Category: Soups

Split Pea and Ham Soup (and how to can it)

Make this filling, delicious Split Pea and Ham Soup on a cold day to warm you up! Recipe also includes tutorial for canning this soup for long term storage!Make this filling, delicious Split Pea and Ham Soup on a cold day to warm you up! Recipe also includes tutorial for canning this soup for long term storage!
Last week I decided to can some Split Pea and Ham Soup to store in our pantry for the cold Fall and Winter months ahead. It’s always satisfying to pull out a homemade “bone-warming” hearty soup out of our pantry when it’s cold and stormy outside!

Guess what?  Even if you don’t can jars of food, this is a delicious, easy, and economical soup to prepare for your family! This recipe makes a big pot of split pea and ham soup.

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How To Make Split Pea And Ham Soup

Combine 2 cups of split peas (a one pound bag) with water in a large soup pot. I used water PLUS added 2 large chicken bouillon cubes for flavor. Cook the split peas on medium-low for about an hour, just until they become tender.

Dried split peas are cooked until tender for split pea and ham soup.

Puree The Cooked Split Peas

Use an immersion blender to completely blend the peas until smooth. I puréed the peas until smooth, but it’s okay to leave them a bit chunky, if that’s how you enjoy them. NOTE: You can also process the peas and liquid in a food processor or blender. If using these appliances, work in batches, a little at a time, until puréed.

Cooked split peas and water are blended until smooth to make split pea and ham soup.

Make The Split Pea And Ham Soup

Add the carrots, ham, onion, bay leaf, and allspice to the puréed pea mixture in soup pot.

Chopped carrots, ham, onion and spices are ready to add to the split pea and ham soup.
Bring the split pea and ham soup to a boil using medium-high heat. Once the soup is boiling, reduce heat to low. Cook the soup on reduced heat for about 30 minutes. If the soup gets too thick, you can add a little bit more boiling water.

Once fully cooked, the split pea and ham soup will be ready to eat (if NOT canning).

Split pea and ham soup is cooked for 30 minutes in large soup pot.

How To Can Split Pea And Ham Soup

If canning, while soup is cooking, prepare pressure canner, canning jars and flat lids per manufacturer instructions (for cleaning, heating, etc.). Typically I put clean canning jars on a dish towel lined baking sheet. Let the jars heat in a 225 degree oven for about 20 minutes before filling.

Canning jars and funnel are ready to fill with split pea and ham soup before processing.

Ladle the hot split pea and ham soup into prepared hot jars.  Leave 1 inch headspace in each jar. The soup will thicken during the canning process, by the way!

Remove air bubbles from each jar, and make sure you have the correct headspace. Adjust the headspace, if necessary, by removing or adding liquid. Wipe rims of each jar clean with a wet paper towel to ensure a proper seal. Place a prepared flat lid on each jar, then tighten the screw band on, to fingertip tightness.

Canning jars are filled with split pea and ham soup for processing.

Carefully place the prepared jars of soup into the prepared pressure canner using canning tongs. Lock the lid, and process, according to manufacturer and USDA instructions for YOUR specific pressure canner. Example: Bring to boil, vent steam for 10 minutes, close vent, etc..

How Long To Process The Split Pea and Ham Soup In Pressure Canner

Process jars of soup at 10 pounds pressure. Pint jars are processed for 75 minutes and Quart jars are processed for 90 minutes.

Split pea and ham soup jars are finished processing and are lifted out of canner with tongs.

When processing time is done, turn the heat off. Let the pressure in your canner drop to zero on it’s own. Wait a couple additional minutes, then open vent. Let canner sit for an additional 10 minutes once vent is open. Carefully remove lid, then remove jars, using canning tongs.

Place the hot jars of split pea and ham soup onto a dish towel. Do NOT set jars directly onto kitchen counter, because the extremely hot jars could crack, because of temperature variations. Let the hot jars cool undisturbed, for 24 hours, then label the jars of soup, and store in your pantry.

Jars of canned split pea and ham soup are cooled, labeled and stored.

This recipe (from one of myBall canning books), makes 5 pint sized jars or 2 quart sized jars of split pea and ham soup. I made 5 pint jars this time, and now they are happily shelved in our pantry for a “rainy” day!

Canned split pea and ham soup tends to thicken quite a bit during the processing. When you open a jar, simply add a little bit of hot water to the soup. Heat soup until hot, and serve! It’s delicious!

A jar of canned split pea and ham soup is ready to store in the pantry!

It’s very fulfilling to prepare canned foods to stock our pantry with foods like this split pea and ham soup! I hope you enjoy the canning process, as well as this wonderful tasting soup!  Have a great day!

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Split Pea and Ham Soup (and how to can it)
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 45 mins
 
Make this filling, delicious Split Pea and Ham Soup on a cold day to warm you up! Recipe also includes tutorial for canning this soup for long term storage!
Category: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: split pea and ham soup
Servings: 10 cups (5 pints)
Calories Per Serving: 163 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dried split peas
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 large chicken bouillon cubes (optional, but adds additional flavor to broth)
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 ½ cups sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and Pepper , to taste
Instructions
  1. Place split peas, water and chicken bouillon cubes into a large saucepan or soup pot (stainless steel is best). Bring the ingredients to a boil with medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Once they come to a boil, turn down the heat to a low simmer; let the peas continue to cook for about an hour (or until the split peas become tender).
  2. When peas are done, purée peas and liquid, using a stick immersion blender OR processing in batches using a food processor. If using food processor, return purée to pan.
  3. Prepare pressure canner, jars, lids, etc. per manufacturer guidelines.
  4. Add ham, carrots, onion, allspice and bay leaf to soup. Bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 30 minutes. Season soup with salt and pepper, to taste. If soup is a bit too thick, you can thin it out a little by adding a bit of boiling water to pan. Stir to combine. Remove bay leaf.
  5. Place hot, prepared jars on a dish towel. Ladle the soup mixture into jars, being sure to leave 1 inch headspace on each jar. Remove or add liquid, as necessary, to ensure correct headspace. Remove air bubbles from jars, then wipe the rim of jars clean using a wet paper towel, to ensure a good seal. Place hot flat lids on jar, then screw the bands into place until they are fingertip tight.
  6. Carefully put the jars into water in prepared pressure canner. Lock lid; turn heat to medium-high. Once vent begins steaming, let it vent for 10 minutes, then close vent. Heat until canner reaches 10 pounds pressure. After it reaches 10 pounds pressure, process PINTS for 75 minutes and QUARTS for 90 minutes.
  7. When done, turn off heat. Let the pressure in the canner drop to zero naturally. Once it gets to zero, wait a couple more minutes, then open the vent cover. Wait another 10 minutes, then carefully remove the canner lid. Place the hot jars on a dish towel on counter, and let them sit undisturbed for 24 hours. Check for proper seal, then label and store jars in pantry.
Recipe Notes

If using quart sized jars, this recipe will make 2 quarts (plus a bit more). The recipe is easily doubled.
When you open a can, you will notice that the soup will have thickened slightly during the canning process. Just add a bit of water to soup, reheat and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Split Pea and Ham Soup (and how to can it)
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 359mg16%
Potassium 471mg13%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 3265IU65%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Corn, Bacon & Potato Chowder

Corn Bacon Potato Chowder- this thick, creamy soup with potatoes, corn, and bacon is filling, delicious, and easy to prepare. Perfect dish for a cold day!Corn Bacon Potato Chowder- this thick, creamy soup with potatoes, corn, and bacon is filling, delicious, and easy to prepare. Perfect dish for a cold day!When it’s cold outside, a big pot of hot soup always helps to take the chill off! A few days ago, on a drizzly, cold Pacific Northwest day, I made corn bacon potato chowder, from a recipe I’ve used for over 30 years. This thick, creamy soup is easy to prepare, very filling, delicious, and is an old family favorite!

