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Italian Tortellini Soup


Italian Tortellini Soup

Italian Tortellini Soup

I probably shouldn’t be posting a soup in April, but it is still cold in places.  Spring just doesn’t seem to want to get here for good.  We had spring weather for a couple weeks, but then this week we got some snow.  And really, soup shouldn’t only be reserved for winter.  Especially quick, easy, healthy, and yummy soups like this one!

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup


Curried Butternut Squash Soup | @dinnersdishesdessert

This year I have been trying to work more squash into our diets.  I have tried a few different kinds, and prepared them a few different ways.  Some of them went over very well with my family, others not so much.  Spaghetti squash was my 7 year olds favorite, hands down!  But I think this soup was probably my favorite, and my husbands.

This soup is super creamy and very smooth.  But there isn’t any cream in it!  It has coconut milk in it, which is actually good for you.  I was a little nervous, because my husband isn’t big on coconut flavor.  But it works, the flavors all just blend together, and you couldn’t even tell coconut milk was in there.  I think it is pretty clear that I like curry, so I was immediately drawn to this soup.  It has a little heat in the background, but nothing spicy or over powering,  In fact, next time I might up the curry paste, to give it more of a kick. [Read more…]

Ham and Split Pea Soup


Ham and Split Pea Soup | @dinnersdishesdessert

Have you ever tried to make something a yucky green color look appetizing, and pretty for a picture?  I am not an expert photographer by any stretch, but I am going to go ahead and say it is impossible!  Or maybe I just need to take a class, because I couldn’t do it.

But yucky green color aside, split pea soup is one of my husbands favorite soups.  He has been asking me to make it for years, but I have never done it.  I am not a fan of it, so it always gets pushed to the back.  But this year after Christmas when we had tons of leftover ham, I decided to do him a favor, and finally make it for him!  The timing worked out wonderfully too, because my family was visiting and they got to help him eat it.  Perfect soup and sandwich lunch on a weekend.

Given that I didn’t taste it, I can’t really vouch for it.  But everyone that did eat it cleaned their bowls, and did it quickly.  I think that says a lot.  There was sandwiches, chips, fruit, and soup; the soup could easily be cast aside if it wasn’t any good.  Plus my dad has never been one to not tell you his honest opinion, no matter what is is. There was a little bit left that I froze.  My husband will take full advantage, and a few lunches he can take to work.

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Ginger Chicken Soup


Ginger Chicken Soup

It is starting to cool down in the evenings here.  Perfect weather for a comforting bowl of soup!  I am excited for soup weather this year, I have so many that I want to make.  This is one that my husband sent to me, probably a year ago.  So it was time that I did him a favor and made it.

It is basically chicken and rice soup, but with lots of ginger.  Because this is such a basic soup, you could take the opportunity to add any veggies your family likes.  Carrots, celery, bell peppers, peas… you name it, it would work.  I took the easy way this time, and just topped the bowls with thinly sliced red bell peppers and green onions.

The ginger is just soothing in this soup.  I don’t know of another way to describe it.  I took a bite, and it was just comforting, and warm, and soothing.  I currently have 8 single serving containers of this in my freezer.  I love to stock my freezer with soup for quick dinners, or lunches all winter.   Serve with a little bread, and I am in heaven!

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