Carrot Soup with Cilantro-Lime Cream

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
4 cups carrots, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Juice of ½ a lime
Salt
Cilantro-Lime Cream, to garnish (recipe follows)
DIRECTIONS
In a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat, add canola oil. Add the garlic and onions, and sauté for a few minutes or [...]

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Classic Italian Lentil Soup (Brown Lentils)

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Spanish onion, chopped small
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped small
2 celery, chopped small
2 tablespoons thyme
1 (15 ounce) can whole plum tomatoes
4 cups vegetable (onion based) broth
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup brown Italian lentils
2 fresh bay leaves
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese rind
Grated Parmigiano Reggiano, for garnish
DIRECTIONS
In a heavy bottomed Dutch oven, over [...]

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Creamy Asparagus Soup

Serves 6-8
Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium shallot, chopped
2 cups asparagus stems
1 tablespoon fresh lemon thyme leaves
4 cups vegetable broth (preferably onion-herb or neutral based)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup heavy cream
Salt
Black pepper
Directions
In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add butter. Cook the onions and shallots for a few minutes [...]

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Creamy Parsnip Apple Soup

Serves 8-10
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots, chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion, chopped fine
6-8 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped fine
1 medium apple, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
5 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 cup half & half
DIRECTIONS
In a large soup pan over medium-high heat, add butter and oil. [...]

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Curried Yellow Lentils and Sweet Potato Soup (Yellow Lentils)

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1½ teaspoons garam masala
1½ teaspoons curry powder
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup yellow lentils
1 fresh bay leaf
1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup [...]

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Goat Cheese, Watercress and Mixed Spring Pea Risotto with Pea Shoots

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
5 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, chopped fine
1½ cups Arborio rice
½ cup dry white wine
1 cup fresh peas, blanched
1 cup watercress, chopped
¼ cup goat cheese, crumbled
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Pea shoots, for garnish
DIRECTIONS
In a medium sized saucepot heat chicken broth until warm and simmer while making risotto. In a separate medium saucepot over medium [...]

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Pumpkin Maple Soup with Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon all spice
2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
2 (2-pound) pumpkin peeled, seeded, chopped (about 6 cups)
½ cup whipping cream
4 cups vegetable broth
¼ cup maple syrup
2 star anise Salt and freshly ground pepper
For garnish, recipes follow
Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Cranberry Sage Pecan Pesto
Red Basil [...]

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Roast Pumpkin Soup with Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 (2-pound) pumpkin, peeled, seeded and chopped (about 6 cups) and roasted
6 cups vegetable broth
3 whole star anise
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup maple syrup
Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Seeds, for garnic, recipe follows
PREPARATION
Melt butter in Dutch oven [...]

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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Make 4 to 6 servings
INGREDIENTS
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2½ pounds plum tomatoes, cored, quarter and deseeded
2 yellow onions, peeled and quartered
5 cloves garlic, peeled
½ cup fresh basil, stems and leaves (chop leaves and reserve)
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups vegetable (onion based) broth
2 fresh bay leaves (optional)
3 tablespoons butter (optional)
DIRECTIONS
Preheat [...]

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Spinach and Fresh Herb Risotto

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
2 cups water
1 cup vegetable broth
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1½ cups baby spinach
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh marjoran, chopped
1½ cup Arborio rice
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup Asiago cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
PREPARATION
In a medium [...]

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Spring Pea & Mint Ravioli with Sweet Pea Flowers

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 shallot, minced
1 cup fresh English peas, steamed soft and mashed
¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup ricotta cheese
¼ cup goat cheese
½ teaspoon lemon zest
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
Herbed pasta dough
For the sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot
½ cup vegetable broth
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon mint, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
Sweet Pea Flowers, for garnish
DIRECTIONS
Mix and mash all [...]

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White Bean, Onion and Rosemary Soup

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
½ pound (about 1½ cups) cannellini beans, soaked overnight and drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large yellow onions, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
2 fresh bay leaves
4 cups vegetable broth or water
Salt
Pepper
Extra-virgin olive oil
DIRECTIONS
In a large heavy bottomed soup pot, over medium low heat, add olive oil. [...]

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