Category: Soups

Turkey Tortilla Soup

Have leftover roast turkey? Make a pot of yummy Turkey Tortilla Soup, garnished with cheese, tomato, cilantro and baked tortilla strips!
Have leftover roast turkey? Make a pot of yummy Turkey Tortilla Soup, garnished with cheese, tomato, cilantro and baked tortilla strips!

If you enjoy the flavor of Southwestern-style soups or chilis, then I believe you will really love this turkey tortilla soup! The soup can be made quite simply, and features cooked turkey, so it’s a perfect soup to use any leftover cooked turkey you might have! Typically once Thanksgiving is over, or any time we cook a whole turkey or turkey breast, we have leftover turkey. I usually make turkey noodle soup with leftover turkey, but this tortilla soup is now (also) an option. You only need 2 cups of cooked turkey to make this soup, and it is so yummy!

Corn tortillas are used  in two ways for this soup. They are used uncooked IN the soup and used (baked ’til crispy) ON TOP of the soup, adding flavor and texture. The turkey tortilla soup is garnished with crispy tortilla strips, and then can be topped with cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, avocado and cilantro, if desired! YUM! Turkey tortilla soup not only LOOKS great… it tastes great, too. Here’s how to make it:

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Prep The Corn Tortillas

Preheat your oven to 450°F. Place the corn tortillas in two piles of 5 each, stacking 5 tortillas on top of each other. Slice the tortillas into ½” wide strips. Reserve and set aside one stack of strips from 5 tortillas until later. The reserved stack of tortilla strips will go (uncooked) into the soup, and the remaining strips will be baked until crispy to garnish the finished soup.

Take the remaining stack of strips (from 5 tortillas) and place them on a large baking sheet, in a single layer. Lightly coat the strips with non-stick cooking spray, then turn them over and spray the other side. Bake the tortilla strips at 450°F for 9-10 minutes, turning them over once, halfway through the cooking timeOnce crispy and browned, remove them from the oven, let cool, then place in an airtight container, plastic wrap or bag until you’re ready to serve the soup.

Corn tortillas are sliced into 1/2" strips for the soup.Half of the tortilla strips are sprayed with oil, then baked until crispy, for garnishing soup.

Let’s Make Some Turkey Tortilla Soup!

Now you’re ready to make some delicious turkey tortilla soup! TIP: If you start the soup while the tortilla strips are baking, you will save time! Heat olive oil on MEDIUM in a large soup pot or Dutch oven. Once oil is hot, add chopped onion, minced garlic and jalapeño. Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring often (so garlic doesn’t burn), until onions are softened and slightly browned.

Pour in the chicken broth, then add the reserved (unbaked) tortilla strips to the soup pot. Stir to combine, and cook on MEDIUM heat for 3-5 minutes. This cooking time will soften the tortilla strips which helps to slightly thicken the broth.

Chopped onion, jalapeno and minced garlic are lightly browned in olive oil in soup pot.Unbaked corn tortilla strips are added to chicken broth and sauteed onion mixture in soup pan.

The next step is to add canned (mild-flavored) enchilada sauce, chopped turkey and ground cumin to the soup. Stir these ingredients in, then cook the turkey tortilla soup for 7-8 more minutes on Medium heat. Do NOT let the soup boil. The soup is done when the turkey and the soup is fully heated through.

NOTE: If you feel the soup is too spicy (depending on the brand of enchilada sauce you used), simply add a little more water or chicken broth to even it out a bit.

Chopped turkey, enchilada sauce and ground cumin are added to the turkey tortilla soup.A ladle full of the turkey tortilla soup, ready to be served.

Serving Turkey Tortilla Soup

To serve the turkey tortilla soup, ladle the hot soup into serving bowls. Place several baked tortilla strips on top of each serving of soup. At this point, the soup is ready to serve, unless you want to add optional toppings (which I recommend!).

OPTIONAL, BUT GOOD: If desired, garnish each serving with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped tomatoes, and cilantro leaves. A dollop of sour cream or avocado chunks can also add to the presentation and taste of this dish, too. These extra toppings are completely OPTIONAL, but they really do add additional flavor and color to the soup.  Serve immediately, and enjoy this delicious soup!

Bowl of turkey tortilla soup is garnished with tomatoes, cheese, baked tortilla strips and cilantro.Shredded cheese, tomatoes, cilantro and baked tortilla strips top the soup.

I truly hope you enjoy this tasty soup… we LOVE it, and trust you will, too! Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you will come back again for more delicious recipes. Take care, may God bless you, and have a GREAT day!

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Original recipe source: “Southern Living Best-Loved Christmas Classics”, page 242, published 2013 by Time Home Entertainment, Inc./ Oxmoor House

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Turkey Tortilla Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Have leftover roast turkey? Make a pot of yummy Turkey Tortilla Soup, garnished with cheese, tomato, cilantro and baked tortilla strips!

Category: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: turkey tortilla soup
Servings: 8 cups
Calories Per Serving: 105 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 10 6" corn tortillas cut in ½" strips, divided use
  • vegetable cooking spray as needed
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper , seeded and minced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 32 ounces chicken broth
  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey breast meat used in caloric calculation
  • 10 ounce can MILD enchilada sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
Additional Garnishes (optional): shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, chopped tomatoes, avocado, sour cream
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

    2. Place tortillas in two piles of 5 each, stacking 5 tortillas on top of each other. Slice tortillas into ½" wide strips. Reserve/set aside one stack of strips from 5 tortillas until later. Take remaining strips (from 5 tortillas) and place them on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Spray strips with cooking spray; turn and spray other side. Bake strips at 450°F for 9-10 minutes, turning them over once halfway through cooking timeOnce crispy/browned, remove them from oven, let cool, then place in airtight container, plastic wrap or bag until ready to serve soup. TIP: If you start soup while tortilla strips are baking, you'll save time!

    3. Heat olive oil on MEDIUM heat in large soup pot or Dutch oven. Once oil is hot, add onion, garlic and jalapeño. Cook 5-6 minutes, stirring often (so garlic doesn't burn) until onions are softened/slightly brown.

    4. Add chicken broth and reserved (unbaked) tortilla strips to soup pot. Stir to combine; turn heat down to MEDIUM; cook 3-5 minutes. This will soften the tortilla strips which help to slightly thicken broth.

    5. Add turkey, enchilada sauce, and cumin to soup. Stir well, then cook 7-8 minutes on MEDIUM heat until soup is fully heated through. Do NOT let soup boil.

    6. To serve, ladle soup into serving bowls. Place several baked tortilla strips on top. OPTIONAL: If desired, also garnish with cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado or sour cream. Serve immediately, and enjoy this delicious soup!

    Recipe Notes

    NOTE: Caloric calculation made using a serving size of 1 cup, and using turkey breast meat. It does NOT include optional garnishes of cheese, avocado, cilantro, tomato or sour cream, but DOES include baked tortilla strips.

    Nutrition Facts
    Turkey Tortilla Soup
    Amount Per Serving (1 cup (8 oz.))
    Calories 105 Calories from Fat 27
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 3g5%
    Saturated Fat 1g6%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g
    Cholesterol 34mg11%
    Sodium 851mg37%
    Potassium 190mg5%
    Carbohydrates 5g2%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 3g3%
    Protein 14g28%
    Vitamin A 273IU5%
    Vitamin C 4mg5%
    Calcium 20mg2%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Tasty Turkey Chili

    Make a pot of tasty turkey chili with fresh veggies, spices, pinto beans and black beans. Chili is easy to make, filling, and tastes great!
    Make a pot of tasty turkey chili with fresh veggies, spices, pinto beans and black beans. Chili is easy to make, filling, and tastes great!

    I don’t know about where you live, but it has been cold here the past few weeks in Oregon. It’s been so cold each morning while walking our dog that I leave our house bundled up, from head to toe. My husband and I have been craving hot, comfort food meals lately due to the cold of Winter. We’ve enjoyed eating LOTS of tasty turkey chili in the past month or two!

    This is a simple soup to make, and the end result is a delicious, wonderfully spiced turkey chili I think you will enjoy. Ground turkey and black and pinto beans provide protein and fiber, so it is a filling soup. Lots of fresh veggies such as tomatoes, celery, onions, and bell peppers contribute to the texture and taste of this chili, as well.

    I came up with this this soup recipe after looking at lots of different recipes (including my Mom’s- a family favorite), added some new ingredients or spices here and there, and ended up with this tasty turkey chili! It’s delicious! Here’s how to make it:

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    Prepare The Spice Mix

    Place the chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Stir to fully combine these spices, then set aside. This will be the spice mix you will use to season the chili.

    Chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and oregano are used to make spice mix for chili.

    Cook The Turkey

    Spray a large saucepan generously with non-stick spray.  Add one pound of ground turkey. Stir and cook on high heat until the meat has turned light brown in color and is cooked through. This usually takes about 5 minutes. Drain and discard any grease, then transfer the turkey to a bowl or plate, and cover.

