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Friday, September 26, 2014

Recipe Weekend /Cookbook Review: Made from Scratch Soups (Giveaway!) and Made from Scratch Pasta from Parragon Books

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these books, free of charge, from Parragon Books, via their Book Buddies Program, , for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them.

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Today I have a double set of cookbooks for you!

Both of these books are from Parragon's new Everyday Easy Home Cooking Series, (which also includes Baking and Vegetarian, so far).

made from scratch pasta


Pasta is a fantastic ingredient to have in your kitchen cabinet and it is much more versatile than you think. This collection of over 50 recipes offers inspiring classic and new ideas. Vegetarian pasta dishes cover everything from salads, soup, and main meals providing perfect solutions for lunch or dinner. For meat lovers the pasta possibilities are as varied as they are delicious. The fish and seafood section offers lighter yet equally delicious dishes, while a final chapter of simple sauces provides the perfect accompaniment to almost any kind of pasta. All the recipes come with easy to follow step-by-step instructions and photographs to ensure delicious results every time.


This book has a really great selection of pastas that are perfect for year round comfort food making! The recipes take the traditional recipes at add a new touch or two, to either make the recipe easier, or bring a new taste to it. They are are very easy to make, and I love the colored photos with EVERY recipe (which makes this a good starter cookbook series for the new cook!). 

turkey pasta casserole

They also show pictures of any steps that might need explaining- another great plus!We found so many recipes we wanted to make that just about every page was marked! I'm sharing the recipe for Turkey Pasta Casserole, above, that could actually be made with any ground or shredded meat, but is super for those holiday leftovers that you know are coming your way! As you can see, it isn't complicated- all the recipes are one page- but has enough flavor that you know your family will love it!

made from scratch soup


Making delicious soups from scratch isn't difficult, nor necessarily very time-consuming as this collection of over 50 classic and new recipes proves. There are four chapters: Speedy Soups that take less than an hour from start to finish; Healthy Soups are perfect for anyone watching what they eat; Hearty Soups will be warming on a cold winter day; Around the World includes international favourites. All the recipes come with easy to follow step-by-step instructions and photographs.


Like the Pasta book,this is a very good year round book, but if you're like our family, you really wanted soups in Fall and Winter. And this book does a great job in bringing fresh Fall veggies and Winter holiday leftovers to new levels with these super quick recipes

This is a variation of a Cream of Mushroom soup that my mom makes- it is SO yummy, and you can add different veggies, if you want to! You can also change out the turkey to shrimp, pork or chicken, very easily!

I love this set of books and highly recommend them as a great holiday gift, both for foodies AND for new cooks in your family. At an UNDER $10 price, you may want to pick up a bunch of them for holiday hostess gifts too!


And one of you gets to win the Soup book! Yeah!

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  1. I like chicken wild rice soup.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. I like Vegetable Beef soup with pasta.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. When it is chilly, I like to cook Black Bean Soup!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  4. Our favorite soup when the weather is cold, or when we have colds, is Mexican Chicken Soup. It is spicy and filling and it really warms us up.

  5. During the cold weather and fall and winter we enjoy tomato basil soup with veggies. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com


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