Chilled Spicy Tomato Soup Shots

 

Chilled Spicy Tomato Soup Shots

I’m an all year round soup girl. I love it in all it’s glorious forms. Clear, Creamy, Chowdery (is that even a category well it is now) and most definitely Chilled. While it’s not your usual run of the mill hot soup don’t let the cold nature of these stop you from giving these a go. They’re super refreshing, and perfect for sipping all summer long. If you can work a blender you can make this recipe.

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Tortellini in Brodo

Tortellini in Brodo www.bellalimento.com
Tortellini in Brodo means “Tortellini in Broth” or as my kids call it, Tortellini Soup. Whichever way you prefer to say it it’s always going to start with the broth. Since there are only 2 elements to this soup (well 3 if you add cheese and we always add cheese so okay 3) it’s important to make them count. Start with homemade stock. Making homemade stock couldn’t be easier I promise. If you can chuck everything into a stock pot, turn on the stove and later strain you can make homemade stock. Pretty much anytime I roast a chicken I’m making a batch of chicken stock afterwards. I leave a few jars in the fridge for that week and freeze the rest for later. Which is often. Amazing how many times I use chicken stock a week so I’m really grateful to have some in the freezer to thaw out as needed.

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Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup www.bellalimento.co

 

I’m an equal opportunity soup person. Meaning not only do I like all types of soup, I like soup year round. If there’s a choice of soup or salad well that’s an no brainer for me. It’s always soup. I do tend to gravitate to cream based soups. They’re calorie free aren’t they? No? Sigh, well I’m already hooked so I’m going to ignore that little tidbit. This creamy roasted pumpkin soup is high on my fall favorites list. Didn’t I mention that we’d be putting roasted pumpkin to good use.  So far we’ve already used it to make Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Pancetta  and now we’re using it as the base for this soup.

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10 Minute Thai Coconut Soup

10 Minute Thai Coconut Soup www.bellalimento.com

I am a soup fanatic. I love soup of all kinds (well except for vegetable soup, I know odd). If it’s ever offered on a menu I’m ordering it. Soup or Salad? You guessed it. I went out to lunch with a blogging friend earlier this week to a local Thai Cafe. They had a delicious Coconut Soup that made me pretty much ignored my shrimp Pad Thai (don’t worry I took it home and ate it later) for and if I didn’t think it would have looked bad I would have tipped the bowl and slurped all of it down. Needless to say, I restrained knowing that I would most definitely be re-creating their bowl of deliciousness at home where I could slurp in private. And slurp I did. 

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Rustic Tuscan Soup

Rustic Tuscan Soup

Apparently spring doesn’t know it’s spring because we’ve taken a u-turn and appear to be right back into winter. Who authorized this? Obviously I am not happy about this. I’ve had to turn the heater back on and pull out all of the scarves and boots I had put away for the season. The only good thing from this colder weather is I can enjoy soups a little longer. Silver lining. Silver lining. Now all I need is a silver spoon. Kidding. Kind of.

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Sweet Potato Bisque

We don’t eat out a lot. We are a family of 5 and to take the entire family out at once costs an arm and a leg. On the rare occasion we brave the inevitable melt down elements it’s typically to our favorite Mexican joint (chips/salsa and a margarita the size of a fish bowl yes please).  The food is good, reasonably priced and it’s so loud no one can hear our uber loud kids. Win. Win. When it’s just the two of us, we like to go where there is wine there are adults having conversation around say a cheese plate. We don’t have that in Mayberry our 2 stoplight town but a hop skip and a town over we’ve become enamored with a local restaurant called Fig.

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Spicy Roasted Corn and Crab Soup

I have to tell you straight away that I am obsessed with this soup. If I could bathe in it I would. Probably TMI but I need to convey to you how much I absolutely adore this soup. I (and you as soon as you make this) have Chef Mike to blame thank. I was in faboosh Fresno a few weeks ago with California Raisins (if you follow me on Instagram you saw all the photos but if no and why not, you can read about it in my Travel section very soon) one of the dishes we had while there was a roasted corn soup that made my eyes roll back in my head and make noises a la scene from When Harry Met Sally.

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Butternut Squash Soup {Crema di Zucca}

Crema di Zucca {Cream of Pumpkin Soup} is a simple, wonderful oh so creamy and velvety fall/winter soup. So much so, you won’t believe how incredibly easy it is to pull together. A little peeling, a little chopping a little simmering, a whirl in the blender and Voila!  You’ll be  dunking your spoon at warp speed into this bowl of bliss. So next time you see those gorgeous gourds in the market be sure to pick them up so you can make this!

