Cauliflower Soup with Blue Cheese Fritters
Sometimes an idea for a recipe pops into my head and even before I make it, I have a pretty good idea on what the results will be like. To say I was happy with the results would be a serious understatement. Soup is comforting, soothing, soul-warming – not something that chefs normally day-dream about. This soup was a different story. It may be the single greatest soup I have every made.
Potato Leek Soup (Vichyssoise)
There is nothing better on a chilly, damp day than a steaming bowl of potato leek soup; and conversely, few things are as delicious and refreshing on a hot, sweaty day than a bowl of ice cold vichyssoise.
Cream of Green Garlic and Potato Soup
Green garlic, as I've come to learn relatively late in life, makes one heck of a good soup. It's flavor, once simmered slowly with potatoes and a bit of pork, is somewhere right in the middle between raw garlic and sweet caramelized onions.
Emergency Crab Bisque
This light and spicy tomato crab bisque is one of my all-time favorite emergency recipes. It's easy to shop for, requires very little effort, and only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to pull off.
Chef John's Chicken and Dumplings
Not only is this American classic American and classic, it is also one of the most comforting things you'll ever eat and the great thing about this dumpling recipe is that it will work on just about any soup or stew!
Chef John's Irish Stew
Pay attention to the cut of lamb used in this recipe. I used lamb shoulder chops, which are a fantastic value, when you consider flavor, useable meat, and price. They will probably be the cheapest lamb at the store, have more flavor and richness than leg meat, and are cheaper than shanks and loins. It takes a while for the meat to braise and fall off the bone, but it's a wait rewarded with tender, succulent chucks of lamb.
Quick Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana
If you love the Zuppa Toscana at your local chain Italian restaurant, you will adore this soup. The rich soup is made with Italian sausage, potatoes, cream, and crushed red pepper. It is truly satisfying and irresistible. Tuck into this on a cold day and you are sure to be warmed all the way down to your toes.
Restaurant-Style French Onion Soup
Flavorful onion soup in beefy broth, topped with toasted bread and cheese.
Gazpacho Verde with Burrata Cheese
This ice-cold, cucumber and herb-based gazpacho sets the stage for a scoop of creamy, gooey burrata cheese in this refreshing appetizer course.
Chef John's Just Corn Soup
This is one of my all-time favorite ways to enjoy fresh, summer corn, and a great lesson in just how little help these sweet ears need. If you're using perfect, peak season ears, a little butter, salt and pepper is really all you need.