Easy Minestrone Soup

Last week was cold and rainy. I don’t think the sun came out much at all.

Plus there was the time change which meant I left for work in the dark and came home in the dark.

This signals two things to me: A) I need to get out my Happy Light, and B) I need a comfort food soup to slurp.

minestrone soup

I got this recipe out of my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.

I like this recipe because it’s easy and quick, but also because my kids will eat the parts of it separate from the soup. For instance I boil a few extra noodles to leave out of the soup for the boys.  They will also eat some of the veggies if I leave them out of the soup.  Everyone was happy and Eddie even declared it a “delicious meal!” when I served it.

If the four-year old thinks it’s delicious, you know you’ve won dinner time.

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The recipe makes a LOT, so next time (yes, there will be a next time), I will probably only make half a batch. I like leftovers as much as the next guy, but it made a LOT of soup for two people.

 

Creamy Tomato Soup

A few weeks ago I mentioned on Facebook that I was currently eating my very first grilled cheese/tomato soup combo.  There was shock and disbelief that I made it 35 and a half years before dipping my first grilled cheese into some Campbell’s tomato soup.

Of course I loved it.

For some reason I had been under the impression that I hated tomato soup. I’m not sure where I got this idea other than I don’t like raw tomatoes. But tomato soup doesn’t taste like taking a bite out of a raw tomato.

Anyway, since I thought it was tasty, I was determined to make my own tomato soup.  Not that anything is wrong with Campbell’s, but homemade is always better than something out of a can.

So I scoured Pinterest for a recipe and I stumbled upon something that I pinned long ago…something my friend Nichole posted on her blog.

This week I decided we needed an easy dinner on Halloween so I made tomato soup by adapting her recipe for Creamy Tomato Soup, and Cortney whipped up some grilled cheese sandwiches.

creamytomatosoup

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I think grilled cheese and tomato soup might be my  new favorite thing.  I can’t believe I waited so long to try it!  Mmmm!