Tag: winter warmers

Italian Sausage and Artichoke Soup with Bowtie Pasta

Italian Sausage and Artichoke Soup with Bowtie Pasta

This hearty soup is full of sausage, tomatoes, artichokes, and pasta, and makes a great lunch or dinner on a cold day!

Quick & Easy Cream of Broccoli Soup

Quick & Easy Cream of Broccoli Soup

This cold-weather comfort food is perfect by itself, but would also pair beautifully with a grilled cheese sandwich

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

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I love Autumn! It’s hands-down my favorite season (Halloween!!!) Because I live in the south (sort of), we don’t get those crisp days where you get to wear hoodies and boots and have bonfires and stuff until mid-to-late October, or later, but I’ll take it when I can get it!

This lovely soup is one of my favorites in autumn and winter, served with fresh bread or rolls. It takes a little bit of prep time to cut and bake the squash, but the whole thing comes together super easily. If you can find frozen butternut squash, that will cut down the prep time dramatically, and it will be just as yummy!

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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup


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  • Author: Retrogirl
  • Total Time: 1 1-/2 Hours
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

A slightly sweet winter-warmer! This is one of my favorite autumn and winter soups


Ingredients

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1 butternut squash

1 medium onion, diced

2 Tablespoons butter

1 small apple, peeled and diced

4 cups chicken broth 

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup heavy cream


Instructions

Peel the squash and then cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut squash into four pieces and bake one hour at 400 degrees. 

In a Dutch oven or soup pot, saute the onion in the butter, then add squash, apple, broth, and seasonings. 

Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove from the heat and blend with an immersion blender until smooth (You can also carefully pour the mixture into a regular blender or food processor, but you might want to let it cool first, and then reheat it after blending.)

Stir in the cream and serve.

  • Prep Time: 1 Hour
  • Cook Time: 25-30 Minutes
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
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Creamy Chicken Etouffee Over Rice

Creamy Chicken Etouffee Over Rice

A creamy bowl of magic from our friends in Lousiana

Colonel Sanders’ Savory Spaghetti Sauce (Allegedly…)

Colonel Sanders’ Savory Spaghetti Sauce (Allegedly…)

A yummy southwest-style spaghetti sauce, made in the crockpot!

Holiday Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

Holiday Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

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Green bean casserole is one of those holiday foods that people either love or hate. There’s not a lot of in-between–kind of like fruitcake.

My recipe is one that even self-proclaimed haters have admitted to liking. Why? Because cheese. Instead of boring old cream of mushroom soup, use a can of broccoli cheddar soup, and add a few handfuls of shredded cheese to the mix.

Even your picky kids might like it (unless they’re vegan or hate green beans–then you’re on your own).

Fun fact: the first year I took this to a family gathering after my late husband and I were married, everyone kept asking “Why is the green bean casserole so much better this year?”

The person who had previously made it was not amused.

What You’ll Need:

3 cans of french-sliced green beans

One can broccoli cheese soup (I use Campbell’s). If you can’t find it, click https://amzn.to/2QimY5w

One cup half and half or heavy cream

two cups shredded cheese–I like colby-jack blend, but you can use whatever you prefer

One small can french fried onions (or half of the larger can from Aldi)

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Combine soup and cream in greased casserole dish. Stir in the green beans, seasonings, and cheese, and top with the french fried onions.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or til heated through.

Obviously, this is a great holiday side dish, but I also like to make it during the winter and serve it over mashed potatoes.

It’s great cold weather comfort food!

As with most of my recipes, you can tweak it to your liking.

Some people like to add a little soy sauce.

Change the type of cheese.

Use cut green beans instead of french style.

Add another vegetable! Broccoli and sliced carrots would turn this into a great mixed veggie casserole.

It’s your food–make it the way YOU like it!

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Cheesy Green Bean Casserole


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  • Author: Retrogirl
  • Total Time: 30-35 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

This cheesy take on the classic green bean casserole will make even the haters ask for a second helping!


Ingredients

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3 cans French-sliced green beans

1 can broccoli cheese soup

1 cup half and half or heavy cream

2 cups shredded colby jack cheese

one can French fried onions

Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a casserole dish, then combine the soup and cream until smooth.

Stir in the green beans, seasonings, and cheese. Top with French fried onions.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until heated through.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25-30 Minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Holiday
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Irish Potato and Leek Soup

Irish Potato and Leek Soup

This post may contain affiliate links which cost you absolutely nothing, but may provide me with a commission. During a recent cold snap, I decided to call on the Irish part of my roots and make some potato and leek soup for dinner. This rich, 

Creamy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Creamy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

This post may contain affiliate links which cost you absolutely nothing, but may provide me with a commission. Back in early November, Stephan and I took a quick, one-night trip down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to read, walk on the beach, eat,