Easy Parmesan Chickpea Soup.

This super simple parmesan chickpea soup is so easy, nourishing, satisfying and comforting. It comes together so fast, only requires a few ingredients, is loaded with spinach and tastes incredible. The parmesan broth is everything. Enjoy! I’ve got your January hug in a bowl. This soup is going to become a major staple in your […]

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This super simple parmesan chickpea soup is so easy, nourishing, satisfying and comforting. It comes together so fast, only requires a few ingredients, is loaded with spinach and tastes incredible. The parmesan broth is everything. Enjoy!

I’ve got your January hug in a bowl.

easy parmesan chickpea soup

This soup is going to become a major staple in your menu plan. Especially this time of year! It is so easy, so satisfying and comes together so quickly. It’s flavorful, loaded with chickpeas, greens, a touch of pasta and lots of parmesan cheese. We’re talking an excellent parmesan broth that you’ll want to use for everything.

farfallini pasta

This soup tastes like a soup that you know. Kind of familiar. It tastes like comfort food on a cold night. In fact, the dish sort of reminds me of my garlic spinach pasta with chickpeas, but in soup form. And minus the spicyness. It’s simple but hearty at the same time. 

easy parmesan chickpea soup

All it takes? Some diced onion and garlic. Chicken or vegetable broth. A parmesan rind, of course! Super cute tiny pasta. I mean, how cute is this? A can of chickpeas, some frozen or fresh spinach, a parmesan sprinkle and a spritz of lemon.

Such good classic ingredients that come together to make something surprisingly delicious. 

It’s not like it’s a total shock how good it is, but the ingredients are rather unassuming. Together, they create soup magic that warms you to your core!

easy parmesan chickpea soup

This is an embarrassingly easy soup that is the ultimate comfort food at home. It makes a fairly small batch. It’s so warm and comforting, but more importantly quick and easy. Which I realize usually doesn’t apply to soup, at least not in a good way.

But this works. The parmesan broth is incredible. The broth reminds me of wedding soup, all that good broth showered in melty parmesan cheese. YUM. 

easy parmesan chickpea soup

Here’s how I make the soup!

  • It all starts with some olive oil, onion and garlic. I like to add layers of flavor, starting at the base of course. Add a good pinch of salt and pepper here along with a tiny pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. This doesn’t add heat, but just an element of flavor. 
  • Next, throw the can of chickpeas in! Stir in the broth too. And don’t forget the most important part, that darn parmesan rind. 
  • Bring that to a boil then add in your pasta. You want a super tiny cut of pasta here, like ditalini. You could even use orzo. I’m using this farfallini which may just be the cutest thing ever. Right?! I mean, mini bow ties are adorable. 
  • Finally, stir in your spinach right before serving. I actually love using frozen spinach here because it’s usually already chopped and just so easy. Fresh spinach works too! 
  • Taste the broth and add more salt and pepper if needed. Or make parmesan, which can technically be your salt.
  • Ladle into a bowl and ENJOY. It’s so cozy and warm and nourishing.

easy parmesan chickpea soup

This is a great lunch soup if you work from home, because you can cook it in 20 minutes. Sometimes it’s nice to take a little cooking lunch break to numb your mind from the first half of the day, you know?!

Oh and if you want to prep the soup ahead of time, that’s easy too. Cook the soup without the pasta and cook the pasta separately. Store them separately in the fridge and then add a few spoonfuls of the pasta to the broth for your menu. So simple. 

Don’t skimp on the parm! (more…)

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Lemon Ginger Couscous Chicken Soup.

This lemon couscous chicken soup is warming and comforting – a hug in a bowl! Loaded with fresh ginger and lemon zest, it’s made with couscous instead of noodles for the ultimate cozy feel. It’s so good! Soup season is in full swing over here. And this lemon ginger couscous version is so soul warming […]

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This lemon couscous chicken soup is warming and comforting – a hug in a bowl! Loaded with fresh ginger and lemon zest, it’s made with couscous instead of noodles for the ultimate cozy feel. It’s so good!

Soup season is in full swing over here.

lemon couscous chicken soup

And this lemon ginger couscous version is so soul warming and nourishing. It is exactly what you need after a long day of work. Or on a sunday night with a loaf of crusty bread and some parmesan cheese.

