Cheese Tortellini Soup with Cannellini, Kielbasa, and Kale

Nemo has been a great help this weekend in allowing me to vegetate on the couch.  After catching some kind of sickness, I have done absolutely nothing over the past couple of days other than sleep, watch movies, and drink a lot of chicken broth.  Unfortunately, today is Sunday.  That means I have to actually get off the couch and be at least a little productive.  This is one of my mom’s recipes, perfect for when you are feeling sick or just hankering for something really amazing to eat.

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Chicken, Corn, and Butter Bean Soup

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Soup Party!  To scare away winter doldrums my mom hosts a soup party to bring friends and family together.  Everyone brings their best soup and leaves with a full belly.  After the tasting, votes are cast for the best soup of the year and a trophy is awarded.  The same trophy is used year after year and the winner’s name is written on the back.  This year I made an award winning Chicken, Corn, and Butter Bean Soup! P

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Butternut Squash and White Bean Stew

A week into the New Year – holiday eating has resided and resolutions are still going strong.  I have been requested by my dear friend Dominique to post a healthy recipe.  In fact, she has requested that from now on I only post healthy recipes.  As tempting as that sounds, I can’t do that.  However, I can post a few and to start 2013 off right here is a healthy Butternut Squash and White Bean Stew.  With zero grams of fat and loaded with fiber and antioxidants, butternut squash is definitely a power food.  Add to that the white bean;  rich in slow-digesting carbohydrates, protein, and even more fiber.  This healthy dish is sure to keep any New Year resolution going strong.

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Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli was the beginning of my cooking passion.  It was the first from-scratch dish I prepared on my own, and it was without a doubt the easiest, and perhaps tastiest dish I made during my starting phases of cooking.  Loaded with pasta and beans, this soup is a hearty winter treat.

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French Onion Soup

Supposedly King Louis XV of France is the founder of French Onion Soup.  He came home late one night after hunting, went rummaging through his kitchen for something to eat, and came across onions, stale bread, and champagne.  When he cooked them all together he proclaimed he had created the first French Onion Soup.  This story may be a myth, but I certainly am glad that someone invented it.  Soup served with crusty bread and bubbly cheese?  Yes, please.

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Encebollado – Ecuadorian Tuna Soup

The other day while exploring the new Trader Joe’s that has come to our small area of the world, I came across a package of plantain chips.  As I picked it up off of the shelf I was reminded of my trip to Ecuador and the Encebollado that we feasted upon regularly.  Encebollado, or tuna soup, is traditionally made with boiled yuca and topped with a pickled onion and tomato salsa (curtido de cebolla y tomate) and plantain chips.  This salsa is a must-have for this dish and it gives Encebollado part of it’s name.  In Ecuador this dish is found typically along the Pacific coast where massive tuna are constantly brought in from the ocean.  To find a place to eat this soup all you have to do is follow the long line of people standing in front of a small push cart from which it is served.  It is said to be the best hangover cure and for that it is often served early in the morning.

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