbs, meat, greens, SUPER FOODS and dairy all in one dish. It might soon replace my old standby. We’ll see about that.

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Lemony Chicken & Orzo Soup

We woke up yesterday morning without power. It was a bright sunny morning here in California and it seemed a little silly to not have power. In my life, power outages are usually associated with massive storms or some planned street work. It’s always a reminder how frequent I take power for granted. My brain expects the light to go on when I turn on the switch, and yesterday I got a rude awakening when I went to do dishes and the garbage disposal didn’t work… I had a bunch of mushrooms & strawberries in there from the night before. Oof.

Since I was banned from oven usage, I decided to turn the stove on and make soup. This Lemony Chicken & Orzo Soup from the latest Bon Appetit magazine is perfect for the weather we’re having here in the Bay Area. We’re having the kind of weather that requires a light sweater and if the sun is just right, a little skin will make an appearance. It’s the type of weather that makes you want a light soup to take the chill off the cool breeze. This soup will do just that. It’s simple ingredients come together for a light/vibrant flavor combination. Lemon + Dill are flavor powerhouses!  It’s what I’m taking to work this week for lunch.

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Curried Cauliflower Soup

My horoscope keeps telling me that this is the time to start creating new/healthy eating & exercising habits and since it’s the new year, I’ll be more motivated to do so.  Should I listen to my horoscope or do I think it’s trying to get me to buy a gym membership? I bet Leos aren’t the only ones getting this horoscope. You can never tell with these apps anymore!

It’s been awhile since I made a new soup. Perhaps I could tell the horoscope writing people to include “make some good soup”  into our daily horoscope? That would be a good habit, wouldn’t it? If I could write horoscopes, I’d tell Geminis to make up their mind on what soup to make. I’d tell Capricorns to get out of their food comfort zones and try something new! A Leo must go to the newest/hippest restaurant known for its soup and a Pisces should not just be focused on what the place setting looks like around the soup, but should make sure it actually tastes good. Flavor is important!

But you never know, I could be giving the wrong horoscope to the wrong sign. It’s all a matter of interpretation, isn’t it? What I do know is that this soup I made to set my body straight this January is a keeper. It’s the first soup I’ve made with cashew cream and it definitely won’t be the last. It’s vegan, gluten-free, hearty, spicy and packed with flavor. The texture is smooth & creamy and it will most definitely fill you up. My carb brain thought I needed some bread to accompany it, but I was fine without.  That should tell you something!

 

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Creamy Carrot Soup

creamy carrot soup

It’s a shame the Soup Nazi went out of business because he would have had a real hit with this Creamy Carrot Soup. I have no doubt, he would have charged $5 for a slice of my garlic bread and only exceptional customers who made absolutely no sounds got two slices. If Kramer was around, he’d probably add a dollop of parsley oil on top of his soup; they were tight like that.

creamy carrot soup

I love the creamy/sweet/savory combination of this carrot soup. It’s both hearty & llight and the addition of parsley oil helps round out the flavor.

Soup for me, soup for you, SOUP FOR EVERYONE!

Man, I miss Seinfeld and my friend James who gave me this sweet little recipe!

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