Asparagus Soup #SundaySupper

When my husband and I got married we went to Riviera Maya for our honeymoon.  Where we stayed at had the best Asparagus Soup.  I would order it every night for a late night snack…and I’ll admit that I would order a steak with it too.  Hey we were on vacation!  So when this weeks Sunday Supper theme came out, Easy Spring Recipes, I knew I had to finally try and recreate this soup recipe with one of my favorite Spring vegetables.

Asparagus Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten

I looked up the hotel to share with you only to find out that now it’s totally under a different name.  When we went it was the Adventura Spa Palace but now it’s Hard Rock Riviera MayaI was kind of sad finding out about this because it was always a hope that we would go back one day.  I guess though change is inevitable.  It has been over 13 years and it would give us an opportunity to try out a new location.  Until then though I can try to make this soup and reminisce about the wonderful time we had.  And I’m glad I took the challenge to try to make my own because it worked out perfectly!  Now on to the food.

One thing that is plentiful throughout the Spring & Summer in Michigan is asparagus.  I actually grew up next to a field of it when I was a kid and you can find it at roadside stands for cheap!  A great tip is to buy it in bulk and freeze it so when it goes up to almost $5/pound in the Winter I don’t have to worry about it when I have a craving.  Thinking about this got me interested in knowing when fruits and vegetables are at their peak growing season in Michigan.  I found this great resource from PickYourOwn.org with all the fruits and vegetables and when the crop will become available.  Check it out to see what goodies are coming soon to a farm near you.

Asparagus Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten

This asparagus soup recipe ended up being so simple.   Chop off those pesky hard ends on the asparagus and throw them out.  Then chop the rest in equal pieces.  Heat up some oil in the bottom of a large pot over medium/high heat.  Add the asparagus and 3 cloves of minced garlic.  Sautee for 3-4 minutes then sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over the top, stir to coat all the vegetables evenly with the flour.  Add chicken stock then set to a low/medium simmer and let cook uncovered for 25 minutes.

Making this soup ‘creamy’ is a two step process.  One is to use a little tool called an ‘immersion blender’.  This is actually something my Mother-In-Law gave me and I don’t use it too often but always glad I have it as part of my kitchen.  If you do not have one I would suggest taking most of the soup mixture and putting into a blender.  Should give the same exact effect with just a little more work.  For the second part of adding creaminess, take a small bowl add the milk, remaining flour and cornstarch.  Stir to combine then add to the soup mixutre.  Finally the last part of making this soup ‘Wow’ is adding the thyme, nutmeg and Parmesan.

Top this creamy soup off with some homemade croutons.  And here you are…..

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Thank you so much to this weeks Sunday Supper host Anne from Simple and Savory.  Check out all these wonderful Spring recipes from other taste makers:

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Asparagus Soup
Asparagus is cooked until tender then made creamy with milk and Parmesan. Top with crunchy homemade croutons to complete this delicious and light meal.
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  1. Chop off the hard ends on the asparagus and throw them out. Then chop the rest in equal pieces.
  2. Heat up some oil in the bottom of a large pot over medium/high heat. Add the asparagus and 3 cloves of minced garlic. Sautee for 3-4 minutes then sprinkle 1 Tbs of flour over the top, stir to coat all the vegetables evenly with the flour.
  3. Add chicken stock then set to a low/medium simmer and let cook uncovered for 25 minutes.
  4. Use an immersion blender or regular blender to cream the vegetables.
  5. Take a small bowl add the milk, remaining flour and cornstarch. Stir to combine then add to the soup mixture.
  6. Add the thyme, nutmeg and Parmesan.
  7. Top this creamy soup off with some homemade croutons. Enjoy!
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Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup

Well, we missed the snow!  Last Saturday we hightailed it out of here when it just started sleeting and missed the light dusting that came soon after.  Where did we head to you might ask?  Oh, a little place called ‘Disney’!  While Michigan had it’s first cold spell we were basking in the sun, swimming & riding roller coasters. It was a great trip but now it’s time to settle into the reality that Winter is coming.  I’m okay with that–because I get to celebrate Mitten Movie Night snuggled up while the wind howls drinking some craft beer and enjoying a warm bowl of soup.  My Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup to be exact.

