Minestrone Soup

This flavorful classic Minestrone Soup recipe is warm, satisfying, and packed full of nutrition. Perfect for the colder months and even more perfect in a homemade bread bowl.

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What is Minestrone Soup?

Minestrone Soup is a hearty Italian soup that includes vegetables, broth, and pasta (or rice). It’s one of those great soups that are delicious, vegetarian, and packed full of nutrition. I personally love the stuff and could eat the entire pot. It’s warm, satisfying and one bowl will fill you up! Like lots of other dishes, the longer it cooks the better it tastes. I’d recommend lightly simmering this soup for as long as you can and then 10 minutes before serving, put in the pasta to cook OR just cook it separately and serve it alongside. Top the whole dish with some parmesan cheese and crusty bread and that’s dinner!

Main Ingredients Needed

Overall, Minestrone Soup is a pretty healthy meal! If you don’t like certain vegetables in the recipe then you can omit them or substitute them for other ones. Here’s what you need:

  • Olive Oil – this is used to saute the veggies that need a little more cooking time than the rest.
  • Onion, Carrots + Celery – these three form the base of this soup. Lots of vitamins and minerals here.
  • Chicken Broth – use a high-quality chicken broth for the best results. If you are looking to keep this recipe vegetarian, replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth.
  • Dark Kidney Beans + Garbanzo Beans – rinsed and drained. I used these to add in some protein to make this meal more filling.
  • Tomato Sauce + Diced Tomatoes – these are added to help make and flavor the broth.
  • Cabbage – if you don’t like cabbage then substitute it for zucchini. Zucchini is a pretty traditional ingredient for Minestrone–I didn’t have any on hand but feel free to add it in.
  • Basil, Oregano, Salt + Pepper – don’t forget the salt and pepper when it comes to the seasonings.
  • Short Cut Pasta – I used mini shells but you could use whatever short cut pasta you have, or even use rice or couscous!
beans in colander getting poured into minestrone soup

Variations

I am a firm believer that you should use ingredients that you have on hand or ingredients that you like. Because of this I encourage my reader’s to make variations to my recipes if they want to. Here are a couple ideas for Minestrone Soup:

  • Add Meat: I made a meatless soup but you can easily add in ground beef, chicken, Italian sausage or another type of protein.
  • More Vegetables to Use: you could sub out any of the vegetables listed about to make this soup your own. Some ideas include: spinach, potatoes, corn, zucchini, kale, green beans, peas, butternut squash, or collard greans.
  • Flavor Enhancing Ingredients: this could be anything from adding garlic to adding lemon juice/zest. There are a lot of variations out there so go crazy and experiment away.

How to Make Minestrone Soup

For full details on how to make Minestrone Soup, see the recipe card down below 🙂

Saute Veggies

In a large pot, sauté onions, carrots and celery in olive oil over medium heat until slightly softened (the rest of the cooking will continue later in the recipe)

Add Broth + Other Ingredients

Stir in broth, beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, seasonings and cabbage.

Simmer + Cook Pasta

Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for at least 20 minutes. The longer it cooks the better the flavor becomes. 10 minutes before serving, pour in pasta to cook or boil it separately.

Top with Parmesan

Serve with parmesan cheese and good quality crusty bread.

close up of minestrone soup

Storing Minestrone Soup

Any leftover Minestrone Soup can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. If the soup seems too thick after storing it, just add some more broth when you are heating it back up in the microwave or on the stove top.

Freezing Instructions

Because this is a broth-based soup it freezes beautifully! Cool completely then simply store in a freezer-safe container, leaving an inch or two of space at the top to account for expansion, for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw in the fridge overnight then heat over the stovetop.

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More Italian Soups to Try!

If you liked this Minestrone Soup you are bound to like my other Italian soup recipes!

