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Winter is the best time for clams and mussels here on the West Coast, and this briny, main-course soup from Sardinia is perfect for cool, rainy days.
What do you do when a friend drop ships you a dead snapping turtle? You make Creole turtle soup, that’s what. One of the weirdest things to land on my doorstep become one of my favorite new soups…
When life gives you a roast duck or goose, or, even better, a smoked duck or goose, you could do a whole lot worse than make this clean, simple German soup. Riebele dumplings are a little like spaetzle, but are firmer and smaller.
Don’t be fooled by the fancy name. These are your standard ricotta-spinach gnocchi, only made with wild cow parsnip greens, and the carrot consomme is fiendishly easy to make. A knockout dish that’s pure simplicity.
Chowder for me has always meant my mum’s clam chowder — to make it properly, you absolutely must follow an ironclad set of rules with an ironclad set of ingredients. But mum does not make salmon chowder. So when I began making it, I suddenly felt free to play. And play I did.
Cappelletti, a variant on the well-known tortellini of Bologna, are normally served in a clear broth. My cappelletti are vegetarian, filled with ricotta and spices, but you could use meat, too. The soup is a rich, clear duck broth; almost a consomme. Simple yet, elegant.
Nothing says luxury like a smooth, creamy lobster bisque. Sadly, I live 3,000 miles from Maine lobsters, but I do live near some of the best crayfish spots in America. And lemme tell ya, this crayfish bisque is every bit as good as one made with their big brothers.
There are a million recipes for pumpkin or squash soup on the Internet, but I’d like to think mine is a little different — thanks to bacon and creme fraiche. You stew the squash with diced bacon, then puree everything. It’s made of win.