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Nordstrom Tomato Basil Soup Recipe with Parmesan-Garlic Crostini | What’s Cooking

Nordstrom Tomato Basil Soup Recipe. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Nordstrom Tomato Basil Soup: it’s our most asked-for recipe and our most-ordered dish. Of course, you’re always welcome to stop in at one of our restaurants for a warm bowl, but this soup is super easy to make at home. It takes under an hour, mostly unattended.

What’s our secret? High-quality ingredients (like Italian-style San Marzano tomatoes), a handful of carrots for sweetness, some heavy cream for a velvety texture and both dried and fresh basil for added complexity. Place one of our Parmesan-Garlic Crostini on the side (both recipes included after the jump), and you’ve got a homey-but-elegant lunch or first course. For an alternative garnish, try our recipe for Focaccia Bread with Olive Oil and Rosemary.

Tomatoes and basil for soup recipe.


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Penne Pasta with Quick Bolognese Sauce Recipe | What’s Cooking

Penne Pasta with Quick Bolognese Sauce Recipe from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Don’t be afraid of the word ‘Bolognese’ in the title; this isn’t a Sunday gravy that’s going to have you waiting hours and hours to finish. But Dan Wood (the chef who contributed this dish to our Nordstrom Family Table Cookbook) has a couple tricks up his whites that won’t have you compromising one bit on flavor. Everyday ingredients make this an easy weeknight recipe for a satisfying pasta dinner, with a meaty sauce that even an Italian grandma would approve.

Easy Bolognese Sauce Ingredients.

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Chicken Paillard Pasta Recipe with Garlic Tomato and White Wine-Butter Sauces | What’s Cooking

Sauteed chicken dinner recipe covered with an easy Italian tomato and flavorful white wine-butter sauce atop angel hair pasta. Nordstrom Recipe, photo by Jeff Powell.

Two delicious sauces form an unlikely duo in this dish that straddles the border between Italy and France. On the Italian side, a classic combo of tomatoes, basil and lots of garlic is simmered briefly to create a rustically chunky sauce that couldn’t be easier. It’s my new go-to for a quick pasta sauce that doesn’t cook out the fresh flavors of good-quality tomatoes. Representing France, shallots and thyme bathe in a super reduction of dry white wine. After straining, butter (enough to make Julia Child proud) gets whisked in to form an emulsified beurre blanc sauce that’s amped up with rosemary and our Roasted Garlic.

Chicken paillard—a ye-olde chef-y term for meat that is pounded thin—is tender and cooks in no time. To finish, the breasts get smothered in the tomato sauce with oyster mushrooms and spinach, and it’s all served on top of warm angel-hair pasta with the velvety white wine–butter sauce spooned at the side. Flavor-layered, completely satisfying and easy enough for a weeknight, there is nothing about this dish that disappoints.

Easy Italian tomato sauce with garlic, tomatoes and basil. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad Recipe | What’s Cooking, Vancouver Edition

Nordstrom Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad Recipe; photo by Jeff Powell.

Fans of our Nordstrom Café Bistro and Bazille restaurants will not be strangers to this Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad; it’s one of our most popular lunch offerings! In celebration of our newest store opening–September 18 in Vancouver, Canada—we’re showcasing some of our (and your) favorite dishes and recipes this month that will be coming soon to our 119th store.

I’ve used this vinaigrette recipe before in our What’s Cooking series—see our Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos and impressive Bistro Crab Stack Salad. Along with the smoky grilled shrimp and Southwest-inspired toppings, this vinaigrette livens up all the flavors in this salad with a nice kick from the chipotle chiles, balanced by a hint of honeyed sweetness and a generous heap of fresh cilantro. As many diners at our restaurants have discovered, this salad is a perfect lunch to punctuate any visit to our stores and now, a new recipe in your repertoire for devouring at home.

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Grilled Focaccia Farm Bread Bruschetta Recipe | What’s Cooking

This generous first course – or light lunch – has some serious epicurean chops both in presentation and in taste. I’d describe this recipe as a fresh and delicious mix between a caprese salad and bruschetta, with a flourish–namely a peppery arugula pesto and sweet, complex balsamic vinegar reduction.

Grilled Focaccia Farm Bread Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom with Arugula Pesto, Balsamic Glaze, Burrata, Seasonal Tomatoes and Micro Basil. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Here, our homemade focaccia bread and ripe tomatoes are accompanied by rich and creamy burrata cheese. This particular cheese can be a challenge to find (fresh mozzarella could be substituted), but burrata, which is fresh mozzarella stuffed with shredded mozzarella and cream, is worth seeking out. To garnish, microgreens add a beautifully pro touch, but a chiffonade (slicing) of basil also works.

