Super Easy Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup

It’s hard to believe something so simple can be so delicious.

A couple of bowls of Super Easy Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup make the perfect dinner for cooler weather.

This Super Easy Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup is the perfect example of how just a few ingredients can turn into something completely magical. We’re talking creamy mouthfeel, layers of flavor and in fact a pretty darn healthy meal. Once you taste it, your life just may be changed forever.

The hubs and I have a favorite restaurant here in Santa Barbara, Trattoria Vittoria, that serves quite possibly the most legit Italian food I’ve encountered stateside. They employ Italian chefs, the owner spent a good portion of his childhood in Italy and speaks fluent Italian, the food is amazing and, in fact, so are the drinks with an incredibly entertaining flair bartender manning the helm (who also has a blog, Flair Project, that you should most definitely check out for some out-of-this-world cocktail recipes.)

The restaurant also happens to be one of my husband’s work accounts, so we often find ourselves eating there both for lunch during the week and quite frequently on a “date night” out on the town. What can I say, when we find something good, we stick with it.

Anyhow, even though alllll of the food is delicious, one of my favorite things to order at lunch (okay, even often at dinner) is a cup of their soup of the day. It changes frequently, and you’ll rarely get the same thing twice, but it’s always tasty and I’ve never been disappointed.

A big bowl of Super Easy Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup ready to be devoured.

A while back, I met Chris there for lunch and they were serving a Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup. I wasn’t too sure what to expect (for some reason I thought it might be chunky?) but I went ahead and ordered it because I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. What came out of the kitchen was a delicious, velvety smooth purée that was chock full of flavor and left me practically licking the bowl. I immediately knew I wanted to recreate something like it in my own kitchen!

And that’s what you have here today folks, what I’m proud to say is almost a spot-on rendition of the soup I tasted on that fateful day. I made this Super Easy Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup all from taste, without asking the chef for any tips on how they did it, but I’d have to say I’m really darn proud of the result.

The best part about this recipe? It only requires 6 ingredients (well, 8 counting the optional one and salt and pepper) and comes together easily and beautifully as long as you (a) have the patience to caramelize some onions beforehand and (b) have a regular or immersion blender on hand. I mean, I found myself standing at the stove asking “Is this really all I need? Is the flavor really already this outstanding?” Yep yep, they are!

Mix up a big pot of Super Easy Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup for dinner tonight!

So here’s all you need to make this Super Easy Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup tonight:

Chicken stock
Heavy cream (optional)
Prosciutto (again, optional)

Plus a little salt and pepper. That’s it! I’m venturing to guess you may already have a lot (if not all) of this stuff on hand, which means Super Easy Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup is becoming even more of a reality for gracing your dinner table tonight.

Although this recipe is easy and does not require much hands-on work, it does take a little bit of time. We have to give all of those delicious flavors time to come together, after all! But the results are totally worth it. Promise.

Super Easy Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup is the perfect comfort food meal.

Do you have any fun and delicious soup recipes I need to try? Now that fall is just around the corner (and Baby D’s due date!) I’m looking for all the cooler weather recipes I can get my hands on. Leave me your recs in the comments below!

A couple of bowls of Super Easy Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup make the perfect dinner for cooler weather.
Super Easy Caramelized Onion and Potato Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 5 mins

A creamy, velvety soup full of hearty potatoes and flavorful caramelized onion. The perfect, easy comfort food meal for cooler weather!

Course: Main Course, Soup
Servings: 4 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 white or sweet onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 baking potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cloves peeled garlic
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (optional)
  • 3 slices prosciutto, to top (optional but highly recommended)
  1. First, you’ll want to caramelize your onions. Melt butter in a sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add sliced onions and cook, low and slow and stirring occasionally, until onions take on that beautiful caramel color. This may take up to 30 minutes. Be patient! You don’t want to cook the onions too fast and give them a burnt flavor. 

  2. Once onions are sufficiently caramelized, add them to a large stockpot along with potatoes, chicken stock and peeled, whole garlic cloves. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium heat and simmer until potatoes are tender when you poke them with a fork. Reduce heat to low.

  3. Use either an immersion blender or transfer the soup to a regular blender and purée until there are no longer any chunks. Transfer back to the stockpot on low heat (if using a regular blender), stir in heavy cream (if using) and season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep soup simmering on low while you make some crispy prosciutto to top it off!

  4. Heat a small nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once pan is hot, add slices of prosciutto and cook until crisp, flipping when necessary. Transfer to a cutting board and chop prosciutto into little pieces.