That sounds so perfect right now.

chopped onions, carrots and celery

In this episode of “how many different ways can we make chicken soup,” we’re adding a ton of fresh ginger, some fresh lemon and lots of vegetables. It’s DELISH.

celery, onions, carrots, ginger, garlic and chicken in a pot

The thing is, I have SO many chicken soup recipes that I love. I actually have an old lemon chicken soup recipe that is super good – I based this one on that! Earlier this year (feels like a lifetime ago, right?!) I made this chicken and orzo soup too! And my creamy chicken tortellini soup is DIVINE.

This chicken noodle egg drop soup is also really good. And I have a chicken and gnocchi soup that I make frequently, coming to you in the new year! 

This one is definitely ranking high up on the favorites list right now. It’s so warming and cozy from the ginger. It has that bright something special from the lemon!

And the couscous is what really makes it shine. It’s fantastic. 

ladle of chicken soup

We LOVE couscous in this house. I will go as far to say I love it more than rice or any other grain that I may make as a side dish. I don’t serve it as a pasta – it always replaces a grain for us. And the pearl couscous is the absolute BEST. I love how huge it is. The texture is chewy but soft at the same time. It’s perfect for soup. 

I also love how EASY it is for soup. Throw it in and it will cook in 10 minutes or so. It’s really simple and adds such a satisfying element to soup.

ladle of chicken noodle soup

One of the reasons I love this soup is the same reason I love chopped salads: everything is small and you can fit a bite of everything all on one spoon. My favorite! The couscous also makes the soup feel heartier than traditional egg noodles. It’s still brothy, but gives you the feel of having more in the soup. 

lemon couscous chicken soup

This is a meal you can easily throw together on a weeknight. I like to use a rotisserie chicken for ease. If you don’t have one, you can either use leftover chicken or make 2 chicken breasts and chop them.

My go-to method for making chicken breasts for soup is actually boiling them – throw them in some water, bring to a boil and cook until done. So easy! (more…)

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Slow Cooker Fire Roasted Brisket Chili.

This slow cooker brisket chili is one of our favorites! Made with fire roasted tomatoes and pinto beans, it’s so comforting, hearty and delicious. Chili season is here! Yes yes, it’s always chili season, but you know what I mean. Crunchy leaves, cool air, pumpkins and sweatshirts. I’m game anytime! This brisket chili is incredibly […]

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This slow cooker brisket chili is one of our favorites! Made with fire roasted tomatoes and pinto beans, it’s so comforting, hearty and delicious.

Chili season is here!

slow cooker fire roasted brisket chili

Yes yes, it’s always chili season, but you know what I mean. Crunchy leaves, cool air, pumpkins and sweatshirts. I’m game anytime!

slow cooker with brisket and peppers and onions

This brisket chili is incredibly hearty, super smoky and so wildly flavorful. It just might be Eddie’s new favorite chili and that’s saying something because he LOVES chili.

Chili is the only soup he really truly loves. 

So I love experimenting with different chili recipes and I’m so glad this one came to fruition. I often have a few cuts of meat in my freezer, so having a great chili recipe to utilize that meat is the perfect option. 

slow cooker with brisket, fire roasted tomatoes and pinto beans

It is a bit high-maintenance, in that you have to cook the brisket first and THEN make the chili. It’s totally worthy it though.

Let me tell you how I make it happen!

The night before, I throw the brisket in the slow cooker. This way it cooks overnight and gets super fall-apart tender. Once it’s tender in the morning, you can choose to either shred it or chop it, whichever you would like. Your preference!

Then everything goes into the slow cooker. You can cook it for a few hours on high or let it simmer all day on low. I have a slow cooker that has a sauté option (it’s seriously amazing and I use it for SO many things!) – this version right here. So I like to remove my brisket, and in that same crock, sauté the onions and peppers with spices to really develop the flavor.

This isn’t necessary of course – you can throw everything right in, raw onions and all. But I do find that sautéing them first starts you off with a great layer of flavor. I am ALL about building layers of flavors in my recipes and allowing the flavors to fully develop. It’s the key to making a great meal happen!

Whether you cook the onions and peppers or not, everything goes into the slow cooker!

slow cooker fire roasted brisket chili

These are the key ingredients that make this recipe absolutely delish: 

Fire roasted tomatoes. These are pretty much the only diced tomatoes I use these days. They have such great charred, smoky flavor. I use them in my tomato soup and minestrone and many other things. I absolutely love them!

