Friday, September 18, 2009

Italian Sausage Soup W/Tortellini * Swoop Bread * Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Here are some more of my family’s favorites!   The Swoop Bread recipe is a family recipe from my dad’s side of the family.  They have a German ancestry and my guess is that it’s was called, simply, “Soup Bread”, but with the German accent it got translated into “Swoop Bread”.  It’s a dense, hearty bread that is perfect with soup!

The Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars w/Streusel Topping is to die for!!  You definitely need to try these!!



Italian Sausage Soup w/Tortellini


1 lb. Italian sausage

1 c. chopped onions

2 garlic cloves, sliced

5 c. beef broth

1/2 c. dry red wine

2 cans diced tomatoes

1 c. thinly sliced carrots

1/2 tsp. dried basil l

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

1 (8 0z.) can tomato sauce

1 1/2 c. sliced zucchini

8 oz. cheese tortellini

3 T. chopped fresh parsley

1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Brown sausage, onions and garlic in 5 qt. Dutch oven.  Drain.  Add broth, wine, tomatoes, carrots, basil, oregano and tomato sauce.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

Stir in zucchini, tortellini, parsley and green pepper.  Cover, simmer an additional 20 to 25 minutes.  Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese.

Swoop Bread

4 c. whole wheat flour

2 c. white flour

1 c. sugar

2 tsp. salt

1 qt. buttermilk

4 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven 375 degrees.

Mix all together. Pour mixture into 2 greased loaf pans.

Turn down oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for 50-70 minutes.




Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars w/Streusel Topping


2 c. flour

1/2 C/ brown sugar

1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened

1/2 c. sugar, plus 2 T., divided

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

3 Granny smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Streusel topping, recipe follows

1/2 c. caramel topping

Preheat oven 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine flour and brown sugar.  Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly.  Press evenly into a 9 x 13 pan lined with aluminum foil.  Bake 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth.  Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla.  Stir to combine.  Pour over warm crust.

In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, remaining 2 T. sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.  Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping.  Bake 30 minutes or until filling is set.  Drizzle with caramel topping.

Streusel Topping:

1 c. brown sugar

1 c. flour

1/2 c. quick cooking oats

1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.



To see who else is participating in Colleen’s (And Baby Makes 5) Back-To-School Fall Recipes Pool, click on the picture below!


Until Next Time. . .Kris


  1. I am so loving all of these weekly offerings from your kitchen, Kris! I'll be adding all three of these recipes to my list for sure. They look and sound divine ... and so perfect for fall! (We're definitely soup and bread lovers too.)

    The kids and I made your pumpkin dip for a play date on Wednesday and I had to restrain our little friends from licking the bowl! It was fantastic and now my husband has asked that I make more this weekend so he can have a taste. Thanks so much for sharing your favorites! We're enjoying them!

    I'm off to reheat some Zuppa Toscana for lunch. It's a perfect day for soup!

    Have a great weekend!!!

  2. Oh Kris, those cheesecake bars look and sound so good! One problem i cant have sweets! Whining here!!

  3. I have them now I can make them..they look sooooo good..thanks for sharing..:)

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  5. Okay let's try this again.:) I'll be trying these recipies this weekend! They sound wonderful! Hugs, Loretta

  6. Sorry, Kris!! I just now realized that I even won your WONDERFUL giveaway. We are in the process of getting new carpet so between work and home I haven't had much time to log on. But I sent you an email with my address. I am SO excited!! It was such and AWESOME giveaway. THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!

    Hugs!! Carrie♥

  7. all of my excitement, I forgot to tell you that I hope you had a WONDERFUL birthday!!!!!

    Hugs Again, Carrie♥

  8. Yummy recipes but I am on a special diet. I do like quick breads, I cannot have yeast. What type of texture is the swoop bread? That is something I can try.


  9. Oh man, I don't know which one I want first! How bout you make all three again and I'll come over and have a snippet of each (while I 'borrow' a few of your treasures!) YUMMO!

  10. Yummmmm is all I can say - soup and bread is a favorite meal for me and then throw in some bars with cream cheese in them, well that sends me over the edge. All 3 are going into the recipe file. The bread might just get tried this weekend :)
    Thanks for sharing some yummys. I wanted to play on Friday as well with the recipe thing and just didn't have time. So I'm listing it today, lol. Better late then never I say.

    Hugs - Karen

  11. perfect timing. the apples are ready to pick and caramel apples are a favorite around here!
    I needed a quick, easy 'soup' bread for dunking and this fits the bill.......

  12. Hi there~~I tried your soup recipe this evening and it was a hit with Hubby~~
    Thanks for sharing!!☺

  13. Kris, thanks so much for the yummy soup recipe! We made it for dinner tonight and it was fantastic!!!! Last Sunday I made your Baked Potato Soup & Pepperoni Bread for my in-laws and it was a huge hit. My mother-in-law asked for the recipes! Thanks so much for sharing.

  14. Oh Kris...Cheesecakes are my weakness...well, one of them! I can't wait to try this one out on my family. I'm usually in charge of bringing dessert and I'm sure they will love this one.
    Looks easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  15. that soup and those cheesecake bars look heavenly

  16. The entire family loved the soup - it was wonderful. Thanks for the recipes.

  17. Love your site! Great recipies! Can't wait to try them. Thanks for posting them.

  18. Just found your site through Black Sheep Lisa great recipes. I too live in Northeast Ohio near Amish country. I read you also got a gift certificate from Primitive Keepings. What a fabulous store.


  19. Now that is an AWESOME Italian soup..from another Italian here..oh my goodness, I'm hungry..definitely will have some of that dessert also.

  20. I made your Italian soup yesterday and it was fantastic,loved by all.Many Thanks,Linda

  21. I made the sausage tortellini soup it was delicious! Thanks for sharing it was definitely a keeper!

  22. Love your site! Great recipies! Can't wait to try them. Thanks for posting them.

    Work from home India


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