Favorite Soup Recipes

With winter right around the corner, it's time to dust off your collection of soup recipes and admit that full on grilling season (at least in Chicago) is pretty much over.

Around here, the first time the high only made it to 60, my wife was already asking about the great one, Beef Burgundy, as well as classics like Butternut Squash Soup.

I've taken a look in the archives and picked my 4 favorite soups from over the years.

Pressure Cooker Ham, Lentil and Vegetable Soup

Split Pea and Ham is a classic in many ways.  Here I've significantly cut down cooking time with a pressure cooker, and amped it up by using homemade ham stock....

Red Lentil and Quinoa Soup

A very satisfying vegetarian soup made with a couple of powerhouses - lentils and quinoa.

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Sure, it's rather pedestrian to make a butternut squash soup....but I think the apple gives it a little something different.

Roasted Carrot and Malbec Soup

This was one of my first real attempts at developing my own recipe, and did so trying to recreate an amazing soup that we had while staying at a winery in Argentina.  It's a really delicious soup!


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Crispy Oven Baked Artichokes

Fresh artichokes are really tasty, especially when you get down to that delicious choke in the center, but they are a lot of work.  So you'd think that canned, or jarred, artichokes would be a suitable substitute?  Not really.  It's not as bad as fresh asparagus vs. canned asparagus, but still not the same.

Thus the reason I had an entire Costco sized jar of quartered artichokes on the pantry shelf.

So here's a super easy side dish you can make with a large quantity of jarred artichokes.  They come out crispy and delicious.  If you really want to amp them up, mix some melted butter and garlic in with the egg.

Crispy Oven Baked Artichokes

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Crispy Oven Baked Artichokes
Prep time: 15 Cook time: 60 Yield: 6 servings
  • 1 Cup Panko
  • 1 Beaten Egg
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Papriks
  • 1.5 Pounds Quartered Artichokes (drained & rinsed)
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Parsley
  1. In a small pan, toast the Panko over medium low heat until golden brown
  2. Combine the egg, lemon juice and paprika in a large bowl
  3. Mix in the artichokes and coat well and then add the panko crumbs
  4. Spray a 9x9 pan with non-stick spray and pour in the artichokes
  5. Bake for 35 minutes at 400 degrees. Finish under the broiler to crisp them off
  6. Mix in the parsley before serving
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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

As side dishes go, Quinoa is the gift that keeps on giving.  Here I give it a little Mediterranean flair with leftover pine nuts and olives.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic, Bacon and Balsamic Vinegar

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100 Cloves of Garlic Spread

This super simple recipe yields two outputs - delicious garlic spread and a garlic olive oil for cooking.

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5 Different Ways to Cook Quinoa

For the last couple of years, Quinoa was the standout kitchen grain.  Now overexposed by the food magazine and foodblog world, it's been displaced by trendier grains like Freekeh, Amaranth and Farro.  So if you still have pounds of quinoa in your pantry, here's a roundup of a couple my favorite quinoa recipes from the blog....

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Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork

Who loves pulled pork?  Who loves waiting 8 hours for it to be ready in a slow cooker?  After somewhat successfully converting other slow cooker recipes for a pressure cooker, I set out to do the same with pulled pork.
Pressure Cooked Pulled Pork
Pressure Cooked Pulled Pork

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Beef Tenderloin stuffed with Garlic and Horseradish

Beef Tenderloin is great.  Beef Tenderloin that's been stuffed with garlic and horseradish?  Well, that's even better.  And it's a one pan dish that's really quite easy to do.

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with a Garlic Rosemary Rub

I'm pretty sure it's still trendy to wrap just about anything in bacon.  Plus, it's hard to go wrong wrapping a pork tenderloin in bacon.  Add in lots of garlic and roasted vegetables, and it's actually a fairly easy weeknight dish

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