Soup’s On – Happy 2009!

Happy 2009!

I mentioned on Wednesday that we welcomed the new year with our traditional Soup’s On party.  Soup is a great way to feed a crowd.

As promised, today I will share with you the menu from our party.  This year I cooked up four big pots of soups.  I have shared the four soup recipes on the blog before so just click on the name of the soup to find the recipe.

The most popular soup is always my clam chowder.  I don’t like clam chowder but everyone else sure does.  This was the first one to be eaten and the first one to disappear.  The secret to this recipe is the pepper bacon!  Clam Chowder just isn’t very photogenic – sorry!

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My favorite soup is the Tortellini and  Sausage Soup!

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For a bit of a kick I made a pot of Chicken Tarragon. Add more or less paprika to determine your heat.

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And the fourth soup this year was Roasted Red Pepper. I actually had to make this soup twice.

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I was trying to be efficient and get all the soups made the day ahead.  This soup is super easy – just put the red peppers, onion, garlic and olive oil in a pan and bake in the oven for 1 1/2 hours.  The mistake I made is I left it in the oven for 4 hours!  I totally forgot about it.  You would have thought the yummy smell of garlic, onion and red peppers baking would have reminded me but it didn’t.

Fortunately Cali noticed the oven was still on and asked what I was cooking – otherwise who knows how long it would have cooked for.  Believe me, after four hours there is not much left  of those onions and red peppers!  Another trip was made to the store and we started over!

I also made a batch of my favorite, super easy, rolls –Magleby’s Rolls

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Guests also brought an appetizer or dessert to share.  I baked up a batch of Nordy Bars and Lemon Cheesecake Bars.  I tried out a few new appetizer recipes too which I’ll share in the next couple of weeks.

It  is a fun way to ring in the New Year – good food, food friends and fun!  Here’s to more of the same in 2009!

I am in need of a few new soup recipes  – do you have one to share?

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Roxanne says

    Those soups look AMAZING! Yum. I am not normally really into soup. I like it, but I’m not “Ooooh, soup!” if you know what I mean. But that Sausage and Tortellini is definitely right up my alley, and the rolls look great too. Maybe we should have soup tonight…

  2. says

    I love soup! Our favorite is regular ol’ taco soup. I also really like cincinnati chili (not really a soup…). Here’s a fabulous recipe for “Sneaky tomato soup” (veggie soup): I love it, but can’t handle the cabbage any more.
    Here’s another soup that I’ve made a lot, yet tummy doesn’t like the potatoes. It’s a double potato soup and it is sooo good:

  3. Tamara says

    Each time I get on your website, I must gain several pounds thinking of all your delicious creations. THANKS for sharing! Nothing like soup to fight the winter blahs. . . . .

  4. says

    I have a recipe for Cheeseburger Soup that is really, really good. It is a favorite of ours. I don’t have time to type it up now, but I would be glad to tomorrow if you don’t already have a recipe like it. It is a white, creamy, cheesy, potato soup with carrots, celery, onion, and hamburger. The blend of spices in it is wonderful. Let me know and I’ll be glad to share.

  5. Jessica says

    Last month I made your Clam Chowder soup and my husband LOVED it! I’ve made it several times since and scored big points every time :) (in fact I don’t think I’ve made a recipe of yours we didn’t like!!) I’ll be sure to try the others. Have a wonderful 2009!

  6. Jessica says

    It’s me again. I hope this isn’t a dumb question — but on the Tortellini and Sausage Soup, do you just put in the browned meat? The picture looks like a meatball on the left side of the picture…. do you form the sausage into meatballs? It sounds so yummy I want to try it right away :)

  7. says

    Cheeseburger Soup

    1/2 lb. ground beef
    3/4 c. chopped onion
    3/4 c. shredded carrots
    3/4 c. diced celery
    1 tsp. dried basil
    1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
    5 T. butter, divided
    3 c. chicken broth
    4 c. diced peeled potatoes
    1/4 c. flour
    8 oz. velveeta cheese
    1 1/2 c. milk
    3/4 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. pepper
    1/4 c. sour cream
    In a 3-quart saucepan, brown beef; drain and set aside. In the same saucepan, saute onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 2 T. butter until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add broth, potatoes, and beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Meanwhile, in small skillet, melt remaining butter (3 Tbsp.) Add flour; cook and stir 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese, milk, salt and pepper; cook and stir until cheese melts. Remove from the heat; blend in sour cream.

    This soup is soooo good. I hope you enjoy it.

  8. Mary Kathryn says

    My SIL has your blog on her blog roll. I check in a couple of times here and there. I have made your chocolate chip cookie recipe and pancake recipe and have replaced those recipes with my old ones. Since you have helped me with my recipe book I figured it would be kind to share some of our favorite soups.

    My friend makes an amazing chicken noodle soup that is so easy but tastes like you have slaved all day.