    Ground turkey is cooked until lightly browned and cooked through, in large saucepan.

    Okay- Let’s Make Some Tasty Turkey Chili

    Add a teaspoon of butter to the saucepan, and allow to melt over low heat. Stir in chopped onion, celery and red bell pepper. Cook  on LOW heat for 4 -5 minutes, stirring the veggies often until the onions are translucent. Add minced garlic to the pan and cook for an additional 30 seconds, stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn. Note: You can substitute green bell peppers for the red OR use a combination of red and green.

    Chopped onion, red bell peppers and celery are cooked until softened in saucepan.Minced garlic is added to the cooked vegetables during the last minute of cooking.

    Pour the spice mixture into the pan of cooked veggies. Stir to cover the veggies with the spices. Add fresh chopped tomatoes (or canned, if using), chicken broth, and 3 cups of water to the pan. Stir well, to combine ingredients. Bring this mixture to a boil, then let it simmer (uncovered) for about 20 minutes.

    NOTE: If you don’t have access to enough fresh tomatoes (2½ cups chopped), you can substitute a 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes (+ juice), and it will taste great in this chili, too! I do this often, as well.

    Homemade seasoning mix is added to the sautéed veggies in the saucepan.Chopped fresh tomatoes are added to the saucepan with cooked veggies and spices.

    Final Steps Before Serving

    Now it’s time to finish cooking this tasty turkey chili! Add the cooked turkey back into the pan, followed by the drained black beans and pinto beans. Stir well, to combine all ingredients. Take a taste, and add additional salt at this point, if desired.

    Cook the tasty turkey chili for about 10 more minutes on MEDIUM heat to ensure it is fully heated through.

    Cooked ground turkey is added to the chili.

    Pinto and black beans are added, to finish the tasty turkey chili.

    Time For A Bowl Of Tasty Turkey Chili!

    Once the tasty turkey chili is hot, it’s time to serve it up and ENJOY! It tastes delicious as is, but feel free to top it with grated cheese or a dollop of sour cream if you want! Yum!

    A soup mug holds a serving of the hot and tasty turkey chili, ready to eat.

    I really hope you enjoy this tasty turkey chili. We love the leftovers for quick lunches, too! For us, it is a nice change from beef chili, and is a bit more healthy, thanks to the use of turkey. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll come back again soon for more delicious, family-friendly recipes. Have a GREAT day!

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    Tasty Turkey Chili
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    35 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
     

    Make a pot of tasty turkey chili with fresh veggies, spices, pinto beans and black beans. Chili is easy to make, filling, and tastes great!

    Category: Main Dish, Soup
    Cuisine: Mexican
    Keyword: tasty turkey chili
    Servings: 6
    Calories Per Serving: 264 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    For Spice Mix:
    • 2 teaspoons chili powder
    • teaspoons ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
    • teaspoon cayenne pepper
    For Rest Of Chili:
    • 1 pound ground turkey
    • salt/pepper for seasoning turkey, to taste
    • 1 teaspoon butter
    • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
    • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper or combo of red/green
    • ½ cup chopped celery
    • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
    • cups fresh chopped tomatoes or 28 oz. can diced +juice
    • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
    • 3 cups water
    • 15..25 ounce can black beans , rinsed/drained
    • 15.5 ounce can pinto beans rinsed/drained
    • additional salt if needed, to taste
    Instructions
    1. Place chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Stir to combine, then set aside.

    2. Spray large saucepan with non-stick spray.  Add ground turkey; stir/cook on high heat until it turns light brown in color and is cooked through (about 5 min.). Drain and discard any grease, then transfer turkey to a bowl or plate, and cover.

    3. Add butter to saucepan; melt over low heat. Stir in chopped onion, celery and red pepper. Cook  on LOW heat 4 -5 minutes, stirring often until onions are translucent. Add garlic; cook for 30 seconds, stirring so garlic doesn't burn.

    4. Add spices; stir to combine. Now add fresh tomatoes (or canned, if using), chicken broth, and 3 cups of water to pan. Stir well, to combine ingredients. Bring to a boil, then let simmer (uncovered) for about 20 minutes.

    5. Add cooked turkey back into pan, followed by black beans and pinto beans. Stir well, to combine. Taste; add additional salt, if desired. Cook chili about 10 more minutes on MEDIUM heat to ensure it's fully heated through. Serve, and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    NOTE: Approximately 1½ cups per serving. Salt was not calculated in the sodium percentage as amounts people use may vary greatly.

    Nutrition Facts
    Tasty Turkey Chili
    Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6 of total))
    Calories 264 Calories from Fat 27
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 3g5%
    Saturated Fat 1g6%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
    Monounsaturated Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 43mg14%
    Sodium 551mg24%
    Potassium 1048mg30%
    Carbohydrates 33g11%
    Fiber 11g46%
    Sugar 6g7%
    Protein 28g56%
    Vitamin A 2067IU41%
    Vitamin C 51mg62%
    Calcium 101mg10%
    Iron 4mg22%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make a pot of tasty turkey chili with fresh veggies, spices, pinto beans and black beans. Chili is easy to make, filling, and tastes great!

    Cauliflower Bacon Chowder

    Cauliflower Bacon Chowder is a thick, hearty soup with shredded cauliflower, turkey bacon, cheese, onions and celery. It’s really delicious!
    Cauliflower Bacon Chowder is a thick, hearty soup with shredded cauliflower, turkey bacon, cheese, onions and celery. It's really delicious!

    As I write this blog post, it is RAINING outside! Really raining! Since we have had such an incredibly DRY summer here in Oregon, this little taste of Fall has me excited. Well, I’m about as “excited” as I’m every going to get about RAIN (sigh), but we desperately need it this year.

    I don’t know about you, but when Fall arrives in the Pacific Northwest, and the rains come, the leaves change colors, AND the temperatures drop, I want SOUP!. Do you feel that way, too? It must be a thing… cooler weather and a big bowl of hot soup, right?

    Today I want to share a recipe I originally found online. I’ve made a few slight changes to the ingredients and the process used to make it, but the end result is a delicious, hearty cauliflower bacon chowder. I used turkey bacon for this batch (as seen in the pics), but it is easily made with regular bacon, too. Whatever type of bacon you have on hand will work fine, and add great flavor to this chowder. Here’s how to make it:

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    A Little Bit Of Prep Work Before Cooking!

    It’s always a good idea to get everything you need for the recipe in place before beginning to cook the chowder. For this chowder, you will need to make a thickening agent. You can do this by whisking together 1 cup of chicken broth with 3 Tablespoons of all purpose flour. Whisk until it becomes smooth, then set it aside for later.

    Flour is whisked into chicken broth to make a thickening agent for the chowder.

    Grated cauliflower is needed for the chowder. If you are not buying it pre-grated in bags, then you will need to grate it yourself. It’s easy! Pull off the leaves around the bottom of the cauliflower.

    Holding onto the stalk, simply grate the cauliflower using the large holes on a hand held grater or box grater. This recipe calls for 4 cups of grated cauliflower, which is roughly the equivalent of a medium head, once grated.

    Fresh cauliflower is shredded using a box grater before making the chowder.Shredded cauliflower is ready to add to the soup pot.

    Time To Begin Cooking The Cauliflower Bacon Chowder

    Place a large soup pot on the stovetop. Use a knife or kitchen scissors to cut the bacon (turkey bacon OR regular) into small pieces. Use whatever type of bacon you prefer. Cook the bacon on medium heat until fully cooked and crisp. Remove the crisp bacon from the pan and place it on several layers of paper towels, to drain off the grease. Do NOT clean out the soup pot!

    Leave 1 Tablespoon of the bacon drippings in the soup pot (discard the rest). Put the chopped onion and celery into the pot, and cook these in the bacon drippings until they become tender. This will take about 3-4 minutes. Now add the minced garlic to the pot, and continue to cook for another minute, stirring often, so the garlic won’t burn.

    Small pieces of turkey bacon are cooked in soup pot until crispy.Chopped onions and celery are cooked in reserved bacon grease until tender.

    Add The Cauliflower And Liquid

    Dump all the grated cauliflower into the soup pot, along with 3 Tablespoons of water. Give it a good stir, to combine the veggies, then put a lid on the pot. Let the cauliflower “steam” (covered) for about 5-6 minutes, stirring 2-3 times during the steaming process. This helps to tenderize the cauliflower.

    Once the cauliflower has become tender, add the remaining cup of chicken broth and the milk to the pot. Stir to combine everything, and turn the heat up. 

    Water and grated cauliflower are added to the soup pot and steamed until tender.Chicken broth and milk are added to the cauliflower bacon chowder in the pot.

    Final Steps

    Whisk in the reserved cup of chicken broth and flour mixture (set aside previously). Continue cooking the chowder until it comes to a boil, whisking often. Once it begins to boil, turn the heat down to Low, and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until the cauliflower bacon chowder thickens.