Grilled Focaccia Farm Bread Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom with Arugula Pesto, Balsamic Glaze, Burrata, Seasonal Tomatoes and Micro Basil. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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What’s Cooking: Grilled Chicken Chardonnay & Vegetables with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

Just in time for the 4th of July and summer barbecue season, we’re sharing two easy-to-follow recipes developed by our Head Corporate Chef Michael Northern and his team, along with a few bonus expert grilling tips—a helpful guide to achieving the best possible results.

Blog Editor Jeff Powell makes a delicious, simple-to-prepare marinated chicken and grilled vegetable side dish with a complementary and complex vinaigrette. Proving, with his photographic evidence, that you don’t have to be a professional chef to turn beautiful, fresh ingredients into irresistible food perfect for summer entertaining—it’s What’s Cooking.

Chardonnay Grilled Chicken and Vegetables recipe from Nordstrom; photo by Jeff Powell.

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What’s Cooking: Roasted Garlic Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

For our third installment of What’s Cooking, Nordstrom Blog Editor Jeff creates a crowd-pleasing favorite from the Nordstrom Flavors Cookbook—dressed up with a twist that makes it perfect for entertaining.

With another simple-to-follow recipe developed by our corporate chef, Michael Northern, and his small army of chefs and contributors, Jeff proves (with his photographic evidence) that you don’t have to be a professional chef to transform beautiful ingredients into irresistible food that’s meant to be shared with family and friends.

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

I don’t think you need to look any further for an appetizer that’s fit for a holiday fête. During such a busy time of year, this recipe keeps things stress-free and simple, but its depth of flavor will have your guests remembering it well into the new year and beyond. The combination of both sun-dried and fresh tomatoes marry to create a sweet complexity, while the nutty roasted garlic mingles on the tongue with the basil and Parmesan, for a bite that’s worthy of celebration—and a glass of fine champagne.

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil
from the Nordstrom Flavors Cookbook
(serves 6 to 8)

“Bruschetta, which is often nothing more than toasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with tomatoes, is as simple as it is delicious. This version embellishes the original, and the pumped-up flavors will have guests clamoring for more. ”
—Chef Tony Colabelli

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta
1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1⁄3 cup drained, finely chopped, olive oil–packed sun-dried tomatoes
1⁄3 cup coarsely chopped Simple Roasted Garlic
1 1⁄2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 rustic-style baguette
3⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano

Tomato and Basil Topping
2 large, ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into 1⁄2-inch dice
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1⁄2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

To make the Roasted Garlic Bruschetta: Using a rubber spatula, mash together the butter, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic, basil, salt and pepper in a bowl until well combined.

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

Split the baguette lengthwise. Spread the butter mixture over the cut surfaces, extending it to the edge of the crust. Sprinkle the buttered surfaces evenly with the Parmesan. (The prepared bread can be loosely covered with plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for up to 4 hours before continuing.)

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

To make the Tomato and Basil Topping: Combine the tomatoes, basil, olive oil and vinegar in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Cover and let stand at room temperature for about 1 hour to blend the flavors.


Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Place the bread halves, Parmesan side up, on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the cheese is browned, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer the bread halves to a cutting board.

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

Using a serrated knife, cut the bread into triangles and transfer them to a serving platter. Serve immediately, with the bowl of tomato topping and a slotted serving spoon on the side. Invite guests to top the bread with a spoonful of the tomatoes.

Roasted Garlic Bruschetta Recipe from Nordstrom, photo by Jeff Powell.

Editor’s Note: The method for creating one of this recipe’s star ingredients—the Simple Roasted Garlic—is one I can’t recommend enough. It’s a favorite flavor of mine, but I always cringe at turning on the oven for just one or two heads of garlic. Making it en masse without the skin means no messy squeezing and a plentiful yield. Best of all, I put the roasted cloves on a sheet pan in the freezer and then transferred them to a zipper-lock bag once they were frozen. I had roasted garlic camping out in my freezer for weeks. Quick to thaw, they were like little gems of dynamite flavor that went into every dish I could think of!

Download a PDF of this recipe to print it, and find more tempting dishes in our Nordstrom Family Table Cookbook. Have a favorite recipe from our restaurants or cookbooks that you’d like to see featured? Let us know in the comments!

[Photos by Jeff Powell]