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup from Bottom Left of the Mitten

With this soup recipe we’re having Accumulation from New Belgium.  New Belgium has some of the best seasonal beers and this is one of my favorites.  A White IPA perfectly pairs with the beefy bacon and tang of the tomato base in this bean and bacon soup.  The tomato comes from a favorite of mine, condensed soup.  This time of year I can get such a great deal on them so I stock up.  Adding it to recipes like my Cream of Chicken Bake or just for heating up to dip grilled cheese in.

For the movie we’re watching Elf.  Will Ferrell is my favorite actor.  As I mentioned before I really think he’s one of Hollywood’s hottest.  I also need to watch a holiday movie because after spending Thanksgiving week in Florida I’ll be honest, I kind of forgot that it even IS the holidays.  When we got to the hotel in Disney they were playing Christmas songs and it was decorated but something just felt ‘off’ about it.

Don’t get me wrong, Disney World does a fantastic job, but they do not have the two things that make the season for a Michigander and that’s bone chilling cold and the possibility of a White Christmas.  It may seem like I’m a State snob but I’m not Michigan has ‘Winter Wonderland’ in spades and we do it better than most.  Time to reset my mind now that we’re home.  So enough about that…let’s get back to the food!

This Thirteen Bean mix came from Fresh Thyme Market in Mishawaka, IN.  We’ve been to this store a few times but just decided to peruse the loose bins section.  The convenience of filling the bags with just the amount I needed of couscous, beans, lentils, almonds and the ‘required’ gummy worms that Little A was unable to leave the store without was great.  If you can’t find a bean combination I’m sure a great northern bean would work as well.

Starting off soak your beans for 6-8 hours in cold water.  Drain the water and rinse them when it’s time to cook the soup.  Add 5 cups of chicken stock to a large stock pot with the beans then set to medium heat.  Now dice the bacon and cook to the preferred doneness.

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While the bacon is cooking chop the onions, garlic and carrots.  When bacon has cooked remove and put on a plate with a paper towel reserving 1 Tbs of the bacon grease.  Add onions, garlic and carrots to the pan with the bacon grease and sautee for 5 minutes until the veggies have slightly softened.  To the vegetables stir in 1 Tbs flour which will eventually add a little thickness to the soup.

Into the pot of beans and chicken stock add the cooked bacon, all the vegetables then finally the can of condensed tomato soup.  Set to low/medium heat then cover and let it do it’s thing for around 1-1/2 hours.  Chop up some green onion for the top and here you are….

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup from Bottom Left of the Mitten

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Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup
Who knew that making a delicious soup could be so simple and taste as good as the canned original? Hearty beans and smoky bacon make for a cozy winter meal.
Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Course Main Dish
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Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Soak beans for 6-8 hours in cold water. Drain the water and rinse them.
  2. Add 5 cups of chicken stock to a covered pot with the beans then set to medium heat.
  3. Dice and cook bacon to desired doneness.
  4. Chop the onions, garlic and carrots. When bacon has cooked remove the bacon and put on a plate with a paper towel reserving 1 Tbs of the bacon grease. Add onions, garlic and carrots to the pan with the bacon grease and sautee for 5 minutes until the veggies have slightly softened. To the vegetables stir in 1 Tbs flour which will eventually add a little thickness to the soup.
  5. To the pot of beans and chicken stock add the cooked bacon, all the vegetables then finally the can of condensed tomato soup.
  6. Set to low/medium heat and let it do it's thing for around 1-1/2 hours.
  7. Place in a serving bowl and add chopped green onions if desired. Enjoy!
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Pepper Steak Pizza

Who’s ready for Mitten Movie Night?  I know I am, it’s been a long week.  I will say that right now and try my best to go no further.  So let’s kick it off on a positive note and I’ll say a 4 letter word that makes probably 95% of people just feel better: P-I-Z-Z-A.  Pepper Steak Pizza to be exact. Tonight we’re watching Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates.  I love Adam Devine. Then doubling down on some Stone Brewing Ruination Double IPA 2.0.  Lots of hoppy goodness!

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Whenever I think of pizza I think of the movie Can’t Buy Me Love.  Patrick Dempsey on the first day as the ‘popular kid’ spent the day probably not as he had imagined. When he finally gets out of school he and the girl of his dreams go to a pizza joint.  When the pizza arrives he picks it up, looks at it and exclaims that it’s hot but it looks good and he is so hungry.  About to take that first bite someone comes from behind and takes his piece and then the whole pan.  I guess the point of this is this poor guy had a terrible day and all he wanted was to take some comfort in a piece of pizza.  I think that pizza is ‘comforting’ food rather than ‘comfort’ food.  Had a long hard week?  Order a pizza and watch a movie~relax.  Had a great day with big accomplishments?  Stay home and make a pizza together and celebrate.  Haven’t seen your friends in awhile?  Meet at a great pizza place (I highly recommend Silver Beach Pizza in Saint Joseph, MI) and catch up.  Ok, enough already with the pizza nostalgia!  Let’s actually make it!

