It's really funny how much I am loving this weather. I am 100% a summertime girl, but these first few wintry storms of the year I just love. (don't worry, I'll be complaining come February).
The snow, the icicles, the woodsmokey air. Snowballs, snuggling, and of course......soup.
Yes, I am thankful for soup.
We have soup a few nights a week this time of year. It's easy and there is always something that can be thrown in a pot and magically transformed into soup.
It's warm and comforting and perfect for bread dipping.
Here are two different soups that we have enjoyed lately*......
adapted from THIS food network recipe. I added more garlic, herbs, the pumpkin puree.
3-4 slices of bacon
1 small onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 cups of chopped kale
3 carrots, sliced
1 small can of tomato paste
1 cup of butternut squash or pumpkin puree
1 TBS fresh thyme
2 TBS fresh oregano
1 cup of small pasta (I used orecchiette)
1 can of white beans (I used butter beans)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese + a small piece--about an inch--of Parmesan cheese rind, plus more cheese for garnish
2-3 cups chicken broth
4-5 cups of water
salt and pepper to taste
Cook bacon until crispy, remove from pan.
Add onions, kale, and carrots to the bacon drippings and sauté until they begin to soften.
Add garlic and sauté for a few minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.
Stir in fresh herbs, tomato paste, and pumpkin/squash puree.
Add chicken broth, water, beans, parm rind and pasta. Bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and crumble the bacon back in. Simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, about 7 minutes. Remove the Parmesan rind, stir in half of the grated cheese. Ladle into bowls and top with
the remaining cheese.
Serve with toasted sourdough....mmm.....
Black and White Chile
1 small onion, diced.
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 can of black beans (rinsed/drained)
1 can of white beans (rinsed/drained)
3-4 cups chicken broth
1-2 cooked chicken breast, shredded
juice of 2 limes
1/2tsp+ ground chipotle pepper (depending on how spicy you like it)
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
Saute' onion and garlic in olive oil until tender. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for at least one hour (I have even added the chicken frozen, and just simmered it until it was tender enough to shred. otherwise I sauté it with the onions.)
top with your favorites. we like cilantro, sour cream, avocado, and tortilla chips.
*if you have been following my blog you know I'm not always super specific with my "recipes".
It's more of a guide, add little here, a little there, tasting along the way.....the easiest way to make soup.
What are YOU thankful for today?