Soups and Salads
This simple yet satisfying fall salad packs a flavorful punch with slightly smoky seared pears, creamy blue cheese, and ultra-crunchy candied pumpkin seeds. Tied together by a sweet-sour honey vinaigrette, it’s the perfect holiday side salad but can just as easily be bulked up with some protein like seared chicken or crumbled bacon to be a filling dinner all on its own.
A warm and spicy black bean soup always hits the spot: deep purple-black color gives way to rich creamy consistency, spiced just right with fragrant onions, hot jalapeños, cumin, and chili powder. A little tomato paste, cooked until lightly caramelized, adds a layer of sweet umami that ties in smoothly with the bay leaf and savory chicken broth.
Whether you’re hungover, heartbroken, or just plain hangry, you can count on this homey soup to make it all a little better. Cooking the pasta in the soup will yield a velvety, substantial broth, but for a leftover-friendly version, boil the noodles separately so they don’t bloat in the broth over time.