Quick White Chicken Chili

Quick White Chicken Chili

 

The other night I really wanted to have White Chicken Chili for dinner.  The problem was that my recipe for White Chicken Chili is a slow cooker recipe.

And it was already 5:30 when I decided we really needed hearty, hot bowls of this soup.

Thankfully, it’s possible to turn a slow cooker recipe into a stove-top recipe with a few quick changes.

In this case, I used rotisserie chicken I had in the freezer.  I also used canned beans, instead of dry, making adjustments in the amount of liquid the recipe called for.

This recipe was on the table in under 30 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

How to Keep Homemade Tomato Soup from Curdling

How to keep Homemade Tomato Soup from curdling

I make homemade tomato soup pretty frequently.  It’s quick, easy and so good!

Plus all the ingredients are things that are easily kept on hand.  I do have buy the tomato juice special, but it keeps in the pantry until I’m ready to use it.

But the last time I made this soup, it curdled.  I made sure not to boil it, but it still curdled.  Curdled tomato soup is still edible.  There’s nothing about it that will hurt you.  It’s just not as good, because the texture is off.

So last night I was determined to avoid curdling.  I went on an internet search and found a few tricks that might help.

There were several tips for stirring milk into the base or vice versa.  A couple of sites mentioned that the heat is part of what causes curdling.  One site mentioned using baking soda to help neutralize the acid.

I decided to tweak my recipe with some of these ideas.

I added 1/4 tsp. baking soda to the flour when making the roux.

I used cold milk instead of warmed, which my original recipe called for.

I whisked in the milk very, very slowly.  I’m pretty sure I’ve curdled the soup before, just by being impatient and pouring in the milk too fast.

And I heated the finished soup over low heat.  It took a few minutes longer, but it worked!

I’ve updated my recipe for Homemade Tomato Soup so it shows all of these steps now.

homemade tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons

 

Don’t miss the grilled cheese croutons to top it off!

I do admit that last night we just had regular grilled cheese with our soup.  Either way, this is an easy winter supper.

 

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup from scratch

 

I’ve been wanting to make Black Bean Soup forever.  I knew I wanted to make it in the slow cooker too.

So I went on a recipe search and found this Cuban Black Bean Soup from the Kitchn.  The recipe was a great excuse to use the ham bone I’d frozen from Christmas.

My recipe search also yielded Pioneer Woman’s Black Bean Soup.  Hers doesn’t use a ham bone.  And it has no vinegar, like the other recipe does.  But she did add some cumin and chili powder.

And neither recipe was for the slow cooker.  Black beans cooked on top of the stove become creamy and smooth.  In the slow cooker, this texture has to be forced a bit by pureeing some of the soup in a blender.

I ended up combining the two recipes I found, with my own thoughts on making it work for the slow cooker.  The result was wonderful.  It was even better the next day.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Cheesy Smoked Sausage Chowder

Cheesy Smoked Sausage Chowder

 

If you like a hearty, hot soup for dinner in the winter, this one’s for you.

It’s thick and cheesy.  Full of smoked sausage, potatoes, carrots, celery and onions.

I adapted the recipe from Cheesy Hamburger Soup.  I used smoked sausage instead of hamburger.  And shredded cheddar instead of Velveeta.

Serve this soup with crusty bread and a big, green salad.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more…]

Easy Chicken and Tortellini Soup with Kale

Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup

 

Cheese tortellini, chicken, kale, tomatoes, garlic, onion – this soup is full of good stuff!

And it couldn’t be easier to make.  Especially if you’ve got cooked chicken in the freezer ready to go.

I almost always have chicken frozen, that I’ve either cooked myself or used Costco rotisserie chicken.  It’s such a time saver to have the meat ready to use.  A quick minute or two in the microwave is all it takes to thaw it enough so it can be added to a soup or casserole.

Next week, I’ll have another post on using meat from a Costco rotisserie chicken (or your leftover turkey).  There are so many ways to use chicken and turkey like this.

But for today, let’s talk about this soup.  Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

15 Minute Creamy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

15 Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

 

I do a lot of recipe creation.  Sometimes the recipes don’t turn out well and I never share them with you.  But sometimes, I come up with a winner.

This chicken noodle soup is a winner!

First of all, it takes just 15 minutes to fix.

It’s also homemade.  Okay, I’m using that term a little loose.  The broth isn’t homemade.  And my mom asked if the noodles were homemade (she’s hard to impress!).

But there’s no cream soups or mixes in here.  And that’s what I mean by homemade.

And if you’re smart enough to make your own broth and freeze it and use chicken you’ve cooked and frozen, then it really can be homemade.  (I’m not even going to talk about making the noodles though.)

I used boxed chicken broth and frozen rotisserie chicken for mine.  Everyone loved it!  It’s creamy, nourishing and hearty.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Chicken, Avocado, Lime, and Cilantro Soup

CHicken, Avocado, Lime & Cilantro Soup

Chicken, Avocado, Lime and Cilantro Soup

I was sick with a terrible sinus infection. And I just wanted homemade chicken noodle soup.

The problem was that I didn’t have any of the ingredients I needed. And there was no chance I could make it to the store.

So I looked and my fridge at what I had and this is what I came up with. It was so delicious! And my whole family ate it and they said it was delicious as well. Home run!

Here’s to using what you’ve got in the pantry!  This ingredient list is simple:   [Read more…]

Mexican White Queso Soup

White Queso Soup

 

A while back, I was brainstorming ideas for new recipes.  I decided to ask on Facebook, to see if anyone had ideas for recipes they’d like to see.  There were a number of great responses, but Kerri S. mentioned White Queso Dip.

That was all it took, and my mind skipped onto this idea for White Queso Soup.  I adapted the recipe for Cheese Soup to make it like the White Queso Dip we all love.     [Read more…]

Southwestern Chicken Chowder in the Slow Cooker

Southwestern Chicken Chowder in the Slow Cooker

I’m all about assembly-only cooking.  And this recipe fits that description perfectly.  There’s not even a need to chop anything to make this soup.  You’ve got to love that!

The main ingredient is a bag of frozen O’brien potatoes.  Using this means you don’t need to chop potatoes, onions or peppers, but you get the flavor of all of them.

This soup is hearty and filling.  In addition to the O’brien potatoes, you’ll add chicken, corn and tomato sauce.  Garlic and chili powder season it all.  And the slow cooker does the work!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup couldn't be easier!

 

It’s Slow Cooker Soup Friday again!  And I’ve got another new recipe for you.

This one is so easy, I really wondered if it would work.  The hands-on time for this soup has got to be under 5 minutes.  Your slow cooker really does do all the work.

I started with frozen chicken tenders.  Then added tomato juice, chicken broth, Italian seasonings and Parmesan cheese.  And at the end I decided to add some pasta too.

I served the soup with toasted cheesy bread.  Just butter the bread, add shredded Italian blend cheese to the top and pop it under the broiler for a few minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need for the soup:   [Read more…]

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