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Showing posts with label Soup. Show all posts

Monday, September 17, 2018

Spicy Shrimp & Tortellini Soup

This Soup is Another Family Favorite!

This is a very spicy soup. If you are not a fan of spicy food check out my variations below.

  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Celery Sticks, Chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, Smashed & Peeled
  • 2 large Shallots, Chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 lb Chorizo (Spicy Pork Sausage)
  • 2 Cups Dry-White Wine (Pinot Grigio)
  • 1 6oz Can Tomato Paste
  • 6 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Dry Bay Leaves
  • 1 pack Three Cheese Tortellini (not dry)
  • 1 Pound Peeled & Deveined Shrimp (uncooked)
  • 1 15oz can of Cannellini Beans (White Kidney Beans), Rinsed & Drained
  • 1 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves, 
  • 1 Tbs Chopped Fresh Thyme or 1 tsp dry Thyme
  • Crusty Bread

  1. In a large stock pot heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the Celery, Garlic, Shallots, Salt, & Pepper. Cook until vegetables are slightly softened, 4-5 mins. 
  2. Add the Chorizo. Break into pieces with a wood sppon and cook until brown, 4-5 mins. 
  3. Add the Wine and scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. 
  4. Stir in Tomato Paste, Chicken Broth, and Bay Leaves. Cover, bring to a simmer, and cook at a Medium-low heat for 5 mins. 
  5. Bring back to a boil, uncover, add the Pasta, Shrimp, Beans, Basil, and Thyme. Cook until the shrimp and pasta are cooked through, 4 mins. Shrimp will turn pink once cooked. 
  6. Remove Bay Leaves and discard. 
  7. Serve with a crusty bread. I love toasted french bread with a little butter and garlic salt. 

  • If you are not a fan of Spicy food try a mild sausage or any other favorite ground meat.
  • Make sure you get the fresh 3 cheese tortellini usually found near the produce in a cooler. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Classic Chicken Dumpling Soup

This classic chicken dumpling soup is a perfect meal for a cold day!


Chicken Soup Base
  • Chicken (Thighs, legs, or whole small chicken)
  • Water
  • 1/2 Sweet Yellow Onion Chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt 
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 Carton of Chicken Broth
  • 6 Eggs
  • 2.5 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper

  1. Rinse chicken and put it in a large stock pot. I used about 8 chicken legs. You can use whatever pieces of chicken you have.  
  2. Add the onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and Thyme to the pot. Add water to the pot until the water is about and inch or two over the top of the chicken. Boil on the stove top until the chicken is cooked through. The meat will start to fall off the bones and there will be no pink in the meat. 
  3. Once the chicken is cooked pull the chicken out of the pot. Clean the meat off the bones and put only the meat back into the pot. 
  4. Add the chicken broth to the pot. Taste the soup base and add more salt and pepper until you have the flavor you want. 
  5. Make the dumplings. Add your eggs to a stand mixer and whip them until the yokes are combined with the whites. Add the salt and pepper. Slowly mix and add the flour. This dough will be sticky but will not form a dough ball. The stiffer the dough the denser the dumplings will be.
  6. Bring the soup base back to a low boil. 
  7. Use one small spoon to scoop a small amount of the dumpling dough (about 1.5 tsp) and another spoon to scrap the dumpling off. The dough will not stick as much if you dip the spoon into the soup each time you make a dumpling. As the dumplings cook they will grow at least 4 times their size. Add the dumplings quickly so they all will get about the same amount of cooking time. 
  8. Cover the pot and let the dumplings cook for 20-25 minutes stirring occasionally. Check the center of the dumplings to see if they are cooked through. They should not be dry in the middle. 
  9. Put some soup in a bowl with a dab of butter and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a buttered dinner roll. Enjoy!

Note: You could add carrots and celery to the soup base to get some more flavor and vegetables. 
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