Minestrone with Meatballs Soup

Minestrone with Meatballs

Minestrone with Meatballs

The Everything Soup Cookbook, this book has 300 mouthwatering recipes.  There is soup for everything…such as Curried Chicken, Lemon Chicken and Okra, Italian Minestrone Cola, Pumpkin, Rice and Egg.  I’ve picked out for you to try…


Minestrone with Meatballs Soup Recipe


Minestrone with Meatballs Soup

24 cooked meatballs

1 (15 oz.) can navy or other white beans, drained

1 Tbsp. dried minced onion

1 tsp. basil

1 bay leaf

2 cup Kitchen Basic Beef Broth

2 cups water

1 cup ditali, orzo or other pasta

1 (16 oz.) can diced tomatoes (liquid retained)

1 (10 oz.) package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

1 tsp. sugar


In a 4 quart saucepan, combine the meatballs, beans,onion, basil, bay leaf, broth and water; bring to a boil.  Add the pasta and cook for 15 minutes.  Reduce to a simmer and add the tomatoes and their liquid, the vegetables and sugar; heat through.  Remove the bay leaf.           6 servings


(Recipe for Minestrone with Meatballs Soup, was in The Everything Soup Cookbook, 2002, 2015)  


Creamy Reuben Soup

Creamy Reuben Soup

Creamy Reuben Soup


Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at



I had a professor in college who loved Reuben sandwiches.  When he got the flu, I came up with this creamy soup.  He loved it!

** St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th  **

                Jay Davis                                                                             Knoxville, Tennessee


Creamy Reuben Soup Recipe

Creamy Reuben Soup

½ cup chopped onion

¼ cup chopped celery

¼ cup chopped green pepper

¼ cup butter, cubed

2 Tbsp. flour

1 cup beef broth

2 cups half-and-half cream

¼ lb. sliced deli corned beef, coarsely chopped

¾ cup sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained

¼ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Swiss cheese


In a large saucepan, sauté the onion, celery and green pepper in butter until tender.  Stir in flour until blended; gradually add broth.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Reduce heat to low.  Add the cream, corned beef, sauerkraut, salt and pepper; heat through (do not boil).  Stir in cheese until melted.           5 cups

(Recipe for Creamy Reuben Soup was on www.tasteofhome.com, 2014)


Tortellini Soup with Sausage


Tortellini Soup with Sausage

Tortellini Soup with Sausage

Crisp, cool weather calls for warm, hearty soup like this dish.

                                  Barbara Onofrey is from Pennsylvania


Tortellini Soup with Sausage Recipe


Tortellini Soup with Sausage

1 lb. mild Italian sausage (or 1 lb. ground pork mixed with 1 Tbsp. ITALIAN SAUSAGE SEASONING)

1 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

5 cups beef broth (or 5 cups water mixed with 2-3 tsp. BEEF SOUP BASE)

1/2 cup water

½ cup dry red wine (or ¼ cup balsamic vinegar + ¼ cup water)

1 28 oz. can chopped tomatoes

1 cup thinly sliced carrots (2 medium carrots)



1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce

1 package (16 oz.) tortellini (fresh or frozen)

1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

1 ½ cups sliced zucchini (1 medium)

¼-1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

 (* Penzeys spices)


In a stock pot, brown the sausage over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes, breaking it up and turning it over a few times during cooking.  Drain well, leaving ½ tsp. of drippings in the pot.  Set the sausage aside.

Reduce heat to medium, add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook until tender, 5-7 minutes, stirring regularly.  Add the broth, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, HERBS, tomato sauce and sausage.  Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.  Skim off any fat.  Add tortellini and bell pepper, cover and simmer 15 minutes.  Add zucchini and simmer another 20-30 minutes.  Serve with Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.           12 servings


(Recipe for Tortellini Soup with Sausage was in the Penzeys Spice Catalog.)


Spicy Turkey Chili

Spicy Turkey Chili

Spicy Turkey Chili


“This peppery chili is not for the faint of stomach.” It’s saucy and satisfying—according to my daughter, it’s the one thing she can taste when she has a cold.  It also freezes very well.

        Margaret Shauers                                                           Great Bend, Kansas


Spicy Turkey Chili

2 lbs. ground turkey or turkey sausage

1 large onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (16 oz. each) chili beans, undrained

2 cans (15 oz. each) tomato sauce

1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes

1 ½ cups beef broth or beer

2 to 3 Tbsp. chili powder

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

¼ to ½ tsp. cinnamon

1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

Dash cayenne pepper


In a Dutch oven or large soup kettle, cook the turkey, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.  Add remaining ingredients.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat.  Simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.      12-14 servings

(Recipe for Spicy Turkey Chili came from tasteofhome.com)



French Onion with Provolone Cheese Soup

French Onion with Provolone Cheese Soup

French Onion with Provolone Cheese Soup

Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at www.tasteofhome.com


I ADAPTED a basic recipe to copy the onion soup served at my favorite restaurant.  No matter what my entrée, I always ordered the soup.  Now I can make it at home.   It’s a meal in itself or an impressive beginning to a full-course meal.

Barbara Brunner                                                                     Steelton, Pennsylvania

French Onion with Provolone Soup Recipe

French Onion with Provolone Soup

2 medium onions, chopped

1 tsp. sugar

6 Tbsp. butter, divided

1 Tbsp. flour

1/8 tsp. pepper

Dash nutmeg

2 ½ cups beef or vegetable broth

2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

2 slices French bread (1 inch thick)

4-6 slices provolone cheese

In a large saucepan, sauté onions and sugar in 3 tablespoons of butter until golden brown.  Stir in the flour, pepper and nutmeg until blended.  Gradually stir in broth.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt remaining butter; add bread.  Cook until golden brown on both sides.  Ladle soup into two oven-proof bowls.  Place 2-3 slices of cheese in each bowl; top with bread and remaining cheese.  Bake at 375 F. for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.         2 servings

(Recipe for French Onion with Provolone Soup was on www.tasteofhome.com)

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