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Old 10-16-2009, 02:19 PM   #11
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I have a few recipes that I'm working on:

Split Pea Soup (not the best I've ever had, but tweak with spices to your hearts content. My kids ask for this!)

Small package of Split Peas
Chicken Broth (canned or boullion)
Lots of bacon, or ham of your choice
Onion
Garlic
Butter
Carrots

Heat butter in pan and sweat the chopped onion until they are mooshy. Add chopped garlic for a couple of minutes until it is "roasted".

Add Chicken Broth to desired amount.

Add peas and chopped carrots

Heat to boiling, then simmer until peas are tender.

While waiting for peas to tenderize, add ham or bacon (or both!). Add any spices that you think would go well.

When peas are tender, mash up with a masher, or one of those hand-held blender doohickies. Just enough to thicken the soup.

Turn off heat.

Serve with fresh warm homemade bread.

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Old 10-16-2009, 02:26 PM   #12
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Zuppa Toscana (from Olive Garden). My wife loves this one, and actually says she likes mine better. I just looked it up online and the recipe seems to be a perfect match!

1 pkg Italian Sausage (choose your own heat level)
Potatoes
Garlic
Onion
Few slices Bacon (or that Italian bacon stuff)
Heavy Cream
Chicken Broth
Fresh Kale
Salt Pepper
Other spices if you like


Heat butter in a pot.

Add chopped onion and sweat until tender.

Add choped garlic and roast until roasted (whatever)

Add chicken broth and smallish chunks of sliced potatoes.

Add Bacon and browned (and drained) sausage.

Heat to boiling and then simmer until potatoes are tender.

Add heavy cream (small pkg).

Strip the leaves off the Kale stems and chop. Add to soup.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Turn off heat.

Serve with fresh homemade bread, or breadsticks (if you want to emulate that Olive Garden experience. Maybe you don't, but at my house, this is a sure way to get something extra special later on..

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Old 10-16-2009, 02:28 PM   #13
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edit: SOB, I've been looking for a good minestrone recipe for a while (I LOVE minestrone). I have to ask though, why the cabbage? I can't recall it being in any minestrone I've ever eaten.
Honestly...I have no clue! About a year ago I noticed a bagged soup in one of the grocery store aisles that looked good. Never heard of Minestrone before then...hell I didnt know how to pronounce it! So I cooked the "bagged soup" and it was OK. Then I figured it would be good with Italian sausage and looked up a recipe. THat is the one I came across.

So in short...I have no clue what the cabbage is doing there. If it would have told me to put Rhubarb in it I probably would have! I dont know any better. I just know it's damn good...
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Old 10-16-2009, 02:36 PM   #14
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Rock on :P I'll be trying that one very soon.

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Bean and Bacon (or HAM)

I like this one. I cheat and use Campbells family size can for a starter. Sue me.

1 large can of Campbells Bean with Bacon soup (or your favorite other condensed soup)
Few medium potatoes.
Carrots
More Bacon or HAM

Place condensed soup in pot.

Add water.

Add more water (You'll need more to cook the potatoes and carrots)

Add diced potatoes.

Add chopped carrots.

Heat to boiling, then simmer until potatoes and carrots are tender.

Add any spices you prefer.

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Also, Alton Brown has a Pea Soup recipe on his episode "Give Peas a Chance". Might want to look that one up. If I remember, it was a very simple recipe.

I've had pea soup at a pioneer festival in Indiana (Feast of the Hunters Moon, which is a very cool even to attend!) and it tasted a bit like paste. You kind of need the ham or bacon to flavor it up some. IMO

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Vegetable Beef (Made this yesterday, for the first time. Everyone loved it.)

8 Cups Beef Broth
4 medium potatoes
1 Can Cut Green Beans
1 Can Sweet Corn
1 Can Diced Carrots
1 can Sweet Peas
Half an onion
1 lb. Hamburger
3 Roma Tomatoes
2 stalks celery

Brown hamburger. Drain grease.

To the soup pot:
Add diced potatoes.
Add each of the cans of vegetables, including the liquid.
Add chopped celery.
Add chopped onion.
Add browned burger.
Add chopped tomatoes

Heat to boiling.

Reduce heat to simmer and cook until carrots and potatoes are tender.

Of course you could use fresh veggies from the garden. Yum!

Serve with warm fresh homemade bread (or make bread bowls!!)

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Brown hamburger. Drain grease.
Brown hamburger. Drain into a seperating cup and pour off the liquid for use in the soup. Reserve the grease for later cooking.

You're throwing away some mighty good stuff if you just toss it imo. Your recipes look great though!
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Revvy: While I don't have a good split-pea recipe, if I was going to make it, I would approach it much like making navy bean/great northern with ham.

Basically I'd sautee some onion/garlic, toss it in a crockpot with dried beans, salt and pepper, and a ham hock/ham/etc and cook it on low until the peas were where you wanted them (in this case basically mush). I usually also toss a bay leaf and a tiny bit of thyme in with beans/stew and quite possibly some crumbled up bacon.

edit: With some water or other cooking liquid in there of course.
We just made a batch almost exactly like this, with the addition of 2 chopped carrots and celery sticks (add to the saute) and a few chopped gold potatoes. Saute the aromatics (onion/carrot/celery) until just starting to brown, then add the garlic with a teaspoon of sugar. Saute ~30 seconds (don't brown the garlic) and add your thyme, bay leaves, water or broth, peas, ham hock, ham, and potatoes.
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I never thought to user a full mirepoix for "just beans" will definitely be trying that next time, too. This thread rocks

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