The printable recipe card is down below, enjoy 🙂

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Minestrone Soup

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This flavorful classic Minestrone Soup recipe is warm, satisfying, and packed full of nutrition. Perfect for the colder months!
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine Italian
Keyword minestrone soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 242kcal
Author Lauren

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 ribs celery washed and chopped
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 15 oz dark kidney beans 1 can, rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz garbanzo beans 1 can, rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz tomato sauce 1 can
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes 1 can
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano or marjoram
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup short cut pasta such as shells

Instructions

  • In a large pot, sauté onions, carrots, and celery in butter and oil over medium heat for 7-10 minutes.
    sauteed vegetables in big pot
  • Stir in water, bouillon, beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, seasonings, and cabbage.
    cabbage and spices in minestrone
  • Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for at least 20 minutes. 10 minutes before serving, pour in pasta to cook or boil it separately.
    adding pasta to soup
  • Serve with parmesan cheese and good quality crusty bread.
    ladling minestrone soup out of pot

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 949mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 5mg

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup recipe is quick and easy to make but tastes like it’s been on the stove all day!

One pot is all it takes to prep and cook this belly warming meal. Serve it with a side salad and some crusty bread for dipping.

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup in bowls with instant pot in the back

A Flavorful Favorite

  • Split Pea Soup is a hearty entrée soup that we love.
  • It’s such a great way to use up that leftover ham from any occasion.
  • We love this recipe because it makes a traditional split pea soup recipe super quick without sacrificing flavor!
  • This budget-friendly favorite uses simple ingredients yet has great flavor.

ingredients to make Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Ingredients

HAM I use both bacon & ham for an extra boost of flavor. If you only have one or the other, double up the amount.

If you’re lucky enough to have a hambone, cook it right in the split peas, and remove it later and add the meat from the bone into the soup.

SPLIT PEAS Split pea soup is similar to Lentil Soup, but it’s richer and creamier. Use green or yellow split peas.

CHICKEN BROTH adds extra savory flavor, especially for this Instant Pot version. Traditional ham bone broth can sometimes take hours to cook, but using premade chicken broth makes this soup just as savory!

VEGETABLES Fresh veggies like carrots, celery, garlic, & onion are staples for split pea and ham soup and add to the base flavor. Don’t forget the herbs, thyme and parsley, bay leaf and black pepper!

process of adding ingredients to instant pot to make Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

How to Make Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup is a breeze to make.

  1. Sauté veggies with chopped bacon in the Instant Pot. Add garlic last.
  2. Add remaining ingredients & pressure cook (per recipe below).
  3. Stir in fresh parsley, season, and serve.

To Soak or Not to Soak?

Technically, split peas don’t need to be soaked, especially when cooking in the Instant Pot.

But if you want to make sure that split peas will be easier to digest, soak them with a bay leaf for at least 4 hours or overnight. Rinse thoroughly before adding to the soup. Cook time can be reduced by about 5-6 minutes.

top view of cooked Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Tips & Tricks

  • If you have the time, try making homemade bone broth by covering the ham bone with water and simmering in the Crockpot for 8 hours or overnight. Then make split pea and ham soup with the broth from the ham bone instead of, (or in addition to) chicken broth. Leftover broth can be frozen and used in other recipes.
  • No energy to make soup the day after a big feast? No problem. Just freeze the ham bone for another time when a bowl of delicious soup is in the plan!
  • For an extra creamy soup, use an immersion blender in the soup, before adding in parsley and chopped ham. Leave some chunkiness for texture, or purée, if desired.

Leftovers

Split Pea & Ham soup can be kept in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. It freezes really well, too, making it great for batch cooking or meal prep! It will keep its flavor in the freezer for at least 3 months, and up to 6. To store, ladle cooled soup into individual serving-sized freezer bags or meal prep containers & mark with the date. Thaw desired portions in the refrigerator, then reheat on the stovetop. For best results use defrosted portions within 2 days.

