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The first day of spring has arrived but here in Vermont we can expect cool weather to continue for another month or so. There is still time to enjoy a bowl of hearty black bean and sausage soup. The combination of sweet Italian turkey sausage, jalapeño peppers and fresh cilantro gives this black bean and sausage soup a distinctive flavor. If you have any leftovers they are easily reheated in the microwave or can be frozen for later use. Serve along with a leafy green salad and a loaf of bread and your have a meal!Black Bean soup

 

Black Bean and Sausage Soup

 

Ingredients:

 

½ pound sweet Italian turkey sausage

1 tsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced

3 (15.5 oz) cans of black beans, rinsed and drained

4 cups chicken broth, preferably homemade

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

 

Directions:

 

Spray a large nonstick saucepan with nonstick spray and set over medium low heat. Add the sausage and cook until browned on all sides, about 15 minutes. Transfer the sausage to a plate and when cool enough to handle, cut into ½ inch slices.

 

Heat the oil over medium heat in the same saucepan then add the onion, garlic and jalapeños. Cook, stirring until tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in the beans and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the flavors have blended, about 8 minutes.

 

Transfer 2 cups of the bean mixture to a blender or food processor and puree. Stir the puree and the sausage into the soup. Simmer, uncovered, until the soup is heated through, about 5 minutes. Remove form the heat, stir in the cilantro  or sprinkle on top and serve.Black Bean and Sausage SoupIf you have an emersion blender that could also be used to puree the soup.Black Bean and Sausage Soup

 

 

I don’t know how the weather is where you live but we’re still getting cold weather here in Vermont. Recently I shared a wonderful recipe for pork, bean and kale soup. This recipe is a chowder. Sometimes you find a chowder recipe that is just so comforting you find yourself making it several times during the cold months. This shrimp and corn chowder is one of those recipes. The addition of the fennel gives it a slightly peppery taste but isn’t strong. Next time you’re in for some colder weather mix up a batch of this delicious shrimp and corn chowder. You probably have everything you might need on hand, use frozen corn and frozen shrimp that you might have in your freezer and you’ll be enjoying a nice bowl of this chowder in no time!Shrimp and corn chowder

 

Shrimp and Corn Chowder

 

Ingredients:

 

2 Tsp butter

2 leeks, chopped

1 fennel bulb, chopped

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

2 Tbsp flour

1 8oz bottle of clam juice

3 cups milk

1 pound of potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces

¾ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 – 10oz package of frozen corn

 

Toppings:

 

2 Tbsp parsley chopped

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

 

Directions:

 

Heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks, fennel, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 4-5 minutes. Stir in the flour.

 

Add the clam juice, milk, potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes. Stir occasionally. Stir in the shrimp and corn and cook until the potatoes are tender and the shrimp and corn are heated through, 3-5 minutes.Shrimp and corn chowder

 

Stir in the parsley and lemon juice and serve with bread or corn muffins.Shrimp and corn chowder This shrimp and corn chowder makes 4-6 servings depending on how generous you are.Shrimp and corn chowder

I have an ongoing goal to eat healthier and make good food choices. It’s not always easy but my goal is to eat right 80% of the time! I have a wonderful cookbook called Eating Well in Season – the Farmers’ Market Cookbook. The recipes are divided into seasons of the year and focus on what food is fresh during each season. If you are looking for a hearty winter soup, this pork, bean and kale soup is perfect. It’s delicious and nutritious and uses foods you can find in your farmer’s market this time of year.Hearty Winter Soup

 

Pork Bean and Kale Soup

 

hearty winter soup, kale, tomatoes, beans, onions, porkIngredients:

 

1 tsp olive oil

1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into one inch pieces

¾ tsp salt

1 medium onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tsp paprika

¼ tsp crushed red pepper

1 cup white wine

4 plum tomatoes, chopped

4 cups chicken broth (reduced sodium)

1 bunch kale, ribs removed and chopped (about 8 cups)

1-15oz can cannellini beans rinsed

 

Directions:

 

Heat oil in a heavy Dutch oven. Add pork, sprinkle with salt and cook until no longer pink on the outside, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate with tongs, leaving juices in the pot.hearty winter soup

 

Add onion to the pot and cook, stirring often until just beginning to brown, 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, stirring constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add wine and tomatoes increase heat to high and stir to scrape up any browned bits. Add broth and bring to a boil.

Add kale and stir until it wilts. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook, stirring occasionally until the kale is just tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in beans, the reserved pork and any accumulated juices; simmer until the beans and pork are heated through, about 2 minutes.hearty winter soup

 

This hearty winter soup makes about 6 servings.