  5. Ladle warm soup into bowls and top with crispy prosciutto. Enjoy immediately!

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Mom’s Peanut Butter Chicken

Looks can be deceiving…

Mom's Peanut Butter Chicken |

I know, I know, this photo doesn’t necessarily jump out at you as the PRETTIEST dish around, but boy oh boy does it make up for its looks in flavor. There’s a reason Mom’s Peanut Butter Chicken has been a favorite family recipe of ours for longer than I can remember!

Let me just paint a little picture of the cooking situation in my family for you: My dad is the one who never relies on a recipe, simply using them for “inspiration” and successfully pulling dishes together relying on his taste memory and previous cooking knowledge. When I was younger, whenever there was a dish at a restaurant that we absolutely loved, my dad would be able to taste it and recreate it back at home without even asking the waiter or chef what all was in the recipe.

My mom, on the other hand, is more of a by-the-book gal. This may be partly due to the fact that she’s the primary baker in the family, and we all know that bakers must adhere to much stricter measurements and instructions to come out with the perfect treat. Mom’s always skimming magazines and cookbooks and dog-earing different recipes she wants to try. Some of these recipes end up being massive fails, but others take us by surprise and end up appearing in regular rotation on the dinner table.

I can’t remember exactly where my mom found this recipe, but it’s since become her own, hence why I’m dubbing it Mom’s Peanut Butter Chicken. It’s an incredibly homey meal, the ultimate comfort food, which is why I feel the need to share it now before our weather gets too warm for us to want to make anything that requires time both on the stove AND in the oven!

Mom's Peanut Butter Chicken |

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I am a HUGE peanut butta lova.  Yep yep! I’m pretty much addicted to it it and have been for as long as I can remember, which is why there should be no question as to why I love this hearty, tummy-warming dinner so much.  Seriously, take any dish and add peanut butter to it and you’ve pretty much sold me.

I also love that Mom’s Peanut Butter Chicken is loaded with spinach and tomatoes, yet all of those veggies are covered up in the most delicious peanut butter flavor. Served over a bed of brown rice, this is a healthy, protein-packed meal that I’m pretty sure even the pickiest of eaters will love (yes, if they can get past the looks 😉

Mom's Peanut Butter Chicken |

This dish is also incredibly easy to make, and even the most novice of chefs will have no problem whipping it up on any night of the week. The key to bringing it all together is a trusty Dutch oven, and if you’re looking for an affordable option, I highly recommend my go-to Lodge 6-quart cast-iron one, which you can grab on Amazon for less than $60. Seriously, you’ll never regret this purchase.

The Dutch oven and your stove/oven are ALL you’ll need to bring Mom’s Peanut Butter Chicken recipe together in just about an hour and a half. We start with a quick sear of the chicken, and then throw all of the veggies and sauce ingredients into the same Dutch oven before literally setting it and forgetting it. That’s right, after you get all of the ingredients combined, you just pop this big pot of deliciousness in the oven and let it cook away for about an hour.

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I do want to note that this recipe makes a HUGE amount of food. It’s great if you’re serving a large group (growing up, we were a family of five) or if you want to have days and days of leftovers 😛

While Mom’s Peanut Butter Chicken is cooking, steam up some brown rice because you’re definitely want some extra carbs to soak up all of that delicious peanut butter-y sauce. Now how’s that for a complete meal?

Mom's Peanut Butter Chicken |

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Mom's Peanut Butter Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 15 mins

Chicken is topped with a creamy, vegetable-filled peanut sauce to make a healthy, protein-packed comfort food meal for any night of the week.

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 one-pound can Italian tomatoes, drained with liquid reserved
  • Reserved tomato liquid, chicken broth or tomato juice
  • 1 pound frozen spinach
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus additional for seasoning chicken
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper plus additional for seasoning chicken
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ground peanuts, for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Heat butter and olive oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and add them, in batches, to the pan, browning on both sides. Remove from pan and set aside to add back in later. 

  3. Add the onion to the warm pan and cook until translucent. Add tomatoes and spinach, stirring to combine. Add the chicken back to the pan.

  4. Place reserved tomato liquid in a measuring cup and add chicken broth or tomato juice until combination measures 1 ½ cups. Add liquids to a medium mixing bowl with peanut butter and whisk until mixture is smooth. Add ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, and cumin (if using) and whisk to combine. Pour sauce over chicken mixture in Dutch oven.

  5. Place Dutch oven in 350 degree oven and cook for one hour, or until chicken is tender. When serving, garnish with ground peanuts.

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Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail

Who’s ready for a tummy-warming treat?

Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail |

I hope everyone is, because today I’m bringing you a warm, fruity libation that’s going to get you through the rest of these winter months. That’s right, this Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail is going to be the only thing you want to make while the weather is still well under 60 degrees in most parts of the world (and if you’re in a tropical locale, get thee to some good air conditioning and you’ll be just fine while sipping on this deliciousness.)

I’ve been meaning to bring you another tea cocktail for a while now (you may recall this Warming Ginger Tea Whiskey Cocktail I brought you last year, which was a huge hit) but I’ll have to admit the inspiration was slow-coming. But with all of the crazy weather we’ve been having in our neck of the woods (and all over the country, from what I’ve been seeing,) I didn’t want to put this off any longer. There’s nothing like a hot, alcohol-ridden beverage to get you feeling nice and cozy on a cold, rainy day!

In fact, I wish I’d had the ingredients for this Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail while we were down in Southern California this past weekend. We braved the pouring rain to make the long trek to Palm Springs on Friday night to visit Grandma, then drove to Santa Clarita for a baby shower on Saturday, then down to Ontario Saturday night for the brother-in-law’s girlfriend’s birthday, then over to Seal Beach (again in the pouring rain) on Sunday because the hubs had a meeting there all day Monday.

I was supposed to drop my man in Seal Beach and drive back to Santa Barbara on Sunday, but I decided to crash with him and wait out the storm. I’m so glad I did! It turned out to be a beautiful day to do some touristy things and I actually got a lot of work done without all of the usual distractions I have at home.

But, lesson learned, I will now be sure to have all ingredients for Elder-Berry Tea Cocktails on hand whenever I am on a road trip, especially with a weather forecast like that!

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So this week I took the liberty of sorting through my tea stash in the pantry and all of the random alcohol we have on hand, and decided to see what I could make. I ended up coming across some Twining’s Blueberry & Apple tea and some random berry-flavored vodka.  Match made in heaven! I was also reminded that we had a beautiful bottle of elderflower liqueur just hanging around our liquor cabinet, and I thought it would be the perfect slightly floral, slightly sweet addition to the toasty concoction I was heating up. I was right.

This Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail comes together effortlessly once you have all of the ingredients gathered up. It’s also the most brilliant shade of red, and might just be the perfect drink for you to surprise your SO with on Valentine’s Day <3

Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail |

If you can’t specifically find the Twinings Apple & Berry flavor of tea, any berry tea will do just fine. They do have a Twinings Wild Berries tea on Amazon which I think would be the perfect substitute in lieu of any other options.

We get this cocktail started by soaking our tea bags in the berry-flavored vodka and elderflower liqueur while our water is heating up. This gets the extraction started and makes sure the drink will not be watered down. Once the tea kettle has started whistling, simply pour the hot water over the booze-teabag mixture and allow to steep for at least 5 more minutes.

Voila! Your Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail is hot and ready to go. Now how’s that for a TGIF?

Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail |

Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail |
Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail
Prep Time
10 mins

A warm, fruity and boozy cocktail to get you through those cold-weather days, berry tea is spiked with berry-flavored vodka and elderflower liqueur. 

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 1 berry-flavored teabag
  • 1 1/2 ounces berry-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • Hot water
  1. Place teabag in a tea cup and add vodka and elderflower liqueur.

  2. Place a tea kettle filled with water over high heat and bring to a boil. 

  3. Once tea kettle is whistling, pour hot water over tea bag and liquor mixture to fill the tea cup. Enjoy immediately.

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21 Recipes to Get Hygge With

Hi friends! I’m soooo excited to share today’s post with you because it’s inspired by the new lifestyle trend that’s been getting a ton of buzz in the news lately – HYGGE! (pronounced HOO-gah.)

21 Recipes to Get Hygge With |

In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of it yet, hygge is a Danish concept that, in a word, translates to “coziness.” It encourages people to take some time every day to do all things warm and snuggly – whether it be cuddling up under a warm blanket with a book and cup of coffee in hand, or sitting in front of the fireplace with your loved ones watching a TV show.

Of course, any time spent “hyggelig” (the verb form, pronounced HOO-ga-lee) merits some delicious comfort food to go with it, and that’s what I’m bringing you today! I’ve put together a fantastic roundup of the ultimate hygge recipes, guaranteed to make any time spent hyggelig a smashing success.

So let’s get to it!

