Soup

Classic Borsch

Classic Borsch

Serves: 4-6

Time: 3 hr

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Beet Coloring

I decided to resurrect their borsch and started digging on my favorite Russian cooking sites. These are always so fun to compare with ours because the writing style is almost a 180 from our own cooking blogs. Here everything is step-by-step with a ton of gorgeous pictures. There you get exactly one small picture and an approximation of ingredients. Russian women, it’s assumed, already know how to cook. Since that approach so often mirrors my own (note the total absence of step-by-step photos) their sites are an instant hit with me. Anyway, using about a dozen “standard” recipes I mashed them together into the new favorite below.

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Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

Serves: 4-6

Time: 1 hr(ish)

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Meatball makers

When I make my meatballs I mix ground beef and pork. Since ground meat is generally sold by the pound unless you buy it from the butcher case (does anyone even do that anymore?) that meant I had two pounds of mixed meat to use up. That’s a lot of meatballs, even for me. So instead I opted to make half into meatballs and half in to this lovely soup. I sort of mashed together an adaptation of several recipes and it came out quite well. The original recipe from the 60s that I used called for beef stock but I thought that would be too heavy. I also added the customary spinach in an effort to make things a bit healthier. Since you don’t have to use a mixture of meats to make these meatballs (most recipes I found called for just straight beef) I think I’ll make this my go to recipe whenever I want to use up extra ground meat.

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Serves: 6

Time: 1 hr(ish)

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Broccoli Muncher

My kids were on a broccoli kick. I know, I’m shocked too. We went to the local health food store because I was looking for healthier sausage and needed organic fresh peanut butter. The kids get to pick a small (very small) treat. Out of now where, my daughter, who does love raw broccoli to be fair, decided that her treat is going to be an enormous head of fresh broccoli. Her brother, ever her faithful sidekick in all things immediately says that well he wants broccoli for his special treat too! How about that! Several pounds of organic (lucky for me it was on special clearance sale) broccoli to suddenly use up. So of course, in my usual thrifty mode, I made soup (really, was anyone surprised?) Under careful supervision of my children, with ample taste testing of the broccoli, (my daughter eats the tops, my son only the stems as luck would have it) I made this delightful soup.

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Wild Rice Soup

Wild Rice Soup

Serves: 6

Time: 1.5

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Carrot Stick Taster

Today’s soup features wild rice which actually isn’t rice at all. It’s the seed of a grass plant from Minnesota, but grass or rice it makes a tasty, cozy wintery soup.

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Serves: 2-4

Time: 30 mins

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Cheese Taster

So yesterday I made my best ever French onion soup. My current favorite, up until last night’s has been Panera’s because theirs is really good, but I’ve never managed to master it at home. Everything I tried just tasted “off” in comparison. This time I think I’ve nailed it.

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