Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Month of Dinners Challenge - Day 2

It was a rainy day today, which was nice for a change!  It felt like a soup day, so using some things around the house and a few things from the store, I whipped up a delicious soup and sandwich meal.  My family loved it and although most of it ended up on her shirt, my daughter Olive loved it, too!

Potato, Leek & Fennel Soup
2 cups fennel, sliced
2 cups leeks, sliced
2 cups potatoes, peeled and cubed
6 cups broth, vegetable or chicken
salt and pepper
olive oil

  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pot.  Saute fennel and leeks until they start to soften, about 10 minutes.  
  2. Add potatoes and broth.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.
  3. Using a hand immersion blender, puree soup in the pot until it is creamy.  (If you don't own a hand immersion blender, you can puree the soup in batches in a blender.)
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve hot!
Mozzarella, Pesto & Tomato Panini
Ingredients (for 4 sandwiches)
1 loaf french bread
1 cup pesto (store bought or homemade - I used Buitoni Basil Pesto)
2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
mozzarella ball (get the whole fat - it's worth it!)
olive oil

  1. Slice bread about 1" thick.  Brush olive oil on one side.
  2. Spread about 1/4 cup pesto on dry side of bread.
  3. Layer tomatoes on top of pesto.  Slice mozzarella into 1/2" slices.  Layer mozzarella on top of tomatoes.
  4. Place slice of bread on top and brush olive oil on outside of sandwich.
  5. Put sandwich in a panini press and cook till golden brown.  OR... Put sandwich in a grill pan and put a heavy pan on top (use something heavy to push it down).  When one side is golden brown, flip over and toast the other side.  
  6. When bread is golden brown and cheese is melty, you're good to go!  Serve warm and enjoy!


  1. This dinner looks so good-right up me and my family's alley (I noticed both can be vegetarian, which is awesome) I bet it was a hit on a rainy day. I'm ready for a rainy day at our house-no more heat-ready for fall! (The main picture on your blog of your daughter "creating her masterpiece" is just adorable!!)

  2. @Monkeygirl - Yes, everything can be vegetarian. You can make the soup with vegetable broth. It's a pretty simple soup with mild flavors, so you might want to flavor it up a bit to your liking! Also, the sandwiches really are so good. We had some more for breakfast the next day! Thanks for the compliment on my daughter's picture!


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