Italian Soup

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I love a lot of things about soup. I love the warm comfort a soup brings on a winter day. I love the variety of soups, there really is a soup for every occasion. One thing I don’t love about soup? When I am still hungry afterward. Some soups are better served as an appetizer because, lets be honest, they don’t have a lot of substance. This is why Italian Soup is one of the best soup recipes for those with trouble chewing. It’s as energy dense as a lasagna, with both the chewability and swallowability (those are both real words) as a soup.

If have trouble chewing or swallowing and love Italian food, then this is the soup recipe for you. The best easy to chew foods are the ones which are so easy to eat, that you forget you ever had trouble chewing in the first place.



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    Italian Soup

    This is one of the most hearty soup recipes that are easy to chew. It has all the substance and flavor of a lasagna, but softer.
    4.25 from 4 votes
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    Course: Dinner
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 30 minutes
    Servings: 6


    The Soup

    • 1 pound ground beef
    • ½ cup chopped onion
    • ½ cup chopped carrots
    • 2 cloves minced garlic
    • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
    • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 6 cups chicken broth
    • 8-10 ounces mini farfalle pasta

    Cheesy Topping

    • 1 cup Ricotta cheese
    • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • ½ teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper


    The Soup

    • In a large pot, add the ground beef, onion, carrots, and garlic and cook on medium-high heat (while stirring), until the meat is browned all the way through and the vegetables are softened. Use a strainer to remove excess grease.
    • Add the tomatoes, basil, oregano, and salt. Stir well to make sure things don't stick to the bottom.
    • Add the chicken broth and continue to stir over medium-high heat until the soup starts to simmer/gentle boil.
    • Now add the mini farfalle pasta, cook, while stirring, for as long as is needed to cook the pasta, as directed on the pasta packaging (my box says 8 minutes). Test the pasta to make sure it is done to your liking.

    The Cheesy Topping

    • Combine the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, basil, salt, and pepper and stir together until they are well mixed.
    • Top the finished soup with a generous dollop of the cheesy topping and serve while hot.
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    Easy To Chew

     Italian Soup has multiple solid textures, and can be processed into bite sized pieces without extensive chewing. 

    If you require a pureed texture, you can put the completed dish into a blender and blend until smooth. Top with pureed cheesy topping (which you can puree in a food processor or blender).

    Cheese is culinary magic. To make it, you heat milk and add an enzyme called rennet. Rennet coagulates casein (a protein in milk). This forms the cheese curds which are then separated from the remaining liquid (know as the whey).

    People like to be efficient, they don’t like to waste anything. Instead of throwing out the whey, people started heating it again after the curds were taken out. This draws out even more curds, which is how Ricotta cheese is made.

    I think it is so interesting to learn the origin stories of the foods we eat. In this case, Ricotta is the product of letting nothing go to waste in the cheese making process.

    If you need more fiber and less calories in your diet then here is an idea: Try using whole wheat pasta instead of white pasta.

    Whole wheat pasta contains less calories and more fiber than normal white pasta. 

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    1. 5 stars
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      This recipe is absolutely delicious. I ran across it when looking for soft food recipes to take to an elderly couple, the husband requiring soft foods. It made a great big pot, so there was plenty to keep some for my family and share with others. I did add the cheesy topping directly to the soup, because it’s easier to transport that way. Have added this to favorites and will be making it again. So easy to make and wonderful!

      1. I’m glad you liked it! I love this recipe because it’s delicious and it’s filling. So many easy-to-chew recipes leave you hungry, not this one! That is wonderful you’re looking out for those in need, keep it up!

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