Favorite Vegetarian Soup Recipes

Red Curry Kuri Squash Soup

Depending on where you live, it may or may not be quite soup weather yet. The temps are cooling off over here in the midwest, but to be honest, I’d eat soup even if it was one hundred degrees out (and I used to in Austin!). I love soup anytime and all the time! I love making it, I love eating it… I also love how it yields lots of leftovers that are almost always better the second or third day after flavors have had the chance to fully develop.

If you love soup as much as I do, here are some favorites you may want to add to your list this fall!

Red Curry Kuri Squash Soup (pictured above)

This is the first soup that I crave in the fall – if you can’t find a kuri squash, substitute butternut squash instead. This creamy soup is made with coconut milk, lemongrass, ginger, and red curry (hence the name) for spice.

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

I get excited for winter just thinking about this one. I roast the whole cauliflower – cores and all. Its nutty rich flavor becomes a luscious creamy soup (without cream!) when blended with vegetable broth, thyme, a little lemon, and a few other secret ingredients.

White Bean Tomato Mushroom Soup

White Bean Tomato Mushroom Soup

Sometimes my favorite soups start in the pantry – this one makes good use of both canned tomatoes and canned beans. Mushrooms, butternut squash, kale, and herbs get simmered down, making this a hearty one bowl meal if you serve it with a little crusty bread.

Curried Red Lentil Sweet Potato Stew

Curried Red Lentil Sweet Potato Stew

While this one is on the ugly side, it remains one of my favorite stews. Sweet potato, ginger, lentils, and curry spices make thick hearty base and a bit of lime juice gives it an unexpected pop of flavor. The flavors here go so perfectly together!

Ribollita - Tuscan White Bean Soup

Ribollita – Tuscan White Bean Soup

I hope you have some stale bread laying around, because you can transform it into this tasty Ribolita! Tomatoes, carrots, white beans, kale, a touch of white wine, and some good crusty stale bread make up this hearty soup that will get you through the winter.

Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Pesto

Carrot Soup with Carrot Top Pesto

Waste not, want not. Use those beautiful carrot tops to make a pesto – it’s the perfect thing to swirl into this creamy 6-ish ingredient carrot-ginger soup.

Easy Vegetarian Pho

Easy Vegetarian Pho

This recipe was inspired by a Vietnamese restaurant that was down the street from our Austin house. Now that we’ve moved, I’ll be making my own pho again – I call this one faux pho, because it involves a few shortcuts that make this soup possible to make relatively quickly.

Creamy White Bean & Tomato Soup

Creamy White Bean & Tomato Soup

This one is a reader favorite because it’s so easy and quick to make. If you have a can of tomatoes, a can of white beans, and a blender, you’re pretty much there.

Sustenance Sweet Potato Stew 

Sustenance Sweet Potato Stew 

This recipe is from Tess Masters’ The Perfect Blend. It’s one of my favorites because it’s packed full of vegetables (as the title suggests). There’s a clever twist where almond butter is stirred in at the end. It sounds a little odd, but the flavor combo is really incredible.

For more soups, see the soup section of our recipe index!

Pasta World Championship in Milan & Parma

Pasta World Championship in Milan & Parma

It’s been a crazy few months. We moved into our new place in Chicago, almost immediately left for a whirlwind trip that took us through France and Italy, then ended back in the Midwest in Madison before heading back home. I’m eventually going to share a little bit about each trip, but for today I’m starting with the most logical place to begin – the middle! Italy!

Jack and I spent 4 days in Milan and Parma at Barilla® Pasta World Championship. It’s crazy to reflect and see where our work takes us. Eating our way through northern Italy was a blast, to say the least.

Pasta World Championship in Milan & Parma

The competition started in Milan with 19 young chefs competing, each with their signature pasta dish, for the title of Pasta World Champion. Each dish was more creative and artful than the last. Look at those colors! My #1 takeaway from this event was that my pasta twirling skills definitely need some work 🙂

Pasta World Championship in Milan & Parma

At the end of Day, 19 chefs were narrowed to 10 to compete the following day. We weren’t in Milan very long, but we managed to squeeze in an evening walk to the Milan duomo and the next day, of course, some gelato time.

