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French Soupe au Pistou Recipe (Minestrone Soup with Pasta) Recipe

Soupe au pistou is the equivalent of minestrone soup mixed with a bit of thick, Provençal-style sauce. First, I prepared beef stock (you could also use vegetable stock for a vegetarian version), then added white beans, zucchini, carrot, peas, corn, fresh tomatoes and boiled pasta and finished the soup with a few spoonfuls of a chimichurri-like sauce made of garlic, basil, olive oil and flavorful cheeses.

Aria is old enough to eat on her own with her special baby spoon now and she loved the soupe au pistou! I used regular macaroni pasta but you could use thin pasta or cut-up spaghetti instead. I also incorporated two types of cheeses -- Gruyère and Mimolette -- for flavor. If the stock is prepared in advance, this meal shouldn't take too long to assemble.


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Chickpea Soup Recipe Recipe

Chickpea Soup Recipe

08.15.13 by Jackie

I had a lot of leftover soaked chickpeas after making chole (spicy Indian garbanzo beans), so I prepared a simple chickpea soup. I added potatoes that are invading part of our garden now, onions, a touch of lemon and whatever vegetables I was able to find in the kitchen (frozen corn, carrots and roasted red bell peppers). The result was surprisingly fabulous, especially since it's gluten free, dairy free and low fat. You could sprinkle a few Parmesan shavings for added richness if you like, but since there’s no photographic evidence, I’m going to say I didn't!

I prepared the chickpea soup with the idea that it was going to be for baby Aria, but all the grown-ups in our home enjoyed it just as much as she did. She's old enough to eat meat, fish and other solid carbs but I still prepare soups for her several times a week to ensure she doesn't go too hungry. According to my husband Lulu, she's plenty chubby but I guess through a mommy's eyes, there's always the fear of not providing enough for your baby.


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Canh Bun Recipe (Vietnamese Soup) Recipe

Canh bún is a simplified version of bún riêu. It has a similar, red-colored sweet broth except it doesn't contain tomatoes. The soup is also softer in texture; round, thick noodles are used and fried tofu pieces and rau muống (pea shoot tendrils) are added at the last minute. 

Traditionally, pork is used for canh bun but I prefer cooking with veal instead. You could stick to the more authentic version or use other meat and add riêu (crab morsels) as well. 


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Cauliflower Cold Soup with Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Cold cauliflower soup is a refreshing first course during the hot weather, especially with the heatwave that we've been experiencing these past few days. I blended cauliflower, sweet round rice, ginger garlic paste and crème fraîche with a few spices such as cumin, coriander and turmeric. I served it in bowls (you could also use chilled glasses) topped with grilled shrimp covered with mango and sungold cherry tomatoes.

My husband Lulu is a vegetarian so I simply omitted the shrimp and prepared a separate batch using flavorful homemade vegetable stock. That way Lulu and I were able to share the meal together.


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Canh Bi Do (Pumpkin Wonton Soup Recipe) Recipe

Canh bí đỏ is Vietnamese pumpkin soup. But in this recipe instead of simply boiling the pumpkin in broth, I used it as the filling in wonton wrappers (hoành thánh in Vietnamese).

The Vietnamese pumpkin has a naturally sweet creaminess. If it's cooked properly the skin is also edible and adds a wonderful texture. To make the dish into a complete meal, I add fried tofu for protein and wheat germ, fried onion and shiitake mushroom for extra flavor. The rest is a simple broth so as not to overpower the flavorful pumpkin wontons.


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