Our Fave Savory Soups

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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup made in the Instant Pot is healthy, hearty, & oh-so-flavorful!
Course Dinner, Instant Pot, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 689
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dried split peas green or yellow green or yellow
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon uncooked, finely diced
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 3 ribs celery diced
  • 2 large carrots diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 meaty ham bone or 2 cups leftover ham
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Rinse peas and drain well.
  • Turn a 6QT Instant Pot on to saute. Heat olive oil. Add bacon, onion, celery, and carrots.
  • Cook 3-5 minutes or until onions are tender. Stir in garlic.
  • Add remaining ingredients except for the parsley.
  • Select manual, high pressure and set the timer to 17 minutes. Once time is up, allow to naturally release for 15 minutes. Release any remaining pressure.
  • Discard bay leaf. If using a ham bone, remove any meat from the bone and stir back into the soup. Discard bone.
  • Stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Makes approximately 7 cups. 

Nutrition

Calories: 689 | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 2262mg | Potassium: 1881mg | Fiber: 31g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 6427IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 7mg
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Instant Pot Split Pea Soup in bowls with instant pot in the back with writing
Instant Pot Split Pea Soup in bowls with writing
Instant Pot Split Pea Soup in the instant pot with a title

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Potato Bacon Soup

This Potato Bacon Soup is rich and creamy and packed with smoky bacon! 

A creamy broth, chunks of potato, and of course it wouldn’t be a bacon soup without lots of bacon. This dish is easy to make and will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites!

potato bacon soup in a bowl

Savory Potato Bacon Soup

This is a great soup recipe. We love it because:

  • this soup is fast enough for a weeknight meal
  • most of the ingredients are things I usually have on hand
  • we love the rich flavors
  • it keeps for about 4 days and reheats well for lunches

ingredients for Potato Bacon Soup on a marble board

Ingredients

BACON A bacon soup needs bacon and lots of it! We prefer a thick cut bacon.

If you don’t have bacon, you can use pre-cooked bacon crumbles. Brown them in a pan with a bit of oil before cooking the onion. This crisps the bacon and flavors the oil at the same time.

DAIRY I use a bit of heavy cream in the broth. If you’d like you can substitute either light cream or a bit of evaporated milk. Regular milk can be used but the soup won’t be as creamy and you’ll need to increase the cornstarch a little bit.

BROTH Use low sodium so the soup isn’t too salty, or make your own homemade chicken stock for use in lots of recipes.

POTATOES  Baking potatoes (russets or Idaho potatoes) are nice and starchy and for great flavor and texture.

Potato Bacon Soup ingredients in a pot

Variations

  • We like to add sliced leek, cheddar cheese, cooked sausage, or even leftover chicken.
  • A dollop of sour cream is great on top!
  • Feel free to add other mix-ins like jalapenos, green chilis, sundried tomato, chopped basil, or even sliced black olives.

How to Make Potato Bacon Soup

This delicious soup is really easy to put together!

  1. Cook & drain bacon. Sauté onion, garlic, & celery in bacon grease per printable recipe below.
  2. Stir in broth, potatoes, thyme, & simmer, then stir in cream.
  3. Thicken with a cornstarch slurry to desired texture and stir in half the bacon.

Season, serve immediately with Parmesan, bacon, & sliced green onions on top.

Potato Bacon Soup in a pot with a ladle

Recipe Perfection

  • For a thicker soup, mash or blend a portion (or all) of the soup.
  • If using a thin skinned potato (red or Yukon gold) you can leave some of the peels on the potatoes for a rustic look and a bit more fiber.
  • Adding shredded cheddar cheese will make the soup extra creamy.
  • Stir in some of the bacon for flavor but reserve some for the top so it stays nice and crispy.

Leftovers

  • Keep leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 days. The flavor will actually improve!
  • Reheat soup on the stovetop or in individual servings in the microwave.
  • Freeze potato soup in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside and it will keep for about 3 months. When it’s thawed, it may be grainy because cream and potatoes don’t freeze well, but that can be remedied by adding fresh potatoes, a dash of cream, and fresh seasonings.

