Soups and Stews

Loaded Cheddar Broccoli Potato Soup


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


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.

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Chicken n’ Dumplins


When I was a kid my mother made chicken n’ dumplins. However it wasn’t like this. It was basically water, chicken, and flour. It wasn’t bad either. However, as time has gone by I’ve vamped up my mom’s recipe. It’s pretty good and makes me feel better as a one pot type meal. I still don’t LOVE chicken and dumplins, but if I’m going to eat it, this is the recipe I’m going to use.

When I was 14, I met my first “real” boyfriend. He had been raised by his grandparents. I adored his grandmother, Lupe. She was the sweetest woman I’ve ever met. She worked so hard for her family. She loved her children and her grandchildren, unconditionally. She LOVED chicken and dumplins and she asked me to make them for her all the time. It always made me feel so good to have her ask me to make them. She taught me so much with our time together. I may not have been the right one for her son, but the loss of her was devastating to me. She never did treat me like an outsider. I was always welcome. Even after we finally split up, she still wanted me to see her and be around her. I was part of her family no matter what I wanted. I hope that I’m that type of mother. While my mother is the best mother ever…Guadalupe was definitely ranked up there right by my mother. Unfortunately, Lupe died in February 2008. Her birthday is in ten days. I never forgot. As I flipped through my recipes finding what I’d make for the month, I came across my recipe and I thought of her and I thought…What a great way to think of her! I miss her. I wish I could talk to her. She always had good advice and a loving hug waiting for me. Enjoy ya’ll. Hug your mom’s, your aunts, your grandma’s, your mother in laws, your ex mother in laws…whatever…hug them tight and show them some love.

3-4 pieces of chicken

4 cups chicken broth

4 cups water

2 celery stalks, chopped

2 large carrots, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

3/4 teaspoon salt (more if needed)

1 teaspoon thyme

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 1/3 cups self rising flour

1 1/2 teaspoons parsley

1/2 cup milk, more if needed

1/4 cup melted butter

In a big stock pot melt a few tablespoons of butter. Add onion, carrots and celery. Sauté for a few minutes until onion is translucent. Add flour and stir. Add the water and chicken broth. Once it comes to a boil, add the chicken cut into pieces. Cook until done. Add thyme, salt, and pepper. In a separate bowl add flour, parsley, milk, and butter. Batter should be thick. If you need more milk, add it. Take about a teaspoon at a time and dump into the soup. Let cook for a few minutes before you dump more into the pot. Otherwise it’ll stick together and be a big huge mess. Let cook for 15-20 minutes longer and then serve.

Enjoy ya’ll! This didn’t last more than 20 minutes at my house.


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Lasgna Soup


I love soup. I also love cheap soup recipes. I can feed a family of 5 or 6 with this recipe for under $10.00. The original recipe calls for stuff like garlic powder and beef broth with onion…but come on folks, you can’t tell me that replaces the real good fresh stuff. It’s funny because when I first married my one true love I bought this little fill in your own recipe book and this is the very first recipe I wrote in it. Twelve years later, I still have never made this recipe. Today is the day. It’s been cooler than usual and I thought we could really use something to warm the soul.

1 lbs ground beef

16 oz of crushed tomatoes

32 oz beef broth

one small chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon of garlic minced

1/4 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Lasagna noodles

salt and pepper to taste

Brown beef and onion. Right before it’s done browning add garlic. Drain beef. Add back to the pot. Add Italian seasoning, tomatoes, and beef broth. Once it begins to boil break up your noodles and add. Cook until tender. Add 1/4 cup of parmesan and stir quickly. Enjoy!

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Chicken Noodle Soup


It’s not just for when you’re sick, or even when you’re blue. It’s truly good any time of the year.  I make this every once in a while.  It’s one of my mom’s favorite, so whenever I make it, I know she’s going to want some, so I always set her some aside. There are even times when she asks me to  make it for her. Of course I do. Try this recipe, it’s super simple and easy to make…Doesn’t have a lot of ingredients. Best of all, it’s super filling.

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

2 chicken breasts

1 carrot, shredded

1 celery stalk, thin sliced

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 teaspoon parsley

1 1/2 cups of egg noodles OR 1 small box of spaghetti noodles OR 1/3 cup rice

(Pictured is spaghetti noodles)

Bake, or boil chicken. Boil broth and water. Simmer veggies in mixture about 15-20 minutes.  Shred and add chicken. Add noodles. Cook until noodles are finished cooking.


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Sausage and White Bean Soup


Today is a little sad for me. Sometimes we need some good ol’ comfort food to just warm our souls. See….a piece of my heart was broken last month. I feel like a piece of my soul was forever taken. My oldest, who is not biologically mine, left. He moved back to Florida to be with his father. I’m happy for him, but sad at the same time. I think a lot of things have now forever been changed. I do think that it’s for the best, but it doesn’t fix my broken heart. Anyway, I decided I needed a little TLC. What better way to cheer yourself up than to have a big bowl of comfort and just focus on yourself for an evening?

1 Tablespoon olive oil

12.8 oz thin sliced smoked sausage

3 garlic cloves

1 diced onion

3 carrots, peeled and diced

2 celery stalks, diced

30 oz canned great northern beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 teaspoon dry oregano

2 bay leaves

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

salt and pepper

3 cups baby spinach

Heat olive oil in skillet. add sausage and cook until lightly browned. place sausage, garlic, onions, carrots, celery, beans, oregano, and bay leaves into a pot. Stir in chicken broth and 2 cups of water. Season with salt and pepper. cook in the crockpot for 7-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high. On the stove top simmer for an hour. When done add in spinach to wilt.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup


I love broccoli and cheese soup.  The unfortunate part is not everyone makes a good broccoli soup. Sometimes I’ll go to a restaurant and the soup is just nasty. I’ve tried a few different recipes and I’ve not really cared for any of them. This one has been the best one yet. I’ve made it a good handful of times. I really like it and I know that if you try it you’ll quickly love it too.

4 tablespoons onion

5 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup all purpose flour

2 cups half and half

2 cups chicken broth

8 oz broccoli

1 cup shredded carrot

salt and pepper

2 cups grated cheddar cheese


sauté onion with 1 tablespoon of butter. set aside.


With a wire whisk combine remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and flour.  stir frequently about 4 minutes.


slowly add half and half and broth. simmer 20 minutes.


add veggies. cook til tender.


Pour into a blender and blend.

return to heat and add cheese. until well blended.