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Amish Cheeseburger Soup

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In Lancaster Pennsylvania we had the best soup at this little Amish restaurant. We ended up going back again to get more of this soup and taking it back with us. We ate it for lunch for a few days because we just loved it. We stayed at this cool resort. It was a hotel shaped like a boat. Yes…a BOAT. Not any kind of boat though, like a old timey steam ship. When we walked into the hotel it had beautiful swinging doors to the bar. There was a lot of beautiful wooden desks, etc. They even had OLD FASHIONED post cards to send to people. They had beautiful things in their gift shop. A restaurant, all kinds of foods, and things. It had the most beautiful rooms. When we walked into the room it wasn’t a huge room, it was just standard. The beds had these beautiful golden tinted beddings on them. It smelled beautiful in the room. It really just suited us well. We had four people with us and the fact is at first I was scared that we’d be cramped and be arguing, but we weren’t. It was near the pool….the kids had fun, we had fun. It was a win, win. Anyway, we want to go back one day really soon!!

1/2 lb ground beef

3/4 cup chopped onion

3/4 cup shredded carrots

3/4 cup chopped celery

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried parsley

4 tablespoons butter

3 cups chicken broth

4 cups diced potatoes

1/4 cup flour

4 oz cheddar cheese

4 oz velveeta

1 1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Brown beef and drain. Sauté onion, carrots, celery, basil, and parsley with 1 tablespoon butter. Add broth, potatoes, and beef. Simmer until potatoes are soft. Meanwhile, melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Stir in flour. Add milk. Cook until thick. Add salt and pepper. Stir into soup. Add cheese and stir until melted.

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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I felt weary of this recipe. I’ve tried 100 potato soup and broccoli cheese recipes and I’ve just not found one I LOVE. It’s the same with French onion soup…none measure up to my high standards. I decided to go my own way. I looked at several different soup recipes for broccoli cheddar soup and just came up with my own. I did pretty good I must say!

I’ve finally seen the light at the end of the tunnel with wrapping up the cub scout year. I have some shopping to do, and a few loose ends to tie up! However, the most exciting thing happening is my niece, Ada will be born this week. It’s exciting! It’s my first blood born niece. It’s more special than any other niece or nephew I claim as mine. I love all of the one’s I have though. I don’t know when I’ll get to see her, but maybe soon.

 

Try this soup out ya’ll!

1/4 cup melted butter

1/4 cup flour

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup milk

2 cups chicken stock

1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli florets

1 cup matchstick cut carrots

1 stalk celery, thin sliced

1/2 a small onion fine chopped

2 1/2  cups sharp cheddar

Melt butter in stock pot, add onion and celery. Saute. Add flour. Cook for about a minute. Add chicken stock and cream. Add the broccoli and carrots. When cooked through, add cheese and stir until well mixed and melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. ENJOY!

 

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Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

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We love soup. We eat soup often. I am not sure why we have such a love, but we do. This soup is one of those stick to your ribs hearty, rich, copycat soup recipes. I’ve learned that you can add less half and half and it’s still as good. It also makes it less rich. No matter how you look at it, it’s so very good. I’m not sure why I think this way, but the soup is way better at home than in the restaurant. It really can make the blues go away. It’s that kind of soup.

Today has been a pretty good day. I really enjoy the fact that I decided to get some spring cleaning done. So far I’ve done our upstairs. I’ve gotten rid of about 3 bags of junk. Next I plan to do the downstairs. Our nephew moved out back over summer. I had held off on repainting the room, because I didn’t know if he’d be back or not. It’s time to move on with the room though.

I have converted it to a craft room temporarily, but it has red walls. Why the walls are red is beyond me. I decided that as I’m doing this spring cleaning, I will also do the two rooms downstairs that need painting. I’m going to have to find someone to paint my walls in our staircase. It’s so tall, I know we wont be able to do it in a safe manner by ourselves. My hope is that we’ll be able to get to the stuff in the attic. Yes….I still have things packed in the attic from over a year ago when we bought the house and moved in. I could probably just donate it all and never think of it again, but I just can’t part. UGH…Who else has junk in the attic hiding, that you’ve not used in twenty years, or so it feels?

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

4 tablespoon butter

4 tablespoon flour

1 quart half and half

1/2 cup celery, finally diced

1 cup onion, finely diced

2 minced garlic cloves

48 oz chicken broth

1 cup carrots, finely shredded

1 cup cooked and dicked chicken breasts

1 package gnocchi

1 cup fresh baby spinach

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon salt for about a minute before adding half and half. Add

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon parsley

Sauté the onion, celery, carrots, and garlic in butter and olive oil, over medium heat. Add the flour and make a roux. Let the butter and flour mixture cook for about a minute. Add the rest of the ingredients. Cook until the gnocchi is tender. Add spinach and wilt. Serve. Great reheated too!

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Potato Soup

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I have a horrible addiction to soup. I really like potato soup. I was really excited to try this recipe. It’s not my favorite soup recipe that I own, but it sure is close to it. When I was growing up we had a lot of potatoes. I love them.  I have searched and searched for a recipe that’s similar to my favorite potato soup from a local restaurant, but I’m just not finding one. I’ll say this one is pretty close. I’m sure ya’ll will like it.

