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Amie Jo's Choice, Soups, Tennessee Food

The Best Ham and Bean Soup. Ever.

You are going to love our best ever Ham and Bean Soup.

Ok, I’ll confess. I’ve never really had “bad” Ham and Bean Soup. And I may or may not be too close to the project. But this simple and hearty Ham and Bean Soup is so comforting and easy to make, it has made the jump to the top of my list.

Our secret? A package of 15 Bean Soup Mix. Yep, if you haven’t tried it, grab a bag or two. It is a pantry staple in our home and so handy to have around.

Of course, we skipped the package directions and did our own thang, ’cause that’s what we do. But you’ll love it. Easy, filling, simple and savory. Another reason to make cornbread.

Like we need another reason for that!

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One Pan, Soups, Vegetarian

Healthy + Light Fall Butternut Squash Soup

Fall Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash is such a lightly sweet vegetable. It just tastes like fall. The color is bright and colorful, and is the perfect addition to this simple and clean Butternut Squash Soup.

I know what you might be thinking…butternut squash soup is supposed to be blended and creamy. Pureed until smooth. But I really wanted to combine the butternut squash with other vegetables. More colors. Healthy ingredients. Hearty bites.

This lightly seasoned broth is full of vibrant squash, fresh spinach, mushrooms, peppers and cannellini beans. Every spoonful is packed with different flavors and textures.

The best part? This Simple Fall Butternut Squash Soup contains vitamins and antioxidants to help boost your immune system.

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Chili, One Pan, Soups, Tennessee Food

Spicy Three Bean Venison Chili

Spicy Three Bean Venison Chili

I almost messed up, ya’ll.  This chili recipe was soooo close to being a two-bean venison chili, but then I remembered the third bean. The sneaky cans of Bean #3 hanging out in the back of the pantry. This is the kind of thing that keeps food bloggers up at night.

I mean, google two-bean chili. Go ahead.

Now google three-bean chili. TEN TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE WANT THREE BEANS IN THEIR CHILI. So there ya go. Bean math.

But the star of this rich, red venison chili is not the beans. It is the venison. Tender and lean chunks of last year’s deer slow simmered in chili spices. This is why the good Lord gave us spoons.

And bowls.

And deer.


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Italian, Pasta, Soups

Crockpot Lasagna Soup

Crockpot Lasagna Soup is hearty and flavorful with all of the delicious flavors of your favorite lasagna.

This is one of the very best creations we have made.  Lean beef, stewed tomatoes, fresh zucchini and mushrooms are slow-simmered for hours. We even added broken lasagna noodles at the end. You can’t have lasagna without pasta, now can you?

So throw this crockpot soup recipe together today and enjoy a big bowl of…lasagna!

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Beef, Friends & Family, My Favorite Recipes, Soups

Hungarian Stew

Hungarian Stew

This recipe for Hungarian Stew is one of my favorite all-time food memories.

Everyone has food memories, right? That amazing grilled steak you had at that restaurant a few years ago. Or that crazy-indulgent dessert your grandmother used to make for you as a kid? Those awesome little red, white and blue popsicles they had in your school cafeteria?

Isn’t it wonderful how so many of our life experiences involve food….the flavors, the surroundings, the smells. You can literally taste that memory.

So let’s go back about 15 years to one of my favorite girls’ weekends ever. To the meal I have been craving for over a decade.

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Italian, Main Dishes, Pasta, Soups

Italian Crockpot Pasta Fagioli

Crockpot Pasta Fagioli

My new favorite slow cooker meal is Italian Crockpot Pasta Fagioli. This simple and savory soup is an instant classic dinner recipe.

Featuring the cutest pasta ever and cannellini beans, this set it and forget it soup recipe is filling and delicious. (Yes, I said cute pasta. Ditalini is cute!)

If you are a fan of pasta fagioli, you have to try this. So get the recipe, jot down your shopping list and hop to it. You can thank us later.

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Beef, Main Dishes, Soups, Tennessee Food

The Best Venison Stew Ever

Venison Stew

When your hubby hands you deer meat, you make Venison Stew. Perfectly seasoned tender meat with hearty carrots, potatoes, celery and onions….this stew recipe is the ultimate comfort food. Venison is almost always in our freezer, and this is a great way to use just about any cut of the lean and flavorful meat.

Where we live (West Tennessee), deer is plentiful and affordable, and hunting is a lifestyle. We respect the animal and the kill, and we are always appreciative and thankful for the meals made from this beautiful animal.

Serve this recipe with homemade biscuits and your family will go crazy over this delicious pot of yummy.

This is true Southern comfort. (And it makes all of those early mornings of hunting worthwhile.)

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Beef, Chili, SEC, Soups, Tailgate

12th Man Texas Chili | Texas Aggie Tailgate

12th Man Texas Chili | Texas Aggie Tailgate

When I think of Texas, I think of two things. Beef and football. The best recipe to throw down a Texas Aggie Tailgate Party? A big spicy pot of 12th Man Texas Chili!

Big chunks of prime beef and bold chipotle peppers and spices, slow simmered and then served with corn chips and cheese. Awesome.

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the flavor of this chili. But just one little thing…we may have a controversy on our hands….you see, there’s beans…

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30 Minute or Less, Chili, Kid Friendly Recipes, One Pan, Soups

Weeknight Baked Bean Chili

Weeknight Baked Bean Chili

Don’t you love chili? So many ways to make it and to eat it. Chili is a meal we usually save for the weekends. Nothing better than a pot of yummy chili that has been simmering on the stove or in the crock pot for hours. What do you do when you want chili on a weeknight, and you want it now!? You make our Weeknight Baked Bean Chili.

This recipe takes only 7 ingredients and about 30 minutes! Awesome and easy meal for busy weeknights!

Everyone in our family loved this!

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