Tasting Tuesday: Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Aged White Cheddar

March 22, 2016

Yum! Must try!

The Love Bungalow

Yay! We’ve made it to spring! Spring means bright colors and lemon cakes and beautiful salads. It’s been super random weather in Indianapolis lately and I never seem to know what to wear or if I should carry an umbrella. I’ve started resorting to simply throwing on a whole bunch of clothes and adjusting layers, as needed.

I’ve been saying “good-bye” to winter months and warm recipes with a few flavorful soups. I felt I was just getting into them as the weather started to brighten and I wanted a few more tries to master my craft. My prior definition of soup was either vegetable or bean, so I’m so proud of myself practicing a few “upgrades.”

I made this soup a couple weeks ago with equipment assistance from my sister (who kept eating all the roasted cauliflower!) and chopping help from Husband. Yes, it has several steps, but it…

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Nacho Cheese Soup With Chicken and Orzo

February 13, 2013

Here is a quick and zesty recipe you’ll love!

I started with orzo and cooked it at a simmer until almost “done.”  This could be done with brown rice, quinoa, etc.  I measured approximately a cup and a half, uncooked.  When “almost done” drain and set aside.

I next opened a can of condensed nacho cheese soup and cooked it with a can of lowfat milk. As soon as the cheese melted, I added my cooked orzo and let it simmer.

While my cheesy orzo simmered, I took some cut up grilled chicken breast from my freezer (I always have some in the freezer and ready to warm up and use for a quick dish.)  I thawed my already cooked chicken in the microwave, then plated my cheesy pasta, topped with my chicken. Yum!

Options:  This can be a meatless meal easily.  I also like it with broccoli in place of the chicken.  Other interesting ingredients, when I have them, include colorful sweet peppers, chopped, and put in just before serving . . . I like mixing my textures!  Also chopped onions, any leftover meat you may have will work nicely.  Skip the rice or pasta and add lots of colorful steamed or sauted veggies and serve in a bread bowl topped with shredded cheddar cheese!  (good use for the bread you made or bought yesterday which is a bit less fresh!

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