Category: Soups


Courtesy of Fine Cooking website

Yield: Yields about 10 cups.

Servings: six to eight.

 

This garlicky soup is a snap to pull together, and most of the ingredients are basic pantry staples. The whole thing is ready in about an hour, but the soup’s complex flavors belie the quick cooking time. You can serve it as soon as the kale is tender, but letting it sit for an hour and then reheating gently makes it even better (wait to add the lemon until just before serving). Crusty cheese toasts make an excellent accompaniment.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage (about 3 links)
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • One-half small yellow onion, cut into small dice
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into small dice
  • 1 rib celery, cut into small dice
  • 5 large cloves garlic, minced (about 2 Tbs.)
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups lower-salt chicken broth
  • 1 lb. 3 oz. can cannellini or white kidney beans, rinsed and drained, or 2 cups cooked dried beans
  • 1 lb. kale, rinsed, stems removed, leaves torn into bite-size pieces (8 cups firmly packed)
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest (optional)

Preparation

  • Remove the sausage from its casing and tear it by hand into bite-size pieces. Heat 1 Tbs. of the olive oil in a 4- or 5-quart heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a plate, leaving any rendered fat in the pot.

    Add the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil to the pot, increase the heat to medium high, and add the onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the carrot and celery and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften and brown, about 2 minutes more. Be sure to scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in the garlic, pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute more. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat.

    When the broth reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium, add the sausage along with any collected juices, and half the beans. Mash the remaining beans with a fork or wooden spoon and add them to the pot, stirring to distribute. Stir in the kale, adjust the heat as necessary to maintain a gentle simmer, and simmer until the kale is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest (if using) and season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Butternut Squash Soup

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Step 1

In a large, heavy pot, combine the broth, squash, thyme, garlic, leeks and celery and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes.

Step 2

In a medium skillet, heat the vegetable oil. Add the bacon strips and cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until crisp, about 7 minutes.

Step 3

Discard the thyme sprigs from the soup. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender. Return the soup to the pot. Add the bacon, collards, pinto beans, carrot, bell pepper and corn and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 7 minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper and serve.

Make Ahead

The soup can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat gently.

Notes

One Serving 264 cal, 10 gm fat, 1.4 gm sat fat, 37 gm carb, 7 gm fiber.

 

Spinach, Chicken, and Wild Rice Soup

makes about 6 1 1/2 cup servings. and  it uses your slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 –14  ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-10 3/4 – ounce can reduced-fat and reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2/3 cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon purslane
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 4 large cloves of fresh crushed garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chives
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken (you can even use chicken pulled off bone of roasted chicken  (remove skin) bought at the store– about 1 pound)
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded fresh kale (tear leaves off stems and cut into thing thing strips, young tender fresh kale is the best )
  • Directions

    1. In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine the water, broth, cream of chicken soup, uncooked wild rice, thyme, garlic, cumin.
    2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4 hours.
    3. To serve, stir in chicken, kale, chives,  purslane and let sit for about 15 minutes, stir again then serve.
  • Makes 6 (1-1/2-cup) servings.
Italian Wild Rice Soup

  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 14 1/2 – ounce can lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1 14 1/2 – ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, undrained
  • 1 6 – ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)
  • 3/4 cup wild rice, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 9 – ounce package fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (2 ounces)

Directions

  1. In a large skillet cook pork over medium heat until no longer pink, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks; drain off fat.
  2. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker combine cooked pork, the water, broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, uncooked wild rice, garlic, Italian seasoning, paprika, fennel seeds, black pepper, salt, and crushed red pepper.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Stir spinach into

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

    Servings Per Recipe: 8
    PER SERVING: 274 cal., 11 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 45 mg chol., 315 mg sodium, 24 g carb. (6 g fiber, 8 g sugars), 20 g pro.

    Diabetic Exchanges

    Mark as Free Exchange (d.e): 0; Fat (d.e): 1.5; Vegetables (d.e): 2; Lean Meat (d.e): 2; Starch (d.e): 1

    soup.

  4. Serve topped with cheese.

Cheddar Broccoli Soup

  • COOK TIME

    20 min

  • PREP TIME

    10 min

This makes a great soup for lunch or light dinner. To make the soup heartier, add in spinach, cooked chicken, rice and/or cauliflower.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 c. vegetable stock
  • 4 c. milk
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. Clabber Girl Cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. broccoli florets
  • 1/2 c. carrots
  • 1/2 c. celery
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley
  • 1 small onion
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Basil

Instructions

Chop onion, celery, carrots and broccoli. Add vegetables to a large sauce pan or dutch oven. Saute all together in 2-3 Tbsp. of butter until lightly browned.

Add all-purpose flour and blend well and cook until brown (2-3 minutes). Add milk and stock slowly, while stirring.

Add Clabber Girl Corn Starch, paprika, salt, pepper, garlic powder and basil. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally to prevent the milk from scalding on the bottom of the pan. Add cheese and parsley. Stir until the cheese is melted.

Onion, Kale, Chickpea, and Chicken Soup RecipeSource: Cooking Light

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup prechopped onion
1/2 cup diagonally cut carrot
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
3 garlic cloves, crushed
2 thyme sprigs
4 cups unsalted chicken stock
1 (15-ounce) can unsalted chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 cups chopped Lacinato kale
4 ounces shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken thigh
4 ounces shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
1 teaspoon lower-sodium soy sauce

Preparation

1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion and next 5 ingredients (through thyme); cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add stock and chickpeas to pan; bring to a boil. Add kale and chicken to pan; reduce heat, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in soy sauce; discard thyme sprigs.