The recipe is simple to prepare, and the reward for a small amount of your time is a big pot of thick, tasty chowder! Here’s how easy it is to prepare:

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Cook the Bacon

Start by cooking the bacon (everything is better with bacon, right?). Fry the bacon until crisp. I like to stack the bacon, slice into thin strips, then fry it in the pan I am going to use for the soup. The smaller pieces seem to cook faster this way.

Cutting bacon before cooking chowder.
Frying the bacon in the same pan I cook the soup in, makes this a one pot meal! Less cleanup!  YES!!!

Bacon pieces are cooked in large soup pot.

Once bacon is really crisp, remove (using a slotted spoon) to a paper towel lined plate.  Set a few bacon pieces aside to garnish the soup with later, if desired.  Leave 3 Tablespoons of bacon grease in pan, and discard the rest.

Crisp, cooked bacon is drained and ready to use in the chowder.

Prepare The Chowder Base

Add onion and celery (including celery tops) to the 3 Tablespoons bacon drippings left in the pan. Cook & stir until the onion is translucent in color and tender (3-4 minutes).

Chopped onions and celery are cooked in bacon drippings before adding to corn chowder.

Add 3 Tablespoons flour (this will act as a thickening agent for the corn bacon potato chowder). Stir to combine, and cook on low heat for a minute or two (this helps to “cook out” the floury taste).

Flour is added to cooked onions and celery to help thicken corn chowder.

Flour is cooked with onions and celery.

Add milk to the pan. Stir well, to combine all the ingredients. Heat the liquid until it boils, stirring constantly, and scraping the bottom of pan, so it doesn’t stick. Once it boils, cook for one more minute, stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken as it cooks.

Milk is added to corn chowder base and cooked until thickened.

Time To Add The Corn And Potatoes

The next step is to add in the cream style corn, potatoes, bacon, salt and pepper. Here is a photo of the kind of potatoes you need for this recipe. They are called new potatoes or whole white potatoes at the grocery store.

Cream style corn and new potatoes about to be added to chowder.

Drain, then dice the potatoes before adding them to soup. I cut them in half length-wise, then in half again lengthwise, then dice.

New potatoes are diced before adding them to corn chowder.

Once potatoes are diced, add in the potatoes, cream style corn, bacon pieces, salt and pepper; stir to combine.

Corn, bacon and potatoes are added to chowder in soup pot.

Cook The Corn Bacon Potato Chowder Until Hot And Thick, Then Serve 

Cook the corn bacon potato chowder only until it is heated through. Take a small taste of the chowder, and add additional salt and pepper to suit your preference. See how nice and thick this corn bacon potato chowder is?

Corn bacon potato chowder has thickened and is ready to eat.

Ladle the soup into bowls (or cups). If you use bowls, it will make 4-5 servings. If you use small mugs or cups, it should make about 6-8 servings. Garnish each portion with reserved bacon pieces, and chopped celery tops, if desired. Enjoy this hearty, filling soup!

Corn bacon potato chowder is served with garnishes in bowl.

I really hope you will consider making this corn bacon potato chowder… it is so good for lunch OR dinner, especially on a cold day! If you enjoy this chowder, be sure to check out my recipe for Fully Loaded Potato Soup! Have a great day, and may God bless and hold you close throughout it.

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Corn, Bacon & Potato Chowder
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Corn Bacon Potato Chowder- this thick, creamy soup with potatoes, corn, and bacon is filling, delicious, and easy to prepare. Perfect dish for a cold day!
Category: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: corn bacon potato chowder
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 349 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound bacon (I used 6 thick slices bacon)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery (including the celery tops)
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 can cream style corn
  • 1 can new potatoes (whole white), drained and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Bacon pieces and celery tops (chopped), for garnish if desired
Instructions
  1. In large soup pot, cook bacon until crisp; drain and set aside (save a few bacon pieces for garnish). Leave 3 Tablespoon bacon drippings in pan (discard the rest).
  2. Add onion and celery; cook/stir until onion is tender (3-4 minutes).
  3. Add and blend in flour; cook over low heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Stir in milk, mix well to combine. Heat to boiling, then boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Add in creamed corn, diced potatoes, bacon pieces, salt and pepper to pan. Heat only until heated through. Taste test soup; add additional salt/pepper, if necessary, to suit your taste.
  6. Ladle soup into serving dishes. Garnish with crisp bacon pieces and chopped celery green tops. Serve hot, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Corn, Bacon & Potato Chowder
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 726mg32%
Potassium 745mg21%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 415IU8%
Vitamin C 18.5mg22%
Calcium 216mg22%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup (copycat)

Enjoy a taste of the Southwest, with this delicious Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe (copycat), with pico de gallo and tortilla strips!Enjoy a taste of the Southwest, with this delicious Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe (copycat), with pico de gallo and tortilla strips!
If you enjoy the flavor of chicken enchiladas, chances are pretty good you will love this copycat recipe of this famous restaurant’s much requested item… Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup! It’s so good… all that cheesy, chicken enchilada goodness in a big bowl of soup!

I found this soup recipe in one of my cookbooks I’ve had for a long time. This Chili’s chicken enchilada soup is thick and cheesy, and packed with chicken. Because of the addition of masa harina, enchilada sauce and spices, this soup tastes just like a good ol’ chicken enchilada!

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How To Make A Copycat Version Of Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

Here’s what you do to make this delicious soup:  Add boneless, skinless chicken breasts to hot oil in a large pan, and cook each side for 4-5 minutes, until browned.

Chicken breasts cooking in large saucepan

Remove the browned chicken from the pan. Set the chicken aside, to cool.

Browned, cooked chicken breasts on plate

Add chopped onion into the pan. Cook the onions on medium heat for a couple minutes. Add minced garlic for the last 30 seconds. Stir the garlic well, for only 30 seconds, to keep garlic from burning (and becoming bitter). Immediately add the chicken broth to the pan.

Chopped onions and garlic, cooking to add to soup

In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups of water with Masa Harina (found in Mexican food section in grocery store). Whisk this mixture until it is well blended and smooth. Add the water/Masa Harina mixture to the onion/garlic broth, and stir (or whisk) well, to combine.

Bag of masa harina for chicken enchilada soup

Masa harina and chicken broth added to chicken enchilada soup mixture in saucepan.

Add 1 additional cup of water, enchilada sauce, cheese cubes, and spices to the soup. Stir to combine. Bring the Chili’s chicken enchilada soup to a boil over medium heat, stirring often until the cheese has completely melted.

Cheese cubes added to chicken enchilada soup in pan.

Shred the cooled, reserved chicken into small pieces. I use two forks to do this, because the chicken shreds well, when pulled by two forks. Add all of the shredded chicken to the Chili’s chicken enchilada soup.