    Once the cauliflower bacon chowder has thickened, remove the pot from the heat. Add the grated cheddar cheese, a few dashes of hot sauce and the cooked bacon. Stir until they have been fully incorporated, and the cheese has melted. Take a quick bite, and then season with some salt and black pepper, to suit your personal taste. The hot, seasoned chowder is now ready to serve.

    Chowder is cooked until it thickens, after adding broth/flour mixture.Bacon pieces and shredded cheese are added to the hot chowder.

    Ready For A Hot Bowl Of Cauliflower Bacon Chowder?

    Ladle the soup into serving bowls. If desired, you can “garnish” each serving with more crispy bacon crumbles, amore grated cheese and some sliced green onions. This is not necessary, but it is a nice presentation. It looks good, and we eat with our eyes first, right?

    The cauliflower bacon chowder is hot, thick and delicious. It also has little tiny pieces of cauliflower in every bite! YUM! I really think you will enjoy this simple vegetable chowder any time of year, but especially when there is cool or cold weather outside! A bowl of this soup will fill you up and warm you up! I hope you enjoy it!

    Bowl of cauliflower bacon chowder is served, topped with green onions, cheese and bacon.A spoonful of cauliflower bacon chowder, ready to be eaten and enjoyed.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit this blog today. I appreciate it, and hope you will come back soon, for more family-friendly recipes. My hope is that you will make this yummy chowder for those you love, when you have the chance. Take care, and have a wonderful day.

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    Recipe adapted from: pinchofnutmeg.com/bacon-cauliflower-chowder/ (Don’t believe this blog is still active)

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    Cauliflower Bacon Chowder
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    35 mins
     

    Cauliflower Bacon Chowder is a thick, hearty soup with shredded cauliflower, turkey bacon, cheese, onions and celery. It's really delicious!

    Category: Entree, Main Dish, Soup
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: cauliflower bacon chowder
    Servings: 5
    Calories Per Serving: 351 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 6 slices turkey bacon, chopped can substitute regular bacon, if desired
    • ½ medium yellow onion chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 1 large celery stalk chopped
    • 4 cups grated cauliflower about 1 medium head
    • 3 Tablespoons water
    • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth *divided use*
    • 2 cups milk 2% is best for this soup
    • 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
    • 4 dashes Tabasco sauce or other hot pepper sauce
    • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese can substitute mild cheddar
    • salt and pepper (season to taste)
    OPTIONAL GARNISHES: chopped green onions, more bacon crumbles, and more shredded cheddar cheese
      Instructions
      1. PREP: Whisk together 1 cup of chicken broth and 3 Tablespoons flour. Whisk until smooth; set aside for later.

        PREP: Remove leaves around bottom of cauliflower. Holding onto the stalk, grate cauliflower using large holes on a hand or box grater.

      2. Use a knife or kitchen scissors to cut bacon into small pieces. In large soup pot, cook bacon on medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pot; place on layers of paper towels, to drain off grease. Leave 1 Tablespoon of bacon grease in soup pot. Add chopped onion and celery; cook in bacon grease until they become tender (3-4 minutes). Now add the minced garlic. Continue to cook for 1 minute, stirring often, so garlic doesn't burn.

      3. Put grated cauliflower into soup pot, along with 3 Tablespoons of water. Stir, to combine veggies, then put a lid on the pot. Let cauliflower "steam" (covered) for 5-6 minutes, stirring 2-3 times during steaming process. Once cauliflower is tender, add milk, plus remaining cup of chicken broth, and stir. Turn the heat up. 

      4. Whisk in reserved cup of chicken broth and flour mixture. Continue cooking chowder until it comes to a boil, whisking often. Once it begins boiling, turn heat down to LOW; let it simmer 3-4 minutes, or until mixture thickens. Remove pot from heat. Add grated cheddar cheese, hot sauce, and bacon. Stir until cheese has melted. Take a bite; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve and enjoy!

      5. GARNISH: If desired, top each serving with additional bacon crumbles, sliced green onions, and grated cheese. (OPTIONAL, but a nice presentation.)

      Recipe Notes

      Caloric calculation made using turkey bacon and 2% milk.

      Nutrition Facts
      Cauliflower Bacon Chowder
      Amount Per Serving (1 (1/5 of total))
      Calories 351 Calories from Fat 198
      % Daily Value*
      Fat 22g34%
      Saturated Fat 12g75%
      Trans Fat 1g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
      Monounsaturated Fat 7g
      Cholesterol 71mg24%
      Sodium 765mg33%
      Potassium 591mg17%
      Carbohydrates 16g5%
      Fiber 2g8%
      Sugar 7g8%
      Protein 23g46%
      Vitamin A 553IU11%
      Vitamin C 40mg48%
      Calcium 468mg47%
      Iron 1mg6%
      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

      Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Cauliflower Bacon Chowder is a thick, hearty soup with shredded cauliflower, turkey bacon, cheese, onions and celery. It's really delicious!

      Cream Of Asparagus Soup

      Make four servings of delicious Cream of Asparagus Soup in under 30 minutes! It’s so easy to make – serve as a main dish OR as a side dish.
      Make four servings of delicious Cream of Asparagus Soup in under 30 minutes! It's so easy to make - serve as a main dish OR as a side dish.

      We love asparagus, especially in the Spring when it is readily available at much lower than normal prices! Recently my husband picked up a couple large bunches of asparagus at the grocery store, so we enjoyed some of them pan-steamed until crisp-tender and served with chicken.

      The rest of the fresh asparagus was used for this wonderful tasting cream of asparagus soup! YUYM! The original recipe came from one of my OLD “Taste of Home” magazines (from 21 years ago!), but it is a timeless, fantastic recipe you’re gonna love! One of the reasons I love this soup is because not all of the asparagus is pureed until creamy. Half of the soup is pureed in a blender or food processor to make it creamy; but some of the tender small pieces of asparagus are left intact in the soup. I like that!

      This cream of asparagus soup is incredibly EASY to make, as well. If you enjoy fresh asparagus, I’m confident you’ll enjoy a bowl of this delicious soup. Here is how to make four servings of cream of asparagus soup:

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      Prepare The Vegetables For The Soup

      The first thing you will do is sauté chopped onion and minced garlic in a large saucepan. Heat oil on medium-low heat until hot, but not smoking. Add the veggies, then cook for 3-4 minutes (until tender). Stir often, to ensure the garlic does not burn and become bitter. 

      Chopped onion and minced garlic are cooked in oil in a large saucepan.

      Add the fresh asparagus pieces, low-sodium chicken broth, and red pepper flakes to the saucepan. Bring the broth to a boil, then reduce the heat to Low, and cover the saucepan. Let this mixture simmer (covered) on low for 13-15 minutes, or until the asparagus is tender. Once done, remove the pan from the heat.

      Asparagus, chicken broth, and red pepper flakes are added to the cream of asparagus soup in pan.

      Make The Cream Base For The Soup

      Remove about HALF of the asparagus mixture (including broth), and place it in a blender (or food processor). Add cream cheese, sour cream and dried dill weed or fresh chopped dill. Process these ingredients in the blender or food processor until smooth and creamy. 

      Half the soup mixture is transferred out of the saucepan into a blender for processing.Cream cheese, sour cream and dried dill are added to asparagus in blender and processed until creamy.

      Pour the creamed mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining ingredients, and stir to fully combine the cream of asparagus soup. Turn the heat to Medium, and cook, just until the soup is heated through. The cream of asparagus soup will be thick, creamy, and have small pieces of tender asparagus in there, as well.

      Pureed cream of asparagus soup is added back into remaining ingredients in saucepan.After stirring, the cream of asparagus soup is thick and creamy.

      Serve The Cream Of Asparagus Soup

      Once the cream of asparagus soup is fully heated through, it is time to serve! See how easy that was? Ladle the hot soup into four bowls, and lightly sprinkle each portion with ground nutmeg on top. That’s it! Grab a spoon, and enjoy this delicious, thick, creamy, soup! Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in a saucepan or in the microwave.

      The cream of asparagus soup is sprinkled with ground nutmeg and served hot, in a white bowl.

      I truly hope you try this delicious cream of asparagus soup. We LOVE it, and trust you will, too. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to visit my blog. Have a great day, and come back for another visit real soon.

      Looking For More SOUP Recipes?

      You can find all of my soup recipes in the Recipe Index, which is located at the top of the page. I have lots of them you’ll enjoy, including:

      Interested In More Recipes?

      Thank you for visiting this website. I appreciate you using some of your valuable time to do soIf you’re interested, I publish a newsletter 2 times per month (1st and 15th) with all the latest recipes, and other fun info. I would be honored to have you join our growing list of subscribers, so you never miss a great recipe!
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      Original recipe source: “Taste of Home” magazine, April/May 2000 edition, page 17, published by Reiman Publications, Inc.