Nutritional Information

Calories 264
Fat 8.4 g
Satfat 1.6 g
Monofat 4.3 g
Polyfat 1.1 g
Protein 26 g
Carbohydrate 23 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 62 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 649 mg
Calcium 118 mg

 

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 55 mins

Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil, olive
  • 1 medium onion(s), chopped
  • 1 stalk(s) celery, sliced
  • 1 medium carrot(s), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 3 can(s) broth, chicken, less sodium, 14 ounces each
  • 2 cup(s) squash, butternut, cut-up, peeled, and seeded
  • 14 1/2 ounce(s) tomatoes, fire-roasted, diced, or diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can(s) beans, white kidney, 15-19 ounces, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 cup(s) broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon oregano, fresh, or 2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, black
  • cheese, shredded Parmesan

Recipe Tip:

Slow Cooker Version: Omit olive oil. In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker combine onion, celery, carrot, garlic, broth, squash, tomatoes, beans and dried oregano (if using). Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. If using low-heat setting, turn cooker to high-heat setting. Add zucchini, broccoli, fresh oregano (if using), salt and pepper. Cover and cook 30 minutes more. Serve as above.

Preparation

  1. In a 4-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic; cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in broth, squash, and undrained tomatoes. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add beans, zucchini, broccoli, oregano, salt, and pepper; cook for 5 minutes more. If desired, sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese.

Nutritional Info (Per serving):

Calories: 92, Saturated Fat: 0g, Sodium: 641mg, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Total Fat: 2g, Carbs: 16g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Protein: 6g

Diabetic Exchanges:

Vegetable: 1, Starch: 0.5, Lean Meat: 0.5, Carb Choices: 1

Recipe Source: Diabetic Living

 

 

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 12 mins

Total Time: 32 mins

Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons scallion(s) (green onions), finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger, fresh, grated
  • 3 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 3 teaspoons oil, olive, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless halves
  • 2 ounce(s) rice noodles, dried
  • 1/2 cup(s) carrot(s), chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime peel, finely shredded
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons nuts, peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cilantro

Recipe Tip:

Broiler Directions: Place chicken on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink (170°F), turning once. Slice as directed.

Preparation

  1. For rub, in a small bowl, combine green onion, ginger, garlic, the 1 teaspoon oil, and the salt. Sprinkle evenly over chicken; rub in with your fingers.
  2. Place chicken on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 12 to 15 minutes or until tender and no longer pink (170°F), turning once. Thinly slice chicken diagonally; set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook rice noodles and carrot in a large amount of boiling water for 3 to 4 minutes or just until noodles are tender; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Use kitchen scissors to snip noodles into short lengths. In a medium bowl, stir together lime peel, lime juice, and the 2 teaspoons oil. Add noodle mixture and cilantro; toss gently to coat.
  4. Divide noodle mixture between two individual bowls; arrange chicken slices on noodle mixture. Sprinkle with peanuts. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Info (Per serving):

Calories: 396, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 369mg, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Total Fat: 13g, Carbs: 32g, Cholesterol: 82mg, Protein: 37g

Diabetic Exchanges:

Vegetable: 0.5, Starch: 2, Lean Meat: 4.5, Fat: 1.5, Carb Choices: 2

Recipe Source: Diabetic Living

from Diabetic Weekly

Ginger-Chicken Noodle Soup

 

  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 13

Ingredients

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium carrots, coarsely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 14 – ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 ounces dried rice vermicelli noodles or medium noodles
  • 1 6 – ounce package frozen pea pods, thawed and halved diagonally
  • Soy sauce

Directions

  1. In a 3-1/2- to 6-quart crockery cooker, combine chicken, carrots, sherry (if desired), the 1 tablespoon soy sauce, the vinegar, ginger, and pepper. Stir in chicken broth and the water. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Stir in noodles and pea pods. Cover and cook for 5 to 8 minutes more or until noodles are tender. Serve with additional soy sauce. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 6
PER SERVING: 174 cal., 3 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 44 mg chol., 1050 mg sodium, 13 g carb. (1 g fiber), 21 g pro.

Pork Zuppa

another great one from Diabetic Weekly
  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 1/3cups
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 19

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 12 ounces tiny red new potatoes, each cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 12 – ounce can fat-free evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups chopped fresh kale
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large skillet cook pork, onion, and garlic over medium heat until meat is browned and onion is tender; drain off fat. Return meat mixture to skillet; add oregano, salt, and crushed red pepper. Cook for 1 minute more. Transfer to a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add broth and potatoes.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. In a small bowl combine evaporated milk and cornstarch until smooth; stir into cooker. Stir in kale. Cover and cook for 30 to 60 minutes more or until bubbly around edge of cooker. If desired, sprinkle with additional crushed red pepper.

Tip

  • For Easy Cleanup: Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 6
PER SERVING: 303 cal., 12 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 53 mg chol., 542 mg sodium, 19 g carb. (2 g fiber, 4 g sugars), 20 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Vegetables (d.e): 1; Medium-Fat Meat (d.e): 2; Fat (d.e): 1; Starch (d.e): 1

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