Here’s a little bit of truth. We eat out WAY, WAY, WAY too much. My goal is to stop that nonsense. It’s so expensive. I just have such a busy life sometimes. Simply put, I run out of time for anything. Sometimes it’s because I get busy crafting and forget. Other times it’s about cub scouts, or out running errands, or whatever else life has thrown me. I just struggle. I’m working on it though. I plan to do better! I want to do better! It’s my new goal for this year. I’m not going to say New Year Resolution though…let’s face it, when you put a label on it, it doesn’t work!

 

1 lbs bacon, chopped

2 stalks celery, diced

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

8 potatoes, peeled and cubed

4 cups chicken stock

3 tablespoons butter

1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 cup heavy cream

1 teaspoon dried tarragon

3 teaspoons chopped cilantro

salt and pepper to taste

In a Dutch oven cook the back. Remove from the pan and save about 1/4 cup of bacon grease.  Add celery and onion and cook until translucent. This is about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add potatoes. Toss to coat. Sauté for 3-4 minutes. Return bacon to the pan and add enough chicken stock to cover the potatoes. Cover and simmer until cooked through. In a separate pan melt butter and whisk in flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Whisk in heavy cream, tarragon, and cilantro. Bring to boil. Cook until thick. Stir into the potato mixture. Optional: Puree half the soup and return to the pan.

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French Onion Soup

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I learned a lesson. First let me tell you I LOVE LOVE LOVE French onion soup. When my husband took me out on a date night a while back we went to this restaurant and of course I ordered their soup. BEST SOUP EVER! I made this recipe a few weeks back and forgotten to post it….Honestly I just couldn’t find the words for this post….I liked the soup, but it was missing something. Honestly, I wasn’t going to even post this recipe, because I wasn’t sure how ya’ll would react. Here’s what went wrong. The owner of the restaurant came to my table and I started talking about the soup. She told me any recipe for onion soup can be a good recipe…the trick is cooking the onions down. I didn’t do that. I followed what the recipe said…so guys trust me…cook these things down…low and slow. the longer the better. Don’t over cook them or burn them though. Just throw in some butter and a little sugar to caramelize them and low and slow.

3 white onions, halved and sliced.

1 yellow onion, halved and sliced

1 dry bay leaf

1 teaspoon dry thyme

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

5 cups beef stock

1/3 cup brand

4 tablespoons of butter

Layer all ingredients in a crockpot. Cook in crockpot for 6-7 hours.

 

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Loaded Cheddar Broccoli Potato Soup

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My mother in law found this recipe on Tip Hero. She decided to give it a try. It is a thinner version of potato soup, but it’s good. My mother in law shares the love of recipes that I do. I was given one of the best gifts ever about a year or so ago. She gave me her collection. I love them. I have tons of cookbooks. There used to be this antique mall here in town….let’s just say I always bought so many books, they really knew me. I’d come in the door and it’d be Oh…we have new books or nope not this time. HAHA. That’s sad. I LOVE old cookbooks, unique cookbooks, anything different, anything fun. I could go in there and they’d have cookbooks for $1.00. How can you pass this up? Sadly, they haven’t really had anymore for $1.00…so I don’t go as much. I wonder if they miss me? HA….anyway give this recipe a try. It’s pretty good!

5 tablespoons butter, divided

1 small onion, chopped

4 medium carrots, diced small

4 cloves minced garlic

4 medium potatoes, small diced.

1 quart chicken broth

2 small heads of broccoli, diced

1/3 cup flour
3 1/2 cups whole milk

1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

4 cups cheddar cheese

3/4 teaspoon tabasco sauce

6 slices of precooked chopped bacon.

In a large pot melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add onions and saute until translucent. Add carrots and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add potatoes and chicken broth. After bringing to a boil, simmer for about 10 minutes. Add the broccoli. Simmer for 10 minutes until tender. While soup is simmering, add the remaining 1/4 cup butter to a sauce pan. Whisk in the flour and cook until brown. Whisk in milk and stir until thick. Add cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt, pepper, and tabasco sauce. Pour into the pot with the veggies. Stir until combined. Garnish with bacon.

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Ravioli Soup

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Oddly….I’m not a fan of Ravioli. I never really was. Sometimes I make it because my boys like it. I came across a recipe for a ravioli soup. However, I didn’t like it. I changed it up to suit our own needs. What I find pretty funny about my distaste for ravioli is the fact that I DO like tortellini…it’s the same thing, virtually. What I’d like to do is next time add something to it. Maybe spinach would be a great addition.

1 lbs bulk sausage

1 medium onion, fine chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

1 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon basil

1 teaspoon oregano

15 oz tomato sauce

3 cups chicken broth

10-20 oz of ravioli frozen

Mozzarella Cheese

Brown and crumble sausage over medium heat. Drain excess grease and return to heat. Add onion and pepper and cook until soft. Add basil and oregano. Add garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant. Add chicken broth and tomato sauce. Simmer until pasta is cooked.