    Another all time favorite is my Chicken Tortilla Soup

  9. says

    Leigh Anne-

    I’ve really enjoyed visiting your blog. I look forward to trying some of your recipes. I hope you will accept a little award from me. Please visit my blog’s latest post!

  10. Mary Kathryn says

    Question- I have a question about the rolls. They look so good but when I read the ingredient list I was totally turned off by mayo. I am not a mayo person and only keep a little jar on hand for just in cases. Is the mayo strong on the rolls and is it necessary? I may just get over it and make them but mayo is just so yuck to me.

  11. says

    Mary Kathryn »

    I can’t stand mayo either. I promise that once the rolls are baked you will have NO idea that there is mayo involved in the recipe. I hope you’ll give them a try and enjoy them as much as we do.

  12. Erin says

    My favorite looks similar to your tortellini soup recipe, but it’s different enough I had to send it over anyway. We’re having it tonight, and I can hardly wait! It’s nearly a dump soup – so easy!

    Italian Sausage Soup
    1 lb. Italian sausage
    1 small head cabbage, chopped
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 can diced tomateoes
    2 cans chicken broth
    1 can undrained Northern beans
    1 T. dried parsley
    salt and pepper to taste
    1/2 t (or more to taste) chopped garlic
    1 1/2 c. water
    Italian spices to taste

    Chop cabbage. Steam in microwave to medium stage. Meanwhile, saute sausage and onion. Add tomatoes, broth, parsley, garlic, and 1 c. water. Bring to a boil and taste. Add remaining water, if desired, and Italian seasoning to taste. Add cabbage. Simmer 1/2 hour. Add beans and simmer another 1/2 hour. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

  13. Ashley Northam says

    I’m loving your site.! I also have a Fall party tradition of soup. Its a great way to have a crowd over. Thanks for the new additions in the soup category.


  14. Ashley Northam says

    Oops, It looks like others are submitting recipes to you as a way of sharing. Here’s one of my favorites, I’m happy to share! * I made up this recipe about 10 years ago, its soo easy and the Homeade Gourmet spice is a good shortcut, but not completely necessary…

    1 onion, diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    * in large pot combine onion, garlic and sprinkle with Kosher salt, pepper and about 2 Tbspn olive oil. Add 2 tsp butter for deeper flavor. Saute until onions are soft.
    Then add:
    4-6 c chicken broth ( about 2 cans or 1 large box)
    1c water
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    Wisk to combine above then add:
    2 cans kidney beans ( drained) or more if desired
    1 can corn or about 1 cup frozen
    1 can tomato sauce
    1 tsp cumin
    1 tsp red pepper flakes ( heat)
    dash salt
    1 can diced tomatoes, ( S&W Mexican style)
    1 c sour cream or plain yogurt
    1 c salsa (if you want to control the heat, leave this on the side for individual bowls)
    2 c chopped, cooked chicken(2 breasts)
    **( I like to season mine with a splash of Olive Oil, then sprinkle with Chicken Enchilada Seasoning from Homeade Gourmet then bake in the oven on a cookie sheet for 20 minutes)
    Serve on the side:
    fresh cilantro
    grated jack cheese
    tortilla chips or toasted, torn tortillas to put on top
    more salsa
    fresh guacamole

    This soup is great. Its great as a left over- it doesn’t change consistency. Tastes just as good next day or in a crock pot.

  15. Jill says

    Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

    A family favorite, very hearty.

    1 medium onion, chopped
    2 ribs celery, diced
    2 carrots, diced
    ½ cup butter or margarine
    ½ cup flour
    4 cups chicken or turkey broth
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ¼ teaspoon pepper
    2 cups cooked wild rice
    2 cups half and half
    2 cups diced, cooked turkey (or chicken)
    1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

    Sauté onion, celery and carrots in butter until onion is transparent. Reduce heat. Blend in flour and cook until bubbly. Gradually add broth, stirring constantly. Bring to boil, boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat; add wild rice, cream, turkey, parsley, salt and pepper. Simmer 20 minutes. Yield 10-12 servings. About 3 quarts. When I make this I cook extra wild rice because it takes longer to cook than regular rice, then I freeze the extra in two cup portions so that the soup makes up really quick the next few times.

  16. Laurie says

    Leigh Anne I have a question. I love your Tortelleni soup and seem to have lost my recipe. I was wondering if when it says ‘tomatoes’ that you mean canned or fresh. Also since there is a big gap on the recipe after tomatoes is there another ingredient that just didn’t show up?
    I don’t know if you respond to older post.

  17. Erin says

    Hi Leigh Ann,
    I have made your clam chowder a handful of times before and it is always a huge hit with my family. I just looked for it to print it (misplaced it last time, it appears) so I could pick up the ingredients tomorrow, and I can’t access it on your site anymore. :( My seven year old has been begging for it for the past few weeks; it’s finally cold enough to do again! Any chance you could repost it or email it to me?


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