Wait until the end of the meal to serve this cooling soup, perfect for a hot or muggy day when the body needs to “chill.” And if you can’t wait, it’s also a delightful way to start the day at breakfast or brunch.
A red pepper is simply a green pepper allowed to mature on the plant, gaining great color and terrific sweetness. There’s nothing hot about this variety. “Pear” it up with some of the season’s naturally sweet vegetables in this soup that looks and feels like a cream soup on the tongue yet doesn’t contain a drop of cream.
Stock may be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days or frozen for up to three months.
Don’t let the simplicity of this soup fool you. It has great flavor, texture and is delightfully spicy. Locally produced salsa, like Frog Ranch Salsa, delivers big Ohio tomato flavor.
Typically when a recipe calls for rhubarb it also includes copious amounts of sugar, but not here. The lemony tart flavor of the rhubarb is great all by itself to brighten up the mild nature of this lentil soup, a popular dish throughout the Mediterranean.
The humble turnip is often called the “poor man’s vegetable.” While it may not be glamorous, it’s versatile, stores well and is delicious, especially in this simple and easy to make soup.
Spicy Italian style sausage adds zip to this tomato-based chili.
Ready-cut stew meat is easy to find in the meat case but if you’re inclined to cut your own there are a variety of cuts from the shoulder or rear that will do including chuck shoulder or roast; bottom or top round roasts; rump roast; or English roast. Trim away some of the fat before cutting the meat into 1-inch cubes.
Fresh spring vegetables and chicken give this creamy soup a great flavor.
Yellow split peas have a more delicate flavor and prettier color than their green cousin but either one creates a hearty soup that draws a lot of flavor and meat from smoked ham hocks. Letting the finished soup sit or “cure” in the refrigerator for a couple of days will continue to improve the flavor.