Pasta World Championship in Milan & Parma

On day 2 of the competition, each chef made their version of Spaghetti Pomodoro. It was fun to watch the variations that each chef made using tomato, pasta, and basil. The dish at the top of this post was my favorite (not the winner, but maybe next time they’ll let me judge, ha ha).

Pasta World Championship in Milan & Parma Pasta World Championship in Milan & Parma

After the competition was whittled down to 3 contestants, we headed to Parma where we strolled the picturesque cobblestone streets with fellow bloggers Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking and Jenny (with her husband Jordan) from Spoon Fork Bacon. (Not pictured, we had 2 great meals at La Forchetta and Ristorante Cocchi).

On day 3, each chef made their signature dish again and a winner was chosen – Chef Accursio Lota the chef from San Diego (originally from Sicily) was named the Pasta World Champion. We were especially rooting for him, not just because he was representing America, but because his dad (who speaks no English) bravely stopped waiters from taking my bread away at dinner the night before.

Pasta World Championship in Milan & Parma

The last day was the day I was waiting for – the day we visited a Parmigiano Reggiano factory. Look at those rows! We also visited a balsamic producer where we tasted tiny drops of the best aged balsamic vinegar ever in Modena.

Pasta World Championship in Milan & Parma Pasta World Championship in Milan & Parma

So that was it, and we had a blast! We got to photograph and taste amazing pasta, hang out with friends and see Parmigiano Reggiano making in Parma! Plus, we can’t wait to visit Chef Lota’s restaurant in San Diego and try more of his delicious pasta!

Our Chicago Kitchen Sneak Peek

Our Chicago Kitchen Sneak Peek / Love & Lemons

In case you hadn’t heard – we’ve moved to Chicago! Long story short, last spring we left our beloved city of Austin and came to Chicago (where I’m originally from). Our original plan was to stay in Chicago temporarily for the summer and definitely(!) leave before the winter. Well, as you see, that didn’t really happen because here we are. I’ll spare you the details, but we spent about 7 months this past year jumping between airbnb’s, hotels, friends’ houses, and parent’s houses (with a marble slab in our car’s trunk to continue shooting recipes). After all of that, we are SO happy to finally be settling into our new home in the windy city.

Here’s a sneak peek of the new kitchen! What I love about it is that it evokes the style of our Austin kitchen without being a clone of it. I will always love subway tiles, white cabinets, and marble (although the new counter-tops are quartz that look like marble), but here I love the pop of the dark blue and and the brushed brass details.

Our Chicago Kitchen Sneak Peek / Love & Lemons

I’m also so smitten over these curvy wooden Norman Counter Stools from Rove Concepts. Choosing counter stools is difficult because they’re such a focal point in the kitchen. I absolutely love the way these look here. They’re also super comfortable to sit in, which is important to me. Rove Concepts SO kindly sent them to us and they’re also offering a giveaway to our readers – see the bottom of the post for details!

Our Chicago Kitchen Sneak Peek / Love & Lemons

On the other side of the kitchen, we have this cute breakfast nook. We thought about doing a built in bench/banquette sort of seating but I really wanted a round table to contrast the strong lines of the kitchen island. I had this Carrara Tulip Table in my mind from the get go – it’s a 100% marble top (it weighs a ton!) and I love it because we can do some of our photography in this area. It’s also a cozy nook to have breakfast in, hence its name: the breakfast nook.

Our Chicago Kitchen Sneak Peek / Love & Lemons

Rove Concepts is giving away a $250 credit to one lucky reader – if you win, you get to use the credit toward anything you want from their store! Their furniture and home decor items are so so lovely! To enter, follow Rove Concepts on Instagram, then go to roveconcepts.com and come back here to leave a comment below telling us your favorite product.

This giveaway will end November 6th and is open only to U.S. and Canadian readers. 

