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Soup’s On

by Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio

There’s just something quite satisfying about eating a bowlful of hot soup on a cold winter day! Most soup recipes are easy to prepare, tasty and healthy for you.

Serve with whole grain bread, biscuits, rolls or cornbread, and dinner is served. So warm up with some homemade soup today. Have a happy, healthy, safe, and flavorful New Year!


Chicken Tortellini Soup

8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, optional
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 bay leaf
3 carrots, sliced thinly
3 celery ribs, sliced thinly
1 (10-12 oz.) bag frozen cheese tortellini, unthawed
4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
Sea salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese, to taste

In a stock pot over medium-high heat add chicken broth, water, crushed red pepper flakes, thyme and bay leaf, bring to a boil. Add the carrots and celery, cook for 5-7 minutes. Add the cheese tortellini and bring to a boil, (cook according to package instructions), stirring occasionally. Lower heat to medium, add chicken, salt and black pepper, cook 5 minutes longer.

Sprinkle each bowlful of soup with Parmesan cheese before serving, if desired.


Easy Homemade Cornbread

1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup raw or granulated sugar
4 tsp. non-aluminum baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup safflower or vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 425°. Grease the inside of a nine-inch pie dish or 8×8 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl; mix together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs, milk, and oil. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir just until combined, do not over mix. Pour batter into the prepared dish/pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. The top will be golden brown and the sides nice and toasty. Serve warm with butter or honey butter.

*To make honey butter beat 2 tablespoons of pure honey into one stick (1/2 cup) of softened butter.

Enjoy! As always, Bon Appetit!

Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio is author of Seasoned With Love, Treasured Recipes, Lisa Ann’s Seasoned With Love II, and children’s books Snicker Learns An Important Lesson and Readers’ Favorite 5-Star rated Little Twinkle Learns Her Purpose.

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