Beef and Barley Soup

The oft overlooked barley is great as a side dish, sometimes used in place of Arborio rice for a faux risotto.  It's also excellent in soups and stews, which this recipe takes advantage of.  We use leftover roast beef in place of the stewing…

New England Clam Chowder

A play on traditional clam chowder, we use flour to thicken the soup instead of oyster crackers.  We also use canned clams instead of fresh, which work quite well.  If you like, add a few fresh clams to the soup just before serving for…

Ham and Split Pea Soup

This recipe is the very definition of stick to your ribs cooking.  We make our own ham stock with a good sized pork hock, then shred the meat and add to the soup at the end.   Ham and Split Pea Soup   2 Tbsp. Olive…

Minestrone

There's no set way to make minestrone, the tradition is to use whatever vegetables are in season.  Add a starch such as pasta or beans, and you have a simple one pot meal.  Feel free so throw in whatever you have on hand.  We save our…

Tortellini and Spinach Soup

This soup really qualifies as an entree, both healthy and filling.  You can substitute the cheese tortellini with another type.  Omitting the pancetta and replacing the chicken stock with water makes this a great vegetarian meal.  Also,…

Asparagus Soup

Delicious hot or cold, this creamy soup should only be made at the height of asparagus season.  Blanching the asparagus tips and pureeing at the end ensures a vibrant green to the soup.   Asparagus Soup 2 pounds green asparagus 1…

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

A perfect soup for fall or winter, this recipe calls for apples but you can just as easily substitute pears, or leave the fruit out all together.   Butternut Squash and Apple Soup   2 Spanish Onions, Chopped 3-4…

Roasted Onion Soup

This recipe requires a lot of onions.  Don't skimp out because the end result is worth the effort.  Take your time when caramelizing the onions, they should be a dark golden colour when you add the remaining ingredients.  Use your best…

Chickpea, Sage and Leek Soup

This recipe is attributed to my wife, she made this for me several years ago and it's still one of my favourites.  It's crazy simple to make and wholly satisfying.   Chickpea, Sage and Leek Soup   1 1/2 cups dry chickpeas…

Roasted Roma Tomato Soup

This is a simple tomato soup with a twist - tomatoes, garlic and onions are roasted before pureeing to intensify the flavours and bring out their natural sweetness.  No need to peel or seed the tomatoes either, just be sure to use a fine…