8 Favorite Pasta Recipes

If I had to name 3 loves off the top of my head right now: #1 my husband Jack, #2 Italy, and #3 pasta. If you read the introduction in our cookbook, you know that so much of my love for cooking (and later the idea of starting Love & Lemons) was inspired by the trip that Jack and I took to Italy when he proposed. Last week, we celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary, so suffice it to say (that aside from an airport snafu), love is in the air these days. So I was completely over the moon when we got the assignment of a lifetime – go to Italy and share our favorite moments from the Barilla® Pasta World Championship(!). So that’s just what we’ll be doing. As I post this, Jack and I are en route to Milan, and then Parma to fall in love with pasta all over again.

pictured above: Shells & Roasted Cauliflower / Avocado & Lemon Zest Spaghetti
Butternut Squash, Walnut & Sage PastaLemony Eggplant & Zucchini Orzo

This will be the 6th edition of the Barilla Pasta World Championship where 20 young chefs from around the world will be competing for the title of Pasta World Champion. How fun is that? The competition celebrates Barilla’s heritage and the future of all things pasta. I’ll be sharing live updates from the event on Instagram, be sure to follow along!

If you’re craving pasta like I am now, here are some of my favorite pasta recipes. Grab your favorite Barilla pasta and start cooking! I just love pasta because it’s a blank canvas for so many creative dishes. Plus, there’s nothing more romantic than sharing pasta with the people that you love.

Pictured below: Carrot & Tomato Tagliatelle / One Pot Vegetable Penne Pasta
Creamy Pumpkin PenneMushroom Lentil Spaghetti Bolognese

Be sure to follow our pasta adventures next week!

This post is in partnership with Barilla, all opinions are my own and I love pasta!

Sweet Corn Recipes

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The other day, I professed my love of midwest sweet corn and as a result, I got a ton requests for more ways to use corn while it’s in peak season. To be honest, when corn is at its best like it is right now, not much has to be done to it… I usually just grill it with a little olive oil and a few pinches of salt or toss the raw kernels into salads. But here are some of my favorite corn recipes that go a bit further and are so perfect if you’re up to your ears in corn this summer!

You can click on the photos themselves to take you to the full recipe:

Grilled Corn, Cucumber, Peach & Avocado Salad

Grilled Corn, Cucumber, Peach & Avocado Salad
This is one of my all-time favorite recipes – it’s basically an explosion of everything that’s in season right now (peaches, peppers, cucumber, basil, etc), and drizzled with creamy cilantro dressing. If you make one recipe before summer is over – make it this one 🙂

Creamy Vegan Corn Chowder

Creamy Vegan Corn Chowder
Another reader favorite – this chowder is thick, satisfying, and perfect for cooler summer nights. It contains 4 ears of sweet corn, potato for thickness, smoked paprika for, well, smokiness. It’s finished with a bit of coconut milk in lieu of cream.

Tostadas with Smoky Sweet Corn Hummus

Tostadas with Smoky Sweet Corn Hummus
This recipe uses a trifecta of corn – there’s creamy corn hummus, slathered on crispy corn tortillas, with more corn (and other things – avocado, jalapeno) piled on top.

Vegan Cobb Salad with Coconut "Bacon"

Vegan Cobb Salad with Coconut Bacon
This star of this recipe is the crispy, smoky coconut “bacon,” but corn, tofu, avocado, zucchini, tomatoes, etc), make it a satisfying full-meal salad.

Chili Lime Grilled Corn on the Cob

Chili Lime Grilled Corn on the Cob
THIS SAUCE on corn, omg, it’s so so good. The leftover sauce here is used on the Corn Cucumber & Peach salad at the top of this post.

Taco Bowls with Cucumber Jalapeño Ranch

Taco Bowls with Cucumber Jalapeño Ranch
One of my favorite recent recipes – spiced quinoa, corn, crispy tortillas, and a “ranch” dressing that’s made with almonds – a wonderful light, yet filling, summer dinner.

Summer Squash Vegetable Pizza

Summer Squash Vegetable Pizza
Another example of how I love to throw corn on everything! This summer squash vegetable pizza is loaded with, well, a garden full of corn and other vegetables.

Mexican Street Corn Salad

Mexican Street Corn Salad
This is an off-the-cob version of Elotes – this salad is creamy, smoky, and spicy. It’s an older recipe, but one I go back to often.

Tell me – what do you love to make with corn?