Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana (dairy-free)


Spicy sausage, potatoes, greens and bacon in flavor-packed broth. This savory and satisfying soup is a fabulous way to sneak a little kale into your little one’s belly.

My sister in law’s mother has brought this soup to many family dinners.  It’s always my favorite.  After sipping a mug of Zuppa Toscana around a bonfire last fall (bliss!), I finally requested the recipe.

Once I made it myself, I realized how easy it is to make dairy-free.  It turns out, I actually prefer it dairy-free!  If you disagree, add a little coconut milk or cream just before serving.


Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup from Scratch


Is there anything more comforting than homemade chicken noodle soup?  It’s soup-er good for you and easy to make.  Since most of the ingredients are leftover, it feels a little like a free wholesome dinner.  Love it!


Mojo Chicken Soup

I considered calling this “Seriously Good Soup.”  This Mojo chicken soup is full of flavor.  It’s like nothing I’ve had before.  The chicken is savory, the peas are sweet, the lime is zingy and the cumin is, well, cumin-y. (more…)

Super Simple Potato Soup

I picked up a bag or two of organic potatoes for $.30 per pound and decided I had to make an allergy-friendly potato soup. It turned out so good that I made it twice in one week! It is super simple and extremely frugal.  You can add milk or milk substitute, but I actually like it better without it.


Coconut, Curry, Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

This hearty and creamy soup is quick and easy to throw together.  It’s frugal and, best of all, it’s allergen-free!  When I first made this soup, I was sure the kids would refuse to eat it.  Let’s face it, it’s not typical kid food.  It’s not all that pretty and the flavors are bold.  To my surprise, all four of the kids loved it.  It’s a regular at our house now.

Coconut, Curry, Chicken and Rice Soup


  • 1 Tbsp Palm Shortening or oil of your choice
  • 1 Medium Onion, diced
  • 1-2 lbs uncooked Chicken, cut into bite size pieces OR 2-3 cups chopped leftover chicken
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock/Broth (See How to Make Chicken Stock)
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 2 tsp+ Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt (More or less depending on how salty your broth is)
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (You can add more. I’m a wimp!)
  • 3 cup Rice, cooked
  • Paprika (optional garnishment)


1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.  Add onion and chicken and cook until chicken is done.

2. Add chicken stock, coconut milk, curry powder, salt, red pepper flakes and rice.  Bring to a boil.  Simmer 15 minutes.  Enjoy!

You may also enjoy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup and How to Make Chicken Stock.

This post is part of Gluten Free Wednesdays

How to Make Chicken Stock and Why You Should

Homemade meat stocks are a traditional food that not only add flavor to meals but also add significant nutritional punch. For centuries chicken stock, a.k.a. Jewish Penicillin, has been served to the ill.  Unfortunately, these days most Americans purchase boneless cuts of meats and have lost the skill of creating this healing liquid.

Properly prepared stock contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium, gelatin and electrolytes.   The stock is gentle on the stomach and the nutrients are easily absorbed.  Homemade stock is the cornerstone to the GAPS Diet, a diet designed for natural digestive healing.  According to Dr. Campbell-McBride, “Meat and fish stocks provide building blocks for the rapidly growing cells of the gut lining and they have a soothing effect on any areas of inflammation in the gut.” It’s no wonder that stock has been recommended for cold, flu and just about whatever ails you for centuries.


Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Over the weekend, it went from spring to fall here!  The warm sunshine has been replaced by cold rain.  Many of us in this household have had the sniffles.  It was time for soup.  The leftover Asian Chicken in the fridge inspired me to make this soup.  Let me tell you, it was really good!


It’s nothing like traditional chicken noodle soup.  The tamari, lime and ginger in the broth is amazing.   The cilantro adds something unexpected although I suspect if you’re not a cilantro fan the soup would be good without it.   The ingredient list looks long, but I assure you this is a very simple soup to throw together.  If you don’t have cooked chicken on hand, just cook the chopped chicken with the oil and garlic until the chicken is done and follow the rest of the recipe.



  • 1 Tbsp Palm Shortening or oil of your choice
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 8 cups of Chicken Stock/Broth (I actually used 7 cups homemade stock and 1 cup water)
  • 1/4 cup Tamari Sauce (Soy-free recipes here and here)
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 Tbsp Sucanat or Brown Sugar
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (I’m a wimp.  I used 1/8 tsp.)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 pounds Asian Chicken, cut into bite sized pieces (I’m sure unseasoned chicken would be fine.)
  • 1 cup Frozen Peas
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • Angel Hair Pasta, cooked (I used spaghetti!)


It might be fun to add:

  • Mushrooms
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Carrots
  • Sugar Snap Peas instead of Frozen Peas


1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat.  Add garlic and cook a couple minutes.
2. Add broth, tamari sauce, lime juice, sucanat, ginger, red pepper and chicken and boil 5 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and add peas and cilantro.  Let stand 2-3 minutes.
4. Serve soup over noodles.  Enjoy!



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Taco Soup Recipe

This soup is a great way to stretch a pound of meat.  It is delicious served with cheddar or Daiya cheese, salsa, corn chips and sour cream if you can tolerate dairy.  This makes a huge pot full.  This recipe is easy to adapt to what you have on hand.  Adjust the corn and rice amounts to how thick you want your soup.


1 pound ground beef
1 chopped onion or a couple Tbsp dried onion
8 cups chicken or beef broth
2 (16 oz) cans of beans (black, pinto, chili, kidney) with liquid
1/2 (10 oz) bag of frozen corn
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
1 cup cooked rice (optional)
1 (4 oz) can green chile peppers (optional)
4 Tbsp (2 packet) gluten free taco seasoning mix
salt and pepper to taste


1. In a large saucepan, cook ground beef and onions.

2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.

3. Bring to a boil.

4. Reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes.

This post is part of Penny Wise Platter Thursday.