Potato Soup

When it’s cold outside, I’ve always loved throwing a meal in the crockpot in the morning and coming home to an amazing smelling house and a fantastic, warm meal.

I’m going to round up the “Soup Month” with a nice, easy, delicious Potato Soup meal.

One afternoon, Jordan and I stopped by Panera to have lunch. Per usual, we ordered our favorite sandwich and a bowl of soup for each of us. I ordered the Chicken Tortilla Soup and Jordan the Potato Soup. Personally, I had never had potato soup, so it intrigued me to try out this new soup. It was great! Which meant it had to be something I tried to make at home.

After a lot of research on what potato soup really consisted of (besides potatoes), the one I came up with combined a few good qualities I found in a couple different recipes, but the main thing I wanted out of this soup recipe…SIMPLICITY.

I hope you and your family enjoy this simple, delicious dish on a cold evening, or just a normal evening. NOTE: This recipe was perfect for just the 2 of us, or maybe 2 adults and a couple of children. If you are making it for more people, you will want more potatoes, but everything else is fine.

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Chicken & Rice Soup

This happens to be ones of my favorite soup recipes. I don’t know if it is the rice, the chicken or the veggies I like more, but one thing I know for sure…it’s definitely a comfort food recipe.

Like many of my recipes, this is a great recipe to mix all of the ingredients and freeze for later. OR to freeze and take over to a friend in need. I made this recipe as a freezer meal for us to have at a later date, so that’s why the pictures are taken with a Ziploc bag and such.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do around our house!!

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Taco Soup

I don’t know if you all have caught on to this whole “quick and easy” meals I enjoy cooking in our household, but you will.  :)

This meal is fantastic because it literally requires cooking some beef and then pouring everything into the crockpot. I think it is best served when it is cold outside, because who doesn’t love coming home to a hot meal after a cold day. BUT it is also just fine on other normal days, too. I made this for dinner the other night and we actually sat out on our deck, enjoying the last of the sun for the day and each other’s company. Wonderful!

Quick note. For the pictures below, I actually doubled the recipe because I made it for my work, so just know that UNLESS you are doubling, you do NOT need as much stuff as the pictures show. Thanks! And enjoy :)

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Tortellini Soup

The month of October is being dedicated to soups. I love starting a crock pot meal in the morning, especially during the fall months, and coming home to our house smelling delicious! Therefore, be prepared for some great soup recipes over the next 5 Wednesdays.

I’m proud to say that I have some Italian roots in my heritage that I enjoy embracing throughout my cooking. Don’t know if the hubby enjoys it as much, but I like to think he does :)

Tortellini are a fantastic invention from the Italians. For those of you out there who do not know what they are, you’ve definitely been missing out. They are a ring-shaped pasta that is stuff with meat, cheese and/or spinach.

Fun Fact:

They are sometimes described as a pregnant women’s belly button because of their shape. Odd, isn’t it?!

Moving on. I combined these delish little creations with some other ingredients to create a quick and painless soup. Enjoy!

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Gnocchi Soup

All of this cold weather and snow makes me want to curl up with a delicious bowl of soup and watch movies (and/or CSI: NY) all day with the hubby and our pups. But alas, we cannot do that, considering we both had to venture off to work today. Nevertheless, I will be making a hot pot of soup when I get home this evening to enjoy before I continue making Christmas stockings for the family. :)

One of my newly discovered and modified soups is a copycat of a certain Italian restaurant’s delicious gnocchi soup, made with chicken instead of turkey. The hubs and I go there at least once a month for soup, salad and bread sticks and this one is my favorite! Furthermore, I am a huge gnocchi fan, and for those of you who don’t know what gnocchi is, you have been missing out. Gnocchi is basically an Italian dumpling made from potatoes, flour and some other ingredients. I haven’t tried to make them yet, but it is definitely on my list of things I want to try.

Without further ado, here is the recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Chicken & Corn Chowder

In honor of the hubby and I taking our first (of hopefully many) trip to Boston, I decided my Thursday post would be a recipe for some delicious chowder.

First, the trip to Boston. The hubby is a HUGE Boston Red Sox fan, so for our 1st anniversary, I decided to buy some Red Sox v. Yankees tickets. This season marks the 100th anniversary of the amazing, historic ballpark they play in (Fenway), so why not catch a game? I also thought it would be a blast to tour the famous city of Boston.

Next, the chowder. Personally, I have never enjoyed clam chowder, but I know the hubs likes it (occasionally). With that said, I decided why not mix up the recipe a little and incorporate some things we both really like. I REALLY like corn and potatoes. I’m from Nebraska, what else do we except. Jordan really likes carrots and chicken. So when I decided to make my own chowder, these ingredients were my beginning. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!

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