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      Cream of Asparagus Soup
      Prep Time
      10 mins
      Cook Time
      15 mins
      Total Time
      25 mins
       

      Make four servings of delicious Cream of Asparagus Soup in under 30 minutes! It's so easy to make - serve as a main dish OR as a side dish.

      Category: Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: cream of asparagus soup
      Servings: 4
      Calories Per Serving: 119 kcal
      Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
      Ingredients
      • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
      • 1 medium yellow onion , finely chopped
      • 2 medium garlic cloves , minced
      • 3 cups fresh cut asparagus (1" slices) woody bottom part of stem removed/discarded
      • cups low-sodium chicken broth (or regular)
      • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
      • 3 ounces light cream cheese , OR regular, cut in small cubes
      • 2 Tablespoons light sour cream (or regular)
      • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed , OR 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh dill
      • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg , for garnish
      Instructions
      1. Heat oil on medium-low heat until hot, but not smoking. Add onion and garlic; cook 3-4 minutes (until tender). Stir often, to ensure garlic doesn't burn and become bitter. 

      2. Add asparagus pieces, chicken broth, and red pepper flakes to saucepan. Bring broth to a boil, then reduce heat to Low. Cover the saucepan. Let simmer (covered) on low 13-15 minutes, or until asparagus is tender. Once done, remove pan from the heat.

      3. Remove HALF the asparagus mixture (including broth); place in blender or food processor. Add the cream cheese, sour cream and dill. Process until smooth and creamy. Pour creamed mixture back into saucepan (with remaining ingredients), and stir to fully combine soup. Cook on Medium heat only until soup is heated through.

      4. Ladle hot soup into four bowls; lightly sprinkle each portion with ground nutmeg. Grab a spoon, and enjoy this delicious, thick, creamy, soup! Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in a saucepan or in a microwave.

      Nutrition Facts
      Cream of Asparagus Soup
      Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
      Calories 119 Calories from Fat 54
      % Daily Value*
      Fat 6g9%
      Saturated Fat 4g25%
      Cholesterol 14mg5%
      Sodium 153mg7%
      Potassium 452mg13%
      Carbohydrates 11g4%
      Fiber 3g13%
      Sugar 5g6%
      Protein 8g16%
      Vitamin A 931IU19%
      Vitamin C 8mg10%
      Calcium 84mg8%
      Iron 3mg17%
      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

      Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make four servings of delicious Cream of Asparagus Soup in under 30 minutes! It's so easy to make - serve as a main dish OR as a side dish.

      Navy Bean Soup

      Navy Bean Soup is delicious and filling! Slowly cooked dried navy beans, carrots, garlic, celery, onion, broth & spices create a robust soup.
      Navy Bean Soup is delicious and filling! Slowly cooked dried navy beans, carrots, garlic, celery, onion, broth & spices create a robust soup.

      Do you enjoy soup? We really do, especially in the cold of winter when a big bowl of piping hot soup takes the chill off the day! Today I want to share with you a recipe that I originally found in an old Italian cookbook of mine (from Williams-Sonoma). It is really tasty, warming, and filling.

      The recipe uses dried navy beans, so the only “downside” (if there is one), is that it will take some time to soak and cook the beans until they have slightly softened. Typically I soak the beans early in the day, then add them to the soup later and then let the soup cook low and slow to infuse the beans with flavor, and to soften them perfectly! It’s inactive prep time, so you do other things while they soak!

      So… as long as you plan ahead a little bit, you will have no problems making this absolutely DELICIOUS navy bean soup. Yes… it will take a bit of your time on your part, but it is worth it! Don’t forget, a lot of the time involved is inactive time (soaking, cooking, etc.) Let me show you how to make navy bean soup:

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      Prepare The Navy Beans

      Bags of navy beans can be found in most grocery stores, and are a very economical main ingredient for the soup. Because this recipe calls for dried navy beans, that means you’ll need to plan ahead to soak them (which helps soften them).  I usually do this step early in the day, so the beans have several hours to soak.

      To do this, first rinse the navy beans in a strainer. Once rinsed, place the beans in a large bowl and completely cover with water. Let them soak for at least 3 hours, and then drain.

      Dried navy beans are soaked in water for hours to soften them.

      Ready To Cook the Navy Bean Soup

      Okay… the beans have soaked. Now it’s time to start making the soup. Place olive oil into a large soup pot, and let it get warm (on medium heat). Add chopped celery, carrots and onion to the pot, and cook for about 8-10 minutes (stirring occasionally) until the veggies have softened.

      Once the veggie have softened, add minced garlic and minced fresh rosemary to the pot, and stir  to combine. Cook this mixture for a couple minutes, stirring often so the garlic doesn’t burn.

      Carrots, celery and onion are cooked in olive oil in a large soup pot.

      Add the chicken stock (or vegetable stock) and the drained, softened navy beans to the pot. Stir to combine, and then bring it to a boil on MEDIUM heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to LOW, and let the navy bean soup simmer for about 1½ hours, uncovered. You will know it is done when the beans are soft to the bite, and the liquid has reduced in quantity. Let the soup cool for 5 minutes.

      Chicken stock, navy beans and seasonings are cooked in soup pot.Beans have softened and liquid has reduced in the navy bean soup.

      Thickening The Navy Bean Soup

      Now you’re ready for the last step… thickening the navy bean soup for eating! It’s EASY. Remove about 1/3 of the bean mixture and place it in a blender (or food processor). Process the bean/soup mixture until it becomes a puree, smooth in texture.

      Return the pureed bean mix to the soup pot, and stir well, to fully incorporate the puree into the soup. This will really help thicken the soup! Gently reheat the soup until it’s hot enough to serve. Season the navy bean soup with salt and black pepper, to suit your personal taste.

      Some beans are pureed, then added back into the navy bean soup.Pureed navy beans will help thicken the soup.

      Garnish, Serve, and Enjoy!

      Once you have the soup seasoned to your liking, it is time to serve/ Ladle the navy bean soup into individual serving bowls. Garnish each portion with chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese. Serve piping hot, and enjoy this thick, creamy and delicious soup!

      Bowl of navy bean soup, garnished with Parmesan cheese and parsley.Taking a spoonful of thick navy bean soup from a white bowl.

      I really hope you have a chance to make and enjoy eating this soup. We sure enjoy it, and trust you will, too! Thank you for stopping by, and sincerely hope you will come back soon. Have a GREAT day!

      Looking For More SOUP Recipes?

      You can find all of my soup recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have lots of delicious soup recipes, including:

      Interested In More Recipes?

      Thank you for visiting this website. I appreciate you using some of your valuable time to do soIf you’re interested, I publish a newsletter 2 times per month (1st and 15th) with all the latest recipes, and other fun info. I would be honored to have you join our growing list of subscribers, so you never miss a great recipe!
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      Original recipe source: The cookbook “Williams-Sonoma Italian Favorites”, page 22, published in 2004 by Oxmoor House and Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

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      Navy Bean Soup
      Prep Time
      10 mins
      Cook Time
      1 hr 30 mins
      Inactive (Bean Soaking Time)
      3 hrs
      Total Time
      4 hrs 40 mins
       

      Navy Bean Soup is delicious and filling! Slowly cooked dried navy beans, carrots, garlic, celery, onion, broth & spices create a robust soup.

      Category: Main Course, Soup
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: navy bean soup
      Servings: 6
      Calories Per Serving: 332 kcal
      Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
      Ingredients
      • cups small navy beans (dried)
      • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
      • 1 medium yellow onion , finely chopped
      • 1 large carrot , peeled/finely chopped
      • 1 stalk celery , finely chopped
      • 2 cloves garlic , minced
      • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary , minced
      • 7 cups low-sodium chicken broth , or vegetable broth
      • salt & pepper, to taste
      To Garnish:
      • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
      • 1 Tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley , chopped
      Instructions
      1. Rinse beans in a strainer. Once rinsed, place beans in large bowl; cover completely with water. Let beans soak at least 3 hours; drain.

      2. Once beans have soaked at least 3 hours: Place olive oil into a large soup pot; heat oil until warm on medium heat. Add celery, carrots and onion; cook 8-10 minutes (stirring occasionally) until veggies have softened. Add garlic and rosemary; stir  to combine. Cook 2 minutes, stirring often, so garlic doesn't burn.

      3. Add chicken stock (or vegetable stock or water) and the drained beans. Stir to combine, and bring to a boil on MEDIUM heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to LOW; simmer soup gently for 1½ hours, uncovered. It is done when beans are soft to the bite., and liquid has reduced. Let cool for 5 minutes.

      4. Remove about 1/3 of the bean mixture; place in a blender (or food processor). Process bean/soup mixture until it becomes a smooth puree. Return puree to soup; stir well, to mix puree into soup. Gently reheat soup until hot. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

      5. Ladle hot soup into serving bowls. Garnish each portion with chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese. Serve, and enjoy!

