Polish Cabbage Soup

I finally, FINALLY, got Antoni’s new cookbook, Let’s Do Dinner. As always, everything in the book looks so freaking good and I cannot wait to cook my way through it. While looking for a recipe to make for my grandparents, I came across Antoni’s recipe for Kapusniak. This soup focuses on cabbage and all things cabbage. You may be saying, that sounds boring and bland, but that is pretty disrespectful and you should really wait before you judge this dish. If you’re Polish/Slovak/eastern European you know what’s up.

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 4 oz Thick cut bacon, cut crosswise
  • 1 Medium Onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove, thinly sliced [I did two]
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3/4 TSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 TSP dried Herbes de Provence, or thyme
  • 1 Medium Head Green Cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 1 28.5oz Saurkraut, do not drain
  • 1 Large Russet Potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Medium Carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 Medium Parnship, thinly sliced, or another carrot
  • 1 qt. Low-Sodium Beef Broth, I only had chicken and that worked well
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Dill
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

The one thing I found super important before starting to cook this dish is to mise en place. Make sure to have all the ingredients prepped and ready.

Heat the oil in a large pot on MED-HIGH heat. Add in the bacon and cook until it’s golden and getting browned around the edges. Add in the onion + garlic + bay leaves + paprika + dried herbs + 1 TSP salt and cook until the onions gets translucent, don’t let the onion brown.

Add in the cabbage and cook it down for about 5 minutes. Add in the saurkraut and the juices + potato + carrot + parsnip + 1/4 TSP salt.

Add in 2 qts of water and then the broth, bring up to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for about 45-50 minutes. Stir in the the dill and season with salt and pepper.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Gorgeous, gorgeous, humans love soup. Soup humans are the best humans. So I present to you this absolutely delicious ‘healthy-ish’ broccoli cheddar soup from Half-Baked Harvest. It’s creamy, cheesy, and paired perfectly with some homemade sourdough. This makes a lot so be ready to have this for lunches for the week.

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 2 TBSP Butter
  • 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Thyme/ 2 TSP dried
  • 2 Carrots, Chopped
  • 3 TBSP All Purpose Flour
  • 6 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Small Cauliflower Head, cut into florets
  • 4 Cups Broccoli florets
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1/4 TSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 TSP Cayenne
  • 1/2 Cup Canned Coconut Milk
  • 1-2 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large pot, melt together olive oil + butter. Add in the onion + carrots + thyme and cook until you can smell the ingredients, about 10 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook until it goes light brown, about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the broth.

Add in the cauliflower and bring it up to a boil, until the cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer the soup into a blender and puree until it’s smooth. [don’t clean the blender because you will use it again].

Place the soup back into the bot add in the broccoli + bay leaves + paprika + cayenne + salt + pepper. Simmer over MED heat for about 10 minutes. Remove bay leaves and blend soup, but keep small chunks of broccoli.

Return the soup back into the pot and stir in the coconut milk and cheese until it is incorporated. Season with salt + pepper and serve warm with bread.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Wonton Soup

Takeaway wonton soup is one of my favorite meals when I am looking for something warm and comforting. The thought of making wonton soup always seemed out of reach, like how do you even make wontons?! Do not fret, I found a recipe from Delish that didn’t seem too difficult, so I added a little bit of a flair to it, and BOOM easy peasy wonton soup that you can make at home. Making the wontons did take some focus and time, but I found it to be a very mindful task. Serve warm and enjoy.

Ingredients

For Wontons

  • 2/3 lb Ground Pork
  • 2 TSP Soy Sauce
  • 2 TSP Chives, Thinly sliced
  • 1 TSP Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 TSP Grated Ginger
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1/2 TSP Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 TSP Sesame Oil
  • 1 Package Square Wonton Wrappers
  • 1/4 Cup Water

For the Broth:

  • 6 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 3″ Piece of Peeled Ginger
  • 2 TSP Soy Sauce
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Smashed
  • 1/4 TSP Sesame Oil
  • 2 TBSP Sliced Green Onions
  • 1 Bundle of Bok Choy, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 1 Handful of Bean Sprouts

Lets Get Cooking

In a large stockpot bring together all of the broth ingredients except the bok choy and the bean sprouts. Bring up to a boil and then simmer on low for 10 minutes. Remove the garlic and ginger and bring back up to a boil.

While the broth is coming together, combine pork + soy sauce + chives + vinegar + ginger + garlic + red pepper flakes + sesame oil in a large bowl.

On a clean dry surface bring out your wonton wrappers. Keep a bowl of water close by and wet the edges of the wonton wrapper with water. Place about 1/2 TBSP of the pork filling into the center of the wonton wrapper. Fold the wonton diagonally in half to make a triangle, seal the edges. Fold the two bottom corners in on each other and press again to seal. Repeat on all wrappers. Use extra water if needed to seal.

Bring a pot of water up to boiling and place in a few wontons at a time. These cook fast so be sure to watch them. When they float to the top remove them from the water. It is a small amount of meat so it will cook through and it will also continue to cook in the hot broth.

Once all the wontons are cooked, add the chopped bok choy and bean sprouts into the broth and simmer for about 5 minutes.

