The Autumn season needs no introduction it makes its entrance beautifully on its own. It’s bold, yet ever so graceful! It isn’t long after the first few fall crops are ready for harvest that almost overnight we see the bold reds, oranges and yellows emerge on the trees around us! This season beckons us back to the simplicity of life; to take time to savor the beauty happening around us. Some of us are also being beckoned back to simple meals of warmth and comfort! These three fall soups provide all the warmth and comfort you could hope, for without truly crossing that line into the high calorie “comfort food” zone.
What fall recipes have you tried so far!? Share your favorites in the comments! I love testing new recipes and sharing all the good ones!
1. One-Pot Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup
NOTES: For this Recipe I made a few adjustments of my own either by necessity or because I felt it would improve the recipe. I did not have fresh basil so I used dry basil; 4 tsp. I also added about 1 Tbs of each oregano and Thyme. Start with less and increase as needed as you taste test! I use white pepper – personal preference. I used a different pasta sauce than the recipe called for; a tomato and basil blend. I used whole milk and skipped the half and half simply because that’s what we had on hand. I think this recipe would still taste great with a 1-2% milk and no cream. If dairy isn’t a part of your diet I also think it would taste fine just as is; with just the broth and sauce. I also didn’t have “chicken broth” and used vegetable broth instead- works well if you’re vegetarian or vegan!
COOKING TIP: If you’re using dried basil use 4tsp. 1 tsp dried basil = 3 tsp fresh basil This recipe calls for 1/4 cup of fresh basil which is 4 Tbs. There are 3 tsp in each Tbs which would give you 12 tsp of FRESH BASIL. If you’re using dried basil this would mean you only need 4 tsp! ( 12 tsp fresh basil divided by 3 tsp = 4 tsp DRIED BASIL) Hope that is helpful!
2. Thai Curry Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup
NOTES: If you’re watching your calories you can use lite coconut milk in place of the full fat. I didn’t mind buying the special ingredients since I will definitely be making it again in the future!
NOTES: This soup has a SECRET… There is NO CREAM. This soup is incredibly healthy and you’ll never even know the cream isn’t there! America’s Test Kitchen is one of the best places to get your recipes from since they do all the hard work for you! They literally use the kitchen as a science lab testing recipes until the best methods with the best flavor and the least amount of effort is found! I highly recommend checking them out! A final note about this soup, don’t skimp on the cauliflower for garnish on top! It makes the soup look good and taste even better!
Happy Harvest dears! I hope you enjoy even one of these as much as I did!