Category Archives: Soups

Mushroom Soup with Cashews & Wild Rice

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Here is a luscious and rich mushroom soup perfect for a Meatless Monday in January. Mushroom stock blended with roasted cashews makes a creamy base for earthy wild rice, shiitake mushrooms and fresh thyme. We lucked out this weekend at … Continue reading

Spicy Pork & Sweet Potato Stew

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Happy Sunday evening to you! What’s for dinner at your house tonight? We’ll be eating this… an easy-to-make, Spicy Pork & Sweet Potato Stew. Savory, tender pork, chunks of sweet potato and flavorful hominy in a spicy, smokey broth. Give … Continue reading

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Around the World Lentil Soup

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Lentils… Are you a fan? I love them. Nutty, earthy, and full of protein.When I got back from India this spring, I couldn’t stop eating Lentil Dahl for breakfast and now that the weather is getting colder, I’m on a lentil … Continue reading

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Cougar Gold Ale Soup – GO COUGS!

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It’s football season. GO COUGS! RUN, RUN, Ruuuuuun! OMG What the #@*@*#! AMAZING! What was he thinking?? Throw the ball!! Hang on to the ball! Get RID of the ball! RUN!!! Get out of bounds! GO COUGS! Noooooooo! I just … Continue reading

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Easy Chicken Posole Rojo

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If you’ve been reading A Passionate Plate for a while, you already know how much I love to make soup. I think my dream job would be cooking at an all soup restaurant, where I’d get to develop the recipes … Continue reading

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Cream of Parsnip Soup

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I’m often asked, “Why do you write a food blog?”. The following story is just one of the very many that exemplifies the most important reason: I love connecting with people who are passionate about food and cooking. A year … Continue reading

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Mount Rainier White Chili

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We left Seattle last Friday night prepared for a 3 hour drive to our White Pass cabin. In typical  Girls’ Weekend style, we started gabbing chatting and missed a few turns… so the drive got just a little bit longer than we … Continue reading

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Low-Fat Italian Wedding Soup

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Italian Wedding Soup is one of Marvin’s all-time favorites. He loves the little meatballs floating in the rich chicken broth, the bites of pasta and the sprinkle of parmesan cheese on top. And, he doesn’t even think twice about eating … Continue reading

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Mushroom Stock

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Mushroom Stock Print Recipe type: Soup Author: A Passionate Plate Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour 15 mins Serves: 8 Use this stock in the delicious recipe for Mushroom Pot Pies with Parker House … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Tuscan White Bean Soup

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Oh, yeah!!! I’m LOVING my new slow-cooker. It’s a lil’ like magic. I’m not lazy, but sometimes I just don’t want to spend an hour in the kitchen getting dinner ready – especially this time of year. There are lights … Continue reading

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Slow-Cooker Weeknight Chili

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People often ask me how Mary and I work together. “Do you have meetings to plan your posts? Do you have everything on a shared calendar? Do you get along?” The answer to all of those is “YES!”. Listen. We’re … Continue reading

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Turkey Chowder

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Well, you had to know this was coming: left-over turkey recipes. Mary made some ah-maz-ing looking Curry Turkey Salad Sliders today and I made Turkey Chowder. As far as I’m concerned, the meal made with the left-overs from Thanksgiving is … Continue reading

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Thai Curry Butternut Squash Bisque

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Our book group met last night. We read Brave New World Revisited (P.S.) and I have to say, that is the kind of book that book groups were created for. It was so controversial, and thought provoking, and a little disturbing … Continue reading

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Bloody Eyeball Soup

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  Scar-rrrry! Eyeballs staring up at you from a bowl of rich, red Roasted Tomato Soup. Bloody Eyeball Soup Print Recipe type: Soup Cuisine: Halloween Treat Author: A Passionate Plate Prep time: 1 hour Cook time: 45 mins Total time: … Continue reading

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White Bean, Kale & Chicken Sausage Soup