Pinto beans. Pintos may just be my favorite bean. I love how creamy they are – and also I love their size. You can use any bean here, but I find that pinto is my favorite. If you’d like to keep things traditional with kidney beans, go for it. Or use black beans. Whatever you love!

The perfect blend of spices, like smoked paprika, a hint of cumin, chili powder (of course!), a touch of dried oregano and even some crushed red pepper flakes for a bit of heat. 

Some beer… or stock. I love using beer, just like this game day chili that uses a whole bottle. It adds so much flavor and richness to the soup.

The brisket, which is a no brainer. Again, chopped or shredded. Your call. (more…)

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5 of My Favorite Cozy Fall Soups.

I live for soup season! These five are my best fall soups that we adore so much. They are hearty and cozy and satisfying and flavorful. Put them on the menu! Who else waits all year for soup season?! Sure, for me, every season is soup season. But right now? We’re getting into cozy soup […]

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I live for soup season! These five are my best fall soups that we adore so much. They are hearty and cozy and satisfying and flavorful. Put them on the menu!

Who else waits all year for soup season?!

best fall soups

Sure, for me, every season is soup season. But right now? We’re getting into cozy soup season. And I’m here for it.

These are my top five favorite soups of the moment – hearty, flavorful, leftovers for days – you know, the best kind. Soups that everyone loves and ones that work for lunch or dinner.

5 Best Fall Soups

Chickpeas and Dumplings!

It’s a soup-like stew sort of situation that is so ridiculously good! Satisfying, hearty, everything you want in a soup.

Creamy Chicken Orzo Soup

This is like chicken noodle soup, but better. Has all the flavor with a little lemon zip. Is creamier. And more hearty than the traditional! (more…)

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Roasted Carrot Coconut Soup.

This roasted carrot soup needs to find a spot in your meal rotation!  I love it for lunch or dinner, as a stand-alone meal or as a starter and it’s a great way to bridge the gap between some chilly days and the start of spring! It’s a great way to use up any carrots […]

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This roasted carrot soup needs to find a spot in your meal rotation! 

roasted carrot coconut soup

I love it for lunch or dinner, as a stand-alone meal or as a starter and it’s a great way to bridge the gap between some chilly days and the start of spring! It’s a great way to use up any carrots you may have left from the Easter bunny too.

roasted carrots

Because seriously, this is one of my favorite spring soups.

It’s warm and comforting, yet light and refreshing at the same time. Perfect for this time of year. 

roasted carrots in a pot with sautéed onions

If you have a copy of The Pretty Dish, then you’ve probably seen this before. I have a version of it in the book. Here, I’m being a little more high maintenance and roasting the carrots first. Gives it some of that extra caramely flavor that I just can’t resist!

roasted carrot coconut soup

This carrot soup my actually be my all-time favorite lunch soup. It is SUCH a great lunch recipe! You can prep it ahead of time and reheat it for lunch – it goes so well with a salad or with a sandwich. Heck, it’s even perfect with a slice or two of sourdough. 

It’s a soup that doesn’t weigh you down either. It’s nourishing and satisfying, but won’t put you in a food coma for the rest of the day. 

Absolutely love it! 

roasted carrot coconut soup

It may be because Eddie wouldn’t be into the idea of carrot soup for dinner… but prepping a pot of this for lunch for myself and the kids is just ridiculously easy. And I feel good about it being one of the options we can share throughout the week. 

Also! I can’t even stress how EASY it is.

Yes, we’re roasting the carrots first. But that’s just a matter of peeling, chopping and roasting while you start the rest of the soup. It doesn’t add too much time, but it does add a whole ton of flavor. 

roasted carrot coconut soup

While the carrots roast, I saute onions, garlic and ginger (yum, yes) in coconut oil which brings a ton of lovely flavor. Add in the carrots, some stock, boil for a bit and then puree. 

Then my favorite part – coconut milk! I love using coconut milk in soups. It makes them decadent and rich. And super satisfying. 

Plus, the natural sweetness from the carrots is complemented by the coconut milk so well. It’s just a lovely combo!

I like to keep things savory though – add some scallions on top, maybe some croutons, an extra drizzle of coconut milk.  (more…)

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Creamy Chicken and Orzo Soup.