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Crema di Pomodoro {Cream of Tomato Soup}

It’s almost SOUP season. Are you ready? I am! I’ve decided to kick start the season with this rich and thick Cream of Tomato Soup. It’s made with the last of my fresh tomatoes from my garden {I used a combination of yellow and red tomatoes producing this gorgeous orange soup} and the secret ingredient – potatoes! That’s right potatoes. It thickens the soup and gives it an extra complexity. It will have your family wondering what it is about this soup that’s so rich and delicious ; )

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Pappa al Pomodoro {Tomato and Bread Soup}

Next to making PANZANELLA for me, the next best thing to make with stale bread is this hearty Tuscan tomato and bread soup, Pappa al Pomodoro. It will warm you from head to toe and fill you completely. The ingredient list is short and simple and if you have a garden most of them are probably growing uncontrollably in them right now.

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Crema di Gamberi {Shrimp Bisque}

Soup has a way of warming your hands, toes and heart. My heart is always a little warmer when that soup happens to be a bisque. A creamy dreamy bowl of goodness.

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Tortellini in Brodo {Tortellini in Broth}

Soup’s on! & this bowl I’m sending to my sweet friend Rachael {aka the oh so fabulous La Fuji Mama} all the way over on the West coast. If she lived closer I would most certainly deliver it myself. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have heard through the twitter vine that she’s recovering from having her tonsils removed so I’m helping out with a little guest post so she has time to focus on recovering {although I know she’d much prefer to be in the kitchen cooking up some fuji fabulousness}.

What do I want when I’m not feeling so hot. Soup, of course. Tortellini in Brodo {Tortellin in Broth} came to mind immediately. It’s just bliss in a bowl! You have a rich flavorful broth peppered with veggies which would be quite scrumptious on its own, but oh no, then you have little pillows of perfectly plump pasta bursting with cheese floating about just waiting on your spoon….perfection! And my little secret for making this dish great…come a little closer so I can whisper in your ear *Parmigiano Reggiano Rind* Yep, you won’t believe how much depth it will bring to your broth ; ) You know how much I love my Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, it’s like gold in my house so I try to find uses for the rind too, waste not want not ; )

Now that the temperatures are cooling off  just a bit, it’s the perfect time to start enjoying bowls and ladels full of soup. And if it’s still hot where you are, just turn your air condition way down ; )

Go ahead over to La Fuji Mama’s for the RECIPE and be sure to send her some well wishes while you’re there!

Baci!

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Gazpacho

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Hello you tall, dark, COOL drink of…veggies! I know right, but yes VEGGIES! I wish I could tell you that I love vegetables more than I love carbs but hey it’s just not so {you’ve seen all the pasta recipes here LOL}. BUT this is changing my mind and it’s perfect for summertime! It’s cool, refreshing and ridiculously tantalizing on the tongue.

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Carabaccia {Tuscan Onion Soup} & a COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY !

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I was so excited when my friend Judy (Mrs. Divina Cucina herself) sent me a complimentary copy of her cookbook, “Secrets from my Tuscan Kitchen by Judy Witts Francini” to review.

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Zuppa di Funghi {Mushroom Soup}

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Before we get started this is NOT your canned cream of mushroom soup. Oh no! It’s a hearty flavorful bowl of homemade goodness. Nothing wrong with the canned version, but if that’s what you’re looking for, you won’t find it in this recipe. Zuppa di Funghi pronounced Zoo-pa d Foon-gee is semplicemente delizioso. If you love mushrooms (And, hello, we all know I do. Have you seen the sheer amount of recipes here that feature mushrooms? Just sayin.) you will ADORE this.

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Zuppa all’Aglio {Garlic Soup}

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You probably have realized by now that I cook with A LOT of GARLIC! Yes, I do & I’m not ashamed of it! Have you seen my garlic bowl? It’s always on my counter and normally when someone comes to my house for the first time they truly think it’s artificial & there for decoration. NOPE, it’s real & I use it!

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Pasta e Fagioli {Pasta & Beans}

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With fall on our heels, well okay with the idea of fall on our heels here on the East Coast, I have comfort foods on my mind. I’m excited to be able to get back into the kitchen, cook up a storm, and not suffocate from the heat! I can’t think of a better way to start off the season than with Pasta e Fagioli (fa-gee-o-lee). Simply meaning Pasta & Beans. Hello, you don’t get more budget friendly than pasta & beans, no? And talk about hearty – just add a loaf of bread & you’re set.

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