      Recipe Notes

      NOTE: If you do not have access to chicken or vegetable broth, you can substitute 7 cups water. However... the flavor will be much better using the broth.

      Nutrition Facts
      Navy Bean Soup
      Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6 of total))
      Calories 332 Calories from Fat 108
      % Daily Value*
      Fat 12g18%
      Saturated Fat 3g19%
      Cholesterol 7mg2%
      Sodium 227mg10%
      Potassium 950mg27%
      Carbohydrates 39g13%
      Fiber 13g54%
      Sugar 4g4%
      Protein 21g42%
      Vitamin A 2108IU42%
      Vitamin C 3mg4%
      Calcium 193mg19%
      Iron 4mg22%
      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

      Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Navy Bean Soup is delicious and filling! Slowly cooked dried navy beans, carrots, garlic, celery, onion, broth & spices create a robust soup.

      Creamy Avgolemono Soup

      Creamy Avgolemono Soup is a classic Greek dish (with rice) that is delicious, rich and lemony, and very easy to make in under 30 minutes.Creamy Avgolemono Soup is a classic Greek dish (with rice) that is delicious, rich and lemony, and very easy to make in under 30 minutes.

      For many years I have read about, looked at recipes, and wondered about Avgolemono soup. It sounded quite unusual. I was tempted many times to give it a try, but never did, until last month. Whoa! I LOVED this soup! Who knew that a lemon-flavored creamy rice soup could taste so incredibly GOOD?

      Creamy avgolemono soup is a classic Greek beloved soup, one of their signature dishes, to be sure. Avgolemono” comes from the Greek language. “AVGO” means egg, and “LEMONO” means lemon. This light and creamy simple soup only uses a few ingredients, is EASY to make, and tastes wonderfully bright and fresh! I hope you will give it a try… it will surprise you, most likely. Here’s how to make it:

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      How To Make Creamy Avgolemono Soup

      Heat six cups of chicken broth in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring it to a boil, and then pour in a half cup of uncooked long grain rice. Stir well, to combine.

      Cook the broth and rice, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes on medium-high heat, until the rice becomes tender. Stir the rice occasionally while it is cooking, to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

      Uncooked rice is added to boiling chicken broth to cook.

      Temper The Egg Mixture Before Adding To Hot Soup

      In a medium-sized bowl, whisk four egg yolks lightly, and then add fresh lemon juice and finely grated lemon zest, whisking to combine. Now it’s time to “temper” the egg mixture. This is a VERY important step!

      *Tempering the eggs means slowly adding in hot broth VERY SLOWLY. This raises the temperature of the eggs, so that when they’re added to very hot soup, they won’t become “scrambled eggs”. Here’s how to temper the egg mixture:

      Slowly drizzle 1 cup of the hot broth into the egg mixture, whisking constantly as you add it. Continue whisking until all the cup of broth has been added. Turn the heat down to medium-low under the broth in the pan , and then slowly add the warmed egg mixture back into the hot broth in the pot, whisking as you add it. 

      Egg yolks, lemon juice and zest are whisked together until combined.Hot broth is slowly drizzled/whisked into egg mixture to temper the eggs.

      Finish Cooking The Soup

      Let the soup continue to cook on medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. DO NOT LET THE SOUP COME TO A BOIL!  The creamy avgolemono soup will thicken up a little bit as it continues to cook. Once it has fully heated through (about 3-4 minutes), remove the pan from the heat. Season lightly (to suit your taste) with salt and pepper.

      Avgolemono soup is cooked 3-4 minutes after adding tempered egg mixture.The soup is lemony, rich, thick and creamy after heating through.

      Ready For A Bowl Of Creamy Avgolemono Soup!

      Once heated through, the creamy avgolemono soup is ready to eat! Ladle the hot soup into serving bowls, and garnish each serving with chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (and strips of lemon peel, if desired).

      The parsley and lemon peel add a “pop” of color, and another layer of flavor, but are not absolutely essential if you don’t have them handy! The soup is thick and creamy, bursting with lemon flavor, and the rice is very tender (and filling). We enjoy this soup with crusty slices of garlic bread on the side. YUM!

      A bowl of Creamy Avgolemono Soup, garnished with chopped parsley and lemon peel.Garlic bread served on the rim of a bowl of creamy avgolemono soup.

      I truly hope you will give this creamy avgolemono soup a try- it’s quite delicious! The leftovers were microwaved for lunch the next day, and were wonderful, as well! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will come back soon. Take care.

      Looking For More SOUP Recipes?

      You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, which is located at the top of the page. I have lots of soup recipes you’ll enjoy, including:

      Interested In More Recipes?

      Thank you for visiting this website. I appreciate you using some of your valuable time to do soIf you’re interested, I publish a newsletter 2 times per month (1st and 15th) with all the latest recipes, and other fun info. I would be honored to have you join our growing list of subscribers, so you never miss a great recipe!
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      Original recipe source: The cookbook: “Williams-Sonoma Soup Of The Day”, by Kate McMillan, published by Weldon Owen, Inc. 2011, page 15

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      Creamy Avgolemono Soup
      Prep Time
      5 mins
      Cook Time
      20 mins
      Total Time
      25 mins
       

      Creamy Avgolemono Soup is a classic Greek dish (with rice) that is delicious, rich and lemony, and very easy to make in under 30 minutes.

      Category: Dinner, Soup
      Cuisine: Greek
      Keyword: creamy avgolemono soup
      Servings: 4
      Calories Per Serving: 200 kcal
      Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
      Ingredients
      • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
      • ½ cup long grain white rice , uncooked
      • 4 large egg yolks , slightly beaten
      • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
      • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (finely grated lemon peel)
      • salt/pepper, to taste
      • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (flat leaf) , chopped for garnish
      Instructions
      1. Heat broth in large saucepan on medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; add uncooked rice. Cook uncovered, 15-20 minutes on medium-high heat, until rice is tender. .Stir occasionally while it cooks, to prevent rice from sticking to bottom of pan.

      2. In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks lightly. Add lemon juice and zest, whisking to combine. "Temper" the egg mixture. *Tempering eggs means slowly adding in hot broth VERY SLOWLY. This raises the temperature of the eggs, so that when added to hot soup, they won't scramble. Here's how: Measure out, then slowly drizzle 1 cup of the hot broth into the egg mixture, whisking constantly as you add it. Continue whisking until the entire cup of broth is added.

      3. Turn the heat down to medium-low under the broth in pan; slowly add the warmed egg mixture back into the broth in pan, constantly whisking as you add it back in. Let the soup continue cooking on medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. DO NOT LET THE SOUP COME TO A BOIL! Soup will thicken up a bit as it cooks. Once hot (3-4 minutes), remove pan from the heat.

      4. Season lightly (to suit your taste) with salt and pepper. Ladle hot soup into bowls, and garnish each serving with chopped parsley (and strips of lemon peel, if desired). Enjoy!

      Nutrition Facts
      Creamy Avgolemono Soup
      Amount Per Serving (1 g)
      Calories 200 Calories from Fat 63
      % Daily Value*
      Fat 7g11%
      Saturated Fat 2g13%
      Cholesterol 184mg61%
      Sodium 117mg5%
      Potassium 376mg11%
      Carbohydrates 25g8%
      Fiber 1g4%
      Sugar 1g1%
      Protein 12g24%
      Vitamin A 414IU8%
      Vitamin C 9mg11%
      Calcium 45mg5%
      Iron 2mg11%
      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

      Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Creamy Avgolemono Soup is a classic Greek dish (with rice) that is delicious, rich and lemony, and very easy to make in under 30 minutes.

      Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili

      Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili is a hearty meatless dish, with all the flavor of a traditional chili. It’s thick, delicious, and simple to prepare!
      Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili is a hearty meatless dish, with all the flavor of a traditional chili. It's thick, delicious, and simple to prepare!

      Do you enjoy chili? We sure do. Every couple of months I make my Mom’s old-fashioned chili, and it is my absolute favorite “go to” chili recipe. One of our sons and his girlfriend are vegetarians, and my sister-in-law is a vegan. When they come over for a chili dinner, I make my traditional chili recipe and simply leave the meat out. I am always on the “hunt” for vegetarian recipes I can fix for them.

      However, sometimes ya just gotta try new recipes, and for me, the thrill of the hunt for a “new” recipe is exciting. I found this yummy, meatless chili recipe on the app called My Fitness Pal. It’s a fiber and protein-filled dish, and is another GREAT alternative for anyone looking for a meatless chili, with all the flavors you know and love.

      It’s also low-calorie, easy to make, and I know my vegetarian and vegan family members will love it. I can’t wait for them to try it, too! Here’s how to make this yummy black bean butternut squash chili (a printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post):

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      How To Prepare The Butternut Squash

      The first thing you will need to do is prepare the butternut squash. I prefer to use fresh, but you can substitute frozen butternut squash, if necessary. Preparing the fresh squash is not difficult at all (but it will take 4-5 minutes). HINT: You won’t need to use the entire squash for your chili. Perhaps you would enjoy using the leftover squash to make Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash for another meal’s side dish?