Shredding chicken breasts with 2 forks for chicken enchilada soup.

Adding shredded chicken to Chili's chicken enchilada soup in large saucepan.

Reduce heat, and simmer soup on low heat for 30-40 minutes. Chili’s chicken enchilada soup will thicken quite a bit as it cooks.

Preparing Tortilla Strips To Garnish Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

While the soup is simmering, prepare the corn tortilla strips. These will be used later to garnish the soup! To do this, cut 3-4 corn tortillas in half, then into thin strips. Coat the strips with a Tablespoon or two of vegetable oil. Gently mix the tortilla strips and oil, to coat, then spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Oil being added to sliced tortilla strips before baking, for chicken enchilada soup garnish

Bake the tortilla strips at 375° for 6-8 minutes, then flip the strips over. Bake the other side of the strips for 6-8 minutes, until they are crispy and light brown in color. When done, set them aside to cool completely.

Tortilla strips for Chili's chicken enchilada soup are baked on cookie sheet until crispy.

Make a quick pico de gallo while the tortilla strips are baking in oven. Chop and mix the pico de gallo ingredients in a small bowl. The pico de gallo contains chopped tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. It will be used to garnish Chili’s chicken enchilada soup before serving.

Pico de gallo is mixed together, to garnish Chili's chicken enchilada soup.

Serving Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

When the Chili’s chicken enchilada soup is done, ladle it into individual bowls. Top each bowl of soup with pico de gallo, and baked tortilla strips. You can also add grated cheddar cheese or sour cream, if desired.

Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup served in a bowl.

While I think we will agree that this is probably not the “healthiest soup” on the planet, it really is delicious, and tastes just like a fantastic chicken enchilada. Vvery once in awhile, that’s a GOOD thing! Hope you will consider trying this recipe! It’s really tasty… (all those people requesting it at Chili’s can’t be wrong)! Have a great day!

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Recipe Source: “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2”, by Todd Wilbur, Published by Penguin Group, 2007, pages 118-119.

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Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup (copycat)
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Enjoy a taste of the Southwest for lunch or dinner with this delicious Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup recipe (copycat), with pico de gallo and tortilla strips!

Category: Soup
Cuisine: Southwest
Keyword: Chili's chicken enchilada soup
Servings: 10 servings
Calories Per Serving: 248 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Soup:
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 chicken breasts (skinless/boneless)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup Masa Harina (found in Mexican food section of grocery store)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup red enchilada sauce
  • 16 ounces Velveeta Cheese (small box), diced into cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
For Tortilla Garnish:
  • 3-4 corn tortillas
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
For Pico de Gallo:
  • 1 medium tomato , diced
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon minced red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 handful cilantro (approx. 3 Tablespoons), chopped
  • Salt and Pepper , to taste
Instructions
To prepare soup:
  1. Add vegetable oil to a large pan. Heat on medium heat. When oil is hot, add chicken breasts to pot; cook chicken for 4-5 minutes per side, until they are light brown. Remove from pan; set aside.
  2. Add chopped onion to pan. Cook over medium heat for two minutes,; add the minced garlic for the last 30 seconds (so it won't burn and become bitter). Add chicken broth to the onions.
  3. In bowl or large mixing cup, mix the masa harina with 2 cups of water. Mix well, to combine, then add to chicken broth and onion mixture in pan. Whisk well, to combine.
  4. Add remaining water, enchilada sauce, cheese cubes, and spices to the pan. Cook, and bring it all to a boil.
  5. Shred the chicken into small pieces (I use two forks to do this); add chicken to soup. Reduce the heat and let soup simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring often to prevent scorching on the bottom of pan. Soup will thicken as it cooks. Prepare tortilla strips and pico de gallo while soup cooks. When done, ladle soup into serving bowls, and garnish with pico de gallo and tortilla strips.
To Make Tortilla Strips:
  1. Cut tortillas in half, then cut into thin strips. Coat strips with vegetable oil, then bake at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes on each side (flipping midway through baking), until light brown and crispy.
To Make Pico de Gallo:
  1. Combine ingredients in small bowl. Mix well. Taste test; add additional salt/pepper, if desired.
Recipe Notes
Recipe Source: "Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2", by Todd Wilbur, Published by Penguin Group, 2007, pages 118-119.
Nutrition Facts
Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup (copycat)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 1552mg67%
Potassium 462mg13%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 815IU16%
Vitamin C 11.1mg13%
Calcium 295mg30%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Creamy Potato Leek Soup

Delicious, creamy potato leek soup, made with Yukon gold potatoes, fresh leeks, seasoned broth and cream, is delicious, thick and filling!Delicious, creamy potato leek soup, made with Yukon gold potatoes, fresh leeks, seasoned broth and cream, is delicious, thick and filling!

Creamy Potato Leek Soup. Hmmm… never having made it before, I pondered it for awhile before deciding to give this recipe a try (with a slight tweak to the original). I was growing leeks in my garden, but they were not as large as store-bought ones. I used them in the recipe anyway, and was surprised by how delicious this soup was!

This soup was very easy to make, and my husband and I really enjoyed the taste and creaminess of Yukon Gold potatoes and leeks, cooked in seasoned chicken broth. I played with the original recipe a bit, and added cream to the finished soup for a delicious finish!

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How To Make Creamy Potato Leek Soup

First, rinse and clean the leeks really well. Trim off the dark green parts of the stem, and the root end. Split the leeks in half, and rinse well, to ensure any grit gets washed out. Do not skip this step… you don’t want any sand, dirt, etc. from the leeks in your soup, do you?

Dice the leeks. Heat butter (or oil, if substituting) in large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add the diced leeks; cook them for several minutes (5-6) until they soften.

Leeks are cooked in butter to begin making creamy potato leek soup.

Add the potatoes, chicken broth and water to the pot. Bring this mixture to a boil. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, to season.

Potatoes, chicken broth and spices are added to the creamy potato leek soup in pot.

Once the potato leek soup comes to a boil, reduce the heat; let it cook on a low simmer until the potatoes are “fork-tender”. Times for this step can vary depending on the size potato chunks you used, so keep this in mind.

The pot of creamy potato leek soup cooks and the potatoes soften.

When the potatoes have softened up and are fork-tender, puree the soup. You can use an immersion blender, or can transfer soup in batches to a blender or food processor, to blend until creamy.

An immersion blender is used to puree the potatoes in the creamy potato leek soup.

After blending or pureeing, the potato leek soup should be thick. Take a quick taste. Adjust the salt and pepper seasoning, if necessary, to suit your taste. This is what the potato leek soup looked like after I pureed it. Nice and thick!

Creamy potato leek soup becomes thickened, after pureeing potatoes.

Pour in the whipping cream. Heat on medium heat only until hot. Be careful after adding the whipping cream to NOT let the soup come to a boil. Just heat the soup through, and then it is ready to serve.

Whipping cream is added to creamy potato leek soup right before serving.

To Serve Creamy Potato Leek Soup

Ladle the hot creamy potato leek soup into serving bowls. Garnish with chopped chives or fresh parsley, if desired,  and serve. You can also drizzle additional whipping cream on top of the potato leek soup, if desired. Serve this comforting soup with a green salad on the side, and enjoy!

A bowl of creamy potato leek soup, with green salad on the side.

