QUICK! MAKE SOME SOUP!
It is soup weather, whether you want to let yourself believe it or not. And now that we've used "weather" and "whether" right next to each other in a sentence, here are some soups you can make very quickly and tell everyone you made them from scratch.
• Bring 4-1/2 cups of water to a boil
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• Add package of Alessi soup mix & stir for one minute. Stir frequently to avoid possible overflow.
• Reduce heat to medium & cook uncovered for 12-14 minutes. Soup should bubble during cooking. Stir occasionally.
• Remove from heat. For authentic Italian taste, stir in 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Serve and enjoy.
AND THAT'S IT!
"Lenticchie" is the name given to the very simple yet delicious soup known as lentil. The brown lentils used in this Sicilian classic are embellished with small cut pasta and bits of carrot, garlic and of course, finocchio (the bulb of the fennel plant).
Pasta Fazool (Minestrone) is synonymous with the Southern region of Italy. "Fazool" is from the Italian word "Fagioli," which means "bean." The Neapolitans perfected this thick, three bean, multi-vegetable pasta soup. This entitled them to rename the dish in their own dialect, and it thus became known as "Pasta Fazool."
Alessi Funghi Porcini Mushroom Soup epitomizes comfort food that is perfect for a cold day or any day. The addition of porcini mushrooms makes this soup a hearty and fragrant choice. Found in the woodlands of Italy, the porcini mushrooms add an earthy quality to an already unique soup.
In Sicilian, the word "spaccarelli" is a combination of the word "spaccare" (to break) and "piselli" (green peas). This authentic rendition of this heart-warming split pea soup includes carrots, peas, garlic and ditali pasta. Simply delicious.
The White Bean Soups of Tuscany are unforgettable. These white beans are in a rich, thick broth that is laden with the taste of vegetables. Carrots, peas, zucchini, broccoli, and garlic are all found in this delicious soup. The taste of this rustic, yet elegant soup will long be remembered.