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iStock 541305426 CroppedThe holiday season can be crazy between planning parties, getting together with relatives and running around to every store to find the perfect gift for each special person on your list.

But don't let that stop you from creating simple culinary magic for your family and visitors alike! With the use of a large pot or slow cooker, your pantry arsenal of spices, herbs and seasonings you’re set for an evening of culinary indulgence.

Spinach Tortellini Soup


  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup frozen or shelf-stable cheese tortellini (about 3 ounces)
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach leaves

1. Heat the broth, garlic powder and black pepper in a 3-quart saucepan over high heat to a boil.
2. Reduce the heat to medium. Stir in the tortellini. Cook for 10 minutes. Stir in the spinach. Cook for 5 minutes or until the tortellini is tender but still firm.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
*TIME SAVING TIP: Use 1 cup frozen cut leaf spinach for the fresh spinach.

Pumpkin Soup with Bacon and Parmesan


  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 2 (15oz.) cans pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. dried sage leaves
  • 1 oz. parmesan cheese
  • 1 and ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. coarse black pepper
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 strips pre-cooked bacon

Place large pot on high heat or set crockpot to high heat. Add chicken broth, evaporated milk, pumpkin puree, sage, garlic powder, salt, pepper and brown sugar and stir.
Reduce heat to medium then cover and cook, stirring often until base comes to a simmer. Turn heat down to low.
As soup comes to a simmer, grate Parmesan cheese and chop bacon. Mix.
Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium heat then drop bacon and Parmesan into pan in small piles. As they melt and bacon begins to brown (30 seconds-1 minute), flip them over with a spatula.
Flip often until mixture is golden brown (about 1-3 minutes), then remove from heat and let cool.
Ladle soup into serving bowls, top with Parmesan and bacon mixture and serve!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Sensational Turkey Noodle Soup


  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked medium egg noodles
  • 1 cup cubed cooked turkey or chicken

Heat the broth, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, carrot and celery in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil. Stir the noodles and turkey in the saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 10 minutes or until the noodles are tender.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

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