Family Recipe Vault:: Soups for the Soul

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This is the time of year when people start posting their amazing holiday recipes and sharing mouth-watering photos on social media. I will frequently comment and ask friends to share their recipe if it looks particularly delicious; however, I’m often met with…“no, that’s a secret family recipe.” My sons are 9, 7, and 4 and basically in arranged marriages to get some recipes.

Is your family recipe on lockdown? For the love of food…share the recipe!

I don’t get it. I understand the love and memories attached to recipes and food, but why not spread that love and tradition. Whenever I get a recipe from a friend, I put their name in the title and think about them every time I make that meal. Every time I make “Sarah’s Apple Pie,” I think about my friendship with her and when I first got to try her pie at a squadron function in North Dakota.  Now I get to have memories with my kids making her apple pie.

Here are some tasty soups that I think you’ll love, that were shared by my dear friends.

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Katie's White Chicken Chili
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  1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, sauté onions in oil until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients except for sour cream and cheese.
  2. Simmer for 30 minutes, frequently stirring, until heated through. Shortly before serving, add sour cream and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. If you like a little kick, add a few shakes of Tabasco sauce.
  3. Slow Cooker Version: Saute onion until soft and throw everything except for the sour cream and cheese in a crockpot on low for 3-4 hours. Shortly before serving, add sour cream and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and add Tabasco sauce if desired.
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Meg's Baked Potato Soup
This is one of my favorite soups to make during Fall and Winter.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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cups
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  1. Bake potatoes until done. Cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out pulp and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth—Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk, stirring over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Add potato pulp, salt and pepper, 2 tablespoons of the green onion, 1/2 cup bacon, and 1 cup cheese. Cook until heated thoroughly and stir in sour cream. Add more milk if necessary (but it should be served thick).
  3. Serve with remaining green onions, bacon, and cheese on top.
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Meghann's Tortilla Soup
Perfect to make in a slow cooker and let it cook all day, or you can cook it fresh for dinner time.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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1.5 cup servings
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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1.5 cup servings
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Instructions
  1. From Meghann: So I have adjusted it a bit over the years. I actually add 8 cups of chicken broth, and then on top of that, I add two bouillon cubes to add more flavor. I add a hearty palm-full of cumin and about a teaspoon of chili powder. Add all of it but the corn and cilantro and allow it to simmer. Then add the corn and cilantro and simmer a bit more. Yes - none of this is technical, but once you make it on your own once, you will see that it's just so simple and can be tweaked to your liking. We serve it by breaking up tortilla chips in the bottom of a soup bowl, pouring the soup over the top, then adding cheese, sour cream, avocado, and hot sauce.

 

 

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Ellen Kehs was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois where she met and later married her high school sweetheart, Mason. Together they’ve traveled the world, most recently touching down in Omaha in June 2019. She’s a mom to three little boys, Theodore (eight), Woodrow (seven), and Maximus (three). Life is never boring with her boys! Ellen loves being a military spouse and she embodies the “bloom where you are planted” mentality. In addition to soaking up whatever current city she’s living in, she is passionate about reading and getting books in the hands of children, as well as helping other mamas connect with each other. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education, a master’s degree in adolescent literacy and technology, and she teaches part-time online, but is primarily as stay-at-home mom. Her hobbies include, exploring, reading, swimming, napping, snapping pictures, playing games, baking, and loving on the little men in her life.

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