This creamy potato leek soup was a tasty experiment for me, using leeks from our garden for the first time in a recipe. The soup was filling, and absolutely delicious! I will definitely make it again.

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Creamy Potato Leek Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Delicious, creamy potato leek soup, made with Yukon gold potatoes, fresh leeks, seasoned broth and cream, is delicious, thick and filling!
Category: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy potato leek soup
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 267 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (may substitute vegetable oil)
  • 4 leeks (cut off roots, and dark green stems), split, washed well, diced.
  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt and Pepper , to taste
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • chopped chives or parsley for garnish
  • additional whipping cream to drizzle on soup with garnish , if desired
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pan, heat the butter (or oil) on medium. Add chopped leeks. Cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften (about 5-7 minutes).
  2. Add potatoes, chicken broth and water. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring this mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer. Continue cooking until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork ("fork-tender").
  3. Blend the mixture until smooth, using an immersion blender. You may also blend the soup in a kitchen blender or food processor (but may have to do this in batches). Taste again, and add additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
  4. Pour in whipping cream. Mix until well combined. If necessary, reheat soup until hot, but NOT boiling! Ladle hot soup into serving bowls. Garnish with chopped chives OR parsley; drizzle with additional whipping cream, if desired. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Potato Leek Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6th of total))
Calories 267 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 649mg28%
Potassium 878mg25%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1545IU31%
Vitamin C 35.5mg43%
Calcium 112mg11%
Iron 6.5mg36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Make this delicious, creamy turkey wild rice soup with wild rice, carrots, and onions in your slow cooker, using your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers!Make this delicious, creamy turkey wild rice soup with wild rice, carrots, and onions in your slow cooker, using your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers!

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we still have some leftovers, thankfully! Speaking of LEFTOVERS…today I’m posting a recipe for Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup. I’ve been making this soup for years (using good old turkey leftovers!).

I found the original recipe in an old Taste Of Home Magazine years ago and tried it. The creamy turkey wild rice soup was so good!  I’ve been making it ever since, with a few slight changes to the original recipe.

Why NOT use the leftover turkey and carcass to make a huge pot of delicious soup? If you’re gonna go to the trouble of roasting a huge turkey, then make it “go the distance” for you. The original recipe for creamy turkey wild rice soup was made on the stove top, but I adapted it for crock pot cooking. I’ve included both sets of instructions in the printable recipe below.

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Could I Make This Recipe With A Whole CHICKEN Instead Of A Turkey?

Yes. You can also substitute a whole chicken, if desired. Remember to make sure you have at least 2 cups of shredded meat for the soup. Prepare the recipe the same exact way.

How To Make Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Start with that leftover turkey. Yeah. Use that beast you fixed for Thanksgiving. Our 15 pounder looked like this when it came out of the oven on Thanksgiving.

Roast turkey is used to make creamy turkey wild rice soup.

The next morning, the leftover turkey looked like this photo below… in a huge pot of water, with onions, celery, carrots, spices, etc. I’m telling you, that turkey never knew what hit it!

The turkey carcass (with some meat still attached) cooks for about 1½ hours (covered). Chopped onions, carrots, celery, salt and pepper are also added to the large pot of water. When done, let the turkey cool. Once the turkey has cooled,  cut or pull all the turkey meat you can get off the bones. You will need about 2 cups of turkey for this soup.

Turkey carcass is cooked with onions, celery and carrots in water to make creamy turkey wild rice soup.

Add Ingredients To A Slow Cooker (crock pot)

Put the broth from the turkey (and the veggies, too) into a large crock pot. The total mount of broth should be at least 4 cups. If making the turkey the way shown, you can use the strained broth created by cooking the turkey as replacement for store bought broth.

Add 2 cups of shredded turkey to the slow cooker. Add one box of Long Grain and Wild Rice (and seasoning packet) and butter to the soup. The original recipe called for 2 cups of wild rice. Using all wild rice is really tasty, but I found this package and seasonings to be perfectly easy (and a bit more economical).

Rice and seasonings are added to slow cooker full of creamy turkey wild rice soup.

Cook the creamy turkey wild rice soup on low temperature for 4 hours. After that, add some flour, whisked well with cool water to help thicken the soup broth slightly. Put the lid back on slow cooker, and let the soup cook for another hour. Add light cream to the soup, and cook for 15 minutes.

The Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup Is Ready To Serve

Taste test the soup before you ladle it into bowls. Add salt or pepper, if desired, to suit your taste buds. The creamy turkey wild rice soup is now ready to be served!

Lots of turkey in this delicious creamy turkey wild rice soup.

Here is the finished creamy turkey wild rice soup, after the cream has been added. It looks great, and is ready to eat!

Creamy turkey wild rice soup is served in bowl.

This creamy turkey wild rice soup is a really easy soup to make, and tastes absolutely delicious. I sure hope you will give this recipe a try next time you want to make something with Thanksgiving leftovers. Don’t throw that turkey carcass away… make a huge pot of delicious hot and filling soup!

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Recipe Adapted From: Taste Of Home Magazine, submitted by Terri Holmgren, Swanville, Minnesota (magazine issue unknown – I cut out her recipe years ago and couldn’t find it online)

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Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
5 hrs 15 mins
Total Time
6 hrs 45 mins
 
Make this delicious, creamy turkey wild rice soup with wild rice, carrots, and onions in your slow cooker, using your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers!
Category: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: turkey wild rice soup
Servings: 12 cups (approx. 3 quarts)
Calories Per Serving: 179 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 turkey "carcass" (with some meat still attached)
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 2 celery ribs , diced
  • 2 carrots , diced
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • 1 box wild rice OR 1 box Long Grain and Wild Rice Mix + seasoning packet (Rice A Roni)
  • 2 cups light cream
  • 2 cups diced turkey (or chicken)
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Additional salt & pepper , to taste (if desired)
Instructions
  1. Place leftover turkey "carcass" in large stock pot. Cover with water. Add onion, celery, carrots, salt and pepper. Cover pot and boil for 1 1/2 hours on medium-low. Remove turkey; let cool, then cut all the meat off the bones. Discard bones. Pour 4 cups of the broth (with veggies) into a crock pot. Shred turkey meat, then add at least 2 cups of the meat back into the crock pot. Add entire box of rice (plus seasoning packet). Add salt, pepper, dried parsley, and butter to soup. Cook on Low for 4 hours.
  2. After 4 hours, mix together the flour and water until smooth. Stir this mixture into the soup in the crock pot until combined. Let soup cook for another hour.
  3. Stir in cream, and cook on LOW for another 15 minutes.
  4. Taste test; add additional salt/pepper, if desired, then serve!
Recipe Notes

If cooking on stove top: Saute onions, celery and carrots in butter 3-4 minutes. Reduce heat; add in flour-cook until it is bubbly. Add in broth, stirring constantly. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Add rice, turkey, cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Serve.
Another way to make this quicker, use store bought broth and shred up a rotisserie chicken or use pre-cooked turkey.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 431mg19%
Potassium 189mg5%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 2140IU43%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Sundowner Soup

Sundowner Soup is a delicious Italian inspired economical dish that’s easy to make, with ground beef, rice, and vegetables in a tomato based broth.Sundowner Soup is a delicious Italian inspired economical dish that's easy to make, with ground beef, rice, and vegetables in a tomato based broth.
Let me start by saying I HAVE NO IDEA WHY IT IS CALLED SUNDOWNER SOUP. I suppose it might be because you can make up a big pot of this soup in about the same time it takes the sun to set? Well, I don’t really know how or why it got its name, but that’s my story… and I’m sticking with it!

