Category Archives: Soups & Stews

Pasta e Fagioli with Turkey

There’s nothing like a bowl of piping hot soup on a hot summer day! 🙂 I was hungry for lunch and had nothing ready to eat, so I put this together using ingredients we had on hand.

2-3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 large onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced (more or less to taste)
Celery, 3-4 stalks chopped including leaves (I used several inner stalks)
1 to 1-1/2 lbs. ground turkey
Kosher salt
Italian seasoning
1-2 quarts chicken broth (enough to cover; I used 1-1/2 qts., use more if you want)
1 15-oz. can Italian chopped tomatoes
1 15-oz. can Italian stewed tomatoes
1 15-oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3-4 big handfuls coursely chopped greens (I use Trader Joe’s Southern Greens Blend, straight out of the bag)
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1″ chunks
Ground pepper
2-3 Tbsp. salsa (adds a subtle flavor)
Chopped fresh Italian parsley to garnish
Grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Pasta (Fusilli or other small pasta), 1 serving per person

Heat olive oil in large pot. Add chopped onion and cook over medium heat a few minutes until softened; add garlic and celery and continue cooking for a few more minutes, not letting garlic burn. Add turkey and break into pieces; cook until browned. While turkey is cooking, toss in a big pinch of kosher salt and sprinkle with Italian seasoning (eyeball the amount to taste).

Pour in chicken broth, tomatoes (with juice), beans (drained and rinsed), greens, and yellow pepper. Add more broth if necessary to cover the ingredients. Add several turns freshly ground pepper and salsa. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a separate pot cook pasta to al dente.

Spoon a serving of pasta into individual bowls, then ladle soup over pasta. Garnish with Italian parsley and Parmesan cheese. Eat and enjoy!

Chunky Hearty Three-Bean Soup

Hearty Three-Bean SoupThis is our new favorite soup, perfect for these cool autumn days. The original recipe, titled “Recipe for Health: Hearty Three-Bean Soup”, was printed in a magazine we receive from a local hospital. True to its name, it is very hearty, full of flavor, and chunky with lots of the good stuff! We’ve made it many times, adjusting the seasonings and adding ground turkey. Most of the seasonings approximately double the original amounts.
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Jim’s Turkey Chili

Jim created this recipe after combing through a few of our many cookbooks for inspiration for a good chili recipe. He combined what he considered the best of each one into a new recipe of his own. It’s become one of our favorite go-to dinners. With less liquid, it would also make an excellent Chili Con Carne dip to serve with chips.
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Jen’s Hearty Vegetable Soup

This is my own recipe which was inspired by a similar one I found on-line. I just added a lot more vegetables, replaced the bouillon cubes with broth, used a bit more water, and made other changes until the recipe became my own. It makes a very hearty, nutritious, and delicious soup that can be enjoyed for days. It’s also very adaptable and the ingredients can be modified to suit your taste. Since some of the ingredients already contain sodium, I do not add any additional salt to this soup – but again, you may add it to satisfy your own taste buds.
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Split Pea Soup

I arrived home from work one day to find Jim trying this recipe for the first time. Though I’m usually not a fan of split pea soup, I love this one — it’s very flavorful and delicious.

Source: Soups from the Williams-Sonoma Cookbook Library.
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