Category Archives: Soups
This is a delicious tomato soup. I have to give credit to my sister Kim for this one. She served this soup with crostini in small bowls as an appetizer. The presentation was beautiful! I served it recently at an appetizer party that I hosted, it was well received.
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- medium onion, chopped
- 2 28 ounce cans whole tomatoes
- 1 TBLS brown sugar
- 3 large slice of good sandwich bread (crust removed and torn into 1 inch pieces)
- Chicken broth
- 1/4 cup chives
- Focaccia Rolls (or some other type of bread, you will make crostini’s to be served with the soup)
- Pecorino Romano cheese (shredded)
- basil 1 bunch, about 2 cups(washed and dried)
- 3 medium size cloves of garlic
- 1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan-reggiano or romano cheese
- 1/8 cup sugar
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil). Add the garlic, pulse a few more times. Slowly add the olive oil an a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and sugar and pulse again until blended. Add the salt and pepper to taste. This will make more pesto than you need for this recipe. You can use the remaining pesto for something else or freeze it.
Heat oil, sauté onion and garlic until tender 5 to 10 minutes, Add tomatoes and mash with a potato masher. Stir in sugar and bread; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook until bread break down about 5 minutes. Transfer half to food processor or blender and puree. Add 1 TBLS oil and puree until smooth 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining soup. Stir in chic broth as much as you think you need (this will effect the consistency). Add 1-2 TBLS pesto while cooking.
Preheat over to 400. Cut the focaccia rolls into sticks, place on a cookie sheet, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and shredded pecorino romano cheese. Cook for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a cooling rack.
Mix a couple of TBLS of pesto with olive oil (this will make a pesto oil). Pour the pesto oil into a squeeze bottle.
Serve the soup, with a circular squirt of the pesto oil and a crostini.
Bill had made a plans to have his buddy, Matt, over to watch the “big game”, The AFC Conference, The New England Patriots verses the Baltimore Ravens. He asked if I would make my chili and he would add snacks and pizza to the menu. This is my version, a little different than most chili’s. I really like garbonzo beans better than the traditional kidney beans, so that is how this one is made. This chili is really not difficult to make but the longer it simmers the better.
- 1 and 1/2 pounds of lean ground beef
- 1 can garbonzo beans (also called ceci beans or chick peas)
- 8 oz. of salsa (I like Newman’s Own-Mild, but others will work fine, including fresh salsa)
- 1 can of tomato sauce (if you don’t have any salsa, you can use 2 cans of tomato sauce)
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Coriander
- 1/2 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Sour cream and shredded cheese, if desired
Brown the beef in a pot with garlic powder. Drain off the fat. Add the sauce, beans and salsa. Sprinkle in the cumin, coriander, red pepper and more garlic powder. The measurements of the spices are approximate, add more or less according to your own personal taste. Let simmer on medium heat.
Serve with a dollop of sour cream and some shredded cheese. Enjoy!
The chili was a success as was our team! Go Pats!
From Natalie: Winter has finally arrived in the northeast and it is time for some hot soup! My father-in-law had been craving chicken soup so I thought I would indulge him. I had roasted an 8 pound chicken for a dinner party with my cousin Jean and her boyfriend Doug and had plenty left over for a terrific soup.
- I had roasted the chicken topped with Crazy salt, pepper and garlic powder. After dinner I took all the remaining chicken off the bones, about 1 pound.
- Minor’s chicken base (I find it at BJ’s Wholesale Club)
- 1 cup cooked brown rice (This was also leftover from dinner. I had cooked this with chicken broth instead of water.)
- 1 cup raw baby carrots
- 3 stalks of celery, sliced
- 1 can of corn
- 1 can of white beans
- 1 package of frozen peas (10 oz. package)
- 1 cup of Orzo (small pasta)
The directions on the Minor’s chicken base says 1 Tablespoon with 1 quart of boiling water. I love this base but it is a little salty, so you may want to start light and add more to taste. I boiled about 3 quarts of water and added about 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons of Minor’s chicken base. Dissolve the base in the water. (The rice, also having been cooked with the chicken base, added even more taste, so I went light on the base.)
