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Acquacotta is an Italian vegetable soup with very humble beginnings. The word acquacotta translates from Italian to mean “cooked water.” It is what I think of as the Italian version of stone soup. Making something of nothing.  Start with a pot of plain water, and then add what you have. A bit of stale bread, …

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Prior to visiting Turkey, I had never tried red lentils. But in Istanbul you can’t go to a restaurant that features local dishes without running into red lentil soup. As I’ve found out, the red lentils can be more convenient to work with than some other dried legumes because there is no need to soak …

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Hungarian Potato and Sausage Soup (or Paprikás krumpli) is a favorite peasant soup full of flavor and rich hearty ingredients that is a full meal in itself.   One secret of this sausage and potato soup is making sure that the sausage is smoked. Traditional Hungarian sausage, Kolbász can be substituted with Polish kielbasa, another smoked …

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Goulash is a traditional Hungarian Soup featuring the favorite spice of the region – paprika.  When making this dish it is important to use the freshest Hungarian Style Sweet Paprika you can find.  For a variation, you can substitute the Sweet Paprika with a Smoked or Hot Paprika. The soup was originally made with lard …

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