Enchiladas, burritos and tacos may be traditional fare on Cinco de Mayo, but when it comes to feeding a crowd this weekend, look to big batches of warm chicken tortilla soup to make entertaining a cinch. A no-fuss favorite that will impress your guests, tortilla soups are packed with bold spices and hearty ingredients like beans and vegetables; plus they become an all-in-one-meal when made with moist, juicy chicken. Check out Food Network’s top-five chicken tortilla soup recipes below to find the ultimate roundup of flavor-packed favorites from chefs like Guy, Rachael, Trisha and the Pioneer Woman, then browse Food Network’s entire collection of Cinco de Mayo eats and drinks.
5. Grilled Chicken Tortilla Soup With Tequila Crema — After marinating chicken thighs in a mixture of garlic, cumin and chili powder, Guy grills and shreds them, then tops the chicken with a jalapeno-laced broth, fried tortilla strips and cool sour cream spiked with tequila. Click the play button on the video after the jump below to watch him make it.
4. Chicken Fajita Tortilla Soup — Rachael brings all of the flavors and textures you look for in classic fajitas to a satisfying soup by simmering chicken tenders with onions, peppers and jalapenos in a tomato broth and serving each bowl with crunchy tortilla chips, shredded cheese and creamy avocado.
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Winter comfort food at its finest, French onion soup is a hearty, complete meal in bowl that needs no adornments other than a generous blanket of rich, creamy cheese and perhaps a slice of crusty bread. The key to making any French onion soup is properly cooking the onions. Instead of quickly sauteing them until browned, it’s important to cook them over low heat for a long period of time until they’re soft, boasting a deliciously sweet taste and deep golden, caramelized color. Check out Food Network’s top-five French onion soup recipes below to find out how your favorite chefs and stars put their signature spins on this crave-worthy seasonal soup.
5. Rachael’s French Onion Soup-Topped French Bread Pizzas and Salad With Dijon Vinaigrette (pictured above) — Rachael takes the classic ingredients of French onion soup out of a bowl and turns them into an eat-with-your-hands meal by piling sherry-spiked onions and a duo of decadent cheeses atop French bread and then baking.
4. Anne’s French Onion Soup — “Caramelized onions are very sweet and require a fair amount of salt,” Anne says of her simple-to-make soup, which is why she strongly recommends tasting the broth before serving.
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Whenever I’m at a loss as to what I should make for dinner, I make a pot of soup. I appreciate the fact that you can make something warming and filling with just a few ingredients and I love the fact that a batch of soup nearly always yields enough for lunch the next day.
In fact, we eat so much soup around my house that in late January, my husband asked for a soup break. Looking back, I realized that we’d eaten a batch or two every week since November. Once I figured out just how much soup I’d been feeding him, I was fine with taking a little rest.
Nearly all my soups start out the same way: I saute onions, leeks or shallots in a bit of olive oil and then start adding whatever other vegetables are in my fridge that need to be used. Then there’s the liquid. I use stock if there’s some to be had, or water with a little bouillon concentrate or a splash of wine for flavor.
Finally, salt, pepper, herbs and a long, slow simmer. Unless I’m working with tough cuts of meat that need a lot of cooking, the last thing I add is protein — like slivers of chicken breast, beans or little cubes of ham — to prevent it from overcooking or falling to bits.
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If you’re looking to switch up your soup routine, but still need to get dinner on the table fast, try this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week: Cheesy Broccoli Soup. With just a handful of everyday ingredients, Ree Drummond creates a hearty, comforting soup filled with fresh broccoli and creamy cheese that will be ready to serve in just 45 minutes.
For more everyday recipe inspiration, visit Food Network’s Let’s Cook: Recipe of the Day board on Pinterest.
Get the recipe: The Pioneer Woman’s Cheesy Broccoli Soup
This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week takes a classic and hearty soup and makes it healthy: French Three Onion Soup. A small dose of gruyere cheese on top of a bowl of steaming French Onion Soup goes a long way, so you don’t have to pile it on to get the flavor.
For more recipe inspiration for healthy weeknight dinners, visit Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.
