Never play with squash soup, you just might get addicted to it…

After taking a long vacation, fighting with the designs of everyday life, I’ve returned! What’s on the menu today, you ask me? Not so many people actually know what to do when they see squash lying on their table. But, for me, it is a way to prepare  Squash soup enriched with ham, mushrooms, celery and all other vegetables you need to get through your day.

Ingredients:

1 squash, 2 potatoes, 5 medium mushrooms, 4-5 pieces of ham, chicken stock cubes, 2 carrots, 1 medium onion, parsley, celery, and last but not least, garlic cloves (yes, I find it very handy when it comes to winter). Not that many, huh?

The Works:

A soup is not a soup when there is no water in it. So get boiling! Once it comes to a boiling point on the stove, add some chicken stock cubes, just to save ourselves some time. Afterall, you don’t want to turn into a stay at home kitchen, do you? Dice the carrots and the onion, saute a little in a frying pan. *First comes the onion, then you add the carrots. This mixture adds a little bit of color to your soup. And of course, some taste. Garlic and mushrooms, slice them all, saute separately. While frying, do not forget to cut the potatoes, and add them to your stock. Next come all the other ingredients, add gradually. Let the mixture sit on the stove for about 15 minutes (slow fire). At least, while you are waiting for those guys to finish what they started, you can work on the ham and the squash. The ham needs careful care, slice it nicely and fry it a little in a pan, then add it to your soup. Finally, get working on the squash. You do not need to peel it, just make sure you wash it. I took the liberty to slice it into circles, I think it makes it fun to look at the soup. Cut parsley and celery, add all what is left there to add, cover it with parsley, and….YOU ARE DONE!

Feedback: I would definitely use rice next time. It makes this soup even thicker. But of course, it is just an option!

Get acquainted with this one, it will leave you warm on a cold day!

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My variation of Harcho soup (Georgian lamb soup)

Today, since I had a little bit of time before work, I needed something fast but tasty to make for dinner…So I came up with my own version of Harcho soup, which originally is made with lamb. But since, lamb is quite hard to come by, I have decided to again show my creative side and cross Italy and Georgia together. What I got is a colorful, tasteful. yet simple soup that can be made by everyone, including the beginners of cooking.

It is percicely this kind of soup that warms up your heart during the rainy season. Imagine coming home in the rain, setting up the table for dinner, and there it is… A HOT AND SPICY soup that warms up your whole body, starting from your toes…

The thing is, afterwards, you have almost no need to wash the dishes and waste your precious time…instead, you can curl up into a warm blanket and enjoy your free time.

Ingredients:

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3-4 tomatoes. 4 table spoons of tomato paste, 1 table spoon of butter, 4 cloves of garlic, 2 onions, 2-3 celery sticks, half a cup of rice, 2 medium carrots, parsley, green onion, red hot ground chili – depends on the level of “hotness” you want to achieve, salt, curry powder – 2 table spoons.

The Works:

Dice the onions, the tomatoes into small cubes. Chop up the celery  and the greens. Oh, and of course, don”t forget about your carrots and garlic! Take a big saucepan, heat it up nicely. Add the butter and let it melt for a while. You can add all the veggies in just when you hear the butter wispering…Let the party start! Add all the veggies (except for the greens), stir for several minutes…Then, take a half cup of rice and mix it in. Afterwards, you can relax a little bit, and let those guys talk to each other but only for a bit.. Pour in about a liter- litter and a half of water, and let it boil, let the rice cook. Do not forget to sprinkle your dish with parsley and green onions, add salt, tomato paste and chili. Wait for about 2 minutes and…it is…LEGEN..wait for it…DARY! LEGENDARY!