Broccoli Cheese Soup (Dairy)

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 3.23.19 PMUnfortunately the only way I think to make a creamy broccoli soup without the use of milk or cream is to used processed cheese (the orange stuff that kids like!)  This soup takes 30 minutes to make and is remarkably easy and quick. Because the fresh broccoli is ground with an immersible blender, there is no need to worry about obtaining “kosher” fresh broccoli. Makes 10 servingsBroccoli Cheese Soup

Ingredients:

1 large carrot cut in chunks
1/2 large onion roughly cut
3 large crowns fresh broccoli
1 container (quart) low sodium vegetable broth
2 cups water
8 slices processed American cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Preparations
1. In stock pan, place onions, carrots, broccoli, broth and water and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to slow simmer and cook for 30 minutes until vegetables are very soft.
2. With an immersible blender, blend the vegetables and soup together to a creamy consistency.
3. Turn off heat, add 8 ounces of sliced American cheese. Cover pot and let sit for a few minute. Process again until creamy and smooth.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spicy Black Bean Soup (Parve)

Adapted from a recipe online, we loved this soup!  Winter is such a perfect time for soup. It makes a large quantity and is so filling. We are able to eat much of the week, and my husband never tires of it! I use my food processor to chop the onions, celery, garlic and jalapeño.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped fine
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 4½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 jalapeño chopped (or can use 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes)
  • 4 (15-ounce) cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional garnishes: diced avocado, tortilla chips, salsa

Preparation

  1. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium and add the onions, celery and carrot and a light sprinkle of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetable are soft, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic, cumin and jalapeño and cook  about 30 seconds. Pour in the beans and broth and bring to a simmer. Cook beans are very tender, about 30 minutes.
  3. Using a stick blender blend most of the soup, leaving some whole beans and carrots (don’t worry about amounts, and you will know when you see it!) Stir in lime juice and salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with tortilla chips, diced avocado, salsa.. and if you want to be dairy, use some sour cream or grated sharp cheddar.

Minestrone Soup (Parve)

A delicious go to soup for a hearty meal. Easy to make for a quick dinner.  Makes about 12 servings. Serve with warm bread. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 large carrots
2 ribs celeryminestrone
1 medium onions
2 clove garlic
1 Tablespoon olive oil
4 cups vegetable broth
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes undrained
2 (15 ounce) different cans beans drained and rinsed (your choice: kidney, canellini, garbanzo, pinto, black)
1 and 1/2 cups shredded green cabbage
1 tablespoon dried basil
1.5 teaspoon dried parsely
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup uncooked whole wheat/whole grain pasta (elbows, rigatoni..your choice) cooked and drained and set aside.

Preparations
1. In food processor chop carrots, onions, garlic and celery.
2. In large soup pan, cook chopped veggies until tender in tablespoon of oil.
3. Add broth, sauce, tomatoes, beans, cabbage and seasonings, stir to mix.
4. Simmer about 1/2 hour until cabbage is tender.
5. Add cooked noodles, simmer to heat noodles through.
6. Serve with grated parmesan cheese

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Roasted Tomato Soup (Pareve)

This soup takes some time for the roasting and the food mill, but it is well worth it. Freezes nicely too.  I have served with grilled cheese “croutons” (grilled cheese sandwiches cut into 1/2 inch squares!)

Ingredients:
5 pounds Roma tomatoes
2 (28-ounce) cans San Marzano whole plum tomatoes
handful basil leaves
2 jalapenos
2 red onions quartered, skins on
1 head garlic, cut in 1/2, skins on
Half bunch parsley
Half bunch thyme
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Water, if needed

Directions
In a big roasting pan combine everything, coat well with olive oil and roast in a preheated 400 degree F oven. Stir occasionally until everything is caramelized and black around the edges. Season with salt and pepper.

Run everything through a food mill on a medium dye over a soup pot.
If too thick, thin with water.

Butternut Squash Soup (Dairy)

A neighbor once made this for a progressive dinner party, and I was hooked. It has to be dairy, because the cream cheese is what really makes it! I have found butternut squash is always great, but have used other winter squashes with equal success. 

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons chopped onion I use one medium onion and 1 stalk of celery
4 tablespoons  olive oil
6 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
3 cups water
4 teaspoons pareve chicken powder (I use Osem)
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 package of 8 ounce cream cheese

Preparations
1. In a stock pan, saute onions and celery in olive oil until tender. Add squash, water, bouillon, marjoram, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Bring to boil, then simmer for 20 minutes, or until squash is tender.
2. Puree squash and cream cheese in the pan with a stick blender and heat through, do not boil.

I like to serve with spiced crushed pecans (can buy ready made, or make your own.)