Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Soup: A Defensive Option

It's that time of year again. Out come the sweaters, hand sanitizer, and tissues. It's soup season. Here's a recipe from the archives that is always a hit and is great for your family to help fight off all those nasty colds that are likely to come their way. The stress of the holidays coupled with exams on the horizon are an immune system double whammy. At my house, soup is another line of defense.  There is something therapeutic mentally and physically about holding a hot bowl of steamy goodness. 

Here is the basic recipe for one of my faves from my local paper. Date: Valentine's Day 2001

You can see how much mileage this recipe has gotten.

Yes, that's right. I'm too lazy to rewrite this recipe for you.

Sometimes I replace the diced tomatoes with fire roasted ones which gives it a completely different flavor. 

Now I know what you are thinking (that you aren't married to Popeye and your kids are not going to eat this) but make them try it once. After that I'm going to offer you a solution. 'Cause I'm all helpful like that.

The recipe calls for portobello  mushroom stuffed tortellini but I've used a variety including chicken and prosciutto or cheese, which these are. 

 Tortellini happily swimming in chicken stock (I made my own) and the other ingredients. And your grandmother was right, by the way, home made chicken stock is better for you than anything you can get from a can. Read more about the health benefits of chicken stock here.

Forget Nazi, people are going to think you are a soup goddess.

          Ladling it up!  Tell me this doesn't look delicious...

                                 You know it does.

So you tried it the first time according to the recipe and your crew nearly mutinied. I'd say make'em walk the plank but you could just leave the spinach out. YOU can still have  it with the spinach. I add the green stuff to mine after I put in the bowl and top with parmesan cheese.

 This is another soup perfect for taking care of a family that may be feeling a bit under the weather. The chicken stock, garlic, egg, and spinach are bound to cure whatever ails you and the tortellini will make even soup hating men believe that yes, Virginia...soup is a meal!

1 comment:

  1. For sure... soup is good food. And so is the mmmmm wry sense of humor found in this blog. I enjoyed it. :)