Category Archives: Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Happy New Year!!

So Thanksgiving, the Holidays and New Years is officially over which to me always marks the beginning of the cold New York Winter. This is the time we practically all hibernate and spend a lot of time inside. I know that sounds depressing but this also gives us more time to make home-made hot meals and spend time indoors with family and friends.

This Butternut Squash Soup recipe is one of my favorite family recipes. It not difficult or extremely fancy but it’s a delicious thick soup without all that heavy cream or unnecessary calories.

A couple of people have asked me to put this recipe up on my blog; so here it is:

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of Osem Consommé’
  • 1 medium sized Butternut squash – peeled and cut into large cubes
  • 1 leek sliced
  • 1 clove garlic- minced
  • 1 onion- large dice
  • 1 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation:

1. Sautee onion and garlic in two tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot

2. Add leek and butternut squash to the pot

3. Add water just enough to cover all vegetables in pot

4. Let it come to a boil

5. Add soup consommé’ and cover pot

6. Reduce fire to simmer and let cook for about 45minutes

7. Turn off fire and with an immersion blender carefully puree contents in pot

8. Season with salt and pepper

9. Turn fire back to low and cook for about 10 minutes and then serve hot

** If you have never worked with Butternut Squash you might find it a bit tricky to peel and cut … so CLICK HERE to watch a short YouTube Video that will give you a few tips.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

“Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor”

~ Marge Kennedy

Speak to you soon,

                  Nicole Doreen

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MMM Hot and Spicy Tomato Soup!

Tomato Soup

Ok so before you think to yourself “How good could tomato soup be?”  hear me out. I have never been the biggest soup fan, except for the occasional onion-cheese soup in Israel or the creamy mushroom soup from Va Bene http://www.vabenenyc.com/  (a Kosher Italian Restaurant in Manhattan) I do not usually opt for soup. I especially wouldn’t even think to have TOMATO soup until recently when my dad gave me his new and improved tomato soup recipe. I loved it, and I think you will too if you like tomato soup with a fiery/spicy taste.

Now that the summer is over and the weather is getting rainy and cold, it is always good to have soup on the stove to enjoy on those chilly nights. So give this recipe a try and see how you like it.

Tomato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 6 tomatoes (with peel)- small dice
  • ½ onion- small dice
  • 1 small Idaho potato
  • 3 celery stalks -small dice
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ mini tomato paste can (3oz)
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Herbes De Provence spice
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Sautee the onion and garlic with olive oil in a large pot
  2. Add the cut tomatoes, celery and potatoes
  3. Mix in all the rest of the ingredients : the spices and tomato paste -except  for the fresh basil
  4. Add boiling water just enough to cover the veggies in the pot
  5. Bring to a boil, then lower fire and let simmer covered for about 45 minutes.
  6. Stir a few times throughout cooking time and then puree
  7. Serve with fresh basil or a piece of toasted bread , however you like it!

Serve Hot and Enjoy!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

“To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup”

~ Laurie Colwin

Speak to you soon,

                  Nicole Doreen