Archive for: Soups, Stews & Chilis


Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup - a subtly sweet soup to warm you up. | Kristine's Kitchen

Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Roasted butternut squash and apples lend a subtle sweetness to this silky smooth soup. October just flew by, didn't it? While I'd love time to slow down a little bit, I have to say I was excited to turn my calendar to the November page on Saturday morning. I'm loving the cooler days that we've had recently and the little bit of rain that came our way on last week. (Hopefully there is more rain in our near future?) What do you most look forward to when the chilly months of the year roll around? For me, it's rainy days spent at home, extra time with family and friends, and cozy afternoons spent relaxing with a good book and a cup of tea. And of course warm, comforting foods like ... [Continue Reading]

Farmers' Market Minestrone - bursting with fresh summer produce! | Kristine's Kitchen

Farmers’ Market Minestrone

Served barely warm or at room temperature, this Farmers' Market Minestrone is just bursting with fresh summer produce! Are you feeling ready for fall, cooler temperatures, rain, hot tea, and cute boots?  Or are you holding on to summer as tight as you can, soaking up every moment of sun-filled fun?  I'm still in the latter group, not ready for summer to be over quite yet.  The fall season is one of my favorites, but it's just so hard to let go of the relaxed days of summer. One thing I am starting to get excited about, though, is fall food.  Cinnamon, apples, pumpkin...  fall has a lot to offer, especially when it comes to baking.  Something else to love about fall?  Soup time!  ... [Continue Reading]

Hearty Vegetable Chowder | Kristine's Kitchen

Hearty Vegetable Chowder

This Hearty Vegetable Chowder is filled with leeks, carrots, celery, and potatoes. A scoop of tangy Greek yogurt and some Cajun spice give it plenty of flavor and a little kick to warm you up from the inside. Our temperatures are dropping here in California, and yesterday we got some much-needed rain. While our cold temperatures are certainly nothing extreme, I was looking to warm up with a comforting bowl of soup once dinner time rolled around. This hearty vegetable chowder was perfect to fill our tummies and warm us up, especially since we gave it a little kick with an extra pinch of cayenne pepper! There are two key steps that give this soup it's hearty, smooth broth. First, ... [Continue Reading]

Turkey Chili Taco Soup~ Kristine's Kitchen

Turkey Chili Taco Soup

This Saturday we had our family over for lunch following William's baptism. The baptism service was very nice, and it was wonderful to get together to celebrate as a family. For lunch we made this Turkey Chili Taco Soup, and it was a huge hit. Most everyone asked for the recipe, and here it is! When I say “we” made this soup, I really mean Brad. Having a lunch party at our house on Saturday isn't easy when we both work Fridays because there is not much time to prepare. I did my best to clean the house earlier in the week, and then Friday night after the kids went to bed there were only a few last minute things we needed to do. I worked on picking up the house and setting the tables (with ... [Continue Reading]

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Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Note:  I have a new blog address!  You can now find Kristine's Kitchen at:  kristineskitchenblog.com.  Please update any bookmarks or favorites you may have, although you will still be redirected to the new page if you type in the old address.   I love to cook. I do have a cooking blog, after all. But that doesn't mean that I don't enjoy having dinner prepared for me once in a while. With this slow cooker chili, it's almost like someone else is cooking dinner. The slow cooker works away all day and you end up with a delicious-smelling house and a delicious-tasting dinner. All you have to do is throw in a few ingredients in the morning and then let it cook away. I've been ... [Continue Reading]

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Golden Winter Soup

I have been making this soup ever since it appeared in Cooking Light magazine in January 2008. As soon as butternut squash come into season, this is one of the first meals that I cannot wait to make. A delicious combination of butternut squash, potato, and leeks, Golden Winter Soup is hearty with a nice balance of flavors. Once you prep the squash, potatoes, and leeks, which takes maybe 20 minutes or so, the soup comes together really easily. This soup is delicious served with Gruyere toasts, which add a salty note to balance the slightly sweet, slightly savory soup. Golden Winter Soup is definitely a favorite in our family, and I hope it will become one of yours, too. One year ago:  ... [Continue Reading]

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup

With the arrival of cooler weather I have been craving soup. Lately I've also been wanting a hot meal for lunch, as opposed to my usual sandwich and fruit. So today I decided to make some Broccoli Cheddar Soup for us. I also happened to have a few Honey Yeast Rolls in my freezer. The homemade rolls and soup were just right for a satisfying lunch on a fall day. And the best part is we now have leftover soup to enjoy for lunch the next few days.  :) One year ago: Autumn Apple and Spinach Salad Broccoli Cheddar Soup Printable Recipe Makes 6-8 servings Ingredients: 2 tbsp. unsalted butter 1 medium onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 3 cups broccoli, cut into small ... [Continue Reading]

