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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Entertaining | Soup Supper! | Easy Holiday Entertaining


A couple of weeks ago, I did a soup supper for a benefit holiday show.  I think it is a great option for easy entertaining this holiday season.  


I prepared two soups : Baked Potato Soup & Minestrone


I set up a food table to display the soup and provided "To-Go" soups for everyone to take home - what a great gift to a busy family!





Baked Potato Soup

1 cup of butter
1 cup of flour
4 cups of half & half
4 cups of whole milk
salt & pepper
4 cups of red potatoes, 1 inch cubes

Cook potatoes in water until tender - about 8 minutes.  Drain potatoes and set aside.

In a sauce pan, melt butter, then add flour over low heat and whisk until smooth.  Let the flour cook for just a minute - be careful not to burn!  Whisk in heavy cream - adding it all at once.  Whisk until smooth, then add in milk.  Bring the soup to a simmer, stirring constantly.  Add potatoes just before serving.  Keep the heat on low and be careful not to scorch the bottom.

Optional garnish :
cheddar cheese
bacon, cooked & cubed
green onions


Minestrone Soup

1/4 pound of bacon, cubed
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 cup of onions, 1/2 inch dice
2 cups of carrots, 1/2 inch dice
2 cups of celery, 1/2 inch dice
2 cups of fresh green beens, 1/2 inch dice
6 cups of chicken stock
1 - 12 ounce can of whole tomatoes
4 cups of cabbage, shredded
3 cups of spinach
1/2 pound of pasta
salt & pepper
fresh basil
parmesan cheese

In a large stock pot, cook bacon in olive oil, then add onion, carrots, celery and green beans.  Cook for about 4 minutes until they are tender.  Add chicken stock (may need more or less depending on desired consistency).  Add tomatoes one at a time, but crushing them (squeezing) into the pot.  Bring to a simmer.  Add the cabbage, pasta and salt & pepper.  Cook for 10-15 minutes until pasta is tender.  Add spinach just before serving.  Served garnished with basil & parmesan.

2 comments:

  1. Your blog is one of my favorites. Cheerful, helpful, inspiring.

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  2. Fantastic gift idea; lovely and useful!
    Did you pressure can the soup or just laden into the canning jars?
    Please share--thank you!

    ReplyDelete

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