More Rich Soups We Love

Easy Cauliflower Soup

Broccoli Soup – 20 minute meal

Split Pea Soup

Crock Pot Potato Soup

Fresh Tomato Soup – reader favorite

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Potato Bacon Soup

Creamy, hearty, and flavorful, this Potato Bacon Soup is perfect for lunch or dinner on a cold day.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 506
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon chopped
  • ½ onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • 16 ounces baking potatoes peeled and diced ½”, about 2 medium potatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • cayenne pinch
  • parmesan cheese & sliced green onions for garnish

Instructions

  • Cook bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add onion, garlic, and celery to the bacon fat and cook 3-4 minutes or until onion softens slightly.
  • Stir in chicken broth, potatoes, and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook covered 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in cream and simmer for 5 minutes longer.
  • Combine cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water to create a slurry. Whisk into the simmering soup and simmer 1 minute. Stir in half of the bacon. Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste.
  • Spoon into bowls, top with parmesan cheese, remaining bacon and green onions.

Notes

To make prep quick: Chop the onions & celery while the bacon is cooking. While the onion is cooking, peel and dice the potatoes.

For a thicker soup, mash or blend a portion (or all) of the soup before adding the bacon.

If using a thin skinned potato (red or Yukon gold) you can leave some of the peels on the potatoes for a rustic look and a bit more fiber.

Cheddar cheese is a great addition to this soup. Stir in some of the bacon for flavor but reserve some for the top so it stays nice and crispy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.25cup | Calories: 506 | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 982mg | Potassium: 824mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 988IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg
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Potato Bacon Soup in a bowl with writing
Potato Bacon Soup in a bowl with a spoon and text
Potato Bacon Soup with bacon and a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup (quick)

No soup is as heartwarming as a creamy chicken noodle soup made from scratch!

This recipe turns the most simple ingredients into the ultimate hug in a bowl. Tender chicken and noodles in a creamy broth with fresh veggies. The perfect remedy for cold, blustery days or when the kids get the sniffles!

laddle full of Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Easy to Make

Why buy canned soup when you can whip up this easy, stovetop version in no time at all!

  • Uses fresh ingredients (you likely have most on hand already).
  • Use cooked chicken to make this recipe extra fast (great for leftovers or rotisserie chicken).
  • Raw chicken works great in this recipe, see the recipe notes for extended cook time.
  • Quick to make in just one pot.

ingredients to make Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with pasta

Best Chicken Soup Ingredients

VEGETABLES Our recipe has all the traditional ingredients found in chicken noodle soup like onions, carrots, and celery.

CHICKEN Rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken make this soup extra fast but raw chicken can be used too (or even start with a whole chicken and boil it if desired).

If using raw chicken breasts, see the notes for the extended cook time.

PASTA Use any kind of pasta you’d like. Cook the pasta on the side and add it to each bowl. This keeps it from getting mushy and is better if you plan to have leftovers.

I love using fresh linguine (or even making it into a tortellini soup) because they cook so quickly.

Great Toppings

 Why not top with bacon bits, sliced green onions, or our own homemade garlic and herb croutons.

Serve up hot bowls of creamy chicken soup with air fryer grilled cheese sandwiches, or some cheesy garlic breadsticks.

How to Make Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy delicious homemade soup is so easy to make, especially with pre-cooked chicken!

  1. Sauté veggies until tender (per the recipe below).

cooking vegetables and seasonings in pan to make Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

  1. Add broth & seasonings and simmer until veggies are tender.
  2. Whisk cream & corn starch and add to the simmering with chicken.

adding ingredients to pot to make Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

  1. Stir in pasta, season & serve immediately.

Tips for Creamy Soups

  • If adding extra vegetables, increase the amount of the broth so the pot doesn’t get overcrowded.
  • To use raw chicken, increase the broth by 2 cups and add two chicken breasts. Simmer the uncooked boneless chicken 20 minutes and 30 minutes if bone-in. Remove chicken, shred and add back to the pot.
  • Cook pasta on the side if you plan to keep leftovers.

To Thicken Soups

To thicken creamy soups stir in some potato flakes or combine cornstarch with an equal amount of water and stir into the simmering soup a little bit at a time.