This creamy chicken and orzo soup will warm your soul!  With so many of you under snow right now, this is the perfect hug in a bowl. The most comforting chicken orzo soup bowl that will keep you warm, that will bring happiness to a friend or family and all while tasting delicious! Oh and […]

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This creamy chicken and orzo soup will warm your soul! 

creamy chicken and orzo soup

With so many of you under snow right now, this is the perfect hug in a bowl. The most comforting chicken orzo soup bowl that will keep you warm, that will bring happiness to a friend or family and all while tasting delicious!

Oh and it’s extra satisfying too. 

chopped celery, carrots and onion

We have had a ton of snow this week – and more snow the last few weeks that we’ve had in years. As a kid, I remember us having TONS of snow, the entire winter. Or at least it seemed the way. We haven’t had anything like this recently, so we’ve enjoyed lots of comfort food on repeat. No one is complaining about that. 

Enter, this creamy chicken and orzo soup!

pot of chicken orzo soup

This isn’t my first foray into creamy chicken noodle soup. I have a recipe for it in my book Seriously Delish – like the classic kind with egg noodles. When I make a creamy chicken soup, I prefer it to thicken it with a slurry instead of cream or starting with a roux. My mom uses this method for certain dishes and I love it! There are just some recipes that call for it, and this is it. The slurry adds a creaminess without making it feel overly heavy. It’s perfect!

And yes, why this might be one of the onnnnly recipes you’ll see here with celery. I can handle it in a chicken soup, but as you know, the remaining options are few and far between. Celery is usually a no go over here.

creamy chicken and orzo soup

One of the reasons that I love this dish so much for our family? It kind of gives me chopped salad vibes. I know that sounds absolutely insane – I mean, this is soup, not salad. 

BUT!

The orzo is such a lovely little cut of pasta that you can get a bit of everything in each bite. There isn’t a big noodle taking up your whole spoon with just a touch of broth. For this reason alone, my kids LOVE this.

Since making this, Emilia asks for “soup” constantly – she’s had other soups and likes them, but when she says soup, she means this one. She loves that she can eat it with her spoon and get a full spoonful of flavor, chicken and pasta is one bite! It’s seriously perfect for little ones. 

creamy chicken and orzo soup

I like to use some of the classic tricks to make chicken noodle soup come to life here. Definitely add a parmesan cheese rind if you have one. It adds a wonderful richness to the soup that you can’t find elsewhere. The flavor is divine.

Also, spritz some lemon in before serving! This brightens things up and while I love my classic lemon chicken soup, adding just a spritz here really enhances the flavor too.

creamy chicken and orzo soup

I highly suggest using a rotisserie chicken (or leftover shredded chicken) for ease here. When you do that, this soup comes together SO fast – like we are talking 30 minutes fast. Making it an ideal weeknight meal! I have some tips listed below in the recipe card if you want to meal prep this or use it for leftovers (i.e. cook the orzo separately) and it really makes a lovely meal to enjoy all times of year. 

You gotta try it!

creamy chicken and orzo soup

Creamy Chicken and Orzo Soup

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Creamy Chicken and Orzo Soup

This creamy chicken and orzo soup is like a hug in a bowl. Creamy chicken soup with orzo pasta and parmesan. Delicious and comforting!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 parmesan cheese rind
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, plus more for topping
  • parmesan cheese, for topping
  • lemon wedges, for spritzing

Instructions

  • Heat the butter in a large stock pot over medium-low heat. Add in the onion, carrots, celery and garlic with a big pinch of salt and pepper - I’d say at least ½ teaspoon salt and pepper to start. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften. Stir in the garlic cloves and poultry seasoning. Stir in the shredded chicken.
  • Add in the chicken stock and the parmesan rind. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Stir in the orzo pasta. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the orzo is al dente, about 8 minutes.
  • In a shaker bottle even a bowl, shake (or whisk) together the milk and flour to form a slurry. Pour this into the soup and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and pepper as needed. If the parmesan rind didn’t melt entirely, you can scoop it out at this point. Stir in the fresh parsley.
  • Serve immediately with a lemon wedge for sprinkling, parmesan cheese for topping and parsley sprinkled on top.
  • Note: if you want to prep this for meals ahead of time, or want to have it for leftovers, I suggest cooking the orzo separately as it will soak up most of the broth as it sits overnight. Combine the soup and orzo and reheat to enjoy!

creamy chicken and orzo soup

Super cozy!

