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Pumpkin Gnocchi Soup

It’s good to be back! It’s been a crazy few months, and it’s still going to be crazy for two more weeks. But thankfully, our little hiatus allowed me to write when I had the time and now I have a bunch of posts I can’t wait to share with you. I had a little trouble deciding which post to use today! But I finally settled on this one because I’ve made it twice more since the first time, it’s that good. Also, it has pumpkin in it and we are kind of getting out of pumpkin season. To be honest though, I’ll probably keep making it as long as it’s cold.

When I found this recipe I was feeling completely uninspired in the kitchen. And it wasn’t just that I didn’t feel like cooking, nothing sounded appealing to me. Not even super simple dishes like spaghetti or Cream of Mushroom Chicken & Rice. But I have to eat, and ordering out gets expensive fast. So…I went in search of inspiration. And I found it thanks to a blogger who I actually know in person. Ruthie over at The Chronicles of Ruthie Hart started her blog either right before or right after she got married last February, I can’t remember for sure. When my family lived in Texas, my parents and her parents were really good friends so our families spent a lot of time together. I decided to check out her recipe page and see if anything struck my fancy. When I saw Pumpkin Gnocchi Soup, I was immediately intrigued. I also already had most of the ingredients on hand, so I decided to give it a shot. She says she created this recipe as she went along, which is seriously impressive because it’s so good! I made a few changes, but for the most part, I followed her incredibly simple recipe. It was chilly and rained on and off all day the day I made this recipe, making soup sound especially enticing. And pumpkin + soup just screams “Fall” to me.

You’ll Need

1 Tbs olive oil

1 15 oz can pumpkin

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup heavy cream (the original recipe calls for two cups milk, but I wanted a creamy bisque-like soup so I added cream)

1 16 oz package gnocchi  (I used whole wheat)

3 cups frozen corn, thawed

1 tsp chili powder

2 tsp garlic powder


1. Put the olive oil in the bottom of a large pot, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir well

2. Bring to a boil and boil until gnocchi is soft, about 2-3 minutes (be sure not to overcook the gnocchi). Then serve and enjoy. How easy is that?!

A word of caution: My pot wasn’t even half full and this soup still sprayed everywhere once it really got boiling. So wear an apron and stir almost constantly! The only thing I would change is maybe adding a little salt next time, since I used garlic powder instead of garlic salt. But I really like the flavors of this soup and I’ll definitely be making it again!


As I said, I’ve made this several more times since the first time. So here are a few notes for you

  • The second and third times I made this, I didn’t have any heavy cream on hand, so I just used milk like the original recipe called for. I didn’t notice any difference, so I think I’ll stick with just milk from now on and save some calories
  • The last time I made this, I also decided to add some cooked shredded chicken to make the soup a little more filing. I really liked it this way!

Stay tuned for more!



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Souped Up

I’m all about making things from scratch and trying to rely, mostly, on fresh foods. However, I know that sometimes life gets in the way and we have to rely on shortcuts. But that doesn’t mean that those shortcuts can’t taste homemade!

I know grilled cheese and tomato soup is a classic…but the great thing about classics is that you can remix them!

So here’s my take on the classic tomato soup and grilled cheese. Trust me, once you modify the soup it will taste homemade!

**Initially, Military Man intended to have some of his leftovers for dinner. I had him do a taste test on the soup to see if I was right on with my additions and after trying it he asked, “Can I have grilled cheese and soup for dinner too??”**

“Can’t Believe It’s from a Can” Zesty Tomato Soup


-1 can of Zesty Tomato Bisque soup (I’ve only amped up this soup before so I can’t say whether this particular mix of spices would work on a different brand or flavor)

-4 shakes of Hot Sauce (I recommend Texas Pete!)

-1/2 tsp of Nature’s Seasons (AH-mazing spice blend…I put it on everything. Fries, peas, spinach, chicken, etc)

-1 tsp Gahlic Powdaaa

1. Pour one can of soup into a blender or food processor.

2. Add hot sauce, Nature’s Seasons and garlic powder and pulse until combined.

So now that you’ve got your soup how about some grilled cheese to go along with it?

Great Grilled Cheese

~If you choose to use regular bread over sandwich thins then this recipe will not be as low cal, but if you’re worried about flavor, don’t be. This may be a low cal version of grilled cheese but it tastes nothing like cardboard. PROMISE!~


-1 sandwich thin

-2 heaping TBS shredded cheese of your choice (I recommend shredded because it melts easily)

-1 TB garlic hummus

-1 pat of butter

Recipe Note: This is pretty low cal but I’ve included real butter. If you wish to cut calories non-stick cooking spray would work as a substitute. Frankly, I need that buttery, crispy crunch on my grilled cheese. Plus, I live in close proximity to Paula Deen and if I don’t use butter at some point I’m fairly certain she can expel me from the South.

1. Melt butter in a pan on medium/high heat and add the sandwich thin. Move it around so it soaks up the buttery goodness.

2. Add cheese and distribute between both sides. Leave on the skillet until melted, then remove from heat.

3. Spread hummus on one side and press both sides together.


The soup tastes phenomenal and crazy close to homemade. The touch of hot sauce adds a warmth which makes the soup even better for cold, crisp fall evenings. The hummus takes the grilled cheese from mundane to extraordinary! A quick, healthy meal! And the hummus adds more protein for filling power! (Not to mention crazy good flavor!)

-This was a delicious meal for me, however, Military Man needed a little more food. I used regular bread for his sandwich and included crackers to go with his soup.-

Bon Appetit!


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