After a busy day, soup and a sandwich can be a quick, simple meal that is oh-so-satisfying. Extra points if you dip your sandwich. We have two soups that come together in no time and a sandwich that is made the day before. Try a Russian version of chicken noodle soup, a All you have to do is sit down and enjoy. This time of year, we love all the help we can get.
Russian Chicken Soup, Pressed Italian Sandwich, and Roasted Red Pepper Soup
The addition of dill and parsley, along with the noodles are what give this soup a Russian flair. The delicate broth is soothing while the potatoes and noodles give that double carb goodness we all love.
- If the soup sounds too delicate, try using chicken stock instead of water to boost the flavor.
- Making noodles isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time; substitute any of your favorite pasta like broken fettuccine or egg noodles.
Kate was missing Providence a bit when she chose this recipe. It has all the flavors of an Italian deli in one sandwich. A big loaf of ciabatta bread sliced and filled with mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers, tapenade, marinated artichoke hearts, and all the deli meat you want. Press it, chill it and slice it and you’re in business.
- Customize this sandwich to your heart’s content. Add a filling you like or take away one you don’t. Kate used basil pesto instead of tapenade and it was really good.
- The sandwich kept in the refrigerator for at least a couple days.
- Try popping it in the toaster oven for a panini-like twist. Kate used the “toast” setting on the oven for 3 minutes. Your mileage may vary.
- Make this and the Roasted Red Pepper Soup (below) for a perfect pairing.
Tomato soup is a mainstay but why not try roasted red pepper for a creamy soup? This version has a bit of cream and a little cheese to gild the lily. Garnish it with the parsley and pistachios and you’re in for a treat.
- Heavy cream was lovely but could be omitted if necessary.
- To make this soup completely vegan, use smoked paprika and blend with cashew cream.
From the Smorgasbord:
Rants and Raves
Rants: Kate can’t find a good ciabatta recipe. Betsy can’t seem to make her cookie recipes work.
Raves: Kate is in love with the Christmas treats section at Aldi’s. Betsy is in love with precut parchment paper.