Recently I found this recipe in a 20 year old cookbook. The name of the soup intrigued me, since it apparently had NOTHING to do with the ingredients. I had already laid out one pound of hamburger meat to use for dinner, so decided to give this recipe for sundowner soup a try.

What I can tell you after making it is this: Sundowner soup is delicious, only uses one pound of hamburger meat, and has lots of veggies. The recipe makes a large pot of soup, and is ready in a very short amount of time (under 30 minutes). If you can chop/slice  veggies and brown hamburger meat, you can make this soup!

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How To Make Sundowner Soup

Here’s how you make this tasty (and economical) Italian-flavored soup: Brown the chopped onion and hamburger meat in a large soup pot. Easy, right?

Hamburger meat and onions are cooked before they are added to soup.

When the meat has browned fully, drain off the grease, and then stir in the sliced carrots and celery. Cook these veggies for 3-4 minutes, until they begin to soften.

Celery and carrots are added to the soup pot.

Add canned tomatoes, beef broth, cooking sherry, water, Swiss chard, rice, and herbs to the soup pot. Bring the liquid to a boil, and then simmer (covered) for 15 minutes.

Canned tomatoes, sherry, broth spices and Swiss chard are added to the sundowner soup.

Uncooked rice is also added to the soup where it will cook in the broth.

Finish Making The Soup

After soup has cooked for 15 minutes, add the remaining half of the Swiss chard. Give the sundowner soup a taste, and season with a bit of salt and pepper, to your liking. Cover and cook the soup for 5 additional minutes.

More Swiss chard is added to the soup.

Now uncover the soup pot. The rice should be fully cooked and the soup will have thickened up. If you want the sundowner soup thinner, simply add a bit more water and stir.

The pot of sundowner soup is fully cooked and is now ready to serve.

Serve The Sundowner Soup

Ladle the hot sundowner soup into serving bowls. Garnish the top of each bowl of soup with finely grated Parmesan cheese (optional, but oh, so good!). Serve with some crusty bread on the side, and enjoy. Sundowner soup is quite a filling meal, because it has meat, veggies and rice, all in one dish! I think you will enjoy it!

Each bowl of sundowner soup is garnished with grated Parmesan cheese.

Hope you will give sundowner soup a try. My husband and I LOVED it!  Have a great day. Look around and focus on the multitude of things you (and I) can be grateful for! They are all around.

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: The cookbook called “A Dinner A Day”, by Sally Sondheim & Suzannah Sloan, pg. 46, Published by Warner Books, 1996.

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Sundowner Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Sundowner Soup is a delicious Italian inspired economical dish that's easy to make, with ground beef, rice, and vegetables in a tomato based broth.
Category: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Sundowner Soup
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 339 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 3 stalks celery , sliced
  • 5 medium carrots , peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium bunch Swiss chard (may substitute spinach, if desired)
  • 1 large can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) beef broth
  • 1/4 cup cooking sherry (may substitute beef broth)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup long grain white rice
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon seasoning salt
  • (additional salt and pepper, to taste)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (for garnish - optional, but good!)
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef and chopped onion in a large soup pot, stirring occasionally. Drain off grease when done.
  2. While meat is browning, slice celery, peel and slice carrots, and chop Swiss chard (or spinach).
  3. When beef and onions are cooked and drained, add sliced celery and carrots to pan. Cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes (and juice), beef broth, sherry, water, HALF of the Swiss chard, rice, basil, thyme and seasoning salt to the pan. Stir well, to combine; bring mixture to a boil on medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low, put a lid on pan, and simmer for 15 minutes (covered).
  5. After soup has cooked for 15 minutes, add the rest of the Swiss chard. Taste soup; add salt and pepper, if desired. Put lid back on pan and cook soup 5 more minutes. When done, if soup has thickened too much for your liking, simply add a bit of water to pan, and stir to combine.
  6. Ladle soup into individual bowls; garnish soup with finely grated Parmesan cheese, and enjoy!
  7. By the way- the leftovers are great, as well!
Nutrition Facts
Sundowner Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 1792mg78%
Potassium 925mg26%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 9400IU188%
Vitamin C 19.6mg24%
Calcium 163mg16%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Grandma’s Southern-Style Chicken n’ Dumplings

You will LOVE these Southern-Style Chicken n’ Dumplings just the way my Texas Grandma used to cook them! A big bowl of this filling hot soup is comfort food at it’s very best!You will LOVE these "Southern Style" chicken n' dumplings just the way my Texas Grandma used to cook them! A big bowl of this filling hot soup is comfort food at it's very best!

Fall is upon us, and Old Man Winter is just around the corner. Not too sure about you, but I tend to “hunker down” during this season of the year, and yearn for fires in the fireplace, a warm home, and good old comfort food, like a big pot of my Grandma’s Southern-Style Chicken n’ Dumplings! Yum!

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Why Are These Dumplings Flat Like Noodles?

I used to wonder about the use of the word “dumplings” in the name, since a lot of people make biscuit-like dumplings (and these look more like noodles), but if my beloved  Southern Grandma called them “dumplings”, well then “dumplings” they will be! Even Wikipedia tells us “dumplings” can be either PUFFY (typical in the Northeast) or ROLLED FLAT(Southern style!).

My Grandma, who lived in East Texas before she passed away, used to make this wonderful chicken n’ dumpling soup for us when we would visit on family vacations. My mom also made Grandma’s recipe for our family, then I began making this same recipe for my family many, many years ago. Our grown sons love this soup, as well, and I can’t even begin to count how many times they have eaten this meal.

Our oldest son, who is now 33 years old, still requests this as part of his birthday celebration, which amazes me to this day! It is REALLY simple, absolutely delicious, comforting and filling, and is very inexpensive to make… which is probably why I’ve been making this meal for so long!

Why Is This Recipe Good On The Old Wallet?

I start with a whole chicken. That’s the main ingredient in this soup, and I only use half the meat from the chicken, so I get another entire other meal out of the rest. That, to me, is a win-win.  Any time I can spend about $5 on a chicken and get two meals (plus leftovers) out of the deal is a good thing! I am sharing lots of pics for this recipe, but don’t let that scare you. This is simple, people!

So How Do I Make These Yummy Southern-Style Chicken n’ Dumplings?

Place a whole thawed chicken (that is rinsed and cavity cleared) into a large stockpot. Cover with water. (If you want you can add 1/2 cup each of chopped onion, celery, and carrots to help flavor the broth, but it really is not necessary). Bring the water to boiling and cook the chicken for 1 hour.

Whole chicken cooking in stockpotWhen done, remove the chicken to a large bowl to cool down.

Fully cooked chicken ready for soup with dumplingsPour the broth through a sieve to strain out any veggies, particles, etc. Pour broth back into stockpot. I discard the veggies I flavored the broth with, but if you want to leave them in, go for it!

Straining chicken broth for soupWhen the chicken has cooled, remove the skin. You can usually just pull it off from the different pieces using your clean hands.

