You might be surprised to hear that I only subscribe to one food magazine. And it’s not because I think it’s the greatest. It’s just I have little time to read various magazines every month, so I limit my subscription to just the consumer standard Food and Wine.
I admit I like to flip through Food and Wine mostly for the pretty pictures. Their overall design is contemporary and easy-to-read. And over the years, I’ve clipped out many interesting-looking recipes but rarely do I ever try them. Until now.
I’m going to start this new monthly feature called “Test Kitchen” where I’m going to pick a recipe from my Food and Wine magazine and make it, then give you my thoughts on how easy it was to make and more importantly, how it tasted.
From my current April edition of the magazine, I’m actually kicking off with a fairly easy recipe. In fact, it’s from the Tasting and Testing section of the magazine. This Cabbage, Kielbasa and Rice Soup sounded interesting because I like soup with grains in them but never really made them myself since I’ve mostly made pureed soups.
You can find the complete recipe here at the Food and Wine site. And here’s how it turned out. How do you think my soup below compares to the Food and Wine photo above?
My tips and warnings about the recipe:
- The recipe doesn’t clearly state it, but you should buy pre-cooked kielbasa sausage. It makes a difference in cooking time. (The recipe had a short cooking time so I knew it probably called for the pre-cooked version.)
- The recipe makes four servings. If you don’t plan to eat it all in one sitting, I would recommend keeping the rice separate and adding it in to the portion size you plan on eating right before serving. If left sitting in the soup, the rice will absorb the broth and get really mushy.
- I cheated and used my rice cooker to make my basmati rice. I’m sure that’s allowed.
Ease of cooking: This is a really simple soup to make, and can be a quick last-minute dish to make for a weeknight dinner, served with a small salad or some toasted bread. I like these types of recipes that don’t call for any unusual ingredients or very many of them.
Taste: This seemed like a healthy approach to eating as well because the recipe called for low-sodium chicken broth. But I have to say, it really lacked flavor and body, even when adding the sausage. I felt like it would have been better and more substantive if I added some white beans, for example.
Overall Grade: B-
If you’re also a Food and Wine subscriber, email me your vote on which recipes I should try each month. You can start with the May edition when you get it at home soon.