6 Days of Christmas Soups!

It’s that time of year when soup looks good, feels good and taste so yummy! Who says you can’t have soup every night or several nights a week? or how about a Christmas soup party? let me take you on a journey of Christmas soups (technically 8 recipes);) Also, very budget friendly I might add, several recipes can be made using leftovers or doubling the batch for another recipe…Saving time and $$ who doesn’t love that?! ūüôā

  1. Tomato Basil Soup w/ fresh garlic basil croutons


1 drizzle olive oil

1/2 cup minced onion (I used only about quarter onion grated finely)

1 clove garlic minced (I grate mine on a fine grater as well)

2-28 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes

3 cups chicken broth

3/4 cup heavy cream (optional, I did not add it for this batch of soup)

1/3 cup minced fresh basil

* I used a tablespoon of dried as well

1/4-1 tsp dried oregano ( use to your liking but at least a 1/4 tsp)

salt and pepper to taste

In the place of cream I add 2 tablespoons of butter

  1. Heat olive oil in large pot over med heat and add onion and garlic, cook about a min then add crushed tomatoes and chicken broth (if you don’t have crushed and have diced this is where I use my immersion blender aka..stick blender to crush them) bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 mins.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and keep simmering for an additional 15-20 mins.
  3. * this is where I add 2 tablespoons of butter ūüôā
  4. ENJOY!!!
  5. Make croutons by cubing bread (French, Italian, ciabatta etc..), place cubes in heated olive oil or butter add dried basil, sprinkle of garlic powder and salt and pepper, toss until golden brown.
4. Meatball Soup .
Add some meatballs and this soup and you have a filling a delicious meal no pizza night here, it’s all in one bowl!
Meatball Recipe:
  1. 1 lb of lean ground meat (you can use what you like, turkey, pork and beef mix etc..)
  2. 1/2 tsp Salt and Pepper
  3. 1/4 tsp dried basil and oregano
  4. 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  5. 1 egg
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and roll small meatballs about tablespoon of mixture and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake till done *350 degrees for 15 mins (check for doneness as yours may be thicker than mine).
Add meatballs to the soup and serve with garlic bread or croutons!
3. Potato Soup w/bacon (some call it chowder)*pic courtesy of pampered chef website.
potato soup pamp chef
* I double this recipe for a family of four and leftovers for lunch the next day, also this is stove top version, website recipe is microwave version*
  • 3¬†large¬†baking potatoes (about 2 1/2 lb/1.1 kg)
  • 3 1/2¬†cups (875 mL)¬†milk, divided
  • 4¬†oz (125 g)¬†cream cheese, softened
  • 2¬†tbsp (30 mL)¬†butter
  • 2-3¬† ¬†green onions with tops (1/4 cup sliced) Optional
  • 4¬†oz (125 g)¬†sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2¬†tsp (7 mL)¬†salt
  • 1/2¬†tsp (2 mL)¬†coarsely ground black pepper
  • ¬†Optional toppings such as chopped cooked bacon, sour cream or steamed broccoli florets
  1. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise, then quarter and dice, Pour the milk over potatoes, (I add abt half cup of water as well), bring to a slight boil, turn heat down for them to continue to cook, but not scorch the milk.
  2. Meanwhile, take the cream cheese and a couple ladles of warm milk and whisk in a separate bowl till creamy, when potatoes are fork tender coarsely mash potatoes and then add cream cheese and butter.
  3. Add salt and black pepper and stir well, at this point I cook up some bacon nice and crispy and break into pieces and add to the pot of soup.
  4. Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream, and if your like my hungry bunch a few slices of extra bacon on the side ūüėČ
Enjoy this hearty soup/chowder!
4.Potato and Broccoli Cheese soup
¬†As you have guessed… use your left over potato soup and add broccoli and cheese, you have a mix up of left overs or better yet, just double the batch and add broccoli and cheese to half. Two great things with no extra effort!
5. Chicken Noodle Soup (Classic but oh, so good for the soul)
Recipe: *Shortcut purchase a rotisserie chicken
  1. half of a rotisserie chicken chopped up into chunks
  2. 2-cans of chicken stock
  3. 4-cups of water (may need more depending on what noodles you use)
  4. 1- can of Evaporated whole milk
  5. noodles- I use No-Yoke Egg noodles or Pennsylvania Dutch fine egg noodles (makes it more like classic chicken noodle soup) you can even take spaghetti noodles and break them into small pieces.
  6. 1-bag of frozen carrots (optional)
  7. Salt and Pepper to taste, this recipe uses more in my opinion.
1. Add chicken stock and water to the pot and bring to a boil, turn down to med heat and add carrots, cook for recommended time on bag.
2. Stir in chicken chunks.
3. Add noodles of choice and evaporated milk, (more water if needed to cover noodles and make enough liquid in soup) cook till noodles are tender. S/P to taste and you have a meal that makes you feel good inside and out!
6. Chicken Enchilada Soup (you knew we were using that other half of a chicken right! LOL)* some people call this chicken tortilla soup, chicken taco soup etc… each recipe is a little different, get creative and enjoy!¬†
  1. Shredded chicken (from the left over rotisserie chicken)
  2. half jar of Salsa Verde
  3. can of rotel optional if you like mild then omit.
  4. 1- can of black beans rinsed and drained
  5. 1- can of Chili Beans in mild sauce
  6. 1- can of creamed corn
  7. 1- can of diced tomatoes
  8. 1- can of chicken stock- low sodium
  9. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  10. 1/2 teaspoon each: cumin, chili powder, black pepper, salt or you can use a package of taco or chili seasoning if you have that on hand.
Mix all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 mins, serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, onion, and tortilla chips.
7. Chili- In the south our chili has beans and we don’t have separate names for chili you eat in a bowl or chili for a hot dog we just say chili and use the same for everything beans and all! lol. however; since moving where they have hot dog chili and eating that, I have become quit fond of it I must say ūüôā
  1. 1-lb of lean ground beef or turkey
  2. 2- large cans of bush’s chili beans with mild sauce
  3. 1- can of tomato sauce
  4. 1- can of diced tomatoes (optional)
  5. 1 package of¬†French’s Chili-O¬†chili seasoning or seasoning of choice
  6. 4 cups of water
1. Cook ground meat until done
2. add remaining ingredients and stir, bring to a boil then turn to simmer on low heat for 30-40 mins
*Serve with sides of choice, Shredded cheese, sour cream, onions, salsa, chips etc…* Save your left overs!!!
8. Spaghetti Squash Chili *Twist on a friends recipe, Technically not soup but I eat it in a bowl with a spoon and it’s a comfort food! ūüôā it’s in the ranking with my soups.
  1. Spaghetti Squash
  2. Left over Chili
  3. shredded cheese
  4. onion or salsa (your choice)
1.Slice Squash in half and drizzle with olive oil and s/p,  Cook Spaghetti Squash until done and tender, 350 degrees for 30-45 mins, fork it to remove from skin.
2. place it in oven safe dish top with chili, cheese and onions or salsa and put back into oven till cheese is melted and bubbly.
I hope you enjoy several or all of the recipes, but most of all enjoy the time together with family.

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