Recipe Round Up: A Review of the New Recipes I Tried

Hey all!  Hope everyone is having a good first half of the week!  I spent the last few days in Florida for a work conference.  It was a whirlwind of a trip, but so very nice to spend a few days in the sunshine state.  And has me wanting to plan a nice little beach trip for myself, with no work involved!

Today I am sharing the new to me recipes I have made in January and February.  I always love hearing how recipes actually turn out, and I look at this post as a way to share my wins and fails with you all!

Veggie Tortellini Soup from The Pioneer Woman.  I was looking for recipes to make for dinner that were quick, and remember in most of The Pioneer Woman's cookbooks, she has a 20 minute, or 16 minute meal section.  I checked those out, and came up with this soup to try.  It was super easy to throw together, although it probably took a little longer than the 20 minutes it said, just because my stove can sometimes take awhile to get to a boil.  Honestly, it wasn't my favorite soup recipe.  I felt the flavor was a little lacking, but when I make it next time, I do have a few tweaks planned to hopefully make it better for my tastes.  It's just so easy I would love to have this as a go to when I am craving soup or need something for work lunches.  First, I would try beef broth.  I feel like that would just give it a bit of a richer flavor.  I would also decrease the amount of broth to half.  I tend to like the 'stuff' in a soup more than oodles of broth, and it really made a ton so instead of adding in extra veggies, I would just decrease the broth.  It needed a decent amount of salt and pepper, so that's something to note, and I think a touch of red pepper flakes would add a nice kick.  I think next time I would add in some more veggies, like lima beans.  My mom uses those in her Beef Vegetable Soup, and I love them.  Basically, I would use this recipe as a jumping off point, but make quite a few adjustments.  If I find a really good way to make this quick soup myself, I will be sure to share!

Persian Inspired Herb and Beef Stew with Rice from Half Baked Harvest.  As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I wanted to make it.  I love a good stew, and it's made in the crockpot (also included in the recipe are directions for the instant pot and oven).  Plus it's served over rice.  All good things in my book!  I did halve the recipe, because otherwise I think it would have been wayyyyy too much and I am not sure how well it would freeze.  I followed the recipe pretty closely, although I did leave out the chives, just because I didn't have any.  The flavor was so very good.  It was rich and warm, but somehow wasn't too heavy.  I would make sure to top with some cheese - I used feta and it was like the icing on the cake.  All in all a super good recipe!  

overhead photo of Persian Herb and Beef Stew with spoon in bowl

Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup + Boursin Cheese from Momfessionals.  This isn't exactly a recipe, more of just a recommendation that Andrea has shared from time to time.  She has raved about Trader Joe's Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper soup pair with a bit of boursin cheese.  Well, I tried it a few weeks ago, and I have to agree - it was really good!  I paired mine with leftover sausage bread and carrots.  It would be amazing with grilled cheese, too.

Wonton Soup from Jersey Girl Cooks.  Another recipe that uses Trader Joe's items.  I came across this one on Pinterest.  As you can tell from this round up, I have been all about soups lately, and with the minimal ingredients, I was eager to give it a try!  It was another good one.  I would suggest if you plan on having leftovers to heat the wontons separately, and add them to the bowl as you are serving.  They got super soft having been stored in the broth, and while they weren't bad, the texture wasn't as good as when I first made it.  You can load up on the spinach, too, since it wilts so much, for lots of good, extra greens.
wonton close up

Linking up with Lindsay.


  1. Yum! All of these make me hungry and jealous I don't have a TJ nearby! And yes, you need to plan a beach trip! I can't imagine not going every summer haha
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  2. I still haven’t tried the tomato soup with the Boursin, totally going to have to do that. I’m glad you got away, I’m heading that way in less than two weeks!

  3. I use the regular tomato soup with boursin and it's amazing! I hope you are able to plan a nice relaxing beach trip.

  4. All of these look so good but that veggie tortellini soup is giving me heart eyes.

  5. That beef stew sounds so good. And we love tomato soup around here... it's been a staple in our house since I was tiny! It's one of my favorite comfort foods.

  6. So many delicious soups! We have been trying a few new soup recipes around here too.

  7. I bought that TJ's soup and cheese right after I saw her post too! I loved the soup alone so I'm sure I'll love it cheesier ;)