italian chicken soup

Dec 26, 2011 by

after stumbling upon this soup, i have made it THREE different times.  THREE.  that is a lot of times for me to make something in a few months time.  just sayin’.  i have modified the original recipe to make it a bit easier to throw together.  the amts below will work for about 4 people.  double, quadruple, as needed. i have also made a few modifications to the original, mainly with the sauteing oregano in evoo.  for the first time, i didn’t have fresh oregano on hand and used the dried stuff, as a substitution.  it burned and did not turn out all that well.  i never really tried it again and can’t taste that the soup is missing anything.  also, the jalapeño does not add much heat, so don’t be intimidated.  on to...

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lasagne soup

Nov 23, 2011 by

italian food is my absolute favorite food on the planet.  i am always looking for new  to try and when i came across this recipe for lasagne soup, i just knew that i had to try it.  i have made it twice now and really enjoy it.  tom really enjoys it, it is one of his favorites!  it’s very simple to throw together and tastes just like the real thing!  i’ll quit babbling about my love for italian food and get on with the recipe! source: 1 lb. italian sausage 1 1/2 c chopped onion 2 tsp minced garlic cloves 1 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp crushed pepper flakes 1 tbsp tomato paste 2 14 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes 3 mediterranean bay leaves 3 c chicken stock 4 oz. campanelle pasta...

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chicken taco soup

Feb 5, 2011 by

this is probably the easiest soup recipe that i have ever made.  the original recipe that i used needs some tweaking, as it was excessively “beany.”   nevertheless, it’s very simple to make and is really good served with chicken quesadilla rolls on the side.  even better, it can cook in your crockpot all day. adapted from: 1 onion, chopped 1 16 oz. can pinto beans, drained 1 15 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce 8 oz. beer (i prefer blue moon and drink the extra 4 oz.  quality control is always good.) 2 10 oz. cans rotel, undrained 1 pkg. taco seasoning 3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts shredded cheese, optional sour cream, optional crushed tortilla chips, optional place the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn,...

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crock pot chili

Jan 18, 2011 by

chili is not a pretty food.  i’ve been trying to take more “action” shots and i just couldn’t do it with chili.  it looks like dog food.  thankfully, it doesn’t taste like kibbles and bits and it’s perfect on a wintry day.  it’s also perfect with cheese fries.  read on to get the recipe for chili perfection. slightly adapted from:, serves 4 1 lb. coarsely ground lean beef 1 c chopped onions 1 15 oz. can red kidney beans, drained 14.5 oz. can tomatoes, drained 1/2 green pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 3 tbsp chili powder 1 tsp black pepper 3 tsp cumin salt, to taste top secret Lince ingredient which cannot be disclosed 4 oz can tomato paste 4 oz. water 1 tbsp chili powder 1 tsp cumin in...

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Jan 9, 2011 by

tom got me a crock pot for christmas and i’ve really been enjoying the brand new cooking world opened by it!  i started off on new years day making gumbo, not jambalaya.  the main difference between gumbo and jambalaya is that gumbo is a roux-based soup and jambalaya is a rice-based dish.  more about the roux later… i wanted to eat our gumbo during game time, so i didn’t have a 7-9 hour window that the original recipe called for.  i pre-cooked my chicken before putting it in the crock pot, which cut down the cooking time significantly.  i also used tom’s favorite cajun style andouille, which is pre-cooked.  if you do have all-day, you can go ahead and throw everything (minus shrimp) in the pot un-cooked. 3 tbsp flour 3 tbsp oil 1/2...

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chicken tortilla soup

Oct 6, 2010 by

to celebrate the first day i wore a jacket to work this fall, i made a pot of chicken tortilla soup.  this soup is quick, simple and delicious.  i serve it over crushed tortilla chips and top it with sour cream and shredded cheese. adapted from 1 lb. chicken (i used chicken cutlets, chopped up into bite-sized pieces.  if you have more time, parboil the chicken, shred it and skip to step 2.) evoo 1 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp ground cumin 1 chicken stock in a box (32 oz.) 1 c frozen corn kernels 1 c chopped onion 1/2 tsp chili powder 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 c chunky salsa tortilla chips sour cream shredded cheese in a large pot over medium heat, saute the chicken in the oil for 5 min....

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chicken noodle soup

Apr 3, 2010 by

easter dinner preparations were put aside for a little bit today so i could make my snot-filled hubby some chicken noodle soup.  sometimes when you’re feeling like crud, nothing tastes better than a bowl of soup, even if it is 72° outside. source 2 c wide egg noodles 1/2 tsp evoo 6 c chicken broth 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning 1/2 c chopped celery 1/2 c chopped onion 1 tsp minced garlic 2 heaping tbsp cornstarch 2 tbsp water 1 c diced, cooked chicken pre-cook chicken and dice it into small, bite-sized pieces.  set aside. bring a med. sauce pan of lightly salted water to a boil, add egg noodles and oil, and boil for 8 min. or until tender.  drain and rinse under cool running water. in a large dutch oven,...

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sausage and lentil soup

Jan 9, 2010 by

i have been on an italian kick this week.  well, i think i could be on italian kick every week.  i love italian food and one of my favorite restaurants is carraba’s italian grill.  they often feature sausage and lentil soup as their soup of the day and it is delicious!  here’s my version of this soup: 1 lb. italian sausage 1 large onion, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 2 large carrots, chopped 1 small zucchini, chopped 6 c chicken broth 2 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes, undrained 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp salt 2 c dry lentils, rinsed pepper, to taste italian seasoning, to taste brown sausage, drain off fat. in a large pot, combine all ingredients, bring to a boil. reduce heat, cover. simmer for about 1 hour, or until lentils...

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