Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A "Souper" Wednesday

Baby, it's cold outside!

It's getting down to 6 degrees tonight! I've got warmth on my mind, so I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite soup recipes...


White Bean Chili
(The best I've ever had! The secret?'s the lime! Perfect for a cold January day)

3 c. water
1 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
3 or boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 c. minced white onion
1 garlic clove
2 cans white northern beans (don't drain liquid)
2 cans white shoe peg corn (don't drain liquid)
1 can diced green chilis
Juice or 2 to 3 limes (fresh)
Monterrey Jack cheese or white chedder
Tortilla chips (Lime flavored are the best!)

Simmer chicken in water, lemon pepper and cumin for 20 minutes. In a separate pan, saute the onion and garlic. When chicken is done, take it out of the pot (don't drain liquid). Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and put back into liquid. Add onion, garlic, beans, corn, chilis and lime. Simmer. Serve with chips and cheese.

*This freezes well and is a great meal to make ahead.

Zuppa Tosana
(very hearty and good)

1 1/2 c. spicy Italian sausage
6 slices of bacon
3/4 c. diced onions
1 2/2 tsp. minced garlic
2 T. chicken bouillon powder
1 quart water
2 medium potaotoes sliced in small squares
1 can cannelloni beans
2 c. thinly sliced kale or spinach leaves
1/3 c. heavy whipping cream (don't panic, you're not eating the whole pot!)
parmesan cheese for garnish

Cook sausage. Drain greese. Set aside
Cook bacon. Remove and crumble
Cook onions in bacon greese. Add garlic, bouillon powder, water, and potatoes. Simmer about 15 min. then add sausage, cream, spinach and beans. Simmer for 4 minutes and serve. Garnish with parmesan cheese.


*Another great make ahead meal!


  1. I love that chili. I can make it in my sleep. I always add extra cumin, lime juice, and serve with LIME tortilla chips. really yummy. but who am I do tweek the soup queen's(aka - you) famous recipe? I will have to try out the zuppa one too. looks really good.

  2. we must all have been thinking alike- i made chicken soup tonight -- when the temp. drops to 9 degrees, you gotta have soup! you ARE the soup queen, i have to admit-

  3. Soups are so healthy and a little goes a long way. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have the white bean one in my crock pot right now. I know it's not a crock pot recipe, but you can't convince me that it won't work that way.

    I'll let you know how it turns out.

  5. We're having the white bean soup for dinner. Just have to pick up a few things at the store...

  6. I think I've had that white bean chili at Michelle's house before, and I even think I made it one time years and years ago. It's good.

    I haven't had the other soup before, but it sounds perfect for winter.

  7. The white bean chili is scrumptuous and is is from a true blue pinto bean lover. Katie gave me the recipe and I follow it exactly everytime. I am going to try the other one. You are a fantastic cook!

  8. Ohh, these sound so good----right now! I have beenon the road for a week and the food is pretty bleak. We work long hours, get up as late as possible for the next day (which doesn't leave much time for breakfast) and eat junk all day in the showrooms. When you do find something to eat, there usually isn't a place to sit!

    We have a favorite white bean chili too. It looks very similar. Michelle passed it along a few years ago, as mentioned by Jill.

    I even won 2nd place last year at the Ward chili cookoff with it! Thanks for the good recipes and that photo is too darn cute!

  9. I love a good white bean chili.

    And I thought it was cold here!