Soups

Soup, Chowder and Chili Recipes

Sausage Kale Potato Soup

Caldo Verde – Portuguese Kale, Sausage and Potato Soup

  Caldo Verde is a popular Portuguese soup recipe whose name translates simply to “green broth.” The soup gets its characteristic green color from hearty green leafy vegetables in the cabbage family (forms of kale or collard greens are often used). It gets its rich creamy texture from potatoes and a spicy punch from the […]
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Charro Beans

Mexican Charro Beans (Frijoles Charros)

What are Charro Beans? Charro beans (also called Ranchero Beans or simply Mexican Bean Soup) are a simple dish of slow cooked Pinto beans flavored with bacon and chiles. A charro is a traditional horseman from Mexico, originally from the Jalisco region of the state of Mexico. The Spanish terms vaquero (cowboy) and ranchero (rancher) reference […]
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on November 20, 2017
New England Seafood Chowder

New England Style Seafood Chowder

Having grown up in Maine, I often crave a creamy bowl of chowder. We Mainers have entire festivals devoted to finding the best recipe. Some prefer a thin broth, and others are so thick that you can pile up a chunky bite full on your spoon. Some recipes call for bacon which adds a subtle smoky […]
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Mexican Chicken Lime Soup

Sopa de Lima – Mexican Chicken Lime Soup

Sopa de Lima is a traditional soup from Mexico’s Yucatan region. It is similar to the better known Tortilla Soup but adds a fresh citrus flavor with the liberal use of fresh lime. The limes used in the Yucatan Peninsula are often a variety called “lima agria,” which are slightly sweet and bitter at the […]
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Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Enchilada is one of my favorite soup recipes for a few reasons. A nice basic vegetable and chicken soup is nice, but add to that a little bit of spice, a thicker consistency with the addition of corn flour, and a good dose of cheese. The soup just gets better by piling on the […]
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on December 18, 2016
Borscht with Meat

Beef Borscht – Beetroot and Cabbage Soup

Borscht is one of those dishes that I honestly thought I wouldn’t like. When I was first introduced to the dish as a kid, the idea of a soup made out of beets just didn’t appeal. At all. Mostly likely because my introduction was likely those canned beets that you find on salad bars. And […]
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Bulgarian Meatball Soup

Bulgarian Meatball Soup – Supa Topcheta

Supa Topcheta, or Bulgarian Meatball Soup, is a favorite traditional dish and comfort food at its best. The hearty soup is filled with vegetables and meatballs made with a combination of pork and beef. Then it’s thickened with egg yolks and Greek yogurt spiked with fresh lemon juice. The resulting soup is creamy without being overly heavy. […]
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Seafood Shabu Shabu

Hot Pot Asian Soup (Shabu-Shabu)

Hot Pot (or similarly Japanese Shabu-Shabu) is actually a fondue. Vegetables, thinly sliced meats and often noodles and/or dumplings, are added to a fondue pot with boiling broth. Each person sharing the fondue adds their own ingredients to the broth. Food can be rescued by using a small wire basket or just cooked by “swishing” […]
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on September 18, 2016
Croatian Bean and Sausage Stew

Croatian Bean and Sausage Soup (Grah)

We came across this thick smokey bean soup when traveling through Croatia. Grah translates literally to “bean” which is the principle ingredient. The soup (or stew) gets its rich flavor from smoked meat and paprika. and has is a thick consistency (like a chili). It can be made in about 45 minutes if you save a little […]
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Acquacotte - Italian Vegetable Soup

Tuscan Vegetable Soup – Acquacotta

Acquacotte – translated from Italian to mean cooked water. This vegetable soup recipe is the Italian version of stone soup. Making something of nothing. Start with a nice colorful stone and water, and then add what you have. A bit of stale bread, some vegetables from the neighbor’s garden, maybe a bit of left over […]
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