Thursday Recipe Exchange: Potato Soups

Cross-posted at Balloon-Juice.

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It’s suppose to be record warm temperatures this weekend, so it’s not quite soup weather. I do expect either at least one more big snow or some spring rains (hopefully), so it is still soup season in my mind. I love soups and fall-winter-spring lunches are often homemade soup.  Quick and easy to take to work and reheat.  I make a big pot on Sunday and it usually gets me through the week, add fruit or salad and lunch is cheap and healthy.

This week I made a pot of Creamy Potato Soup and almost immediately knew what I really wanted was the Italian potato soup I usually make. So that is my plan this evening, to put together a pot of this:

Zuppa Toscana

  • 8 oz ground beef or (4 0z ground beef & 4 oz spicy sausage)
  • 6 green onions, chopped (including greens)
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic, divided
  • 6 -8 medium potatoes, sliced thin (do not peel)
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or equivalent)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tsp to 1 tbsp dried basil, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup spinach or kale, chopped
  • grated Parmesan

Large dutch oven or saucepan

Heat pan and brown ground beef, onion and 1 tsp garlic.  Remove and set aside.  Add chicken broth, water and potatoes to pan, bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender.  Add meat mixture, spices and milk and let simmer on medium-low, stirring occasionally to makes sure milk doesn’t scald.  Just before serving, add spinach or kale and let simmer 2 minutes.  Serve with grated Parmesan.

Now hit the comments and share your favorite soups, potato or otherwise. Next week: Chicken & Vegetables

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About TaMara

What's to say? I love to cook and I think families benefit from sitting down together for dinner every night.

Posted on March 22, 2012, in What's 4 Dinner Solutions and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I think soups are great in warm weather.

    • I usually end up on the fruit smoothie side of things in summer. But my office is in the basement at work, it’s always cold – so I often continue my soup love all summer. Thanks for stopping by.

      EDIT: love you avatar photo.

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