Category Archives: Soup and Broth

Rich and Dense Nettle Soup

Rich and Dense Nettle Soup at Traditional-Foods.com

Are you looking for a spring tonic, possibly an almost-free spring tonic? Stinging nettle can be your answer. We have decided that it is on the top of our list for staying healthy. With renewed focus and dedication to nettle, we are tracking it’s life cycle and finding new stands of it. By far, the…

Greens and Cabbage Soup — Thai Style

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Greens soup has become a staple in our diet, so much so that we continually develop new recipes to avoid greens soup boredom. If you are going to eat healthy, densely green soups on a regular basis, you will want some variety in the flavors. Enjoy every spoonful. Thai cooking bursts with flavor, so it’s…

Nettle Soup

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How could anything this healthy be so totally delicious? Nettle soup has a growing fan base across the country and for good reason. Nettle leaf is delicately flavored and cooks to a smooth silky texture. The prickly little needles are completely gone. No other vegetable in our experience provides the texture that nettle does. Use…

White Bean and Barley Soup Italiano

White Bean Barley Soup from Traditional-Foods.com

I love glorious cool days filled with outside projects. The air is exhilarating and the exercise invigorating. What can make me cranky on a day like this is to have to stop and cook. Surely you’ve also noticed the appetites that accompany such work projects. Here is one of my answers to the problem —…

Creamy White Bean Soup with Dill and Parmesan

Creamy White Bean Soup with Dill and Parmesan at Traditional-Foods.com

One of the outstanding traits of white beans is their creamy texture. Why not accentuate that creaminess by turning them into a creamy soup? It’s delicious and satisfying — almost decadent. This recipe calls for dill but you can substitute fresh basil or use a dill and mint blend. Parsley and chives are a tasty…

White Bean Soup with Greens

White Bean Soup with Greens from Traditional-Foods.com

When you cook any bean, I recommend cooking enough for two or three meals. Have a plan for using them so the family doesn’t think they are eating the same meal every evening. Great Northern white beans are a creamy, almost sweet bean that blends with so many flavors. You can be creative and work…

Chicken Potato Chowder

Chicken Potato Chowder @ Traditional-Foods.com

Have you noticed that the best soups get built from what you have on hand? They’re always a bit of a surprise and never totally reproducible. Each reproduction is a bit unique and just as satisfying as the first time around. How does this happen? My theory is that we already have food items around…

Roasted Cauliflower and Red Pepper Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Soup @ Traditional-Foods.com

When the sky turns grey and cold with a threat of rain, I think “soup.” Nothing is so warming or satisfying as a hot bowl of homemade soup. Often, the best homemade soups are a result of leftovers, forgotten bits from the vegetable drawer — produce that needs to be used ASAP. This soup is…

Italian Fish Stew with Barley

Italian Fish Stew @ Traditional-Foods.com

On the last trip to the market I found a great deal on tilapia. I brought home a package, dreaming of soup. The weather is cooled. The rains have come and I dream of soups. Tilapia is such a mild white fish, you can go in any direction with seasonings and still love the results….

Roasted Green Tomato Soup

Roasted Green Tomato Soup @ Traditional-Foods.com

If you end up with a shipload of green tomatoes at the end of the season, you will be looking for creative ways to cook them up. Fried green tomatoes are what folks usually think of and that’s a fine option. Once you taste the unique flavor of roasted green tomatoes, you will start getting…

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Corn

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In the fall when the sweet red peppers sales hit the market, it’s hard to come home with less than a dozen…or two. The dense flesh, bright red color and rich flavor makes these peppers almost irresistible. If you are like me, there comes that moment when the 20 peppers sit in a heap on…

African Okra Soup

African Okra Soup @ Traditional-Foods.com

Did you know that okra originally came from West Africa? I grew up thinking it must have originated from Louisiana since I had never encountered okra until we moved there. Okra came fried, gumbo-ed, and pickled. I enjoyed it all. I still do. In striking out and finding new tastes it’s always profitable to check…

Chicken Gumbo with Okra

Chicken Gumbo @ Traditional-Foods.com

If you want to experience gumbo, take a trip through the South, most notably, a trip to New Orleans. No time for that? Then try a recipe tendered by Southern cooks. I found this one offered by a farmers market located to the east of Austin. Judging by the number of okra recipes on the…

Cream of Tomato Soup

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If you have a love for tomato soup, you will go into orbit over this one. Thick and richly flavored, this soup is like none that comes from a can, a box, or the frozen food section of your local grocery. If you own The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas, you will find this recipe…

Homemade Tomato Soup

Homemade Tomato Soup @ Traditional-Foods.com

When your summer vegetable crops come in and you just can’t get enough of those luscious tomatoes, consider tomato soup. Most of us enjoy soup in the cool months, not considering it when the temperatures rise. Tomato soup is a delightful soup to enjoy at room temperature or even chilled. The tomato flavor is bright…

Roasted Tomato Soup with Figs

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If you have ever made your own tomato soup, then you already know the flavor of homemade tomato soup makes the stuff from the can, the jar, or the box, taste like a bad batch. The only thing standing between you and fine tomato soup is the time it requires. This method is a quick…

Cream of Purslane and Zucchini Soup

Cream of Purslane Soup @ Traditional-Foods.com

Once I decided that purslane was probably our most reliable summer green, I began to explore ideas to use it, besides tossing it to the chickens. Food and Wine posted a splendid recipe by chef Alain Coumont. He was my inspiration for this soup, although he would only vaguely recognize the influence in my final…

Greens Soup with Fennel and Orange

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Amanda and I talk so much about our green soup, I know we sound obsessive-compulsive. Well, we are! Both of us latch onto those things that work, that really deliver on health and a sense of well-being. Within a week of eating green soup at least once a day, I felt better than I had…

Green Soup, A Nutritional Powerhouse

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In the spirit of using our abundant garden produce and foraging the beautiful wild greens around us, we are eating soup so loaded with leafy greens that it looks like extracted vegetable juice. This stuff is GREEN! It has been fun to figure out how to combine greens that would usually end up in the…

Beet Root Soup

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Roasted beets are used as the base of this striking and delicious soup. If you already have the roasted beets in the refrigerator and chicken bone broth in the crock pot, then this soup is almost instant. It makes a fascinating first course for a spicy meal like Jamaican jerk grilled chicken and brown rice…