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.
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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.
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Get the recipe: French Three Onion Soup
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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Here in Food Network Kitchens, we love simple, classic recipes. We are also paid to think about food all day. So we’ve taken classic foods and drinks and reimagined them into three, four or five different ways. No standard recipes here, just the occasional technique and pictures. Think of it as a picture recipe.
You can make a million soups by just sautéing and pureeing whatever seasonal veggies you have on hand with a little chicken stock and aromatics. Here are some of my favorite variations using chicken stock as the base.
First, start with the classic version
Ask someone about their favorite rainy-day meal and chances are they’ll share with you childhood memories of eating tomato soup and grilled cheese on a chilly, drizzling Saturday afternoon. It’s a classic combination in our culture, though it’s one that I didn’t personally try until I got to college.
My parents weren’t trying to deprive me; the truth of the matter is that if they’d tried to serve me tomato soup during my fledgling years, I would have looked at them with absolute horror. I spent the bulk of my first two decades desperately trying to avoid tomatoes in their many forms. They were particularly egregious when raw, but I wasn’t interested in large amounts of any tomato-based substance. Tomato soup would have immediately reduced me to tears.
By the time I was 18, however, and away at school, I was beginning to open up a little to tomatoes. I don’t know if my palate had changed or if I was generally more mature in my approach to food, but slowly I started to understand the tomato’s many virtues.
Now I’m all in when it comes to tomatoes, and I particularly love a good bowl of tomato soup. In my book, there’s no tomato soup recipe better than Ina Garten’s Roasted Tomato Basil Soup. It’s been my go-to version since I first made it more than eight years ago. It starts by instructing you to roast three pounds of plum tomatoes and finishes with four cups of fresh basil leaves. It is deeply flavorful, and while not as silky smooth as the canned kind, still goes incredibly well with a grilled cheese.
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Sandwich King Jeff Mauro once said, “Soup is the sandwich’s best friend.” Finally, there is a plate that is made just for this classic combo: the Soup and Sandwich Ceramic Tray Duo by Uncommon Goods. This tray features both a wide-mouthed soup bowl and perfectly sized sandwich plate so that as the nights start to get colder, you can easily enjoy this perfect pairing. It also works well for other great combos, like cake and ice cream or fruit and muffins.
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So tell us, what is your all-time favorite soup and sandwich combination?