      Use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer peel from the butternut squash. Once peeled, carefully slice off both ends of the squash. Slice the squash in half horizontally. Scoop out the seeds and “stringy pith” from the cavity of the squash, and discard.

      Slice the squash into half-moon shaped rings (1″ thickness), and then cut the rings into bite-sized cubes of butternut squash. Try to keep them around 1″, because they will cook faster than large chunks.

      Use a vegetable peeler to peel the butternut squash.Cut butternut squash in half length-wise, and remove seeds.Slice the squash, then cut into small cubes before cooking.

      Make The Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili

      Now it’s time to get the black bean butternut squash chili ready to cook. No worries… it’s simple! Place all the ingredients into a large stock pot. Add the water and give the chili a good stir, to fully combine ingredients. See how easy that is? Now the chili is ready to cook!

      The ingredients for the black bean butternut squash chili in a large stockpot.Water is added to the soup pot and then chili is cooked.

      Cook The Chili

      Cook the black bean butternut squash chili on medium-low heat for 30-40 minutes. Cover the pot of chili for the first 15 minutes, then uncover the pot for the rest of the cooking time.

      You will know it is done when the cubes of butternut squash become tender. Take a bite of the squash at the 30 minute mark, then continue cooking, if necessary until the squash is softened. The chili will thicken as the water reduces during the cooking time. Take a small sample bite, and add salt, if desired, to suit your taste.

      After cooking, the chili will thicken and butternut squash will be tender.

      Serve The Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili

      Once your chili is done cooking, it is ready to serve! Ladle the black bean butternut squash chili into serving bowls, and if desired, garnish each bowl of chili with a dollop of sour cream and/or fresh cilantro, for a pop of color and added flavor.

      A bowl of black bean butternut squash chili garnished with cilantro and sour cream.

      Hope you enjoy a nice hot bowl of this delicious black bean butternut squash chili.  The black beans and butternut squash provide a nice dose of fiber, which helps to fill the old tummy up! Plus, it really does taste wonderful, and I am confident you will really enjoy it.

      Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili, ready to enjoy!

      Hope you have the opportunity to try this recipe for yummy, meatless chili. You might also enjoy my recipe for Tasty Turkey Chili. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you will come by for a visit again. Take care, and have a great day!

      Looking For More MEATLESS MEALS?

      You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, which is located at the top of the page. I have several meatless meals you might enjoy, including:

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      Recipe adapted from: https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/butternut-squash-black-bean-chili-recipe/

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      Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
      Prep Time
      15 mins
      Cook Time
      35 mins
      Total Time
      50 mins
       

      Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili is a hearty meatless dish, with all the flavor of a traditional chili. It's thick, delicious, and simple to prepare!

      Category: Entree, Soup
      Cuisine: Southwestern
      Keyword: black bean butternut squash chili
      Servings: 6
      Calories Per Serving: 224 kcal
      Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
      Ingredients
      • 30 ounces canned black beans (2 cans) , rinsed and drained
      • 2 cups butternut squash , peeled, cut into 1" cubes
      • 15 ounces canned diced tomatoes , including juice
      • 1 cup corn kernels , fresh or frozen
      • 1 medium red onion , diced
      • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
      • 2 Tablespoons ground cumin
      • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
      • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
      • 3 cups water
      • salt, to taste
      • Sour cream, cilantro (OPTIONAL for garnish)
      Instructions
      1. Remove peel from squash. Carefully slice off both ends; cut squash in half horizontally. Scoop out seeds and stringy pith; discard. Slice into half-moon shaped rings (1" thickness); cut rings into 1" bite-sized cubes, for a total of 2 cups. (you won't use the whole squash).

      2. Place ingredients into a large stock pot; stir well. Cook on medium-low heat for 30-40 minutes. **Cover pot of chili for the first 15 minutes, then uncover for the rest of the cooking time**. Taste a bite of squash after 30 minutes. If soft and tender, chili is done. If not, continue cooking until tender. Chili will thicken as water reduces while cooking. Taste; season with salt, as desired.

      3. Serve chili with a dollop of sour cream and fresh cilantro, if desired (optional, but good). Enjoy!

      Recipe Notes

      NOTE: I use fresh corn kernels (cut off one cob) and fresh butternut squash, but you can substitute frozen corn kernels or butternut squash, if necessary. If using frozen butternut squash, your cooking time may vary, as it might take less time to become tender.

      Nutrition Facts
      Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
      Amount Per Serving (1 g)
      Calories 224 Calories from Fat 18
      % Daily Value*
      Fat 2g3%
      Saturated Fat 1g6%
      Sodium 740mg32%
      Potassium 1014mg29%
      Carbohydrates 44g15%
      Fiber 15g63%
      Sugar 6g7%
      Protein 12g24%
      Vitamin A 7091IU142%
      Vitamin C 22mg27%
      Calcium 133mg13%
      Iron 6mg33%
      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

      Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili is a hearty meatless dish, with all the flavor of a traditional chili. It's thick, delicious, and simple to prepare!

      Easy Tortellini Soup

      Enjoy a piping hot bowl of yummy, Italian-inspired, Easy Tortellini Soup, made in under 30 minutes with only a few key ingredients and spices.
      Enjoy a piping hot bowl of yummy, Italian-inspired, Easy Tortellini Soup, made in under 30 minutes with only a few key ingredients and spices.

      Even though the weather has been heating up this week, I want to share this soup recipe with you, cause it’s YUMMY, no matter what time of year it is. This recipe for easy tortellini soup is just that… EASY! It also happens to be delicious (in case that matters, too – ha ha!).

      If you enjoy Italian food, and the spices associated with it, you’re gonna enjoy this soup. It has a tomato-based broth, with Italian spices, fragrant garlic, cheese tortellini pasta, chopped spinach, and is topped with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese. Because it doesn’t require a long cooking time, you’ll be slurping up this delicious soup in NO TIME! Here’s how simple it is to make:

      Scroll Down For A Printable Recipe Card At The Bottom Of The Page

      Prepare The Tortellini

      Cook the fresh, frozen, or dry tortellini in salted water, according to the package directions. Once done cooking, drain the tortellini, and set aside. I like to cook the tortellini AND the spinach (see below) at the same time, to save time.

      Cheese tortellini are cooked per package directions, and then drained.

      Prepare The Spinach

      Cook the chopped spinach according to the package instructions. Once cooked, put the spinach into a strainer which is placed on top of a bowl.  Press down with the back of a spoon to press out the spinach juice into the bowl below.

      The juice will collect in the bowl sitting underneath the strainer. Keep pressing (a lot) to drain off as much of the juice as you can. Discard the juice once finished. Set the spinach aside. Now it’s SOUP time, and it will come together REALLY quickly!

      Frozen chopped spinach is thawed, then drained of excess liquid in a strainer.

      How To Make Easy Tortellini Soup

      Place the butter into the saucepan you will be using. Melt the butter on medium heat, and then add the minced garlic. Cook on medium heat for about a minute, stirring constantly, so the garlic doesn’t burn. Burnt garlic has a bitter taste, and you do NOT want that in your tortellini soup!

      Now add the chicken broth to the pan, and heat it until it comes to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a low simmer, and then add the cooked, drained tortellini. Simmer for 5 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.

      Butter and garlic is cooked in the soup pan for about a minute.Cooked and drained tortellini is added to the broth in the soup pan.

      Finish Making This Easy Tortellini Soup

      Once the soup has simmered for 5 minutes, add the diced tomatoes (including juice), drained spinach, salt, and Italian seasoning. Stir well, to fully combine the ingredients. Continue to heat the tortellini soup on low heat for 5 more minutes, or until the soup is fully heated through.

      Drained spinach, tomatoes, and spices are added to the tortellini soup.The easy tortellini soup is cooked until heated through.

      Serving Easy Tortellini Soup

      Once the soup is fully heated through, it is ready to be served and gobbled up! Ladle the soup into individual bowls, and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top. The Parmesan cheese garnish is optional, but trust me, it makes this Italian-inspired soup taste SO GOOD!

      This wonderfully easy tortellini soup tastes great, especially if you serve it with a nice piece of crusty garlic bread on the side! Yum… I really hope you enjoy it. Store any leftover soup (covered) in your refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

      The finished tortellini soup is topped with finely grated Parmesan cheese.A close up photo of the easy tortellini soup.

      This truly is a simple soup to make, and it tastes wonderful. We were able to share some with one of our neighbors who lives alone, and he enjoyed it, too!  I hope you have the opportunity to make it for those you love, and trust you will enjoy it, too! Thanks for stopping by, take care, and have a great day.

      Looking For More TORTELLINI Recipes?

      You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have several tortellini recipes, which include:

      Looking For More SOUP Recipes?

