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Broccoli Farro Soup

Everyone needs a good recipe that they can make with five fresh ingredients or less. I have a few up my sleeve that I’ve never really bothered to record as I throw them together, enjoy, and don’t think much about it otherwise. A very dear friend of mine, and one of my favorite humans ever, Catherine, recently reached out and asked if I could send her my Broccoli Farro Soup Recipe. (Catherine is just getting into cooking and has challenged herself to cooking one new recipe every week- I’m so proud) Upon asking me, it took me a few moments to recall exactly what recipe she was referring to. Catherine and I used to live together in our younger years- you all know what years are in reference here: that time in one’s life where you don’t have much money, and fresh ingredients aren’t always your first priority when it comes to your food choices. This recipe was a go to considering it didn’t take much, and made us feel infinitely healthier than the 12-pack of Maruchan Chicken Flavored Ramen for $3.00 we depended on.

 

Here it is, guys. A healthy soup using only 5 FRESH ingredients and a few extra bits that everyone should have in their pantry. This ones for you, Cat.

 

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

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Chipotle Broccoli & Cheddar Soup

SOUP SEASON!!! There’s nothing like it-  Cozying up with a comfortable blanket, binge watching your favorite series, all while enjoying a warm bowl of whatever soup you conjured up that evening. It’s by far my favorite time of year. I much prefer the remedies of cold weather to those of warmer temperatures. Today I was really fancying a creamy cup of Broccoli and Cheddar Soup. I can never get enough Broccoli… and when you have the added element of cheese, which makes any dish better already, you really can’t go wrong. I decided to spice things up with a little Chipotle and Paprika for an extra kick.

Servings: 5

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

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Corn & Leek Chowder with Crispy Pancetta

Now that it’s officially fall, and soup season is finally among us, we can really start having some fun in the kitchen. Though it’s still a bit warm, it’s certainly not too early for some of those delightful bowls of warmth. I don’t know about you, but there are very few soups that I don’t fancy- especially when they’re homemade. Corn Chowder will always be a favorite of mine. The sweet corn, paired with a spot of cream, a bit of cheese, and whatever else you decide to stew with the two are not only perfectly filling, but are completely satisfying to the taste buds.

Servings: 8-10

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

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Tomato Gnocci Soup with Grilled Triple Cheese Sandwiches

There are several couples throughout time that one should never even dream of tearing apart. Bread & Butter, Salt & Pepper, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and, my personal favorite, Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup. Having worked as a Cheese Monger, I have been bestowed with the gift of knowing a pretty fair amount about cheese… incredible cheese. It should come as no surprise that deciding the appropriate array of fromages to sandwich between two of the most divine slices of bread is more exciting to me than any wild Friday night. After choosing the perfect blend of a sharp, crystalized cheese, versus one that has a soft buttery finish, it’s only necessary to choose from the ripest tomatoes to slow cook, and blend to perfection. After all, in the end, it’s all about finding the perfect balance in anything, right?

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

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Quick Vegetable Stock

There is always that end of the carrot that you can’t quite slice, or the tops of the leeks that are completely inedible- just because it doesn’t slice right, or it can be found a tad bitter, don’t throw these ingredients away! All those discarded veggies are great for a quick vegetable stock. Add a few other ingredients (an onion or celery can almost always be found somewhere in one’s fridge), and some water- the rest is up to you. Stock can always be added to soups, sauces, and marinades to really take it to the next level. Use immediately or freeze for later use.

Yield: 4-6 Quarts

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

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Parsnip & Leek Chowder with Charred Sweet Corn

Sometimes, even on the sunniest of Sundays, soup is just so appropriate. It warms your belly, your heart, and requires such a minimal amount of preparation for when you just feel like lazing about. I found the most beautiful Parsnips and Leeks yesterday while perusing the Silverlake farmers market- two of my favorite vegetables that I just don’t get around to using as often as I’d like. Parsnips are a particular favorite because not only are they sweet, and succulent, but quite starchy, and full of fiber- making for a great substitute when you’re trying to cut back on carbs.

 

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time 35 minutes

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