Soup

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Serves: 8(ish)

Time: 3-4 hours

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Add Ingredients

If I ever write a cookbook someday I swear it will be called Soup and Pie, A Recipe Collection. I seem, more often than not to fall back on these two easy, homey types of foods. I love that you can feed a lot of people with them (or have lunch for a week). I love that they are cheap and reasonably healthy (before you laugh out loud I would suggest that a fruit pie without a double crust is slightly better for you than a cake slice layered in buttercream, though I grant you that it’s a close run thing.) and let’s face it, who doesn’t love these two food? Today’s soup is an Italian classic, minestrone.

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Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup

Serves: 4

Time: 50 minutes

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Toppings

It’s so basic I can’t even get a good photo of it, but leek and potato soup is a fall and winter classic. This is one of those recipes that I’ve had literally forever and make whenever the leeks look good at the farmer’s market. It’s warming, filling and calming and would go great with crumbled bacon on top. I particularly like this version of this recipe because it’s not too heavy.

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Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and Sour Soup

Serves: 2-3

Time: 20 mins

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Stirring

Sob! Another last minute go to dinner spot ruined. Another birthday celebration location destroyed. In their memory I’m trying to recreate some of their dishes at home even as I search for the next restaurant where the owners don’t freak out because I have three young children. It will be a long search. In the meantime, have some soup.

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Bean and Barley Stew

Bean and Barley Stew (Ricet)

Serves: 6-8

Time: 2 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Carrot Taster

Last week I got a lovely postcard from a woman in Slovenia who sent me a recipe for her national dish, a stew called Ricet. It sounded awesome, a hearty mix of beans, barley and sausage that I decided to try it out. I’m so glad that I did because it was as good as promised! Rich, hearty, not too meaty, but not to veggie either and very filling. Even my kids liked it, my son because of the sausage and my daughter because of the beans. I will definitely make this one again and it was well worth the hunt for unusual ingredients like parsley root.

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Chicken Broth

Chicken Broth

Serves: 4-6

Time: 3 hrs

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Taster

So it’s cold here. It’s winter and there are officially several inches of snow on the ground. Perhaps as in most families with young children that means cold season has officially arrived and we are being duly hammered with its effects. As a counter offensive, both to ward against the cold and the colds, I’ve been making real, honest to goodness chicken soup out of this lovely chicken broth. Most of the time, I have to admit, my chicken broth comes from those re-sealable boxes. I tell myself that it’s okay and way easier (it’s true, it is) just to use the boxed stuff. But then I make real chicken broth, glowing a glorious yellow, rich with fragrant herbs and gold fat floating on top and I remember why it is that real chicken broth is so much better.

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