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When you eliminate meat from your diet — even just one day a week — you likely end up craving the taste and texture of something hearty and beefy, something substantial to sink your teeth into. For that, look to lentils. These protein-rich rounds are indeed small in size, but they pack a surprisingly satisfying punch and a chewy firmness similar to beans. No matter which color lentil you pick up (there are almost as many varieties as there are colors of the rainbow), you can be sure that you’ll feel full long after eating them, thanks to their high protein and fiber contents. It takes little more than a drizzle of olive oil and tangy balsamic vinegar to complete a humble bowl of lentils, but these budget-friendly bites add heft to dressed-up plates like soups and salads as well, especially when combined with other hearty ingredients and bold flavors.
Food Network Magazine puts yellow lentils to work in its Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup (pictured above), simmered with fresh leeks, ginger and just a pinch of curry powder. Though warming winter soups are often thought to be weekend-only fare, this one is a go-to weeknight pick, since the slow cooker will do most of the cooking for you. Just prep the ingredients and set the machine to low before you leave in the morning, then come back later to a comforting soup made deliciously thick from the lentils. A last-minute addition of garlic, a bit more curry powder, plus refreshingly light lemon juice and fresh cilantro is all it takes to finish this fuss-free supper.
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While I’m not technically a rookie anymore, I often still feel like one. Don’t get me wrong — my culinary skill set improved significantly in 2012. The many hours spent whisking away in the kitchen more often than not resulted in satisfied taste-testers (luckily, my friends happily oblige to free food). But with so many techniques still to master and trendy ingredients out there to try, it’s hard not to feel a step behind.
To shake these self doubts, I go back to the basics. A challenge is good, but cooking should remain, for the most part, fun. And sometimes there’s nothing quite as enjoyable as simple comfort food.
Ina’s Easy Tomato Soup from Food Network Magazine is just as the Barefoot Contessa promises: fool-proof. It’s a recipe that I am confident in getting right each time. Prep work is minimal and cleanup is a cinch, so the whole process is relaxing. As I let everything simmer together, I could almost hear her cheery voice encouraging, “How easy is that?”
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Whether you’re fighting a winter cold, trying to escape the chill of January air or simply craving winter comfort food, look to hearty bowls of vegetable soup to warm you up in a flash. Check out Food Network’s top five vegetable soup recipes below for no-fail hearty suppers, complete with satisfying seasonal produce. Then tell us in the comments: What’s your favorite warming meal?
5. Ravioli and Vegetable Soup — Best finished with nutty Parmesan cheese, Food Network Magazine‘s quick-cooking soup gets its heft from store-bought cheese ravioli and escarole, a nutrient-rich green.
4. Provencal Vegetable Soup — Ina simmers potatoes, carrots and haricots verts until the vegetables are tender, then mixes in one final key element before serving: pistou, a traditional French mixture of garlic, tomato paste, basil, olive oil and Parmesan cheese.
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When autumn hands you a bounty of butternut squash, what do you do with it? You could caramelize it with butter, roast it until tender or serve it with pasta, but you might also puree it into a thick, hearty soup. Butternut squash pairs well with other flavors of fall, like pumpkin and cinnamon, and Michael Chiarello’s Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe combines them all to create an in-season bowl of comfort.
To prepare, Michael first roasts butternut squash with a sweet and tangy mixture of balsamic vinegar and molasses before adding it to a pot of sautéed vegetables, coriander and a single cinnamon stick. A pass through the blender before serving guarantees that this hearty soup will turn out thick and smooth every time. For added texture, top each bowl with a dollop of creamy mascarpone cheese and a few crunchy pumpkin seeds before enjoying. Be sure to swap in vegetable stock or broth for the chicken stock to keep this meal meatless.
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As the temperature starts dropping and the fall season comes into full swing, nothing warms the soul quite like a piping-hot bowl of soup. This large tureen is a beautiful way to present your soups, sauces and plenty of other dishes. Its porcelain design with lions’ heads creates a dramatic presentation that is sure to wow your guests at the dinner table (especially at Thanksgiving).
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