      You can find all of my soup recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have quite a few delicious soup recipes I think you will enjoy, including:

      Interested In More Recipes?

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      Easy Tortellini Soup
      Prep Time
      15 mins
      Cook Time
      10 mins
      Total Time
      25 mins
       

      Enjoy a piping hot bowl of yummy, Italian-inspired, Easy Tortellini Soup, made in under 30 minutes with only a few key ingredients and spices.

      Category: Entree, Soup
      Cuisine: American, Italian
      Keyword: tortellini soup
      Servings: 6
      Calories Per Serving: 191 kcal
      Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
      Ingredients
      • 8 ounces fresh, frozen, or dried cheese tortellini
      • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach
      • 1 Tablespoon butter
      • 2 cloves garlic , minced
      • 28 ounces chicken broth
      • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes (canned) , undrained
      • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
      • ½ teaspoon salt
      • 6 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional, for garnish)
      Instructions
      1. Cook fresh, frozen, or dry tortellini in salted water, according to pkg. directions. Once done, drain tortellini; set aside.

      2. Cook spinach according to pkg. directions. When done, put spinach into a strainer placed on top of a bowl.  Press down with the back of a spoon to press out juice into bowl below. Drain off as much juice as possible. Discard juice, and set spinach aside.

      3. Melt butter on medium heat in large soup pan. Once melted, add minced garlic. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, so garlic doesn't burn. Add chicken broth to pan, and heat until it comes to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer. Add tortellini. Simmer for 5 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally. Add diced tomatoes (including juice), spinach, salt, and Italian seasoning. Stir well, to combine ingredients. Continue to heat soup for 5 more minutes, or until fully heated through.

      4. Ladle hot soup into bowls, and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on each serving. Serve, and enjoy! Store any leftover soup (covered), in refrigerator, for up to 2-3 days.

      Nutrition Facts
      Easy Tortellini Soup
      Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6 of total))
      Calories 191 Calories from Fat 63
      % Daily Value*
      Fat 7g11%
      Saturated Fat 3g19%
      Cholesterol 24mg8%
      Sodium 1068mg46%
      Potassium 415mg12%
      Carbohydrates 23g8%
      Fiber 4g17%
      Sugar 3g3%
      Protein 11g22%
      Vitamin A 5736IU115%
      Vitamin C 19mg23%
      Calcium 214mg21%
      Iron 3mg17%
      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

      Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Enjoy a piping hot bowl of yummy, Italian-inspired, Easy Tortellini Soup, made in under 30 minutes with only a few key ingredients and spices.

      Easy Potato Chowder

      Make four servings of yummy, filling, easy potato chowder in about 30 minutes, from start to finish, using a few simple and common ingredients!
      Make four servings of yummy, filling, easy potato chowder in about 30 minutes, from start to finish, using a few simple and common ingredients!

      My mom used to make this easy potato chowder for our family as I was growing up. The recipe is incredibly EASY, inexpensive, and can be made fairly quickly (about 30 minutes) with common pantry items. It is a delicious, filling soup, which tastes wonderful on a chilly day!

      The end result is a creamy chowder with cubes of tender potatoes, celery, and onions, seasoned with salt, pepper, butter, and a few green onions for garnish. These simple ingredients, along with milk, make up this delicious potato chowder! Here’s how easy it is to make!

      Scroll Down For A Printable Recipe Card At The Bottom Of The Page

      Prepare The Veggies

      First things first… prepare the veggies! Chop onions, thinly slice celery, and peel and cut the potato into small 1″ cubes. Don’t make the cubes of potato too big, so they will cook fairly quickly. NOTE: I used Russet potatoes, but other varieties can be easily substituted.

      Melt butter in a large saucepan, and then add the chopped onions and sliced celery. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes, until the onions and celery have softened.

      Chopped onions and celery are cooked in butter to tenderize.

      Add the cubed raw potatoes to the saucepan, and stir to combine. Continue to cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring often. The small cubes of potato will begin to soften as they cook.

      Cubed raw potatoes are added to onions, celery and butter in pan to cook and soften.

      Season Veggies And Add Flour To Thicken Chowder

      After the potatoes have cooked for 10 minutes (and have become tender), remove the pan from the heat. Season the veggies with salt and black pepper. Add the all purpose flour to the pan, and stir to fully combine. The flour coats the vegetables, and will act as a thickener for the chowder, once the milk has been added.

      The potatoes are seasoned with salt and pepper.Flour is added into the potatoes to thicken soup as it cooks.

      Time To Turn This Into Easy Potato Chowder!

      Now it is time to add the milk to the saucepan! Slowly pour 4 cups of milk into the saucepan. I used 1% milk, but feel free to use any kind you prefer. Stir well, once all the milk is in, to fully combine the ingredients.

      Return the pan to the stove top and cook on medium, bringing it up to heat slowly. Be careful to not let the soup boil after adding the milk. Just bring it up to a very hot serving temperature slowly. As it cooks, the soup will thicken.

      Milk is added to the pan to thicken and cook into the soup.

      When the easy potato chowder has thickened and is very hot (but not boiling), taste test a potato cube to make sure they are tender. At this point, adjust the seasoning to your taste by adding more salt and pepper, if desired.

      Want Your Chowder Even Thicker?

      If at the last minute you decide you want the chowder to be even thicker (a personal choice), here’s a little secret tip I’ve used a couple of times to do that: Once the chowder is at serving temp, simply stir in about 1/2 cup of instant potato flakes! Yep… give them a stir into the soup, and instant thickener! This is completely OPTIONAL, but it does work!

      The potato chowder has thickened, is heated through, and is ready to serve.

      Serve The Easy Potato Chowder

      Once the soup is heated to serving temp, ladle it out into individual serving bowls. Sprinkle some thinly sliced green onions over the top, if desired, and grab a spoon! Go ahead… dig in!

      The easy potato chowder is delicious, and we love to serve it with warm bread or rolls on the side. We usually get about 4 good sized bowls of chowder from this recipe (as written), but it can EASILY be doubled! Hope you enjoy it!

      Sliced green onions are added to the easy potato chowder, right before serving.You can see the chunks of potatoes in the finished chowder.

      Well, this really is an easy soup to make for lunch OR dinner! Sure hope you have the opportunity to try it soon, and trust you will enjoy it, too. Have a wonderful day, and thank you for visiting.

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      You can find all of my soup recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few of our favorite soups that include potatoes are:

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      Original recipe source: My Mom

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      Easy Potato Chowder
      Prep Time
      15 mins
      Cook Time
      15 mins
      Total Time
      30 mins
       

      Make four servings of yummy, filling, easy potato chowder in about 30 minutes, from start to finish, using a few simple and common ingredients!

      Category: Dinner, Soup
      Cuisine: American
      Keyword: easy potato chowder
      Servings: 4
      Calories Per Serving: 309 kcal
      Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
      Ingredients
      • ¼ cup butter (½ stick or 4 Tablespoons)
      • 1 cup brown onion , finely chopped
      • ½ cup celery , thinly sliced
      • cup potatoes (approx. 2 medium) , peeled and cut into 1" cubes-I used russets.
      • teaspoons salt ( + more to taste as desired)
      • ½ teaspoon black pepper
      • cup all purpose flour
      • 4 cups milk
      • ½ cup instant potato flakes (OPTIONAL) (if desired for thicker soup)
      • 1 stem green onion (green part) (OPTIONAL GARNISH) , thinly sliced
      Instructions
      1. Chop onions, thinly slice celery; peel/ cut potato into small 1" cubes. Small potato cubes are important, so they cook quickly. Melt butter in a large saucepan; add the onions and celery. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes, until onions/celery have softened.

      2. Add potato cubes to the pan; stir to combine. Cook on medium for 10 minutes, stirring often. Remove pan from heat. Season with salt and pepper. Add flour to the pan; stir to combine.

      3. Add 4 cups of milk into the pan. Stir well, to fully combine ingredients. Return pan to the heat and cook on medium, bringing it up to serving temperature slowly. Don't let soup boil after adding milk. As it cooks, the soup will thicken. Taste test a potato cube to make sure they are tender (if not tender, let chowder cook a couple more minutes). Adjust seasonings to your taste by adding additional salt and pepper, if desired.

      4. Once chowder is heated to serving temp (and potatoes are tender), ladle it into individual bowls. Sprinkle thinly sliced green onions over the top, if desired. Serve, and enjoy!

      5. OPTIONAL TIP: Want Your Chowder Even Thicker? When chowder has thickened and is very hot , if you decide you want the chowder to be even thicker (a personal choice), here's a little tip I've used a couple of times: Simply stir in about 1/2 cup of instant potato flakes! Yep... give them a stir into the soup, and instant thickener! This is completely OPTIONAL, but it does work!

      Recipe Notes

      NOTE: Caloric calculation was made using 1% milk, and NO instant potato flakes.