Flavor Booster

If using a rotisserie chicken and you have lots of time, remove all the meat and set aside for the recipe. Then simmer the bones (with low sodium broth & some onion) for at least 2-3 hours or all day in the slow cooker on low to make a delicious broth that tastes like homemade.

bowls of Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with a pot full beside it

Storing and Reheating

  • Reheat on the stovetop or in single servings in the microwave. Chicken soup will keep in the refrigerator about 4 days as long as it’s covered.
  • If freezing, cook pasta separately and do not add to the soup. Add fresh cooked pasta once thawed.
  • To freeze creamy chicken soup, ladle portions in quart or gallon-sized zippered bags and write the date on the outside and freeze up to 3 months. It may need to be thickened with cornstarch once thawed.

More Creamy Soups

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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

This chicken noodle soup is creamy, flavorful, and full of chicken & fresh veggies!
Course Appetizer, Chicken, Lunch, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 336
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 large carrots sliced
  • 2 ribs celery sliced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 ounces dry pasta such as spaghetti or linguine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups cooked chicken chopped
  • parsley for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, and celery and cook 3-4 minutes or until onion is softened.
  • Add broth, seasoning, and bay leaf and cover. Simmer 10 minutes.
  • While the soup is simmering, cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain well.
  • Whisk cream and corn starch in a small bowl. Add to the soup along with chicken and let simmer 5 minutes more.
  • Remove bay leaf, stir in pasta, season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

  • If adding extra vegetables, increase the amount of the broth so the pot doesn’t get overcrowded.
  • To use raw chicken, increase the broth by 2 cups and add two chicken breasts. Simmer the uncooked boneless chicken 20 minutes and 30 minutes if bone-in. Remove chicken, shred and add back to the pot.
  • Cook pasta on the side if you plan to keep leftovers.
  • To thicken this soup further stir in some potato flakes or combine cornstarch with an equal amount of water and stir into the simmering soup a little bit at a time. 
  • If using a rotisserie chicken and time is not an issue, remove all the meat and set aside for the recipe. Then simmer the bones for at least 2-3 hours, or all day in the Crockpot or slow cooker on low to make a delicious homemade stock.

Nutrition

Calories: 336 | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 669mg | Potassium: 458mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4733IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup in the pot with writing
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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup in the pot and plated with a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Potato Corn Chowder

This potato corn chowder has tender chunks of potato and corn in a thick velvety creamy broth!

This makes for a quick weeknight meal or a great lunch. Serve with a fresh salad and some bread for dipping.

close up of Quick Potato Corn Chowder in bowls

Quick & Savory Soup

  • This soup tastes like it’s been simmering on the stove for hours but it’s super fast to make.
  • It’s creamy, rich and satisfying.
  • Add chunks of salmon, garlic shrimp or even leftover ham.

ingredients to make Quick Potato Corn Chowder

Ingredients

Lots of healthy and tender vegetables make up this thick and hearty chowder!

VEGETABLES Colorful carrots, corn, and celery are simmered in a rich and creamy base. Time saving tip: frozen vegetable medley can be used in a pinch! Corn can be fresh off the cob, use frozen kernels, or even canned.

POTATOES We use baking potatoes in this recipe since they’re nice and starchy. Toss in some leftover mashed potatoes or use up extra baked potatoes in this recipe.

BASE Chicken broth mixed with cream and potatoes make the base. Use cartons of broth or homemade stock. If serving it vegetarian-style, just sub out the chicken stock for vegetable broth!

How to Make Potato Corn Chowder

Old fashioned potato corn chowder comes together so quick and easy!

  1. Sauté veggies and garlic in butter. Add potatoes.

ingredients in a pot and bowl to make Quick Potato Corn Chowder

  1. Add broth, & seasonings. Simmer until potatoes are tender.

adding ingredients to pot to make Quick Potato Corn Chowder

  1. Add corn and cream. Remove bay leaf and blend some of the potatoes in the chowder and stir.

blending Quick Potato Corn Chowder in a pot

To Thicken Creamy Soups

There are a few different ways creamy soups can be thickened.

