Category Archives: Soups

Zuppa Toscana ~ Low Carb

That frosty chill in the air means it’s soup weather!  

This is a delicious make-at-home version of Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana.

This rich creamy soup is easy to make so don’t let the unusual ingredients scare you off!   I found the kale at the grocery store and the turnips I got fresh from the farmer’s veggie stand.
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Zuppa Toscana ~ Made with Turnips

1 lb. spicy Italian sausage – crumbled
1/2 lb. bacon, chopped
1 32 oz chicken broth
4 small to medium turnips, scrubbed clean, sliced thin
2 garlic cloves – peeled, crushed
1 med. onion – peeled, chopped
2 cups chopped or torn kale
1 cup heavy whipping cream
salt and pepper to taste

In a soup pot or dutch oven,  over medium-high heat, brown sausage, breaking into small pieces as you fry it; drain and return to pot.  In the same pan, cook the  bacon til done.  Drain, reserving about 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings.

Add chopped onions and garlic; sautee  in bacon drippings until tender. Add the chicken broth and turnip slices to the pot.  Simmer over medium heat until turnips are tender, maybe 15 minutes.  It didn’t take too long, but my turnips were fresh smallish turnips from the veggie truck.

Add the kale pieces and cream to the pot; season with salt and pepper. Simmer on low for another 15 minutes.

Serve with your favorite toasted bread or bread sticks.  (I used some homemade coconut flour “cornbread” muffins.  I’ll be sharing that recipe in the near future.)

For 6 servings:  Calories 388, Carbs 9, Fat 18

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COOK’S NOTE: Some people subsitute cauliflower for the potatoes to make it low carb.  I subbed turnips and they were very similar in texture and appearance to potatoes.  The cream helps reduce the tart taste that turnips sometimes have.  Everyone loved it and really couldn’t tell the difference.

Shared with Inspire Me Tuesday.

Canned Tomatoes

Last night I canned some of my fresh garden tomatoes.  If things go as planned, when I open them they will taste as fresh as the day they were put up.

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To each quart jar of quartered tomatoes, I added 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of non-iodized salt.

I processed the jars in a water bath for 45 minutes then set them out on a cloth napkin covered tray to cool.  I tested each jar to make sure they sealed and they did.  🙂

Now on a cold winter day I’ll have some lovely fresh tasting tomatoes to add to my vegetable beef soup.

When I take a taste, I’ll remember a hot, muggy evening in August and be thankful that I took the time to preserve some of my fresh garden bounty.

Cool Weather Crock Pot, One Dish, & One Pan Meals

Today’s icy wet weather is just perfect for cooking supper in the crock pot.  

After a long hard day at work, I love coming in to the smell of a roast cooking in the crock pot and knowing that supper is almost ready.

Here’s some of my favorite crock pot/slow cooker or one dish meals.

Click on the picture to go to the recipe.

Aunt Dorothy’s Creamy Potato Soup

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Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops

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One Pot Beefy Cabbage Casserole

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My Handyman’s Jambalaya

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Aunt Mary’s Chicken & Dumplings

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Cheesy Burger Skillet

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and my supper tonight…

Vegetable Beef Soup with Cornbread

From some of my favorite spots around the web…

TSLC’s Slow Cooker Cabbage, Potatoes, & Smoked Sausage

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Grace’s Ham & Bean Soup

Hope you enjoy this cool day.  If you’d like to share your own crock pot or one dish recipes, leave a link in the comments.  Thanks for visiting!

Vegetable Beef Soup with Southern Cornbread

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This soup began as a Pot Roast with baby carrots and baby whole potatoes

baked in the oven for 6 hours at 275º.  That wasn’t long enough or the temp wasn’t high enough.  It was supposed to cooked in the crockpot while I was at work until I discovered my crockpot was missing in action and left at the church after the last dinner.

My cupboard was nearly bare of soup ingredients except for the 2 home-canned jars of mixed veggies sent back home with us from a trip to Aunt D’s house in Kentucky. I also had a small can of tomato sauce, but no diced or whole tomatoes which I normally use in soup.

The soup turned out to be the best I’ve made in a while… it was delicious!  Very hearty and full of flavor.   Only from memory, since I didn’t write anything down; it goes something like this…

Hearty Vegetable Beef Soup

Small portion of leftover pot roast
Whole new potatoes, from leftover roast
Onions, from leftover roast
2 cans mixed veggies
1 small tomato sauce
2 bouillon cubes
2-3 Tbs Flour or cornstarch for thickening
1-2 cups of water

Put all in a large pot or dutch oven and cook on medium heat for 30 minutes and until broth is thickened.  Serve with cornbread, breadsticks, or saltines.

Pacify your kids when they come asking for more, by informing them that soup’s all gone but homemade Pecan Pie with a dollop of fresh whipped cream is coming up!