      Nutrition Facts
      Easy Potato Chowder
      Amount Per Serving (1 g)
      Calories 309 Calories from Fat 126
      % Daily Value*
      Fat 14g22%
      Saturated Fat 9g56%
      Cholesterol 42mg14%
      Sodium 1092mg47%
      Potassium 730mg21%
      Carbohydrates 36g12%
      Fiber 2g8%
      Sugar 15g17%
      Protein 11g22%
      Vitamin A 874IU17%
      Vitamin C 7mg8%
      Calcium 321mg32%
      Iron 1mg6%
      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

      Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make four servings of yummy, filling, easy potato chowder in about 30 minutes, from start to finish, using a few simple and common ingredients!

      Hearty Minestrone Soup

      Hearty Minestrone Soup is filling and DELICIOUS! This classic Italian soup, with meat, veggies, tomatoes, beans, and macaroni is sure to please.
      Hearty Minestrone Soup is filling and DELICIOUS! This classic Italian soup, with meat, veggies, tomatoes, beans, and macaroni is sure to please.

      The first time I had this hearty minestrone soup was when my Father-in-Law died over 40 years ago. A friend of the family was there for his memorial, and fixed a massive pot of this soup for the family at my in-laws home after the service.

      The day of his memorial service was very cold and snowy (January), so this hot, delicious, filling meal was a God-send, as well as a sweet, thoughtful “gift” to our family!  A long-time family friend named Veda Quatro made the soup, gave me her recipe, and we’ve enjoyed this hearty, flavor-packed soup ever since that day!

      The recipe makes 12 servings, and is CRAZY DELICIOUS. It takes a bit of time and prep work to make, but honestly, the results are wonderful, and will be worth your time! If you will only be serving a few people, you will enjoy having the leftovers for lunches or a quick meal! YUM!

      Four Steps To Making Hearty Minestrone Soup!

      There are basically 4 steps to making this soup. Cook the stew meat in broth, cook ground beef, onions and spices, cook the veggies, and add the final batch of veggies and pasta to the soup 30 minutes before serving!

      It’s really not that hard to make… honest! Here’s how to cook a large batch of this yummy soup:

      Step #1 – Cooking The Stew Meat

      Place 5 quarts of water into a HUGE soup pot. Add the beef bouillon cubes and the stew meat. NOTE: You can substitute 5 quarts beef broth for water and bouillon, if more convenient. Cook on high for about 20 minutes, or until the stew meat is cooked through. Once done, turn off heat, and transfer the stew meat with a slotted spoon to a plate to rest.

      NOTE: Trust me… you will want to use a LARGE soup pot or divide the recipe between two standard sized soup pots for this recipe, because it makes a LOT of soup, once completed!

      Stew meat is cooked in beef broth in a large stock pot.

      Step #2

      Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the ground beef, drained stew meat, chopped onion, pepper, and chopped parsley. Cook this mixture until the ground beef is browned and fully cooked through.

      As soon as the ground beef is fully cooked, add the minced garlic, and continue to cook, stirring often, for one minute.

      Stew meat, ground beef, onions, and parsley are browned in skillet.

      Minced garlic is added to the browned meat mixture.

      Drain the grease from the skillet (discard) and then add the cooked beef and onion mixture into the broth and stir, to combine.

      Cooked beef and onion mixture is added to beef broth.

      Step #3

      On to the next step! Gather the sliced celery, carrots and shredded cabbage, and add them to the pot of hearty minestrone soup! Pour in the canned diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and then give everything a good stir, to combine. Add the salt, stir then taste the soup, and add  additional salt, if desired, to suit your personal taste.

      Continue to cook the hearty minestrone soup (uncovered) on medium heat for about 30 minutes, or until the veggies become tender. The soup liquid will reduce in volume slightly as the mixture cooks.

      NOTE: If making soup ahead for serving later in the day… turn off the heat after this step, and let soup sit until 30 minutes before you want to serve, then go to Step #4.

      Carrots, celery and green cabbage are prepped for the minestrone soup.Hearty minestrone soup is cooking away in a large stock pot.

      Step #4 – The FINAL Step Before Serving

      About 30 minutes BEFORE serving, add the uncooked macaroni noodles, frozen peas, kidney beans and zucchini slices to the pot of soup.

      Cook the hearty minestrone soup on medium heat (still uncovered) for 30 minutes, and then it will be ready to serve! The broth will slightly reduce as it continues to cook, and the macaroni will fully cook in the soup!

      Zucchini, peas, and uncooked macaroni noodles are added to the soup.The macaroni noodles cook fully in the hot minestrone soup.

      Time To Serve Hearty Minestrone Soup!

      After 30 minutes your huge pot of homemade, hearty minestrone soup is ready to serve! Give it a final taste, and add additional salt, if desired. Ladle the steaming soup into bowls, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, and serve!

      A bowl of hearty minestrone soup, topped with grated Parmesan cheese.Beef, veggies macaroni, tomatoes and beans are featured in hearty minestrone soup.

      I really hope you will give this hearty minestrone soup a try! It is fabulous, and feeds a small village, or provides you with quite a few leftover bowls of delicious soup! YUM!!! Have a great day.

      Looking For More SOUP Recipes?

      You can find all of my soup recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have many soup recipes on the blog, including:

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      Recipe adapted from: Family friend Veda Quatro’s original recipe (1979)

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      Hearty Minestrone Soup
      Prep Time
      30 mins
      Cook Time
      1 hr
      Total Time
      1 hr 30 mins
       

      Hearty Minestrone Soup is filling and DELICIOUS! This classic Italian soup, with meat, veggies, tomatoes, beans, and macaroni is sure to please.

      Category: Entree, Soup
      Cuisine: Italian
      Keyword: hearty minestrone soup
      Servings: 12
      Calories Per Serving: 241 kcal
      Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
      Ingredients
      • 5 quarts water
      • pounds beef stew meat , cut into cubes
      • 4 large beef bouillon cubes
      • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
      • ½ pound ground beef
      • 1 medium brown onion , chopped
      • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
      • ½ cup fresh parsley , finely chopped
      • 2 cloves garlic , minced
      • 1 cup celery , sliced
      • 2 cups green cabbage , shredded
      • cups carrots , sliced or diced
      • 43.5 ounces diced, canned tomatoes (=three 14.5 ounce cans)
      • teaspoons Italian seasoning
      • 2 teaspoons salt , plus additional, to desired taste
      • 1 cup zucchini , sliced thin, then cut slices in half
      • 1 cup frozen peas , do not thaw
      • 15.5 ounces kidney beans (canned) , rinsed and drained
      • 2 cups elbow macaroni , uncooked
      • grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
      Instructions
      1. STEP #1: Place 5 quarts of water into a HUGE soup pot. Add the beef bouillon cubes and the stew meat. NOTE: Substitute 5 quarts beef broth for water and bouillon, if more convenient. Cook on high for 20 minutes, or until stew meat is cooked through. Once done, turn off heat, and transfer stew meat with a slotted spoon to a plate to rest.

      2. STEP #2: Heat oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add ground beef, drained stew meat, chopped onions, black pepper, and parsley. Cook until ground beef is browned and cooked through. Add minced garlic, and cook, stirring often, for one minute. Drain grease from skillet (discard) and then add this mixture to the broth and stir to combine.

      3. STEP #3: Add celery, carrots and cabbage to the pot of soup. Pour in canned diced tomatoes and Italian seasoning; stir, to combine. Add salt, stir then taste the soup, and add additional salt, if desired. Continue to cook soup (uncovered) on medium heat for 30 minutes, or until the veggies become tender. The soup liquid will reduce in volume slightly as the mixture cooks. NOTE: If making soup ahead for serving later in the day -turn off heat after this step, and let soup sit until 30 minutes before you want to serve, then go to Step #4.

      4. STEP #4: 30 minutes BEFORE serving, add the uncooked macaroni noodles, frozen peas, kidney beans and zucchini slices to the soup. Cook on medium high heat (still uncovered) for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, and then it's ready to serve! Give it a final taste; add additional salt, if desired. Ladle soup into bowls, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, and serve! Enjoy!

      Recipe Notes

      TIP: The original author of this recipe (Veda) told me this tip: If you need to stretch out any leftover soup, just add another can of diced tomatoes or kidney beans, to make it go further!

      Nutrition Facts
      Hearty Minestrone Soup
      Amount Per Serving (1 g)
      Calories 241 Calories from Fat 54
      % Daily Value*
      Fat 6g9%
      Saturated Fat 3g19%
      Cholesterol 13mg4%
      Sodium 974mg42%
      Potassium 689mg20%
      Carbohydrates 36g12%
      Fiber 7g29%
      Sugar 9g10%
      Protein 12g24%
      Vitamin A 3271IU65%
      Vitamin C 26mg32%
      Calcium 82mg8%
      Iron 3mg17%
      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

      Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Hearty Minestrone Soup is filling and DELICIOUS! This classic Italian soup, with meat, veggies, tomatoes, beans, and macaroni is sure to please.