Category Archives: Soups, Stews & Chowders

Meatball Soup



Meatball Soup

You can make this quick and easy soup in a half hour if you have all the ingredients on hand.  This is scrumptiously delicious!  On this beautiful, but very cold day, it tasted so good.  I can’t wait to have seconds.

  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 to 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 (14.5-oz.) cans beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (32-oz.) pkg. frozen meatballs (I used slightly more)
  • 1 1/2 cups small pasta, uncooked  (I used ditalini)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish:  grated Parmesan cheese

Mix together all ingredients except garnish in a large stock pot over medium heat.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes, or until pasta is tender and meatballs are warmed through.  Garnish servings with Parmesan cheese.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

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Quick Meatloaf Chili



Quick Meatloaf Chili

Normally, I don’t have any leftover meatloaf, but because I had made a larger than normal recipe, I had leftovers.  I decided to try this with it and it was really delicious.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 – 2 jalapeno peppers, minced (I used jarred jalapenos)
  • 2 – 3 cups crumbled leftover meatloaf
  • 2 (14-oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 ( 8-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup beef broth
  • 2 (15-oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic; cook and stir for 5 minutes.  Add jalapeno pepper; cook and stir for 3 minutes.

Add meatloaf, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, black beans, chili powder, cumin, Tabasco, and salt and pepper to taste.  Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 – 35 minutes until slightly thickened.  Serve immediately with sour cream, Parmesan cheese, and more jalapenos.

(I thought this was going to be pretty spicy, but it really wasn’t.)

Serves 6.

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Spaghetti & Meatball Soup



Spaghetti & Meatball Soup

This soup is classic comfort food.  My husband says this is one  of the best soups I have ever made.  You can make your own meatballs if you like, but buying them is a quicker way of getting supper on the table.  And you can use any small pasta you like.

  • 1 lb. purchased frozen beef meatballs
  • 1/2 cup each chopped carrots, celery and onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, opt.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cups low-sodium beef broth, divided
  • 2 (15-oz.) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz. dry spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Arrange meatballs on a baking sheet.  Bake meatballs according to package directions.

Mince carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in a food processor.

Saute’ carrot mixture, Italian herbs, and pepper flakes in oil in a pot over medium-high heat until softened, about 3 minutes.

Stir in 4 cups broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil.  Add spaghetti and meatballs and simmer soup until pasta is al dente, 10 minutes.  Stir in remaining 2 cups broth and season with salt and pepper.  Stir in basil right before serving.  Sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese and serve.

Makes 6 servings (12 cups).

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup



Broccoli Cheddar Soup

I do believe that my grandson, Nathan, has taken after me for loving soup.  This is one of his favorites.  And mine too.  Very good.

  • 10 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups half and half cream
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 lb. fresh or frozen broccoli (chopped into bite-size pieces) (I used frozen)
  • 2 cups carrots, shredded (I put mine in the food processor to make quicker work)
  • 16 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large stock pot, saute onion in 2 tablespoons butter until translucent.

Add rest of butter and melt.  Add flour and whisk over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes to cook flour.  Stirring constantly, add half and half and then chicken stock until all is blended.  Simmer 20 minutes.

Add broccoli and carrots.  Cook over low heat 20 to 25 minutes.  Add salt and pepper.  Then add cheese.  When cheese is melted, turn off heat.  Serve.

Serves 8.

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Taco Soup



Taco Soup

This couldn’t be simpler to make and very delicious.

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (16-oz.) can pinto beans
  • 1 (16-oz.) can kidney beans
  • 1 (16-oz.) can golden hominy
  • 1 (17-oz.) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (14-oz.) can diced stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (10-oz.) can diced tomatoes with chilies (optional)
  • 1 envelope ranch-style dressing mix
  • Tortilla chips
  • 1 cup (4-oz.) shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

Brown ground beef and onions, drain.  Add taco seasoning mix and mix thoroughly.

Add, without draining, the cans of beans, hominy, corn, and tomatoes.  Stir in dry ranch dressing mix.  Simmer over low heat until bubbly.

Serve over tortilla chips and top with grated cheese.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Easy Cream of Corn Soup



Easy Cream of Corn Soup

Simple soups are the solution when you’re in a hurry.  Try this yummy corn soup which starts with cans of cream-style corn.

  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup (4 tbsp.) butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 (14.75-oz.) cans cream style corn
  • 6 cups whole milk or half & half

Saute onion in butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until tender.  Stir in flour, salt and pepper.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth.  Stir in corn; bring to a boil, and boil 1 minute.

Stir in milk or half & half.  Heat thoroughly (do not boil) until thickened.  Serve.

If desired, remove from heat and cool slightly.  Process in container of an blender or food processor until smooth.  (I didn’t do this.)

Yield:  10 cups

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Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana



Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana

My husband loves this soup at Olive Garden so I made this for him yesterday.  It turned out very delicious!  I am not one for too hot of sausage so I used mild sausage, but he would have preferred it hotter.  Use whatever you like for your taste.  If you like it more spicy, you can add some red pepper flakes also.

  • 1 lb. Italian sausage (I used ground)
  • 2 large russet baking potatoes, sliced in half, and then in 1/4 inch slices (leave skins on)
  • 1 small onion, diced (more if you like)
  • 3 strips thick sliced bacon, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups (4 oz.) kale (more if you like), washed, veins removed and chopped
  • 2 (14.5-oz.) cans chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream or half and half (heavy cream will make it thicker)

If you use sausage with casings, remove the casings and brown sausage in a large stock pot.  When sausage is browned, remove from pan and set aside.  Then put bacon and onion in pot and cook until both are done.  Add sausage back into pot and add garlic, chicken broth, water and potatoes.  Cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes until potatoes are done.  Add kale and heavy cream and simmer another 15 minutes.

Heat through and serve.

Serves 6.

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