  • Blending some of the potatoes or vegetables in the soup will naturally thicken it.
  • Make a slurry by combining equal parts corn starch and cold water.  Slowly pour into the simmering chowder a bit at a time until thickened.
  • Add a sprinkle or two of mashed potato flakes.

Slow Cooker Version:

  1. Sauté onion, celery, carrot, and garlic in melted butter for about 3 or 4 minutes until the onion and garlic are fragrant.
  2. Add the sautéed vegetables to the remaining ingredients to a crockpot and set on high for 3 hours or low for 5, stirring occasionally.

Instant Pot Version:

  1. Set Instant Pot to sauté and cook onion, celery, carrot, and garlic in melted butter for about 3 or 4 minutes until the onion and garlic are fragrant.
  2. Add potatoes, broth, cream, seasonings, and bay leaf. Cover and set on high for 12 minutes, then quick release the pressure.

top view of cooked Quick Potato Corn Chowder

What to Serve with Potato Corn Chowder

Potato soup is perfect for mix-ins! Create a DIY Potato Corn Chowder by setting out bowls of some of our favorite mix-ins and toppings:

  • Bacon bits
  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream

Don’t forget the sides! We recommend some homemade cornbread, with a drizzle of sweet honey or some cheesy breadsticks, and a tangy cucumber tomato salad.

Leftovers

  • Potato corn chowder tastes better the next day! Store it covered in the refrigerator and it will keep for about 4 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.
  • To freeze, ladle cold soup in zippered bags labeled with the date and it will keep in the freezer for about 3 months. If frozen, the consistency will change a little bit.

More Potato Soups

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Quick Potato Corn Chowder

This creamy soup is loaded with corn, potatoes, and seasonings, and comes together so quickly. It’s the perfect meal for a busy weekday night!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Instant Pot, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Slow Cooker, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 323
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 small carrot finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 medium baking potatoes peeled and diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups corn fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup light cream

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic. Cook 3-4 minutes or until onion is tender.
  • Add potatoes, chicken broth, seasonings, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook covered 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Add corn and light cream, simmer additional 4 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
  • Using a potato masher, or hand blender slightly mash some of the potatoes to thicken the soup.

Notes

To keep prep time quick, prepare the potatoes while the veggies are cooking. Prepare the remaining ingredients while the potatoes are cooking.

Frozen vegetables can be substituted for fresh. Add them along with the corn.

If you’d like to thicken it further, combine 1 tablespoon corn starch with 1 tablespoon water and whisk into the simmering soup.

Add a sprinkle or two of mashed potato flakes can also be used to thicken this soup.

 

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 323 | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1028mg | Potassium: 911mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2877IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg
Quick Potato Corn Chowder in a bowl with bread and writing
Quick Potato Corn Chowder in the pot with a title
Quick Potato Corn Chowder in a bowl and a title
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Fennel Salad (With a Bright & Tangy Dressing)

This tangy orange and fennel salad is bright and fresh with a quick zesty orange dressing!

This combo of citrusy, savory, nutty, and crunchy ingredients is an amazing side or perfect topped with salmon or grilled shrimp.

top view of Fennel Salad in a bowl with dressing on the side

A Fresh Side

Shaved fennel is often used as a garnish, served roasted or even on pizza! The flavor of fennel is similar to anise or black licorice and it’s both fresh and crunchy.

Fennel can be eaten cooked or raw in slaws or salads like in this recipe.

ingredients to make a Fennel Salad

Ingredients

FENNEL Fresh fennel should but cut into thin slices for this recipe.

GREENS Any greens you’d like work well, I prefer a greens mix with tender leaves for this recipe.

CITRUS Sectioned orange slices add fresh zesty flavor (grapefruit is another great addition). While it takes a little bit of time, sectioning oranges makes for a great salad and it can be done days ahead of time.