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Quick and Easy Ravioli Soup.

The most comforting ravioli soup is here to hug you today! I’m back with another soup that is incredibly easy, but I promise it’s a delish quick dinner idea. While this recipe is super simple (almost embarrassingly so – my fave), it is so comforting and incredible. If you’re a fan of my homemade spaghettios, […]

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The most comforting ravioli soup is here to hug you today!

quick and easy ravioli soup

I’m back with another soup that is incredibly easy, but I promise it’s a delish quick dinner idea.

While this recipe is super simple (almost embarrassingly so – my fave), it is so comforting and incredible. If you’re a fan of my homemade spaghettios, then stay tuned. This is so similar and wildly flavorful! 

flavor base with tomato paste, onions, spices and garlic

Plus, you can use whatever ravioli you love. Or whatever you have on hand. Making it a great pantry/quick freezer meal.

You can even use different varieties for the same soup by cooking them separately and adding them to the broth. Now everyone in the house is really happy!

pot of tomato broth and ravioli soup

Of course I am partial to cheese ravioli, but I wouldn’t kick spinach ravioli out of bed. It all depends on the mood you’re in, what is available from your freezer or pantry and how much you love CHEESE. 

I mean, I’m assuming you love cheese since you’re here.

Of course.

quick and easy ravioli soup

For this soup, I chose to go the tomato paste base route. This is how my favorite spaghettios recipe starts out, and I make that recipe all.the.time. We love it!

There is something about using tomato paste as the base of the broth – instead of diced or crushed tomatoes – that makes the broth so silky, rich and wonderful. I love to use a drop of dry sherry to enhance the flavor too. It just feels more special, and I love that it is like a tomato broth as opposed to a sauce base. 

The sherry flavor also adds this hint of “what is that?!” to the soup. I use this in my best ever tomato soup too, and everyone just raves about it. It’s definitely a great ingredient to have on hand. 

quick and easy ravioli soup

If you’re having quarantine cooking fatigue (nearly one year later!!), I hear you! I definitely have been looking for super simple meals like this at least once a week or more – or for lunches. Dishes that are comforting and easy but still taste really good. Sometimes I hesitate sharing such embarrassingly easy recipes ehre on the blog, but it’s often ones like these that get me through a cooking week!

P.S. if you haven’t preordered Everyday Dinners yet, now is the perfect time! I made the best, easiest weeknight dinners – all back in 2018 before the current situation hit. The meals are truly some of the best of the best. Flavorful, easy and no fatigue to be found.

quick and easy ravioli soup

Quick & Easy Ravioli Soup

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Quick & Easy Ravioli Soup

This super simple ravioli soup is so easy! A brothy tomato base with loads of flavor, filled with your choice of ravioli. It's so good!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 12 ounces your favorite frozen ravioli, (or fresh!) - I like cheese ravioli for this
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
  • chopped fresh parsley, for topping

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a stock pot or saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the onion and garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until the onions soften and are translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the basil, oregano and tomato paste. Cook, stirring the mixture, until the tomato paste deepens in color a bit. This sort of caramelizes the paste and adds a depth of flavor that is wonderful! Deglaze the pan with the tablespoon of dry sherry.
  • Add in the stock and stir. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Add in the ravioli and cook for the recommended time - usually around 5 minutes or so for frozen. A bit less time for fresh ravioli.
  • Stir in the parmesan cheese. Serve the soup immediately and top with extra parmesan and fresh parsley!
  • Note: if you want to make this ahead of time or prep it for lunches, cook and store the ravioli separately from the broth in the fridge. Combine the ravioli and the broth in a bowl and warm when you’re ready to eat!

quick and easy ravioli soup

Oh myyyyyy.

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Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder.

This cheddar cauliflower chowder is about to rock your weeknight dinner!  Warm, comforting and cheesy – it’s the perfect bowl to take your days from blustery and wintery to wonderful! And that is exactly what I crave right now. Something SO good to look forward to for dinner. These early months of the year always […]

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This cheddar cauliflower chowder is about to rock your weeknight dinner! 

cheddar cauliflower chowder

Warm, comforting and cheesy – it’s the perfect bowl to take your days from blustery and wintery to wonderful!

