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Vichyssoise Recipe

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped, about 1 cup
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 large head cauliflower
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
White pepper
Snipped chives
Snipped dill

Optional: 2 teaspoons curry powder.

Instructions:

Heat the oil in a large soup pot and add the chopped onion. Cook, stirring from time to time, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. (Optional: Add curry powder for a lively version)

Meanwhile, chop the cauliflower into small pieces about the size of croutons. Add the cauliflower to the broth, cover, and cook until tender, from 5 to 10 minutes.

Puree the soup in the blender in 2 batches. Let cool for 1/2 hour, then add the cream, whisking in. Add white pepper to taste.

Chill for at least 2 hours, blend again before serving, and add a grind of white pepper and a scatter of herbs on each bowl.

Tastes amazing like potato vichyssoise.

Carbs: 3.7 gram per serving. Serves 6


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Cucumber Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 cups peeled, seeded and thinly sliced cucumbers, divided
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup plain yogurt
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Instructions:

Preparation time: 35 minutes

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 1 to 4 minutes.

Add lemon juice and cook for 1 minute. Add 3 3/4 cups cucumber slices, broth, salt, pepper and cayenne; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and cook at a gentle simmer until the cucumbers are soft, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer the soup to a blender. Add avocado and parsley; blend on low speed until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.)

Pour into a serving bowl and stir in yogurt.

Chop the remaining 1/4 cup cucumber slices.

Serve the soup warm or refrigerate and serve it chilled. Just before serving, garnish with the chopped cucumber and more chopped parsley, if desired.

This can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 4 hours.

1 Carbohydrate Serving. Serves: 4.


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Egg Drop Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
2 cup basic stock
2 teaspoons finely chopped green onions

Instructions:

In a small bowl, beat eggs with a pinch of salt; set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring stock to a boil. Slowly pour beaten eggs into boiling stock, stirring constantly. Cook for 1 minute.

Place remaining salt and onions in a serving bowl. Add soup; serve hot.

Carb Count: 0.5 carbs per serving. Makes 4 servings.


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Cold Cauliflower Soup with Bacon & Fresh Dill Recipe

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
7 cups cauliflower florets (about 1 1/2 lbs)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of oil or butter
1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or to taste)
3 tablespoons of chopped fresh dill (divided 2/1)
5 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup water
4 slices of bacon

Instructions:

Cook bacon and chop up finely.

In a deep pot put the tbsp of butter or oil in the pan and cook the chopped onion until soft and lightly browned.

Add the cauliflower, salt, cayenne, only 2 tbs. of the dill, and the chicken stock. Bring mixture to a simmer and reduce heat. Cook until the cauliflower is tender and can be pierced with a knife.

Blend the mixture in batches in a food processor or blender and return soup to the pot with heat off.

Stir in cream and water and let cool. Move to refrigerator to chill for 3 hours, minimally.

When serving, sprinkle bacon and remaining dill on top – individually or in large serving bowl.

Servings: 4


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Celery Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
4 stalks celery
1 cup water
14oz chicken broth
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
Dash salt
Dash white pepper

Instructions:

Put water and chicken broth in a saucepan and get it boiling. Cut the celery into 1″ pieces and put them into the water. Cook around 15 minutes or until tender.

Put half the mixture into a blender and cover, but leave the hole out of the center of the top since the mixture is hot. Blend at very low speed until relatively smooth. There will still be some chunks.

Remove first half into a bowl and blend the second half of the broth.

Put all blended material back into a saucepan and add in salt, white pepper, half-and-half and nutmeg. Heat until warm. Serve.

Serves: 4


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Chicken Egg Broth Recipe

Ingredients:
2 cups chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp parsley
2 eggs, beaten

Instructions:

Heat the broth, garlic and parsley to a simmer.

Add the eggs and stir with a fork to make threads.

Bring broth back to a simmer, and serve immediately.


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Escarole Meatball Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
½ pound ground sirloin
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup pork rind “bread crumbs”
2 tablespoons minced parsley
¼ teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup minced onion
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
5 cups shredded escarole, rinsed and dried
4 cups chicken broth
Pepper to taste

Instructions:

In a mixing bowl combine the meat, half the cheese, the “bread crumbs”, parsley, salt, pepper, egg, and ½ cup of minced onion. Mix well with your hands and divide into little meatballs.

In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the meatballs—half at a time—and sauté until they’re golden brown all over. Remove the meatballs to a plate.

Add the remaining olive oil to the pot along with the additional ¼ cup of onion and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the onion is soft. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes. Stir in the escarole, cover, and cook until it’s wilted, about 3 minutes.

Add the broth and the meatballs, bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for about 3 minutes.

Serve in warm soup plates, sprinkled with the remaining Parmesan and pepper flakes.

Carb Count: 2.6 carbs per serving. Serves 4.


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Seven Happiness Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
4 cup chicken Stock
1 slice ginger
1 garlic clove, halved
1/2 cup shredded Chinese cabbage
1/3 cup coarsely chopped tofu
1/3 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
1/3 cup snow peas
1/3 cup slivered bamboo shoots
1/3 cup thin sliced water chestnuts
1/3 cup sliced carrots

Instructions:

Combine chicken stock, ginger and garlic. Simmer 15 minutes. Remove garlic and ginger.

Add remaining ingredients to flavored stock, simmer gently for 20 minutes.


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Spinach Soup Recipe

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups vegetable broth or water
6 cups fresh spinach, tough stems removed
Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions:

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Pour in broth (or water). Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook about 15 minutes. Stir in spinach and continue to simmer until the greens are tender, about 10 minutes more.

Puree the soup with an immersion blender or regular blender (in batches), leaving it a little chunky if desired. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.)

Serve the soup garnished with nutmeg, if desired.

6 appetizer servings, 1 cup each


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Squash Soup with Gruyere Cheese Recipe

Ingredients:
Squash Stock
Seeds and scrapings from the squash
1 celery stalk, plus some leaves, chopped into small pieces
1 turnip, peeled and diced
2 bay leaves
½ teaspoon dried sage leaves or 5 to 6 fresh sage leaves
4 parsley branches
3 thyme branches
½ teaspoon salt
8 cups cold water
1 yellow or zucchini squash, weighing about 2½ pounds, halved and scooped out
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, cut into ¼-inch dice
½ to 1 teaspoon salt
6 to 7 cups stock
½ to 1 cup light cream
3 ounces Gruyere cheese, finely grated
Thyme leaves, finely chopped, for garnish
White pepper

Instructions:

Cut the squash in half and scrape out all the seeds and stringy material with a large metal spoon. Put them in a pot with the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, simmer for 25 minutes, and then strain.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake the squash halves, face down, on a lightly oiled baking sheet until the skin is wrinkled and the flesh is soft, about 1 hour. Remove them from the oven and, when cool enough to handle, peel off the skin. Reserve any caramelized juices that may have collected on the pan.

Melt the butter in a soup pot, add the onion, and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the cooked pumpkin, the juices, if any, the salt, and 6 cups of the stock. Bring to a boil; then simmer, covered, for 25 minutes.

Pass the soup through a food mill, which will smooth it out while leaving some texture. Return the soup to the pot and add the cream and more stock, if necessary, to thin it.

Taste for salt and season with the freshly ground white pepper. Stir in the grated cheese and serve the soup with the thyme leaves scattered over it.

Variation: Another way to make this soup is to bake squash with the cream and the cheese inside their hollowed-out shells. The cooked flesh is scraped into the hot cream and melted cheese and served right from the pumpkin.


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