The crust for this is so easy and you do not need to let it rise.  Add water, yeast and honey to a bowl.  Set aside and let bubbles form on the top-usually takes around 10 minutes. This means the yeast is working. Stir in four and salt to combine into a ball.  Place ball on a well floured surface then roll with rolling pin to desired size.  I did not let this rise since I wanted a thinner style crust.  Place on pizza pan.

On the steak I used a trick that my brother taught me.  Take about 2 Tbs of softened butter and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic and smash it together.  Slather over both sides of the steak then let it sit for about 20 minutes.  While it’s sitting heat an oven proof pan in the oven at 400 degrees.  Cut the steak into strips then remove the pan from the oven.  The pan will be so hot that it will start browning the steak even though the stove top heat is not on.  Brown on all sides then put back into over for about 5 minutes to get done cooking.  So good! One of the best cooking tips I’ve ever gotten.

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Now all that needs to be done is put all the sauce ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil and let thicken.  Usually within 3-5 minutes it will be ready.  Sautee peppers and onion in 1/2 tsp butter.  Assemble pizza: Sauce, steak (make sure the liquid has been drained if there is any to avoid soggy crust), peppers & onions, cheese and chopped tomatoes.

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Place in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-22 minutes.  Cut it up into 8 pieces.  Like my Pizza Cutter?  I was honored when Checkered Chef asked if I would give this and their Pizza Peel a test drive.  I loved them!  Check them out at CheckeredChef.com to get your own.  And here you are…..

Pepper Steak Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Thin Crust adapted from How Sweet It Is

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Pepper Steak Pizza
Tender steak and sauteed peppers & onions on top of a thin crust. Perfectly paired with a soy based sauce and melted cheese. A unique way to enjoy a takeout favorite.
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Thin Crust
Peppers & Steak
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Course Main Dish
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Thin Crust
Peppers & Steak
Pepper Steak Sauce
Instructions
Thin Crust
  1. Add water, yeast and honey to a bowl. Set aside and let bubbles form on the top-usually takes around 10 minutes. This means the yeast is working.
  2. Stir in four and salt to combine into a ball. Please ball on a well floured surface then roll with rolling pin to desired size and place on pizza pan. Do not allow to rise.
Pepper Steak
  1. Take about 2 Tbs of softened butter and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic and smash it together. Slather over both sides of the steak then let it sit for about 20 minutes.
  2. While it's sitting heat an oven proof pan in the over at 400 degrees. Cut the steak into strips then remove the pan from the oven. The pan will be so hot that it will start browning the steak even though the stove top heat is not on. Brown on all sides then put back into oven for about 5 minutes to complete cooking.
Pepper Steak Sauce
  1. Combine all sauce ingredients into a small pot. Cook on medium heat until thickened completely.
  2. Assemble pizza: Sauce, steak (make sure the liquid has been drained if there is any to avoid soggy crust), peppers & onions, cheese and chopped tomatoes.
  3. Place in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-22 minutes. Cut it up into 8 pieces. Enjoy!
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Double Batch Smashed Beans

I call this ‘Double Batch’ for two reasons.  The first, I’m taking two beans made in two separate ways and smashing them together.  The second, I like quirky names.  So therefore Double Batch Smashed Beans it is!  A delicious side dish for your burrito and taco nights.

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The steps for this are ridiculously easy.  So instead of just opening a plain old can of refried beans and stopping there why not just go a few steps further?  Might as well, right?  Melt 1 Tbs butter.  Sautee 1/2 the onions, 1/2 the tomatoes and the garlic.  Add both cans of beans to the pan.   Smash with a potato smasher to combine.  Bonus if you have any angst on the day these are prepared you can take it out on the beans.  Smash it, smash it good!

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Cook for around 10 minutes stirring every few minutes until completely heated through. Place in an oven proof dish.  Sprinkle with cheese then place in 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted.

Sprinkle the top to with tomatoes and green onions.  Now you have a lovely side dish that was so easy to make.  Maybe pair it with my Blackened Chicken Green Chili Enchiladas or Stuffed Hatch Green Chiles.  And here you are….