 

Indian Carrot SoupMy husband has been battling a nasty winter chest cold and this soup made the perfect lunch recently. One addition would be to serve the soup with pita bread. If you can find seasoned pita bread such as sesame or onion it would be delicious with this meal! This soup can be served hot or cold. It was the perfect to enjoy on a cold winter’s day and I imagine it would be equally as good chilled during the summer. If the soup is too spicy for your taste adding a little yogurt tames some of the spiciness. Good to know if your curry powder has a little kick!Indian Carrot Soup

 

Indian Carrot Soup

 

Ingredients:

 

2 tsps olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 tsp curry powder

¼ tsp ground coriander

¼ tsp ground cardamom

4 carrots, peeled and cut into one inch chunks

3 cups chicken broth

¼ cup plain yogurt

 

Directions:Indian Carrot Soup

 

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil. Sauté the onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the curry powder, coriander, and cardamom; cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the carrots and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until the carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. Strain the broth into a large bowl.Indian Carrot Soup

 

In a food processor or blender, puree the carrots with some of the broth. Stir the puree into the remaining broth. Serve at once or refrigerate, covered until chilled. Serve topped with yogurt and garnished with a carrot curl and mint spring. Makes about 4 servingsIndian Carrot Soup

 

My husband said this soup felt great on his scratchy throat. It’s not a sweet soup but very satisfying and perfect for a cold winter’s day. I’m looking forward to making it again this summer, I imagine it would be equally as delicious served chilled some summer day.Indian Carrot Soup

Fall has come to Vermont and the weather is much cooler now, it’s the perfect weather for this best ever Cheeseburger Soup! We can’t always enjoy a yummy cheeseburger for lunch instead mix up a batch of this delicious soup. This Cheeseburger Soup is similar to potato soup but even more satisfying. I haven’t tried freezing this soup as it is usually consumed within a day or two! Pair it with a fresh salad and you have a complete dinner.simple soups, cheeseburger soup

 

Cheeseburger Soup

 

Ingredients:

½ pound ground beef

¾ cup chopped onion

¾ cup shredded carrots

¾ cup diced celery

1 tsp basil

1 tap dried parsley

4 Tbsp butter (divided)

3 cups chicken broth

4 cups diced peeled potatoes

¼ cup flour

2 cups (8 oz) process cheese (Velveeta)

1 ½ cups milk

¾ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

¼ cup sour cream

 

Directions:

 

In a saucepan brown the beef; drain and set aside. In the same saucepan sauté onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 1 Tbsp of butter until the vegetables are tender, about ten minutes. Add broth, potatoes and beef; bring to a boil and reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

 

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt the remaining butter. Add flour; cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until bubbly. Add to soup; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese, milk, salt and pepper; cook and stir until cheese melts.best ever cheeseburger soup Remove from heat and blend in sour cream.best ever cheeseburger soup

Makes 8 servings.best ever Cheeseburger Soup

Recently I have shared several simple soups: Irish Yellow Broth and Chicken Pot Pie Soup. Both are delicious and I enjoy making them in the fall and winter. To me the arrival of cooler weather means more opportunity to enjoy simple soups! I love being able to take a few ingredients from the garden and create a wonderful, nourishing soup that we can enjoy for lunch or for a simple supper.  It’s better if I can make extra and freeze some to enjoy later. Butternut Squash Soup is another family favorite. This delicious soup has curry in it as well as leeks. I usually grow both leeks and butternut squash in my garden so this is a perfect soup to use up some of my garden harvest. In just a short amount of time you can enjoy a bowl of this soup. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

 

Butternut Squash Soup

1 butternut squash, peeled and cut up

1 sweet potato or a large baking potato, peeled and cut up

3 large leeks cut up (white part only)

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 shallots (didn’t have any shallots so used onions)

1 stick of butterfall vegetables, leeks, garden

Sauté the squash, sweet potato,  leeks, garlic and shallots in the butter until they have a soft consistency.winter squash, butternut squash, prudent pantry

Once the ingredients are soft add the following:

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp cumin

1 TBSP curry powder

32 oz chicken broth

 

Simmer until the squash is soft, and then puree the soup with a blender or an emersion blender. When it is smooth and free of lumps add:

2 cups of heavy cream (I only used 1 cup of milk).soup, fall, vegetable

 

Serve warm with a nice loaf of bread or sprinkle with croutons ! Perfect for those cool fall days!Simple Soups

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