Archive for Soups, Stews, and Chili

March 9th, 2015

Hamburger Soup

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The past few weeks we’ve had an unusual amount of snow days here in Texas!  A perfect week to make a big batch of this Hamburger Soup.  I know Hamburger Soup may not seem like the most glamorous recipe, but believe me, it’s fast, it’s easy,  it’s healthy. and it’s so good – what more could you want?

My kids all love this soup, and ask for the recipe.  Hmmm….. since I didn’t really have one,  it was time to figure it out and pass it on.  The wonderful thing about this recipe, however, is there is no right or

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January 20th, 2015

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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January is the perfect month for crock pots and soup – so I couldn’t let the month pass without a bowl of this Crock Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup.  This soup is loaded with broccoli and a rich, cheesy sauce- in other words, a big bowl of YUM!

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Crock Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup


4 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons flour
3 cups half & half (see Notes below)
3 cups chicken broth
1/2 onion, diced
3-4 cups chopped broccoli florets (just the bushy tops)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 ounces cream cheese
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar

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January 6th, 2015

Roasted-Chicken Noodle Soup

Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s January, do we need any more reason to enjoy a hot and delicious bowl of soup?  This Roasted-Chicken Noodle Soup takes a few shortcuts on preparation, but the result is nothing but fabulous.  To get this soup on the table in no time, I start with a rotisserie chicken and canned chicken broth.  Add a few fresh veggies and some yummy seasonings and you’ll soon be lining up for another bowl.

Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup

 Roasted-Chicken Noodle Soup


2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup flour

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October 27th, 2014

Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden Copycat)

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Are you ready for a hot bowl of soup on a cold winter night?  This rich and hearty Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana is amazing, and just as good as it is at the restaurant.  It’s loaded with sausage, bacon, and potatoes in a creamy soup blend.  Need I say more?

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Zuppa Toscana


6 slices bacon
1 pound ground Spicy Italian Sausage
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
48 ounces chicken broth
5 medium russet potatoes, washed and sliced 1/4 inches thick*
salt and pepper to taste

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October 6th, 2014

Mushroom Soup

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If the only mushroom soup you are familiar from a can, let me introduce you to what real mushroom soup is all about.  This mushroom soup is amazing.  It’s rich, thick, and so flavorful.  You can serve it as a meatless main dish with a salad and bread, or it makes a wonderful appetizer for your upcoming holiday dinners.

Mushroom Soup


8 tablespoons butter (divided)
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups beef stock
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1 cup heavy cream

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