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Laura on: Planning a Weeknight Soup Dinner

Mon, February 20, 2017

Soup season is here, and although we may not have the coldest weather here in Florida, we still like to celebrate winter traditions. Since January and February are always busy months for our family, I wanted to take a step back and reflect on winter before diving into spring! I love having my daughters over after a long day of work to spend some quality time together {like we don’t see enough of each other at the office}. A delicious soup recipe is a perfect meal for these impromptu weeknight dinners. Most soups are super easy to prepare, which means we get to spend more time catching up. Here are a few of our favorite tips for whipping up an easy weeknight soup dinner.

1. Keep it simple: Why is it that when I am trying to decide what to make for dinner my mind always goes blank {even though I have seen hundreds of recipes I’m dying to try}. My solution… using folders to collect recipes. I have a folder for easy weeknight dinners and one for more challenging dishes I can tackle when I have more time. As I stumble upon recipes I want to try, I’ll make copies or rip the page out of the cookbook {if you dare} and place them in the folder. That way when I am searching for something to make, I simply pull out the folder and dishes I already wanted to try are right there….you don’t have to start from scratch.

2. Make your own soup stock: Homemade soup stock is a total game changer. I love freezing my Parmesan cheese rinds and making stock from them. Although super simple, making soup stock is not a quick weeknight meal. Make a few batches on a lazy Saturday afternoon and freeze it. That makes weekday soups much easier to tackle.

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Here’s what you do:

1. Start by collecting and freezing your Parmesan rinds; you will need close to a cup.

2. Place rinds in a pot with eight cups of water and bring to a boil.

3. Let your broth simmer for an hour.

4. Add broth to your favorite soup recipe or freeze it for later. It will keep in the refrigerator for a week or frozen for three months.

Feel free to add extra ingredients to your broth for flavor- I love adding onions, garlic, and thyme! Play around with your garnishes until you find your personal favorite.

If you are on the hunt for a recipe to pair your soup stock with, try substituting the vegetable stock in this Minestrone recipe from Food 52 with your homemade parm broth.

3. Pair your soup with festive bowls: Get rid of the winter white and add color! May I suggest a pop of persimmon?

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4. Make a soup bar: Transform the bowls you are using to hold ingredients into a topping bar. Add your favorite garnishes, and you are ready to serve.

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5. Pair your soup with crackers or a loaf of bread: Whole Foods, Trader Joes or other premiere grocery stores have a great selection of crackers and crostini. Pick up your favorite at the store and pair with your soup for an easy offering.


I’ll be sharing a favorite soup recipe soon- make sure to check back in a few days.

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