Saturday, June 4, 2011

Soup Recipes for the Football Season - Hearty Bowls for Your Bowls

After the joyous holidays, here comes the most dynamic season of the year- Super Bowl Days. While I may not have enough room to present suggestions from breakfast to late evening snacks, the following hearty soup recipes will fill a lot of tummies for football afternoons or will make up a delicious meal for cold evenings or weekend afternoons.

These recipes probably sound everyday but they fit the definition of warm comfort food that is versatile enough for the active football days. These are easy soup recipes that work for the long AFC and NFC playoff season when fans may not all want to eat at the same time. Plus, it works great for those cold days when soup just seems like the right thing.

Zesty Hamburger Soup


* 1 pound ground beef
* 2 cups celery, sliced
* 1 cup onion, chopped
* 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
* 4 cups hot water
* 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
* 2 cups frozen corn
* 1-1/2 cups small shell pasta, uncooked
* 3-4 pickled jalapeno slices
* 4 cups V8 juice
* 2 cans (10 ounces each) diced tomatoes with green chilies
* 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar


Put beef, celery and onion in a Dutch oven and cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Drain. Stir in the water, potatoes, frozen corn, uncooked pasta and jalapeno. Bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or just enough until pasta is tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to another boil. Once boiled, your hot soup is ready.

Healthy Sausage Lentil Soup


* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 1 celery rib, chopped
* 1/4 pound reduced-fat smoked sausage, thinly sliced
* 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
* 1/3 cup water
* 1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
* 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper
* 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, cut up
* 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
* 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped


Coat a large saucepan with cooking spray. Cook onion and celery over medium-high heat for around 2 minutes. Add the sausage, carrot and garlic; cook for 3 minutes longer or until onion is tender. Stir in the chicken broth, water, lentils, oregano, cumin and pepper. Once boiled, lower heat then cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the remaining 3 ingredients and cook until heated through or spinach is done.

I hope you will try and enjoy the soup recipes. These are among the best soup options that I find full of fiber, vitamins and iron. Just another healthy and tasty treat for those football fanatics.

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