And that is exactly what I crave right now. Something SO good to look forward to for dinner. These early months of the year always get me with their gray and cold days. THIS makes dinner exciting and to be honest, freaking DELISH.

pot of cheddar cauliflower chowder with green onions

I know I know, I just shared a cauliflower recipe last week but this one is too good to wait. It is so easy, so flavorful, so filling and perfect for the cold, blustery winter days we are having right now. 

LOVE IT.

Plus, if you really want to, you can just switch out potatoes for the cauli!

cheddar cauliflower chowder with bacon

Chowder is definitely one of my go-to soups (hello, this sun dried tomato corn chowder, anyone?!) but I was hesitant about replacing the potatoes here with cauliflower. I considered using both, but was afraid the soup would be overwhelming with chunks and not as chowder-ish as I’d like.

I ended up going the cauliflower-only route and it is fantastic. 

cheddar cauliflower chowder with bacon and a spoon

The flavor is absolutely perfect.

The cauliflower is tender but still brings enough texture to the soup, and of course, with the scallions and bacon on top? Texture is given an A+.

It’s SO satisfying.

spoonful of cheddar cauliflower chowder

The cheddar makes it for me too. Obviously. As a serious cheese lover, I was afraid that adding in the cheddar may make it too heavy or gluey. You know what I mean, right? But it doesn’t at all. Stirring in the white cheddar at the end adds the perfect cheesy flavor that a bowl like this begs for. 

The base ends up being silky smooth, even though we still have our chunks of veg.

It melts in your mouth.

You won’t be able to stop the spoonfuls!

spoonful of cheddar cauliflower chowder

Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder

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Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder

This cheddar cauliflower chowder is the most comforting bowl of soup you'll have this winter! Warm, creamy, cheesy - it's wonderful!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 to 6 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces white cheddar cheese, freshly grated , plus extra for topping
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot over medium heat and add the bacon. Cook until the bacon is crispy and the fat has rendered, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel to drain off excess grease.
  • Throw the onions, carrots and garlic into the pot where the bacon grease is. You can add a small pinch of salt and pepper - you most likely will need a little salt for the soup, but the bacon is salty, so don’t go overboard! Stir and cook the vegetables until they soften, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring often, for 2 to 3 minutes. Stream in the stock while stirring. Add in the cauliflower florets. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce it to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cauliflower is tender.
  • Stir in the cream and cook for a minute or two until it warms. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cheese and half of the green onions. Stir until the cheese is melted. Taste the soup and season with most salt and pepper if needed. This will depend on how salty your bacon and cheese are! Stir in most of the bacon, leaving a bit to garnish the bowls with.
  • Serve the soup with the extra bacon, green onions and more cheese if you wish. Enjoy!

cheddar cauliflower chowder close up

Living for this.

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Embarrassingly Easy Potsticker Soup.

This potsticker soup is so easy that I can hardly stand it. Seriously! We have another meal here that will come together in about 20 minutes. It’s warm, comforting, satisfying and oh-so incredible!  Okay so the other day, I was craving my wonton soup. It was ALL I could think about. I make this butternut […]

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This potsticker soup is so easy that I can hardly stand it.

super easy potsticker soup

Seriously! We have another meal here that will come together in about 20 minutes. It’s warm, comforting, satisfying and oh-so incredible! 

broth with shiitake mushrooms and scallions

Okay so the other day, I was craving my wonton soup. It was ALL I could think about. I make this butternut squash wonton soup every winter and love it so much. It’s simple, but does require you making the butternut wontons.

I didn’t have wonton wrappers… or squash… and I just didn’t feel like making them anyway. 

But!

I did have potstickers. We ALWAYS have potstickers on hand. Always. I love the ones from Trader Joe’s and Costco. Sometimes I’ll do them for dinner or as a weekend snack with a quick dipping sauce. Love ‘em!

broth with mushrooms and potstickers

So I figured, why not throw those in?

Um, it was SO GOOD. A moment of brilliance – not really, but you know.

I love that the potstickers are a little larger than the wonton pouches I make at home. And the filling has more texture too. Overall, they are more filling.