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Last week Joy shared a recipe for Carrot Ginger Soup and wrote in her post that  SOUP=LOVE. I agree with her one-hundred percent. I would also like to add that, for me, MAKING SOUP=LOVE. In all honesty, making a pot of … Continue reading

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Ginger Carrot Soup

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Fall is in the air! Do you agree? That crisp breeze that gently blows through the trees causing the leaves to rustle and gently fall to the ground. The lower angle of the sun. Sweaters and wool socks beckoning you … Continue reading

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Fresh Corn & Dungeness Crab Chowder

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From the time I was born until my late 20′s my family owned a house near Union, at the southern-most end of Hood Canal. The house was situated in the middle of a small cove in a little community called … Continue reading

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Asparagus Soup

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Now that asparagus is available all year round, it’s easy to forget that this vegetable was once a true harbinger of spring. But, just a few years decades ago, when I was growing up, asparagus was really only seasonally available … Continue reading

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Quick Homemade Chicken Stock

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Quick Homemade Chicken Stock Print Recipe type: Soup Author: Cook’s Illustrated To save time and the mess, I call ahead to my grocery store’s butcher and order 8 lbs. of chicken wings and legs cut into 2-inch pieces. They are … Continue reading

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Lazy Girl’s Cioppino

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I made this super easy and wonderful tasting Cioppino for Marvin on Valentine’s night. Since we already had our very memorable meal  with Joy and Toby on Sunday, I wanted to do something a little simpler and a little lighter. This … Continue reading

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Mary’s Matzo Ball Soup

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Many, many years ago my friend Rick Schwartz (the great guy who taught me how to make latkes) returned from a visit to his mom’s house with a container of homemade schmaltz (rendered chicken fat commonly used in Jewish cooking). The next … Continue reading

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Mexican Onion Soup

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  Well, the weatherman got it wrong. The snow did not turn to rain yesterday as predicted. No sir. It stayed cold and snowy and our West Seattle neighborhood virtually shut down. (When the Emerald City turns white, things generally … Continue reading

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Roasted Tomato and Yellow Pepper Soup

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  This soup had me humming all day long!  “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.  You make me happy, when skies are snow-y…” Doesn’t that just look like sunshine in a bowl?  It’s got a bit of a kick, … Continue reading

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Hearty Minestrone Soup

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It was cold here today!  I’m of the opinion that if it’s going to be this cold, I want some snow… and soup.  There is a good chance I’ll see snow soon since we are headed up to Crystal Mountain … Continue reading

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Vegetable Stock

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  Vegetable Stock Print Recipe type: Soup Author: A Passionate Plate Ingredients 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, peeled and ends removed 3 small carrots, peeled and end removed 2 large leeks, trimmed and cleaned well 1 fennel … Continue reading

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How to Cook Dry Beans

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The local Farmers Market often has a wonderful selection of fresh, dry beans and peas.  They really do taste better than the canned version, especially if you add a little seasoning to them while soaking, and then, again, while cooking. … Continue reading

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Hoppin’ John Soup

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When Mary asked me to do a post in preparation for New Year’s Day, I immediately responded, “I’ll make Hoppin John!”.  Why did I say that?  I know it’s a tradition, but why?  Turns out,  according to tradition (Southern, mostly) … Continue reading

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Quick White Bean Soup with Rosemary

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Joy and I are hosting a Christmas cookie decorating party tonight. I must admit, it’s really more party than decorating, but we do manage to create some beautiful cookies in between glasses of wine. Tonight we’ll be kicking things off … Continue reading

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Vegetable Beef Soup with Farro

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Tonight’s dinner could also be called I need to Clean Out My Vegetable Bin Soup – because that is actually what this soup is. And, it’s hearty and yummy and perfect for a cold December night. I have to admit, … Continue reading

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Miso Soup

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  I made this batch of miso soup with white miso – the kind my sister uses every day in Japan. Her family likes the mild flavor. There are many varieties of miso paste and regional variations. You can typically … Continue reading

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