Removing skin from cooked chicken before adding to soupCutting The Meat Off The Chicken

The chicken will be so tender the legs and thighs will easily tear off. I like to put a flexible cutting board on a baking sheet with edges, to help catch any liquid run-off.

Chicken for dumpling soup is tender and practically falls off boneCut or pull off all the meat from the chicken, and place into a large bowl. The chicken should be cut into bite sized pieces. I usually end up with between 4-5 cups of shredded chicken.

Shredded chicken to add to the soup and dumplingsStore Extra Chicken For Use In Another Recipe!

I like to use about 2 -2 1/2 cups of chicken for this recipe. You can use all of the chicken if you want, but I prefer to put the rest of the chicken into a freezer bag and into my freezer, so I have cooked chicken ready for another meal (like quesadillas, enchiladas, casseroles, etc.), as well!

Leftover chicken pieces not used for soup are frozen in storage bagsAdd The Chicken Pieces To The Broth

At this point, you will need to add 2 to 2 1/2 cups of shredded chicken back into the pot of chicken broth.

Shredded chicken is added back into broth before dumplings are addedI add two large cubes of chicken bouillon to the hot broth to add additional flavor. The cubes will break down and dissolve as the southern-style chicken ‘n dumplings cook.

Additional flavor is added to chicken n' dumplings soup base with bouillon seasoningMake The Dumplings

Heat the broth back up on medium high heat. While it is coming to a boil, I make the dumplings. I know a lot of people make big puffy biscuit-like “dumplings”, but this is how my Grandma made Southern-style chicken n’ dumplings, and that is why they look like large noodles.

Start by blending flour, salt, and shortening together using a pastry cutter, cutting it in until the shortening is the size of small peas. Easy!

Mixing up the dumplings dough with pastry blenderHot water and more flour is added and mixture is firmed up into a large dough ball. Let the chicken n’ dumplings dough rest for about 10 minutes, then shape into 3 equal sized portions.

Hot water is added to dumplings dough, then mixed together.Dumpling dough is separated into 3 equal sized pieces

Roll And Slice The Dumplings

Roll out the dough on a flour covered surface, one dough ball at a time, until it is thinly rolled out, and about the size of a pie crust.

Each dumpling dough ball is rolled out on a floured surfaceDumpling dough is rolled out until very thin on floured sufaceUse a pizza cutter (or a very sharp knife) to cut the chicken n’ dumpling dough into long strips about an inch wide. Repeat the entire rolling/cutting process with the other two dough balls, adding additional flour to cutting board before rolling each one.

A pizza cutter is used to slice dough for dumplings into thin strips

Add The Dumplings To The Soup Broth

Once the broth is boiling, carefully drop the “dumplings” a few at a time into the boiling broth, continuing until all the dumplings are in the pot.

Southern style dumplings are added to boiling chicken and brothAs dumplings cook, they float to surface of soupAdd a small amount of butter, as well as salt and pepper to the soup to help season it. Taste the broth, then add additional salt and/or pepper to suit your taste. I usually add a LOT of pepper to ours.

Butter, salt and pepper are added to chicken n' dumplings in potMix a couple spoonfuls of flour with some cold water (blend it well with a fork), and add it to the soup. This will help to thicken up the broth.

A flour slurry is added to chicken n' dumplings to thicken soup

Time To Eat Grandma’s Southern-Style Chicken n’ Dumplings!

Cook the Southern-style chicken n’ dumplings until broth has thickened a bit, and is very hot. When ready to serve, ladle the soup into individual serving bowls, and serve with a big piece of crusty French bread on the side. That’s it! This is so yummy… and is “comfort food” at its best! Not only that, but the leftovers are amazing!

Grandma's Southern-Style Chicken n' Dumplings served hot in a bowl

Sure hope you will give these Southern-style chicken n’ dumplings a try. You might even enjoy a few other soups I have here on the blog, like Albondigas Soup, Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup, or any of the soups you can find in the Recipe Index at the top of the page.

There’s nothing better than having a big pot of Grandma’s Southern-Style Chicken n’ Dumplings available to slurp on during the cold Fall and Winter seasons! Enjoy!

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Grandma's Southern-Style Chicken n' Dumplings
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 
You will LOVE these "Southern Style" chicken n' dumplings just the way my Texas Grandma used to cook them! A big bowl of this filling hot soup is comfort food at it's very best!
Category: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken n' dumplings
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 341 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
To Cook Chicken And Make Broth:
  • 1 whole chicken , thawed and cleaned (remove and discard giblets from cavity)
  • 1/2 cup carrots , celery, and onion (OPTIONAL-to flavor the chicken broth)
  • Water to completely cover chicken in a large stockpot.
To Make The Dumplings:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 heaping Tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup HOT water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
To finish soup:
  • Two large chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup water mixed with 2 Tablespoons flour
  • Salt and Pepper , to taste (approx. 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper)
Instructions
  1. Put the chicken and the veggies (if using) in a large stockpot. Cover completely with water. Bring to a quick boil, then continue cooking chicken for one hour. When done, remove chicken to large bowl to cool. Strain broth to remove leftover veggies or other particles. Return broth to stockpot.
  2. Once chicken is cool, remove skin, then cut chicken into bite sized pieces. (At this point I divide the chicken pieces in half, and freeze half for use in another meal).
  3. Add chicken pieces (approx. 2 1/2 cups) back into chicken broth. Heat the chicken and broth back up to boiling. Add bouillon cubes, salt and pepper (to taste).
  4. While chicken is coming to a boil, make the dumplings. In a large bowl, using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the shortening and salt into the cup of flour, until shortening is the size of small peas. Add 1/2 cup HOT water and 1/2 cup, plus 2 Tablespoons of flour to the mixture. Stir and work the mixture until a soft dough ball forms (firm enough to roll out). Divide dough into 3 equal sized balls, then let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Generously flour a work surface. Roll each dough ball out (one at a time), sprinkling with flour (if necessary) to keep dough from sticking to work surface. Roll out to about the size of a large pie crust (roll out thin). Cut dough into strips about an inch wide using a pizza cutter or knife. Repeat process for remaining dough balls.
  6. Drop dumplings a couple at a time into hot boiling chicken/broth mixture until all have been added to pot; add butter, and continue cooking.
  7. Make a slurry by mixing 1/4 cup water with 2 large Tablespoons flour. Stir well to combine, then add to soup pot, and stir well. (this helps to thicken broth a bit). Cook an additional 10 minutes on high to fully cook dumplings. Taste test broth, and add additional salt and pepper, if desired. Ladle hot soup into bowls, serve, and enjoy (especially with crusty french bread on the side!)
Recipe Notes

If you are pressed for time, you can always start with store bought chicken broth (cook the chicken in water/drain, THEN use broth in pot), and can also use a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken to get the chicken from, BUT I prefer to make it the way I have posted it, as it is far less expensive... but, hey... whatever works, right?

Nutrition Facts
Grandma's Southern-Style Chicken n' Dumplings
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 435mg19%
Potassium 230mg7%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1515IU30%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lentil Stew

Hearty, healthy and delicious, you will love this low calorie, thick homemade lentil stew for an easy and inexpensive lunch or dinner!Hearty, healthy and delicious, you will love this low calorie, thick homemade lentil stew for an easy and inexpensive lunch or dinner!
Well, this was a happy experiment. It was my first time cooking lentils! I guess I’m behind the times, but I kept hearing about how inexpensive, nutritious, and filling lentils were, so I started looking to see what goes into a good, thick Lentil Stew. Then I made my own version!