This is just a win all around!

super easy potsticker soup

The soup starts with a sauté of shiitake mushrooms, garlic and ginger. This is the biggest building block of flavor and also makes your entire house smell incredible. Then, the broth is a simple base of chicken or vegetable stock. I add in some soy sauce, a little toasted sesame oil too. Some sliced green onions for more flavor.

That’s it!

You can season this and flavor it to your liking. 

And once the broth is ready to go, all you have to do is bring it to a simmer and throw in those potstickers. Soup will be ready in about 3 minutes!

See? Ridiculously easy. 

super easy potsticker soup

I love to top mine with a sprinkle of furikake seasoning, which I always have on hand for some asian-inspired dishes. A little sprinkle goes a long way and it adds a ton of flavor to this soup too! 

What I love most here – aside from the fact that this takes MINUTES to make!! – is that you can really customize this based on your preferences. You could use chicken, pork or vegetable potstickers. Whatever stock you have on a hand. A few extra veggies if you want to clean out the fridge, like maybe shredded carrots or a handful of spinach or something. 

I think I might be the most excited that this is now a part of my recipe rotation!

super easy potsticker soup

Embarrassingly Easy Potsticker Soup

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Embarrassingly Easy Potsticker Soup

This super easy potsticker soup uses frozen potstickers and a flavorful broth. Comes together in about 20 minutes and is delicious!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, coconut oil or butter
  • 8 ounces sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions, plus more for sprinkling
  • 12 ounces frozen potstickers or dumplings
  • furikake seasoning, for serving

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a stock pot over medium-low heat. Add in the garlic, ginger and mushrooms. Stir and cook until the mushrooms soften, about 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Pour in the stock, water, sesame oil and soy sauce. Bring the mixture to a simmer - I suggest tasting the broth here to see if it has enough flavor. If not, add a pinch of salt until you get the desired savory flavor you want!
  • Once the broth is simmering, add in the potstickers. Cook for 3 minutes (or longer, if the package directions call for it), until the potstickers are cooked through.
  • Serve immediately with extra scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil and furikake seasoning for topping.
  • Note: these leftovers only last about 24 hours in the fridge - because the potstickers begin to break down. This isn’t a great meal to prep ahead of time for that reason!

super easy potsticker soup

Love an easy go-to.

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20 of My Favorite Soup Recipes For Winter!

Soup season is the best season, so I’m sharing 20 of my best soup recipes today for you! While I enjoy soup all year round, right now it’s reeeeeally soup season. Right?! It’s cold and snowy and we all need some comfort. Even if it’s not snowy where you live, I’d say that January is […]

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Soup season is the best season, so I’m sharing 20 of my best soup recipes today for you!

While I enjoy soup all year round, right now it’s reeeeeally soup season. Right?!

It’s cold and snowy and we all need some comfort. Even if it’s not snowy where you live, I’d say that January is prime soup season, so here we are. I don’t discriminate against any type of soup – give me a chili, a broth-based soup, a creamy soup, a soup with pasta, a hearty meat-filled one, classic chicken noodle or plain and creamy bisque. Seriously, I love ’em all.

I try to include a soup recipe each week in my weekly menu in the chillier months, but wanted to list a bunch here in case you want to go on a soup-making binge. I love to make a big batch and freeze some (it’s one thing that I don’t mind freezing at all!) and it’s such a perfect recipe to prep for lunches or a busy week ahead. Cannot be beat!

I also have a few more soup recipes up my sleeve this season, so stay tuned…

20 of My Best Soup Recipes

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili

Fire Roasted Minestrone with Kale Pesto

Braised Short Rib Beef Stew

Sweet Potato Chowder

Chipotle Tomato Soup with Smoked Cheddar Pull Apart Bread

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Weeknight Maple Turkey Chili

Easy Lemon Chicken Soup

Creamy Chicken and Dumplings

Smoked Gruyere Butternut Soup with Crispy Chickpeas

Curried Tomato Tortellini Soup

Irish Stout Beef Stew with Herbed Dumplings

Creamy Buffalo Cauliflower Soup

Chicken Noodle Egg Drop Soup

Pesto Mini Meatball Soup

Game Day Beer Chili

Spicy Sausage, Kale and Whole Wheat Orecchiette Soup

White Chicken Quinoa Chili

Chicken Taco Soup with Cheese Quesadilla Croutons

White Bean Tortellini Soup with Havarti Toasts

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