DRESSING Orange juice, rice wine vinegar, honey, garlic, and oil are used to make this citrusy, zesty dressing!

pouring dressing over Fennel Salad

Variations

  • Switch out orange segments for canned mandarin orange segments and add the juice to the dressing or use small pieces of fresh grapefruit and the grapefruit zest in the dressing.
  • Sliced black olives make for a dramatic and colorful garnish!
  • Freshly roasted and cooled beets make a colorful addition.
  • Granny smith apples and cucumber or radishes, fennel salad takes on a whole new look!
  • Try the citrus-like salad dressing as a marinade or add some soy sauce to it and use it as an Asian-style stir fry marinade!

How to Cut Fennel for Salad

If you’ve never cut fennel before, it’s easy.

  1. Cut bulb from the green stalks (which can be eaten raw or added to stir frys or soup recipes).
  2. Cut bulb in halves so it lies flat & slice thinly vertically (a mandoline works well if you have one).

 

How to Make Fennel Salad

Fennel salad looks gourmet, but it’s actually super easy to make!

  1. Add sliced fennel to the celery & mixed greens. Toss.
  2. Prepare dressing (per recipe below) in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake.
  3. Drizzle over salad & garnish with nuts & orange segments.

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Fennel Salad

Bright & colorful, this Fennel Salad is a healthy, flavorful dish that’s perfect as a light lunch or side dish!
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 279
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 large bulb fennel
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 orange divided
  • ¼ cup candied pecans , or walnuts, chopped

Dressing

  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake until combined. Set aside.
  • Cut the rind off of the orange and cut into segments. Thinly slice celery on the diagonal.
  • Cut off the top stems of the fennel (these can be reserved for stir fries) and remove any discolored outer leaves. If the bulb is really large, cut in half from root to stem.
  • Using a mandoline (or a very sharp knife) thinly slice the fennel bulb and place in a bowl, add celery and mixed greens. Drizzle with dressing and toss well.
  • Garnish the salad with walnuts and orange pieces.

Nutrition

Calories: 279 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1140IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup Dinner

Chinese Chicken Stock

Ingredients

3-4 lb chicken
10 cups water (cold)
3 slices​ fresh ginger
2​ scallions (cut into 1-inch pieces)
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry)
Salt and black (to taste)

Directions

Place the chicken in a large pot with 10 cups of water (or enough to cover).
Add the ginger, green onion, rice wine, or sherry. Bring to a boil over medium heat, occasionally skimming off the foam that rises to the top.
Add salt to taste and black pepper if desired.
Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 2 hours. Strain the broth and use as called for in recipes. Shred one cooked chicken breast for the soup recipe below. Use the remainder of the meat for other recipes.

Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients

8 cups Chinese chicken broth
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons sherry or Chinese rice wine
2 teaspoons sesame oil
4 oz Asian curly noodles, cut into smaller pieces
3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
6 denied shiitake mushrooms, soaked
1 medium onion, sliced
8 oz can water chestnuts, drained
Chilies, hot sauce, chili paste, optional

Add broth ingredients to a large saucepan. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes
to have ingredients infuse flavors.

Cook noodles according to the package.

Cut vegetables as needed.

Add carrots to the broth and simmer for 2 min. and remove but keep warm. Add
chicken and bok choy and cook for 2-3 min. until bok choy is tender.

Divide the broth between four bowls, add the noodles, carrots, chicken, and
bok choy in sections around the bowl and the green onions scattered in the
middle or the side.

Serve with hot sauce, optional.

Ginger Pork in Lettuce Leaves

6 servings

Ingredients

3/4 pound ground pork
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger
1 tablespoon Thai sweet chile sauce
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
1 tablespoon peanut oil
One 8-ounce can water chestnuts, drained and diced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
24 lettuce leaves

Directions

In a medium bowl, combine the ground pork with bell pepper, garlic, ginger, chile sauce, fish sauce, and sesame oil l.

In a large skillet or wok, heat the peanut oil until shimmering. Add the pork mixture and stir-fry over high heat, breaking it up, until it is cooked through and starting to brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in the water chestnuts, scallions, oyster sauce, and cilantro and remove from the heat.

Spoon the pork into bowls. Stack the lettuce leaves on plates. To eat, spoon the pork onto the lettuce leaves, roll up,

Originally posted at Jovina Cooks Italian