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

Three Bean Vegetarian Chili

My family usually eats vegetarian meals a few times a week, and this three bean chili is a great meatless meal. The chili includes pinto, cannellini, and kidney beans, which provide plenty of filling protein. We rounded out our meal with a green salad and some cornbread muffins. The chili has a touch of sweetness from the roasted red peppers and butternut squash. I used just a pinch of red pepper flakes and our chili had only a hint of spice. If you want more spice, you should increase the amount of red pepper flakes, or add some chili powder or a pinch of cayenne pepper. This recipe is not difficult, but it does take a good amount of time from start to finish. Not all of the time is ... [Continue Reading]

Tortellini Soup

Tortellini Soup

We have had a lot of rain here in California recently, and the weather forecast says we are in for many more rainy days to come. When I come home from work on a cold, wet day, it's nice to warm up with a bowl of soup for dinner. This recipe is great for busy weeknights because it literally takes about 25 minutes from start to finish. Add a green salad and some french bread (or homemade rolls, if you happen to have some in your freezer), and you have a filling and delicious meal. Tortellini Soup Printable Recipe Makes 3-4 servings Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 cup onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with ... [Continue Reading]

Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup

I made this soup for dinner last night, and we absolutely loved it. Now there are some delicious leftovers in my fridge just waiting to be eaten tonight! This soup is similar to other potato leek soup recipes that I've tried, but this version has by far the best flavor. I think the garlic and sour cream play key roles in taking this soup's flavor up a notch. Before adding the potatoes, you simmer a whole head of garlic with some of the other soup ingredients until the garlic is tender. After it's imparted loads of flavor into the soup, you remove the garlic head at the end. With each bite of soup, there is a hint of garlic flavor in the background, but it is not overpowering at all. Deb ... [Continue Reading]

Bean-and-Beef Chili

Bean-and-Beef Chili

I have tried a few different chili recipes over the years and this one is by far my favorite. There's a crock pot chili that I've yet to post, this chicken chili which is delicious, but this beef-and-bean version I think is the best of them all. The chili is cooked for two hours on the stove, which makes the beef incredibly tender. A bowl of this chili has just the right balance between meat, beans, tomatoes, onions, and seasonings. The chili is spicy, but not too spicy, which I like. I reduced the amount of chili powder called for in the original recipe because I was hoping Julia would eat this meal. (She didn't, unless you count eating the cheese and avocado off the top, along with ... [Continue Reading]

carrot ginger soup

Carrot-Ginger Soup

I first had this soup at a New Year's Eve dinner at our friends' house three years ago. I immediately asked for the recipe and it has been a favorite of ours ever since. This soup is elegant enough to serve when entertaining, yet simple enough to make for a weeknight dinner. It does take a few minutes to peel the carrots, but once you've done that and chopped the onions and the ginger, the remaining active prep is minimal. I used to grate the ginger using my microplane, but have since found that chopping it into small pieces is so much faster and easier. When you puree the soup it ends up smooth either way. The original recipe calls for adding 1/2 cup cognac or brandy after the cream, but ... [Continue Reading]

harvest pumpkin soup ~ Kristine's Kitchen

Harvest Pumpkin Soup

Do you ever have really high hopes for a new recipe, but at the same time worry that it might not turn out well at all? That was my thinking about this pumpkin soup recipe before I tried it. For some reason, I wasn't sure if the ingredients were going to meld together well into the flavor I wanted. Happily, this pumpkin soup exceeded my highest expectations. It was so delicious, I could hardly wait until the next night when I could eat the leftovers for dinner. Another positive aspect of this recipe is that it is so easy! The only chopping involved is the chopping of one onion and two garlic cloves. After sauteing the onion and adding the other ingredients, a quick 15 minute simmer allows ... [Continue Reading]

chicken chili

Chicken Chili

I have been wanting to make chicken chili for a while now, and I decided that my family's Halloween get together would be the perfect time to try out this recipe. I will definitely be making this again, as it was enjoyed by all. This chili does have a good amount of spice to it, so it's the perfect meal to warm you up on a cold evening. If you want less spice, you can omit the chipotle chili in adobo sauce and reduce the amount of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper. My family enjoyed it just as it is, topped with a little cheddar cheese. I like how this chili contains a good amount of vegetables (onion, bell peppers, and tomatoes) as well as protein from the chicken and beans. It's a ... [Continue Reading]