Foolproof Cold Weather Soup

Soup is a staple for me in the chilly months, it’s the epitome of comfort food. My childhood featured soup as a prominent, constant meal for our family. Everyone going back to refill their bowl from a huge bubbling pot as they saw fit. Maybe eaten with a hunk of bread or with a spoonful of sour cream, almost always chunky with meat, herbs and vegetables in a rich broth.

Collagen rich, easy, simple soup

There are probably a billion soup recipes on the internet, but I don’t see it as a recipe at all. It’s a blueprint for a comforting dish that can’t go wrong. Add this, remove that depending on tastes and what you have on hand. Multiply the quantities of ingredients depending on how many mouths you have to feed or your capacity for leftovers. Play around and create your own recipe staple that you will make year after year as soon as the wind turns icy and the evenings grow short.

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Cold Weather Soup

Onion

Celery

Carrot

Kale or other hearty leafy green

Ghee

Chicken - preferably bone in, skin on like drumsticks or wings

Salt and pepper to taste


Great options to consider - Bay leaf, sprigs of thyme, dill, garlic, cubed potato, leeks, cabbage, canned tomatoes, sliced fennel, turkey drumsticks

Heat large soup pot or cast iron dutch oven on the stove, add ghee till hot. Drop in meat and sear until brown caramelised areas start to appear, don’t worry if skin sticks to the bottom of the pot as long as it doesn't burn.

Add in chopped onion, celery and carrot and sauté with the chicken for around 10 minutes so the flavours can bloom.

Add enough water to cover the chicken and vegetables. Bring contents to the boil, reduce to a gentle simmer for an hour or hour and a half.

If desired, remove chicken from the pot, let cool slightly and remove bones. Add meat back to the soup.

Add chopped kale to the pot, cook a further 5 minutes.


Serve with crusty bread, a spoonful of sour cream or chopped fresh dill added right to the bowl. This soup tastes great as leftovers, the savoury flavours keep on developing. I personally love it for as a warm fortifying breakfast.  

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Save money by making collagen rich soup instead of buying the powder. This was made with turkey drumsticks simmered for 1.5-2 hours max. You skip the fuss of making bone broth like cooking it for 12 hours and then straining out the bones.

Since I’m a soup lover I couldn’t leave you without another more involved option. This creamy kale and navy bean soup from The First Mess is out of this world and worth the extra effort.

Or if you’re looking for a Whole 30, AIP and Paleo soup option, Carly has a good one on her blog here.

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What’s your favourite soup recipe? I’m thinking I have to make a pot of beef and barley soon, or potato leek, or creamy tomato. Too many good options!