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20 minute Potato Leek Soup

Since I am mom, I’m pregnant and the weather has been so nice a quick dinner that everyone will love is a must for me! I couldn’t pass up the leeks and potatoes at the market and soup was calling my name! I love this soup because it can be served warm or even at room temp and it is delicious and so satisfying! I think the bacon and croutons on top have something to do with that satisfaction factor!

Potato Leek Soup


IMG_1907Chop up about 5 potatoes and 1 leek (white and light green parts only)

IMG_1906Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a pan and and sauté 1/2 a shallot and 2 cloves of garlic.

IMG_1908Add chopped potatoes and leeks.  Allow leeks to soften a little.

IMG_1909Add enough chicken broth to cover the vegetables.  I added 32 ounces.

IMG_1910Allow pan to come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer until potatoes are fork tender. About 15 minutes.

IMG_1912Using an immersion blender (or a regular blender) blend mixture until it is smooth and creamy.  If you use a regular blender just be sure to blend in batches and be careful because the soup will be hot.

IMG_1914Add 1/4 cup of half and half  to make the soup silky, smooth and so creamy!

IMG_1916Top with your choice of yummy extras such as chopped bacon, croutons, chopped green onions etc.

IMG_1918Fresh chopped basil makes everything taste better and it looks so pretty against the soup!



Cauliflower “Chowder”

I apologize in advance because I do not have a picture of this delicious soup plated because honestly we all ate it too fast!!!  I think the pictures will help you get an idea of what it should look like.

Fortunately, you don’t need a picture because the soup was  so delicious and worth making you will just want to take my word for it and whip it up.  And thankfully whip it up you can because it only took about 30 minutes to make from start to finish! It’s also a versatile soup which allows you to change ingredients to make it appealing for all members of your family!

Cauliflower Chowder

IMG_7631Chop all your veggies to about the same size so they cook evenly. I used cauliflower, garlic, fennel, celery, potatoes and carrots.

IMG_7632Whatever veggies you chose just be sure to have a nice array of colors for a pretty dish!

IMG_7634In a dutch oven or large stock pot melt 2 tbsp of butter and add celery, carrots, fennel and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.

IMG_7636I am seriously in love with my green dutch oven. I got it for about $40 at Marshall’s.

IMG_7639Saute veggies until they are slightly tender.

IMG_7640Add 1/4 cup of flour and mix until flour taste is gone. About 1 minute.

IMG_7642Add 3/4 cup of milk (I used whole) and about 4 cups of chicken or veggie broth

IMG_7643Bring to a low boil, toss in a bay leaf, a whole head of chopped cauliflower and a couple chopped up potatoes.

IMG_7646All mixture to simmer for about 20 minutes or until cauliflower and potatoes are fork tender.  At this point you could blend part of the soup and add it back in if you wanted a creamier texture but I liked the rustic feel of a chunky soup.

IMG_7647Add some frozen or thawed peas, remove the bay leaf and serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Again, sorry for the lack of pictures of the final product but you can imagine it looks so yummy with a cheesy topping and some crusty bread! Add chopped cooked bacon if you’re really feeling adventurous!!

Hearty and Creamy Chicken and White Bean Soup


This soup is so good that I am making it again tonight!!!  It’s perfect for an day: a sunny summer afternoon, a snowy blizzard or a very rainy chilly day like it is here in the PNW.  All the veggies make it super hearty, filling and so perfect as a meal.  The chicken Italian sausage is flavorful and browns up beautifully.  However, while the soup and the delicious components of it are undeniably irresistible the rosemary and olive oil asiago cheese and the homemade croutons round out the meal and make it perfect!  This has become one of my top 10 favorite dishes and definitely my favorite all time soup!


Some of the beautiful veggies that start getting to flavors going! Fennel, garlic, onion, sweet potato and corn.

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Saute veggies in olive oil.  Once softened (3-5 minutes) add chicken italian sausage and break up while cooking.


Add flour and cook out the flavor.  This helps it thicken.  Add chicken broth, beans and seasonings and simmer about 30 minutes.


Super hearty and so filling.

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Add swiss chard in the last 10 minutes and let soup simmer some more!


Grate up this stuff and seriously swoon over the delicious flavor! It would make a great grilled cheese sandwich!


real rosemary on the rind.  Save that in the freezer for soup, stews or sauces.


Colorful, delicious, warm and so easy to make!


Top with cheese and croutons!


Don’t forget some chopped parsley for garnish!


This soup is perfect for a busy weeknight or even dinner party!

I am making it for a birthday party tonight!

Minimal dishes, big flavor and easy clean up!

Hearty chicken and white bean soup

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