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Two types of beans, chili & refried, are smashed together then topped with melted cheese. A new type of side dish for your burrito and taco nights.
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Instructions
  1. Melt 1 Tbs butter. Sautee 1/2 the onions, 1/2 the tomatoes and the garlic.
  2. Add both cans of beans to the pan.
  3. Smash with a potato smasher to combine.
  4. Cook for around 10 minutes stirring every few minutes until completely heated through.
  5. Place in an oven proof dish. Sprinkle with cheese then place in 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted.
  6. Top with reserved onions and tomatoes. Enjoy!
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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza #SundaySupper

Next time a craving for pizza takes over skip the local pizza place, forget the boxed cardboard frozen stuff and make your own!  Thick crust that is loaded with toppings, cheese and tomatoes.  Baked to gooey perfection.  Forget traditional crust and make this Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Where we live we are about 2 hours from many major cities.  That means we can stay home or go visit Indianapolis, Detroit, Toledo (their craft beer scene is awesome~I highly suggest giving it a try) or Chicago.  While we don’t hit Chicago very often we were able for a time to get real deep dish at a Gino’s East location that they had about a half hour from us in Granger, Indiana.  Sadly though it closed.  So it was up to make the thick pizza that I loved so much!  Other than the sausage that comes on an authentic Gino’s East, which is amazing, I think I pulled it off a pretty good copycat.

Start off with your crust.  This recipe is very similar to my White Chicken Pizza with Basil & Blackberry Sauce with the exception of reducing the flour and adding cornmeal to the dough.  It gives it that crunchy texture that most deep dish pizzas have.  Gather your ingredients….

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

Mix yeast, water & honey together.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes.  You should see bubbles are formed on the top of the water/yeast mixture.  Now add the flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture.  Stir with a spatula then complete by hand. After it has formed a ball cover with 2 tsp. of olive oil.  Put a towel over the bowl and let rise for 15-20 minutes.

Once the dough has risen uncover and place on a floured surface.  Roll with a rolling pin to almost double the size of your pan so there is plenty to go around the deep edges of a greased springform pan.  Place the dough into the pan cinching edges as not to overlap over the top of the pan.  Brush crust with 2 Tbs. melted butter all over then place in a preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.  Take out of the oven and now it’s time to load it up!  Layer cheese, filling, more cheese then top with the drained tomatoes.  It’s very important that the tomatoes are drained because you don’t want the juice making your crust soggy.

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

My filling is a combination of Italian sausage, hamburger, mushrooms, green peppers, olives, onions, garlic cloves mixed with Italian seasonings and tomato paste.  I will put the full ingredients below but this is your pizza please add whatever you like!  A great crust, lots of cheese and the crushed tomatoes really are what make a deep dish what it is.  A blank slate to add whatever toppings you like.  Once all your layers are on place in your oven that is already preheated at 375 degrees.  And here you are….

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
Next time a craving for pizza takes over skip the local pizza place, forget the boxed cardboard frozen stuff and make your own! Thick crust that is loaded with toppings, cheese and tomatoes. Baked to gooey perfection.
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
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slices
Ingredients
Deep Dish Crust
Sausage Filling
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Pizza
Servings
slices
Ingredients
Deep Dish Crust
Sausage Filling
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza from Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
Deep Dish Crust
  1. Mix yeast, water & honey together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 10 minutes. Add flour, honey & salt to the yeast mixture. Stir with a spatula then complete by hand. After it has formed a ball cover with 2 tsp. of olive oil. Put a towel over the bowl and let rise for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Once the dough has risen uncover and place on a floured surface. Roll with a rolling pin to almost double the size of your pan so there is plenty to go around the deep edges of a greased springform pan. Place the dough into the pan cinching edges as not to overlap over the top of the pan. Brush crust with 2 Tbs. melted butter all over then place in a preheated 375 degree oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.
Sausage Filling
  1. Brown sausage and hamburger. Add onions, green peppers, olives, mushroom and garlic. Cook all together the meat is cooked through and the vegetables are soft.
  2. Add in tomato paste, Italian herbs and sugar. Take off heat. Add to pizza in a thick layer.
  3. Take crust out of oven. Load with layers like this: -1/2 Cheese -Filling -Remaining Cheese -Drained tomatoes
  4. Once all your layers are on place in your oven that is already preheated at 375 degrees.
  5. Cut into 8 pieces and enjoy!
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