I must have looked at 25 different ways to make lentil soup or stew. I finally decided to just make my own version and add a variety of ingredients (like carrots, celery, thyme, dill, garlic, etc) I found on various recipes that sounded like they would be good additions.

The only HARD part about making this stew was I had to remember to write all the ingredients down as I made it, so I could actually remember what I did. Do you ever do that? Let’s just say that one hand was stirring the pot, one hand was writing it all down, and I suppose I might have used my FEET to take the pictures… somehow I got it done, and guess what? This hearty lentil stew is GOOD!

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Lentils Are A Healthy Protein-Filled Legume

On a side note… did you know that lentils (a legume) contain the 3rd highest protein of any legume? True. Lentils are inexpensive AND highly nutritious. That can be considered a win-win kind of main ingredient.

How To Make Delicious Lentil Stew

The first thing to do is cook the chopped onions for a few minutes in a bit of olive oil. The onions are cooked until they have softened.

Cooking onions in red pot for lentil stew
Once onions have softened, add the lentils. It’s important to rinse and drain the lentils in a colander BEFORE adding! Brown rice is then added to the soup pot, along with 5 cups water. Give the ingredients a good stir after adding the rice.

Lentils, water and brown rice added to stew
Add a large cube of chicken bouillon to the stew, crumbling it up, as you add. TIP FOR VEGETARIANS: If you want to make this a completely vegetarian stew, leave the chicken bouillon out or add vegetable bouillon.

I personally enjoy the flavor the chicken bouillon adds, but it certainly won’t hurt the lentil stew if you omit it.

Chicken bouillon used to flavor lentil stewTime To Cook the Lentil Stew

Add the chopped celery, carrots, flat leaf parsley, thyme, dill, salt, oregano, seasoning salt, and minced garlic to the pot. Bring the lentil stew to a boil, then reduce the heat. Cook the stew on a low simmer for about 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Chopped celery, carrots, and spices added to soup pot
After the stew has cooked for about 45 minutes, the rice and lentils will be softened. A lot of the broth will have absorbed. Now the mixture will look more like a thickened soup or stew. TIP: I served the lentil stew in it’s thickened form. If you want it to be more “soup-like” (more broth liquid), simply add a cup of water during the last 10 minutes of cook time.

Lentil Stew ready to serve!Ready to EAT!

To serve, divide the hot lentil stew into serving bowls. Garnish each bowl of soup with chopped parsley, if desired. Serve the soup with some crusty slices of bread, and you’ve got yourself a hearty meal!

Even without meat, the combination of lentils and brown rice combine to make sure all essential amino acids are provided to make a complete protein dish. The lentil stew leftovers are pretty amazing, also (just sayin’).

Lentil Stew in bowl, with garlic bread on side
This was an easy meal to make, and my husband and I enjoyed the leftovers for lunch over the course of several days. Sure hope you will give this delicious lentil stew a try… I think you will be surprised at just how good it is! Have a great day!

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Lentil Stew
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Hearty, healthy and delicious, you will love this low calorie, thick homemade lentil stew for an easy and inexpensive lunch or dinner!

Category: Dinner, Main Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lentil stew
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 151 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium brown onion , chopped
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup brown lentils (rinsed)
  • 1/3 cup brown rice (uncooked)
  • 1 large chicken bouillon cube (can omit if making this vegetarian)
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 celery stalks , chopped small
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Dried parsley (OPTIONAL-to sprinkle on stew as a garnish before serving)
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot, cook the chopped onion in olive oil until onions have softened (3-4 minutes).
  2. Add 5 cups water, rinsed lentils, brown rice, and crumbled chicken bouillon cube.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Bring soup mixture to a full boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer.
  5. Continue to cook the stew for 45-50 minutes (covered) on low, stirring occasionally. Uncover the stew the last 10 minutes of cooking time.(*If you want the stew to have more broth, simply add in another cup of water during the last 10 minutes of cooking time).
  6. Taste. Season with additional salt/pepper, if desired.
  7. Ladle the hot stew into serving bowls. Sprinkle with dried parsley (optional).
  8. Serve with some good crusty bread, and ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Lentil Stew
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 151 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 588mg26%
Potassium 398mg11%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 5440IU109%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Ham and Bean Soup (and how to CAN it!)

This delicious, hearty ham and bean soup will fill you up. Recipe includes “how to” instructions for canning soup to store in your pantry!Ham and Bean Soup (and how to CAN it!) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Well… I finally canned my first batch of Ham and Bean Soup a few months ago. I am loving having this delicious soup in my pantry, ready to open, re-heat, and eat whenever we wish! My pressure canning experiences are becoming more frequent, and I love the convenience of having jars of homemade soups, sauces, and veggies, etc. sitting in our pantry (along with canned fruits and jam), just waiting to be eaten!

The soup is very hearty… flavored with ham, navy beans, onions, garlic, carrots, celery, etc. Once cooked, it thickens a bit, and is wonderful as a main dish or lunch serving. Even if you don’t can, you can still make a nice sized pot of this soup to feed your family very inexpensively. The soup is very filling, and delicious!

NOTE: If you want to can this soup, you must use a pressure canner. This recipe will yield approximately 6 pints (12 cups) or 3 quarts of soup.

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Prepare The Dried Beans

Here’s the basics of how I made this yummy soup: First thing to do is rinse the beans to remove any sediment, rocks, etc.

White colander with beans being rinsed in water
Cover the beans with 2 quarts of water in a LARGE pot, then bring them to a boil.

Cooking beans in water
After the beans begin boiling, turn the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, cover it, and let the beans rest for an hour.

Beans for soup cooking in red pan
While beans are “resting”, cut up the ham and veggies for the soup. I even used some of my dehydrated celery in place of “fresh” celery, and it worked perfectly!

Chopped ham and minced garlic for soup, in metal bowlChopped carrots, celery and onion for bean and ham soup

Make The Ham and Bean Soup

After the beans “rest” for an hour, rinse them, and put them into a large stock pot. Cover the beans with water (1 1/2 quarts), add the ham pieces and spices, and let it simmer on medium-low (covered) for 45 minutes.

Add the carrots, celery, and onions and cook the ham and bean soup for 15 minutes longer. If you are NOT going to can the soup, you may wish to cook the soup just a bit longer (uncovered), which will help to thicken it.

Beans, ham, carrots, celery and onion for soup, cooking in pan
Canning Ham and Bean Soup

Prepare canning jars, lids, and screw bands according to recommended canning guidelines. (Make sure jars stay warm until you are ready to fill them). Fill the jars 3/4 full with the ham and veggie pieces (used a slotted spoon and a canning funnel for less mess).

Finish filling the jars with the hot liquid, making sure to leave a 1″ headspace in the jar. Follow canning guidelines to remove air bubbles from the jars, clean the jar rims well, then seal them with lids and screwbands to fingertip tight, and into the pressure canner they go.

