African Peanut Soup
This recipe was sent to The Reluctant Gourmet from home chef Deb.
As she explains to me, "My husband and I were dining at a macrobiotic restaurant (a new dining experience for us) with another couple. The menu included African Peanut Soup, which one of our friends recommended, so we tried it. What a wonderful multi-sensory experience!! The recipe was found in the Nov...
Broccoli Almond Soup Recipe
How about a soup that not only tastes great but is also good for you!
We all know broccoli is good for you but then when you add all these other healthy ingredients plus some toasted almonds for texture, favor and a little extra protein, you end up with a nutritionally balanced meal that tastes great. Simple to make, takes about 30 minutes, a great dish for the m...
Broccoli Pasta Soup
When our girls were a bit younger, we sometimes had to get very creative in how we got them to eat their vegetables. Fortunately, now that they are both young ladies, they really enjoy vegetables. And they are both fans of broccoli. So, rather than hide broccoli in heavy cream sauces or under a thick blanket of melted cheese, this soup lets it take center stage.
Carrot Fennel Soup Recipe
Carrot Fennel SoupAdapted from Kim O’Donnel’s The Meat Lover’s Meatless Celebrations
My neighbor is an investment advisor and each month we receive his firm’s newsletter with various articles celebrating “life in America”. I found this recipe in the most recent edition. I love carrots and think fennel is one of the most under-rated vegetables availa...
Chicken and Hominy Soup Recipe
This is one of those meals that can be made into a shortcut meal by purchasing a store-bought roasted chicken. I use them all the time if I'm not in the mood to cook and they really aren't too costly especially if you can get two meals out of one chicken and use the bones to make chicken soup.
Chicken Gumbo with Sausage Recipe
Here is a basic recipe that will yield a very good, flavorful gumbo. For those of you who are comfortable with improvising in the kitchen, use this as a template. Either way, if you've never tried gumbo, you really should.
This chicken soup is a must-have in your repertoire. Comfort food at its finest, this classic soup is good and good for you.
Chicken Stock- How to Make Homemade Chicken Stock
There are basically two types of chicken stock you can make at home. One is "brown" and the other "white". The difference is simple. The brown stock is made from roasted chicken bones and the white stock is not. For my money, a brown stock delivers a lot more flavor, and here is how to make it at home.
Clam Chowder Recipes - New England or Manhattan
There is a lot of heated debate over who makes the best clam chowder: New Englanders or Manhattanites. Here is an excellent recipe for each. I suggest you make both and decide for yourself!
Corn Chowder Recipe
This is one of those recipes that you can make any time of the year but will only be at its best if you have fresh sweet corn available typically in the late summer months.
For more information, check out my article on how to buy and cook sweet corn.
You can make a really good quick Corn Chowder from scratch that takes less time and fewer ingredients but I want to s...
Cream of Broccoli Soup Recipe
The perfect way to use up these broccoli stems and stalks is to make cream of broccoli soup. You'll find it is warming and comforting on its own or is the perfect addition to all sorts of casserole recipes.
Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe
If you like chicken soup, you're going to enjoy this cream of chicken soup.
When I think of cream of chicken soup, I'm reminded of the Campbell's condensed version my mom served us growing up. Loved it back then. I even used it as a base in college for my mac and cheese dinners for an inexpensive culinary delight. As much as I enjoyed Campbell's growing up, I thi...
Cream of Corn Soup with Shrimp Butter Recipe
The corn is front and center in this recipe, so use the freshest, sweetest corn you can find. Simply flavored with marjoram and set off by a straightforward shrimp butter, this is a very easy soup to make, but it would be right at home as a course at a fancy dinner party.
Creamy Chicken Mushroom Soup
Chicken and mushrooms are the main players in this soup. They are supported by aromatics, sherry and half and half. I think you will really enjoy this luxurious but easy-to-make soup.
Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe
We had been served this at a neighbor's house last week, and my wife was able to snag the recipe from her colleague. This soup was so good that some of the guests asked for seconds even though we had a ton a food to serve.
Deer Valley Turkey Chili
Deer Valley, host of the 2002 Olympic mogul, slalom, and freestyle aerial venues, was voted one of the top ski resorts in Ski Magazine. It is famous for its great service and incredible food. Their chili is one of their most celebrated dishes, and I am happy to offer this version to you.
Easy Corn Soup Recipe
I have seen a lot of recipes for soups that contain corn, but this soup is like eating the smooth, pureed essence of corn.
