Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pumpkin Curry Soup

I have had a difficult time thinking of a soup to share. I haven't made as many this winter as I have in years past due to the extreme difference in climate in which I now reside. I wrote down this recipe while browsing through weight watchers recipe books at a grocery store a couple years ago. It has good flavor and a little spicy kick to it. And it is a weight watchers recipe so it is kind of healthy. I usually didn't serve it with bread since I was using it as a lighter meal.

Pumkpin Curry Soup
-3 cups chicken brother
-15 oz can of pumpkin puree
-2 tsp chili sauce with garlic (found in the Asian food section. I used the Hokan brand)
-1/2 tsp curry powder
-1 cup coconut milk
-1 TBSP lime juice
-chopped cilantro

Mix broth, pumpkin, chili sauce, and curry powder in a pan. Bring to a boil.

Whisk in coconut milk and lime juice

Garnish with cilantro



Thursday, January 17, 2013


Love this soup - it is one of my favorite go-to soups. You can easily make substitutions to get the flavor you want.

Chicken Pasta Soup
serves 6

1/4 cup olive oil
8 oz mushrooms sliced (any kind, mix and match)
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth (canned, or use bouillon in water)
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, do not drain
2 9 oz pkg. refrigerated chicken tortellini
1/3 cup sliced fresh basil
pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

I have

  • substituted any variety of pasta for the tortellini
  • added cooked shredded (or canned chicken)
  • used plain diced tomatoes - or fresh- and added dried basil, garlic and oregano
  • used dried basil
  • used canned mushrooms
  • added pesto in place of basil
  • added spinach and/or arugula 5 minutes before serving 
1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat until hot. Cook mushrooms and garlic 3 to 4 minutes or until mushrooms are softened. Stir in broth and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Add tortellini; simmer 9 to 10 minutes or until tortellini are tender ( if using other pasta, cook until pasta is tender); stirring occasionally.
2. Stir in basil (other greens)(chicken) and pepper simmer for 2-5 minutes until greens are wilted (and chicken is hot).
3. Serve sprinkled with cheese.

I like any roll or hearth bread or crusty bread with this.