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Soups to stop the chill of winter

Cierra Cook
Lifestyles Editor


Winter is just around the corner, and what’s better than a bowl of hot soup to keep you warm?

Here are a few quick recipes that you can throw together in the morning before heading off to classes, that will be ready to eat when you get home. Foodnetwork.com has 5 easy recipes.


Basic Chicken soup

 Chop 1 onion, 1 celery stalk, 2 carrots and 1 tablespoon thyme; sauté in butter until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Add 6 cups chicken broth; simmer 20 minutes. Add 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, 1/3 cup mixed chopped dill and parsley and some lemon juice.

Photo courtesy of eclecticcook.com

Photo courtesy of eclecticcook.com


Spicy Tortilla

 Puree 2 seeded, soaked ancho chiles, 1 onion, 2 tomatoes and 2 garlic cloves; fry in oil. Add 6 cups chicken broth, 4 torn corn tortillas, some shredded cooked chicken and 1/2 cup cilantro; simmer until thick. Add salt; garnish with crisp tortilla strips, Mexican cheese, avocado, cilantro and lime juice.

Photo courtesy of thepioneerwoman.com

Photo courtesy of thepioneerwoman.com


Potato Chowder

Saute 4 ounces chopped bacon; add 2 tablespoons butter, 2 sliced leeks and 2 teaspoons each sage and thyme. Add 4 cups chicken broth, 1 1/2 cups cream, a bay leaf and 3 chopped potatoes. Simmer until tender; top with chives.

Photo courtesy of ckxsfm.com

Photo courtesy of ckxsfm.com


Split Pea

 Simmer 1/2 pound split peas with 1 each chopped celery stalk, onion and carrot, a ham hock and a bundle of fresh herbs in 5 cups water until tender. Remove ham and bone; pull off the meat. Puree the soup; stir in ham.

Photo courtesy of culinarycheapskate.wordpress.com

Photo courtesy of culinarycheapskate.wordpress.com


Black Bean

 Soak 1/2 pound dried black beans overnight; drain. Sauté 1 each chopped celery stalk, onion and carrot and 2 smashed garlic cloves in oil. Add beans, thyme, a bay leaf, a ham hock and 5 cups water; simmer 40 minutes. Remove ham and bone; pull off the meat. Puree the soup; stir in the ham.

Photo courtesy of thetraceyshow.com

Photo courtesy of thetraceyshow.com


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