Fish Chowder Recipe
Eric is a stay-at-home dad like myself and takes on a lot of the cooking so I asked him to send me one of his favorite recipes. This fish chowder is one he used to make when he was working on commercial fishing boats. He has worked on crab boats and salmon boats in Alaska, fished lobster in Maine and on trawlers in New Zealand so I guess he should know something about fish chowder.
Gazpacho Soup Recipe
This is a great gazpacho recipe for anyone who loves fresh summer flavors! Since it is made in the food processor, it's a quick meal to put together on a hot summer's day.
Leftover Turkey Soup Recipe
Thanksgiving is almost here so let's continue thinking about what to do with all those leftovers. You're most likely finding a lot of information about how to cook a turkey and what to serve with it in your favorite cooking magazines and local newspapers, but let's talk about what to do with all those leftovers. We already looked at preparing Leftover Thanksgiving Day Turkey Chili so now let's look at Leftover Thanksgiving Day Soup.
Bisques are a type of soup, historically based on crustaceans, (crayfish, lobster, shrimp, or crab), that are thickened in one of a myriad of ways, and then finished with cream. Naturally, bisques are smooth, creamy, and rich. Arguably, lobster bisque is the richest and most decadent bisque of all. Do give it a try.
Lobster Bisque Recipe
A Simple Lobster Bisque for Valentine's Day
Ok guys, how's this for a great fish course? Lobster Bisque. A bisque is a cream soup that uses the shells of crustaceans (shellfish like shrimp & lobster) and is often pureed. What's not to love? Sweet, succulent lobster, creamy base, and easy, too (but you don't have to tell her that).
There are recipes out there th...
Lobster Bisque Recipe & Video
Another very good lobster bisque recipe, this one is from Stew Leonard and also contains a video for you visual learners. Some people might think three lobster bisque recipes to be excessive, but there are so many great variations out there. Once you understand how to "build" a bisque, you can come up with your own signature version.
Lola's Pasta e Fagioli Recipe
This, my friends, is the real deal. The combination of whole beans, pureed beans and al dente pasta is simply complemented with rosemary, pancetta and just a hint of garlic. Served drizzled with some fruity extra virgin olive oil, and Mama Mia, that's Amore!
Maryland Blue Crab Chipachole (Soup) Recipe
Chipachole is a traditional Mexican spicy soup made with crab meat. Chef Manzare's recipe calls for fresh Maryland Blue Crab meat but I'm sure you can substitute pasteurized crab meat from companies like Phillips when fresh crab isn't available, but you will have to come up with some shellfish stock as a substitute.
Mushroom and Kale Minestrone Soup Recipe
Fall Is Here So It's Soup Time
I love mushrooms anytime of the year but especial in soups and stews this time a year. And kale seems to be the "hot" ingredient for 2013 showing up everywhere including kale chips and raw kale in salads. Put them together with a bunch of other "soup" ingredients and you have a very tasty fall meal. My wife found and prepared this recip...
My Sister's What's On Hand Leftover Beef & Vegetable Soup
This is one of those recipes that are just thrown together in the moment with leftovers in the refrigerator and the pantry. It's one of my favorite ways of cooking. Finding creative ways to use up leftovers is not that hard and makes one night of cooking a lot easier. This soup features leftover London Broil, diced sweet potato and kidney beans.
Paula's Posole Recipe
Posole, also spelled pozole, is a Mexican soup (stew) from pre-Columbian times made with hominy, peppers and some sort of meat. Most of the time you see posole made with a tough cut of pork like the shoulder but Paula tells me she sometimes makes it with chicken or turkey which cuts down the cooking time by a lot.
Paula's Turkey Soup Thanksgiving 2010
It starts with preparing a simple turkey broth and I mean simple. We had a big crowd so my wife and I prepared two smaller turkeys. One was 16 pound and the other 12 pounds. I just threw their carcasses along with the leg bones and wings into a large soup pot, covered them with water, brought them to a boil, lowered the heat and let the pot simmer for about three hours hours.
Peppercorn and Avacado Soup Recipe
This recipe comes from Bruce Morgan, founder and woodmaker of Pepper-Passion. Not only does he sell peppercorns and sea salt, he handmakes the mills to grind them. Made from the finest variety of exotic wood, his attractive pepper mills will last generations and be handed down from family to family.
Read more about Choosing a Pepper Mill for home cooks....
What Is Posole & How to Make It At Home
Posole is a traditional Mexican dish from the pacific coast region of Jalisco. A thick soup that's usually made with pork, hominy, garlic, onion, chili peppers, cilantro, and broth. My neighbor Debbie found this recipe in a great looking cookbook that she just lent me called The Feast of Santa Fe by Huntley Dent.
Potato, Chestnut and Celery Root Puree
This recipe was sent to me from a friend I once worked with back in New York. He sent it to me months ago and I'm just getting around to posting it.