Pressure canner, used for making soupCanning / Processing Times

Can quart jars at 10 lbs. pressure for 90 minutes. If you are using pint jars, process at 10 lbs. pressure for 75 minutes. NOTE: If above 1,000 feet in elevation: weighted gauge (15 lb weight), dial gauge (12 lbs- at 2,000-4,000 feet elevation).

Pressure gauge, used for canning soup
When processing time is done, follow recommended pressure canning guidelines for jar removal, according to the manufacturer’s instructions for canner (wait for pressure to drop naturally, remove vent cover, wait 10 more minutes). After that, place hot jars of soup on a dish towel on kitchen counter for 24 hours, to cool and seal completely.

Label jars (love my dissolvable labels-so easy to clean off), and check to make jars have properly sealed. Remove screw bands (for storage), wipe jars clean, and place them in pantry to await a craving for (and the convenience of) this yummy, “ready-to-heat-and-eat” soup!

3 jars of canned ham and bean soup on red towel
Ready To Eat The Ham And Bean Soup

This is a picture of the very first time I opened a jar of this ham and bean soup (about a month later) and heated it up for our dinner. The ham and bean soup was DELICIOUS!

Bowl of ham and bean soup with garlic bread on sideSure hope you will give this ham and bean soup a try! It is delicious, even if you don’t can it in jars, for long term storage!

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Ham and Bean Soup (and how to CAN it!)
Prep Time
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins
 
This hearty ham and bean soup will fill you up... plus instructions for canning it to save for later!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: canning soup, ham and bean soup
Servings: 6 pints (or 3 Qts.) Total 12 servings
Calories Per Serving: 187 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound dried Navy beans
  • 1 1/2 quarts water (can also use chicken broth, if desired)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 large brown onion , chopped finely (about 1/2 pound)
  • 5 celery stalks , sliced
  • 6 ounces carrots , sliced thinly (1/4" slices)
  • 1/2 pound fully cooked ham , cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 whole Bay leaf
  • 6-8 whole peppercorns
  • Salt/pepper to taste (if canning, add 1/2 teaspoon of salt per pint, 3/4 teaspoon per quart)
  • Parsley , chopped (add some to soup-to taste; also use as garnish when serving soup fresh)
Instructions
To prepare the soup:
  1. Rinse beans thoroughly. Place beans in large soup pot; cover with 2 quarts of water. Bring beans to full boil, then reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 2 additional minutes. Remove the soup pot from heat. Cover pot; let beans sit for one hour. Drain.
  2. Place beans back into soup pot. Cover with 1 1/2 quarts of fresh water (or chicken broth). Add the ham pieces, chopped parsley, and minced garlic. Add the peppercorns, and bay leaf (might want to put the peppercorns and bay leaf into a tea ball or a spice bag-they need to be removed from soup before serving OR canning). Simmer (covered) for about 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, add the carrots, celery, and onions; cook for an additional 15 minutes. Remove spice bag. If NOT canning, add salt as desired. Serve soup hot, and enjoy!
If Canning:
  1. While soup is cooking, prepare canning jars and lids, according to general canning guidelines (wash jars, keep warm, prepare lids according to manufacturer instructions, etc.). Add 3 quarts of water to your pressure canner and let it begin simmering (uncovered).
  2. When ready to fill warm jars, use a slotted spoon (and a canning funnel) to fill jars 2/3 full, with ham and veggie pieces. Then ladle the hot liquid into jars, being sure to leave 1" headspace. Remove air bubbles from each jar using a plastic knife or utensil. Wipe the rim of each jar really clean, then place lid and screwband on jar. Tighten to fingertip tight.
  3. Place covered and sealed jars onto rack in pressure canner (that contains 3 quarts water that has been simmering). Cover pressure canner. Crank up the heat; vent the steam for 10 minutes, then process at 10 pounds of pressure: Pints: 1 hour, 15 minutes. Quarts: 1 hour, 30 minutes.
  4. When processing time is complete, remove canner from heat. Let the pressure drop completely on it's own (follow your canner's manufacturer instructions carefully!), then carefully open lid. Remove hot jars with canning tongs and set them on a dish towel. Let them sit, undisturbed for 24 hours.
  5. Check to ensure all jars sealed properly, remove screwband rings, wipe jars clean, label, and store in pantry, out of direct sunlight.
Recipe Notes

Cook time indicated is for preparing soup to serve fresh.

If canning this recipe, cook time will also include 1 hour, 15 minutes for pints, OR 1 hour, 30 minutes for quarts.

If your elevation is over 1,000 feet, weighted gauge used should be 15 pounds.
A dial gauge should be at 12 pounds pressure for elevations 2,000-4,000 feet.

Nutrition Facts
Ham and Bean Soup (and how to CAN it!)
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 837mg36%
Potassium 608mg17%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 2445IU49%
Vitamin C 2.3mg3%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Quick N’ Easy Cream of Broccoli Soup

Make 4 servings of this simple, delicious, quick n’ easy cream of broccoli soup (with cheddar cheese!) in under 30 minutes!Make 4 servings of this simple, delicious, quick n' easy cream of broccoli soup (with cheddar cheese!) in under 30 minutes!

A dear friend of mine named Sandy gave me this recipe for Cream of Broccoli Soup written on a little index card about 30 years ago.  I’ve made this soup many times over the years (and have a completely food-stained index card to prove it!).  This is a delicious, very easy, inexpensive soup to make (with simple ingredients), and serves 4.

I was privileged to be a bridesmaid in Sandy’s wedding to her wonderful hubby Jeff, and my husband was privileged to be the pastor to officiate the ceremony. It was his first wedding to preside over, and we have such funny memories of that wedding.

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A Slight Tweak To the Original Recipe For Cream Of Broccoli Soup

My friend’s original instructions called for making this in the microwave oven, but I’ve adapted this cream of broccoli soup slightly over the years. Now I usually make it on my stove top in a soup pot, and add a bit of cheddar cheese, for extra flavor. The soup only takes about 25-30 minutes to prepare, so it’s easy to throw together after a long day.

I sure hope you will give this one a try. I really do think you will enjoy it! It’s EASY and DELICIOUS!

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Quick N' Easy Cream of Broccoli Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Make 4 servings of this simple, delicious, quick n' easy cream of broccoli soup (with cheddar cheese!) in under 30 minutes!

Category: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream of broccoli soup
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 320 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. (10 ounces) frozen broccoli, thawed
  • 6 Tablespoons butter (or margarine)
  • 1 Tablespoon finely minced brown onion
  • 5 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Dash of ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese (plus additional for garnish on top of soup, if desired)
Instructions
  1. In a soup pot, melt the butter. Add the minced onion, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the flour; whisk to combine. Cook for an additional minute. Add the chicken broth, milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stir ingredients until smooth and thoroughly combined. Heat the soup for 5-7 minutes on medium-high until soup begins to thicken slightly. Stir occasionally.

  2. Add the thawed broccoli to soup. Carefully transfer the hot soup to a blender and puree OR puree the ingredients together in the soup pot using an immersion blender.

  3. Return soup to pan. Add 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese. Stir to combine. Heat soup until hot (about 3-4 minutes). Ladle soup into 4 serving bowls. Garnish soup with a sprinkle of grated cheddar cheese; Serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Quick N' Easy Cream of Broccoli Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 964mg42%
Potassium 471mg13%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1340IU27%
Vitamin C 67.3mg82%
Calcium 291mg29%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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