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2. Healthy Mushroom Risotto
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3. Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb
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4. Vanilla Coconut Matcha Latte
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5. Slow Cooker Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk
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6. Danish Smorrebrod with Remoulade
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7. Skillet Cornbread with Manuka Honey and Cinnamon Butter
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8. 5-Ingredient Broccoli Cheese Soup
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9. Caribou
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10. Chicken and Cauliflower Skillet
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11. Easy One-Pot Mac ‘n Cheese with Hidden Veggies
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12. Black Pepper Rose Puff Loaf
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13. Mushroom and Cauliflower Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
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14. Kentucky Coffee
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15. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Lentils, Kale and Sun Dried Tomatoes
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16. Vegan Florentine Biscuits
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17. Easy Swiss Chard Lentil Soup
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18. Sweet with Heat Yam Casserole
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19. Coconut Braised Chickpeas and Spinach
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20. Savory Pretzel Bread Pudding with Cheddar, Apples and Sausage
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Chai Chia Oatmeal

It’s time to hop back in the saddle of life.

Chai Chia Oatmeal |

And I’m going to do it with this Chai Chia Oatmeal by my side.

We got back from Lake Tahoe late Thursday night, just one day after we had initially anticipated and one day before the next storm was supposed to come in. We had such a great time relaxing, playing games and spending time with family…We never wanted to leave but, alas, we had to get back to reality and do this thing called life.

After two weeks away from home (and mostly eating other peoples’ food) I was so excited to get back in the kitchen on Friday and make my own delicious, wholesome food. First up on the list was this Chai Chia Oatmeal, which IMHO is the perfect January breakfast. Healthy, filling and easy to prepare, while still making us feel that we don’t have to say goodbye to all of the festive holiday cheer that has filled us up over the past couple of months.

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Speaking of cheer and happiness, has everyone set their intentions and goals for the New Year? I prefer to do this instead of setting resolutions, as having an end goal always motivates me to push forward and achieve everything I want to do. I took some time in between Christmas and New Year’s to reevaluate the direction I want to take the blog (and related business,) and I’m so excited to start setting things into motion to achieve these goals.

The New Year is a perfect time for this, but I think it’s important for us to remember to stop, reflect and reassess more often than once every 365 days. One of my goals for 2017 is to check in with myself AT LEAST every month, and see if I need to approach things a little differently or start focusing more of my time on something else. I think this is so necessary for entrepreneurs like myself, but also for anyone who is trying to achieve something in the New Year. Tell me, what are your goals and intentions for the year ahead?

We all know that one of the biggest intentions people set at New Year’s is to clean up their eating habits. Although you all know I don’t believe in restrictive diets, I think it is inevitable that eating healthier, more whole foods is top of mind at this time of year. I’m all for the healthy eating (and this Chai Chia Oatmeal is healthier than I’ll get out) but let’s not forget to sneak in little indulgences here and there. If it were up to me, I’d ask each and every one of you to have the goal of more BALANCE in your life as opposed to setting restrictions for yourself.

Chai Chia Oatmeal |

So time for me to get off my pedestal and tell you all about this Chai Chia Oatmeal that is likely to be on repeat weekly in your household once you try it. It comes together in under 30 minutes, and even reheats well if you want to prep it in advance. There is also a huge amount of flavor for very few ingredients. All wins in my book!

Perhaps my favorite part of this recipe is the way we get the “chai spice” flavor into the oatmeal. Rather than having to worry about throwing in all of the different spices that go into chai, we simply steep two chai tea bags in the oatmeal’s liquid as it cooks. I used half water and half unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but you could easily go all one or the other based on your taste preferences.

Aside from the above mentioned base ingredients, all that goes into this wholesome breakfast is honey, a little vanilla extract and, of course, the chia seeds! And if you really want to jazz up your Chai Chia Oatmeal, may I suggest topping it all with toasted walnuts, homemade whipped cream and ground cinnamon? Or what about pecans, maple syrup and Greek yogurt? The healthy possibilities are endless, my friends, so let’s get about whipping this up in the kitchen, shall we?

Chai Chia Oatmeal |

Chai Chia Oatmeal |
Chai Chia Oatmeal
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This warming oatmeal is full of comforting chai spices and filling chia seeds. It's the perfect, healthy cold weather breakfast that will keep you right on track with your healthy eating goals.

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 2 servings
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
For the oatmeal:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Suggested toppings:
  • Toasted walnut or pecan pieces
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Maple syrup
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, almond milk, oats, salt and tea bags. Bring mixture to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes, or until all of the liquid has absorbed into the oats. 

  2. Stir in the honey, chia seeds and vanilla extract. 

  3. Spoon into bowls and top with desired toppings. Serve immediately.

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