Two-Bean Soup with Pistou


I love the flavors in this classic French country soup: the hint of licorice in the fennel and the nip of paprika is nicely balanced by the pleasing blandness of the potatoes and beans.

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Leek and Green Pea Soup with Macarpone and Mint

This delicious soup has a mild flavor but is very substantial. Serve it as a light main course or the centerpiece of a soup-and-salad dinner, or serve smaller portions as a prelude to an elegant meal. If you’re serving this soup to guests and want to dress it up, top with garlic croutons or bacon bits.

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Creamy Onion Soup with Kale


There is no cream in this delicious soup – unless you decide to drizzle a bit over individual servings as a finishing touch. The creaminess is achieved with the addition of potatoes, which are puréed into the soup, providing it with a velvety texture.

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Miso-Spiked Vegetable Soup with Barley

Here’s a hearty vegetable soup that’s the perfect antidote to a blustery day. The addition of miso adds robustness and a hint of complexity that is often lacking in simple vegetable soups. Serve this with your favorite sandwich for a delicious soup and sandwich meal.Continue reading

Santa Fe Sweet Potato Soup

Here’s a flavorful, rib-sticking soup with lots of pizzazz and universal appeal. New Mexico chiles add an enticing, slightly smoky flavor, but ancho or guajillo chiles also work well. The lime, roasted red pepper and cilantro finish provides a nice balance to the sweet potatoes. If you are a heat seeker, add the jalapeño pepper.




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New World Leek and Pepper Soup




I call this soup “new world” because it’s a variation on the classic French leek and potato soup, using sweet potatoes and peppers, two ingredients that Christopher Columbus introduced to Europe during his explorations of the Americas. Serve small quantities as a prelude to a celebratory meal, or add a tossed green salad for a light supper.

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Classic French Onion Soup



On a chilly day, there’s nothing more appetizing than a bowl of steaming hot onion soup bubbling away under a blanket of browned cheese. Normally, caramelizing the onions for this masterpiece is a laborious process that may involve an hour of almost constant stirring. Fortunately, your slow cooker can now do most of this tiresome work for you.Continue reading