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Our picks from "50 Simple Soups for the Slow Cooker"

Jan 09, 2012 04:33AM ● Published by Style

Photos courtesy of Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2011.

50 Simple Soups for the Slow Cooker by Lynn Alley

(Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2011, $16.99)

Indian Spiced Fresh Tomato Soup

2 tbsp. ghee or butter
1 medium onion
1 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
6 large tomatoes, quartered and stemmed
1 tsp. cumin seed
1 tsp. black mustard seed
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ Serrano chile, seeded and minced

In a large sauté pan, melt the ghee (or butter) over medium heat and sauté the onion for about 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the ginger and cook for 2 minutes longer.

Transfer the mixture to a 7-quart slow cooker and add the tomatoes, cumin, mustard seed, and cinnamon. Cover and cook on LOW for about 4 hours longer.

Just before serving, use a garlic press to mince the garlic into the soup, and add the salt to taste. Using a handheld immersion blender, puree the soup to the desired texture. I like to leave some texture.

Ladle the soup in to bowls. Garnish with cilantro, coconut, and a sprinkling of chile.
Serves 4 to 6.

 

Spiced Apple Pie Soup

Spiced Apple Pie Soup

  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 6 cloves
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 large Granny Smith apples, quartered, cored and sliced
  • 5 cups water
  • 2/3 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)
  • 3 to 4 tbsp. honey (optional)
  • ½ cup Greek-style yogurt or sour cream

Using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, grind the cinnamon, cloves, and allspice to a fine powder.

Place the butter and apples in a 7-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 to 3 hours, until the apples are soft and the juice nice and browned. Many any large pieces of apple, then add the water, spices, and raisins and continue cooking for 2 hours longer.

Just before serving, stir in the lemon juice and honey.

To serve, ladle the soup in to the bowls and top with the yogurt. Serves 4 to 6.

 

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Olive Oil and Rosemary

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Olive Oil and Rosemary

  • 2 cups dried white beans, such as great northern or cannellini
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary

Rinse the beans thoroughly and place them in a 7-quart slow cooker along with the water, onion, garlic, and bay leaf. Cover and cook on LOW for about 8 hours, or until the beans are nice and tender.

Remove the bay leaf. Using a handheld immersion blender, puree the remaining ingredients to the desired texture. Add the salt to taste.

Ladle the soup into bowls. Drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with rosemary, and serve. Serves 4 to 6.

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