Put the chicken and all the vegetables in the pot (as you can see, I used some fresh, some canned and some frozen vegetables. They all work fine. The fresh vegetables went into the pot raw. I did cook the frozen peas and then added them to the pot.)
Add the rice and Orzo (if you are really watching the carbs, you can use just one of these). I added the Orzo uncooked and it cooked while the soup simmered.
Simmer for about 1 hour. Serve with warm rolls for a hearty meal. Enjoy!
From a tiny BEACH kitchen:
Here is another classic crockpot recipe…… I don’t have a picture of the finished dish. Oops! We ate it all before I realized I didn’t get the finished shot- the stew was THAT GOOD! (Use your imagination.)
I did, however, take a shot of the actual beef stew recipe I have been using forever. The recipe booklet came out of the crockpot box many years ago.
- 2 pounds beef stew meat
- 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 1 stalk celery, sliced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 cup beef broth
- bay leaf
- 1/4 cup flour
- salt and pepper
Nothing tastes more like fall than this delicious pumpkin soup. I inherited this recipe, as I do many of my recipes, from my mother. We usually enjoy this soup as part of our Thanksgiving dinner.
The recipe is finished with heavy cream, however, I just made it as part of our Beachpeach Celebration Dinner and omitted the heavy cream and the calories. I have had this soup prepared both ways and I think I will make it without the cream from now on.
- 4 oz uncooked bacon diced
- 3/4 cup salted butter
- 1/2 large white onion finely chopped
- 2 Red Delicious apples diced with the peel on
- 1 med carrots coursely chopped
- 3 lbs pumpkin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3 qts chicken broth
- 1 cup Marsala wine
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 qt heavy cream (this is optional)
In a large stock pot (dutch oven) saute bacon until brown.
Add the butter and melt completely, add the onions and apples and saute until translucent.
Add the carrots and saute on low-med heat for 5 min.
Add cayenne pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour. Cook over low heat 4-8 minutes stirring continuously.
Add chicken broth, Marsala wine and pumpkin. Cook over med high for 10 minutes.
Add salt and brown sugar and simmer for 10 minutes.
If you choose to add cream, simply add it just before you are about ready to serve the soup. Enjoy!!
This is a really easy soup that is a staple in my house. I generally make a big batch and enjoy it for days. It is hearty and very satisfying. Enjoy!!!
- 1-2 TBLS Minced garlic
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large sweet onion, chopped
- 3-4 carrots, chopped
- 1-2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 lb red lentils
- Minor’s chicken base (6-8 cups)
- 1 large can petite diced tomatoes (don’t drain the liquid)
- Salt and pepper
Heat a large pot over medium heat, add olive oil enough to lightly coat the bottom of pan. Add garlic and onions and saute. Add the carrots and celery and cook until softened. Add the chicken broth, lentils and petite diced tomatoes. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cook covered for about an hour or until the veggies are cooked.
This soup is always good, if the lentils absord too much of the broth, just add more. I like the consistency to be more on the thick side, but that is a personal preference. You can fool around with the recipe and make it your own. Add frozen spinach to add some color.
I learned of this wonderful and delicious Greek White Bean Soup in my mom’s kitchen as a child. Traditionally, made with dry white beans, I have found canned beans to be much easier without giving up the taste. In no time at all, the soup is finished. Just wonderful and so very good for you.
Ingredients: (makes 12 hearty cups)
- 3 – 1 lb 13 oz Goya Small White Beans
- 1 – 28 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 – 8 oz can of tomatoe sauce
- 2 TBSP chopped garlic
- 6 stalks celery, diced
- 4 large carrots, chopped
- 3 cups chicken stock (Recommend Minor’s Chicken Base, can be found at BJ’s)
- 1 TBSP dried oregano (rub between palms of hands to release flavors)
- 1 TBSP black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Place all ingredients in a large stock pot. Bring to a full boil. Stir. Stir. Stir!!
Reduce to simmer. Cover. Cook for 30 minutes or until veggies are tender. Remember to stir periodically.