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Soup for a new Mama

I am signed up to deliver a meal to my friends who just had a baby. For practical reasons, I'd like to take a soup, green salad, and bread. She doesn't want anything too spicy as she is nursing. However, i want to make up something comforting and delicious. I am happy to make my own stock. Anyone have any great recipes they would like to share? Note: They have no food allergies or aversions...just not too spicy. Thank you!

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  1. pasta fagiole is my go to for new mothers. my friend is expecting her third and has told me she's looking forward to me bringing another batch..... i keep the pasta separate

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    1. re: eLizard

      cream of potato
      roasted tomato bisque
      corn chowder
      minestrone
      chicken&rice
      beef&barley

      all easy to make, some a little time consuming.

      need help with any I'm happy to oblige

      1. re: eLizard

        Do you have a special recipe you use?

        1. re: linzandchris

          i can approximate the method if you'd like.... let me know. it's what i bring to all new mamas.

        2. re: eLizard

          I love pasta fagioli
          but then I love pasta and beans in a rich sauce.

          found this and it looks great...

          http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/Olive...

        3. Chicken and wild rice soup? I make one with leeks, carrots, zucchini,and mushrooms. (I don't like onions or celery that much, so I use leeks and shallots instead.) A little white wine. Sometimes I throw in some barley with the wild rice. Italian herbs. It freezes well.

          1. Chicken consommé poured over some gently blanched spring peas and diced carrots and sweet potatoes.

              1. I can't resist pointing out that there is no reason a nursing mother cannot have spicy foods, or anything really. Myth unless the baby actually has a reaction.

                pasta fagiole is a great choice, half frozen
                also, fresh fruit by the bucket
                and cupcakes

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                1. re: JudiAU

                  Unless the new mother doesn't prefer to have anything too spicy as stated in the OP...

                  1. re: JudiAU

                    Agreed. I'd suggest that OP ask the family what they'd like and cook that. At this point in their lives, "the best surprise is no surprise at all."

                    1. re: c oliver

                      I'm going to politely disagree. Having done this myself twice in recent history, I was so tired and the worst feeling was trying not to snap a people who all wanted to do something nice but required me to decide what that should be. I'd suggest you make something that 90% of Americans would like and don't ask anything but which day to bring it. And please send it in a disposable dish or something that doesn't have to be washed and returned.

                      1. re: jboeke

                        I don't totally disagree with you. If there's a second parent in the house who might be slightly - and only slightly less exhausted - an email (not a phone call) might elicit some faves. When I asked one daughter, she practically begged for some Hazan's Bolognese sauce. She received A LOT of it frozen in 2 cup portions. And, yes, definitely re the disposable dishes. We try to be part of the solution not the problem :)