Soups, Stews and Legumes

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Celery Root and Fennel Soup

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Contrary to popular belief, celery root is not the root of the celery stalks we see in stores.  It is closely related botanically but is bred specifically for the root instead of the stalks.  It has a distinctive taste of celery and parsley with earthy notes and the texture of […]

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Cannellini Bean and Fennel Soup

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Cannellini Bean and Fennel Soup has a thick, rich-flavored broth that comes mostly from the cooking liquid of the beans. But what really makes the soup sing is the fennel flavor — silky sweet from the bulbs, aromatic and herbaceous from the chopped fronds.  I love the flavor of fennel!  […]

Soups, Stews and Legumes

Mediterranean Red Lentil Soup

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If you think lentils are boring and bland, this recipe for Mediterranean Red Lentil Soup will surprise your taste buds.  The best part, it comes together quickly – 20 minutes of prep and 20 minutes cooking time is all you need to serve a warm and comforting bowl of super […]

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Acquacotta (Traditional Tuscan Soup)

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Acquacotta is the perfect in-between-season soup when it’s still cold outside but you are thinking about spring.  The literal translation of the name of this traditional Tuscan soup is “cooked water”, which doesn’t sound very appealing, but truly is rich, savory, and satisfying.  This is a rustic peasant dish and […]

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Corn and Poblano Chowder

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Nothing tastes as good as sweet, fresh, August corn.  Fortunately, there are some recipes that can be almost as good and very satisfying using frozen corn.  Creamy, comforting, and flavorful Corn and Poblano Chowder is just such a recipe (if fresh corn is available, that is always my first choice).  […]

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Italian Tomato Soup

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Many of us have pleasant memories of growing up with Tomato Soup (Campbell’s) and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.  I don’t remember my Mom ever serving us canned tomato soup, but for some reason, I have never been a fan of Tomato Soup.  However, this recipe was very popular at D’Amico’s Café […]

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White Bean and Cabbage Soup

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This very simple to make soup is unbelievably flavorful!  The soup is meatless.  However, I do like to make it with chicken stock.  You can certainly add a little pancetta or Kielbasa sausage if you like.  But it is quite delicious without.  The addition of Parmigiano rinds is one reason […]

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Split Pea Soup Italiana

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In Italian: Zuppa di Piselli Spezzati (“soup of broken peas”).  As the name implies, this is the Italian interpretation of Split Pea Soup.  But this recipe can easily be adapted your own tastes and preferences – use bacon or ham instead of pancetta, make it with vegetable stock and no […]