We all know her as the baking expert, but Anna Olson certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to warm, comforting meals. From her many episodes of Fresh and her new food series, Inspired, take a look at Anna’s most delicious soup and stew recipes.
Cabbage Roll Stew
This recipe incorporates all the delicious flavours and key components of traditional cabbage rolls, without the extra work of rolling and filling the leaves.
Anna Olson's Poule au Pot
In English, this classic French dish translates to boiled chicken, but it’s so much more than that; as the chicken cooks —soaked in water and wine— the addition of veggies gives this hearty soup a blue-ribbon status.
Veggie-filled minestrone soup gets a dose of Canadian flavour by adding maple syrup to the broth and topping each bowl with crispy strips of peameal bacon.
Slow Cooker Chili Baked Beans
Make a big batch of this spicy pork and beans dish to serve for dinner and freeze the rest for another time-crunched weeknight.
Chicken, White Bean and Corn Chili
Anna Olson masters a hearty chili with this mouthwatering slow cooker recipe that combines chicken, white kidney beans, fresh corn, jalapeno peppers and last but not least, beer.
Nothing says New Orleans more than a steaming bowl of rich, spicy gumbo. In NOLA, gumbo is a source of culinary pride, with chefs and home cooks swearing by their time-tested recipes. The secret to a great gumbo is the roux, the thickening base made from slowly pan-frying a mixture of butter and flour over a low heat so as not to burn it. The longer you cook it, the darker and richer the roux becomes, developing a delicious nutty flavour.
Try this recipe for Anna Olsen’s Seafood Gumbo
Vietnamese Beef Pho
Nothing warms you from the inside out better than a steaming bowl of pho. Filled with thin slices of tender beef and hearty rice noodles, you’ll love making (and slurping) this fragrant soup at home.
Curried Lentil Soup With Spicy Cauliflower
This soup definitely fulfills its goal on the aromatic spectrum. The cauliflower still has crunch to it, so it makes a contrasting garnish in texture and taste to this comforting soup. If you’re looking for more ways to prepare the popular nightshade veggie, here are some creative cauliflower recipes.
Orange Chicken Tagine
This complete-meal stew won’t leave you feeling too full. The trick to this tagine is its layering of spices and sweetness, making it taste indulgent while remaining a wholesome weekday option that’s sophisticated enough for entertaining.
Cream of Celery With Blue Cheese
Celery isn’t just meant for a veggie platter. This simple and tasty soup lets this underrated veggie shine.