When you’re ready to eat. Place 3 wontons in a bowl and pour the hot broth over top.

Enjoy warm.

Made with Love,

Hannah

White Lasagne Soup

You are probably asking yourself, wtf is white lasagne soup. To explain, it’s not made with a tomato base, instead, it’s made with coconut milk, giving it a more creamy color rather than red, and well, tomato-ey. Also, I know the cover photo isn’t exactly the most appetizing photo you have ever seen, but get over it and just try it for yourself. The recipe is from Half-Baked Harvest, and she makes an important point that I did not follow. If you are making the soup for the week, store the cooked noodles separately, that way they don’t soak up all the broth the way mine did as you can see in the lovely photo.

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP Salted Butter
  • 2 TBSP All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Yellow Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Cups Mushroom, sliced
  • 2-4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Thyme Leaves /2TSP Dried
  • 1 TBSP Fresh Basil/ 1 TSP Dried
  • 2 TSP Dried Oregano
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 6 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 3/4 LBS Chicken Breast
  • 8 Lasagne Noodles, broken into pieces
  • 4-6 Cups Spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 Cup Canned Coconut Milk or heavy cream
  • 1 Cup Shredded Provolone Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan
  • 2 oz. Proscuitto Torn

Let’s Get Cooking

Melt the butter + flour in a large pot. Cook about 1-2 min until the butter is melted. Add in the onion + mushroom + thyme + basil + oregano + garlic and stir to combine.

Add in the chicken broth + uncooked chicken + red pepper flakes + salt + pepper. Cover and cook on MED-HIGH for about 20-25 min or until the chicken is cooked. Remove the chicken, shred it, and add it back to the soup.

While the chicken is cooking, preheat the oven to 350F and bake the prosciutto in a single layer until crisp, about 10-15 minutes.

Bring the soup to a boil and add in the noodles + spinach + coconut milk/cream. Cook until the noodles are soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in the cheeses.

Serve the soup topped with the crispy prosciutto.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup

If you like food blogs then you must know about Half-Baked Harvest. I absolutely love her recipes, especially trying out her seasonal ones. This recipe is the perfect fall soup and made enough for the whole week of lunches. Be sure to fit this recipe in this soup season.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion, Chopped
  • 2-4 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • 1 TBSP Dried Basil
  • 1 TBSP Dried Oregano
  • 1 TSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Pinch Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Tomato Paste
  • 6 Carrots, chopped ( I used about 10 baby carrots)
  • 4 Celery Stalks, Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Dry White Wine, I like cooking with Pinot Grigio
  • 6 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 4-6 Cups Kale, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 LB Cheese Tortellini
  • 1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over MED-HIGH heat. When the oil gets hot add in the onion and cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Add in the carrots + garlic + celery + thyme + basil + oregano + paprika + salt + pepper. Cook for another 5 min or so and stir in the tomato paste.

Add in the wine + broth + red pepper flakes and simmer over medium heat for about 20-30 minutes.

Following, stir in the cream + chopped kale + parmesan + tortellini.

Top with additional cheese & serve!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Lemon Chicken Soup

Soup season is coming, well, I’d like it to. We are now in that strange season of September where it’s not quite summer any more, but not yet fall, I can’t stand it. To speed up the transition to fall, try out this take on chicken soup from a spicy perspective.

Ingredients

  • 10 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 3 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 8 Cloves of Garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1/2 Sweet onion, sliced into thin half moons
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 2 Chicken breasts
  • 1 Cup Pearl Couscous
  • 1/2 TSP Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 oz Crumbled Feta
  • 1/3 Cup Chopped Chive
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Grab a large pot and heat the olive oil. Add in the onion + garlic over med-low heat and saute until softened.

Add in the chicken broth + raw chicken breasts + lemon zest + rushed red pepper. Cover and bring to a boil, once boiling, reduce the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Add in the couscous + salt + pepper, simmer for a few more minutes then turn off the heat.

Remove the chicken breast and use two forks to shred the chicken. Add the chicken back into the pot and stir in the feta cheese + chopped chive + any additional salt & pepper.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup cures the soul, that’s what they say right? It is incredibly easy to make at home and tastes 10 times better. Also makes your house smell amazing. Make using your own broth, or store bought, I don’t judge here. I utilized The Recipe Critic’s recipe as well! So go make this soup and warm up.

Ingredients

  • 10 Cups Bone Broth/Or Store Bought
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 4 Large Carrots, sliced
  • 4 Celery Stalks, sliced
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 3 Large Garlic Cloves, minced
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 12 Oz Wide Egg Noodles
  • 2 Cups Diced Chicken (I bought a Rotisserie chicken and diced it up)
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Parsley

Let’s Get Cooking

Grab your largest pot and and add the olive oil + celery + carrots + onion. Saute over high heat for about 4-5 min. Add in the garlic + salt + pepper and saute for another minute.

Add in your chicken broth + egg noodles and bring the pot up to a boil. You’re going to reduce the heat to let the egg noodles cook for about 8 minutes. You don’t want soggy noodles so definitely watch the noodles.

Add in the diced chicken now and fresh parsley. Let the chicken come up to temperature. Add salt + pepper to taste & you are good to go!

Go warm up & enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah