Chicken Bacon Chowder

Last night I ran to the grocery store to get the ingredients I needed to make today's recipe and the cold weather was beyond anything I've ever felt before.  Currently the east coast is experiencing a polar vortex and it is no joke; I wanted to make a recipe to warm myself up from the inside out. I used to think making soup from scratch would be difficult, but it's actually really simple and so much better for you than buying pre-made soup in a can.  Good ingredients and a little love makes every recipe better! I pulled together all my ingredients and organized them for each step of the soup. First I began my prep work by washing the leeks and thinly slicing the bulb ends.  There can be sand or dirt in your leeks, so make sure to give them a good scrub! Next I diced up a yellow onion. I also sliced both ends of some scallions for finishing off the soup at the end and set them aside. Over medium low heat I melted 1 tablespoon of butter and added the leeks, [Continue reading...]

Slow Cooker Sausage Soup

One of the most comforting meals in autumn and winter is a hearty soup.  I've grown to love my slow cooker especially when it comes to soup recipes.  Learning to make soup from scratch, without any carby fillers, has been a fun process, and today I present my favorite creation to date.  As with most slow cooker recipes, this soup only takes a few minutes to prep and throw together and then cooks on low for several hours - low maintenance, my favorite.  The key is using already smoked sausage; I don't have to worry about checking the sausage is fully cooked, only that it is heated through.  In this recipe I use linguica sausage which is a smoked cured pork sausage seasoned with garlic and paprika that comes from Portuguese-speaking countries.  You could easily substitute kielbasa (Polish sausage) or any other smoked sausage you may prefer. To start I plugged in my crock pot and set it to low.  My slow cooker is very small compared to standard size crock pots; I am not the original [Continue reading...]