Here's what he said, "I wanted to pass along a nice subsitute to the typical mashed potatoes that are so common on the holiday table: vegetable purees. The following is a recipe from Gourmet 11/92. While it ...
Puree of Butternut Squash with Pear and Rosemary
This recipe comes from a beautiful cookbook called Chic Simple Cooking that has some of the best food photography I've ever seen. By the way, puree is a fancy way to say soup but it sounds so much more elegant on a menu....
Red Curry and Coconut Soup
This recipe is from New Zealand Chef Genevieve McGough. You can learn more about Chef Genevieve in my interview with her here.
Genevieve McGough is a chef from Auckland New Zealand. I met Genevieve on line and have been helping with some marketing ideas for her recipe web site. She has 15 years experience in professional cookery and is a self taught photographer who ...
Red Lentil and Apricot Soup Recipe
Perfect As A Soup, Even Better As A SauceThis is one of my favorite fall soup recipes. It's easy to make and tastes great.
I found it in a cookbook called "Please to the Table" that specializes in Russian Food. It may just be the one recipe we make from this very interesting cookbook and that will have to change soon but I know if my wife grabs it, we are going to ha...
Roast Turkey Soup with Winter Vegetables
We cooked a turkey some time ago while friends were in town and saved the carcass. After three days of eating delicious leftover turkey for dinner and sandwiches for lunch, my wife wanted to make soup with turkey stock and winter vegetables.
Without a recipe, she threw a bunch of ingredients in the pot and let them cook. The result, an incredible creamy turkey soup.....
Roasted Red and Yellow Pepper Puree
This recipe is striking with its half red, half golden yellow presentation. A recipe from Chef Alan Bickel, this soup is a bit of work but well worth it for a special dinner.
Sausage and Spinach Soup with Pasta
This soup is perfect for cold winter evenings. It's hearty and filling and brimming with Italian sausage, beans and spinach. It's served over pasta for a truly satisfying meal.
Simple Roasted Chicken Soup Recipe
This simple chicken soup was incredibly flavorful. So much better than any commercial soup you can find. The flavors are fresh and clean without all the salt and artificial flavorings.
Spicy Corn Chowder
This corn chowder recipe, by Jeffrey Spear, is pureed, so it is velvety and creamy. You can adjust the heat by adding more or less hot sauce, to taste.
Spinach and Sausage Soup Recipe
I grew up on canned soups and have nothing bad to say about them. My kids love the new Sponge Bob Campbell varieties but there is just no comparison between homemade soup and any commercial brand on the market. Once you taste a homemade soup like the one I will show you how to make, all the commercial brands start to taste the same.
Split Pea Soup Recipe
There are lots of variations when making split pea soup. You can substitute lentils or some other form of legumes for the split peas, add other vegetables like eggplant or squash, spice it up with curry or make it creamy. I have even seen recipes for split pea soup made from a lamb bone that looked interesting.
Sweet Potato Vichyssoise
I love soup so I am looking for some interesting cold soups that I can serve on these hot summer days that are both filling and refreshing. I found a great recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, Williams-Sonoma's New Orleans.
Tomato Soup Baked With Pastry On Top
Recently I received an email from Annelie B. asking, 'I was out for dinner - we had tomato soup baked with pastry on top - how do I do that?' Here's a recipe for a simple, savory pie dough to use to top tomato soup, pot pie, or almost anything else you can think of.
Tomato Soup Recipe
Classic tomato soup is very simple with some basic ingredients. I added two extra ingredients to this recipe to give it additional flavor and then added a puff pastry topping because I talked about it in a blog post, Tomato Soup with Pastry On Top and wanted to give it a try.
Tortellini Tomato Soup
This is a warm and filling soup made a bit easier to put on the table since it utilizes frozen tortellini. Feel free to use your favorite frozen ravioli, tortellini or even gnocchi to make this luscious tomato and spinach soup.
Tortilla Soup Recipe
The Very Best Tortilla Soup Recipe
My neighbor gave me this recipe for Tortilla Soup with shredded chicken after she served it at an ice skating party at their house.
Her husband, a pilot, builds a skating ring every year in their backyard with two by fours and a huge sheet of plastic. (there may be many sheets of plastic, I just never asked) He then spends days fil...
What do you make when you are cleaning out your refrigerator vegetable drawer? Why vegetable soup of course!
Here is a simple recipe for vegetable soup using ingredients that I had on hand but of course you can substitute what you have on hand. This is easy to make and can be served as a starter or with a piece of hearty bread as a main course.
Most of the vegetable...