Archive for the ‘soups and stews’ Category


chipotle-chocolate chili

January 25, 2014

Do you like smokey, dark, thick, savory, rich chili?

You just found your new favorite recipe.


Cook four slices of bacon in large stockpot. (optional – just add coconut oil or butter if you don’t eat bacon.)

While it cooks, slice a huge sweet onion or two-three small onions.

Put a head of garlic and a sweet bell pepper in your toaster oven and roast it until they’re caramelized.

Remove bacon when done. Add onion to hot grease.

Cook onions over a low heat until caramelized.

When done, add stock (any kind) or water, chipotle salsa, a large can of fire-roasted tomatoes, a bay leaf or two, and your choice of cooked beans. (I like some combination of red kidney beans, butter beans, and pinto beans, but you can’t go wrong with any beans in chili. Black lentils or even cannelini beans are great.)

Add bouillon or any kind of fat. Coconut oil is great. So is schmaltz from leftover chicken (I save mine for this purpose!) or even grease from last night’s hamburgers.

Season with tons of paprika, oregano, cumin, coriander, garlic powder, onion powder, a little pumpkin pie spice, and a lot of unsweetened cocoa powder.

Seed & peel the black skin off the pepper. Add the pepper and roasted garlic.

Simmer >1hr, or until it tastes amazing.

Salt and pepper to taste.


green pea soup

April 30, 2013

i realized the other day when a friend brought up pea soup that i’ve never made it myself.


1 Tbsp oil or bacon grease, or more to coat bottom of pan
1 medium leek, whites and light green parts only, halved and sliced thin
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 large potato, peeled, cut into small cubes
16 oz frozen peas
4 cups vegetable stock
a couple sprigs of fresh lemon thyme, tied in a bundle (or chervil, sorrel, and/or savory) (i used fines herbs)
1/3 cup sour cream, plus more for serving (or plain greek yogurt, or coconut milk)
additional lemon thyme for serving (or other herbs)


Heat large heavy bottomed stockpot. Add oil. Once oil is warm, add garlic and onions. Cook over medium-high heat for 30-45 seconds until garlic is fragrant. Add leeks and cook until leeks and onions have softened, about 3 minutes.
Add potatoes and peas. Cook for about 2 minutes until frozen peas start to defrost. Add vegetable stock and lemon thyme bundle. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and let simmer for 15-20 minutes until potatoes can be easily smashed with a fork. Remove from heat and let cool for 10-15 minutes. Remove lemon thyme bundle.
Puree soup using an immersion blender, or transfer soup in batches to a blender. Blend soup until smooth. Stir in sour cream and season with salt and pepper. Serve soup warm or chilled with additional sour cream and fresh lemon thyme leaves.


adapted from here


fantastic. highly recommended. i threw a few pieces of ham in with the onions. wonderful.


sick broth

March 7, 2013

boil water or homemade stock
add roasted or minced raw garlic, minced ginger, bouillon, oregano, a small drop of schmaltz, and cayenne or chili-garlic sauce
remove from heat
pour into a mug
add lemon juice and a little miso


if it tastes like the best thing in the world, chances are i’m coming down with a cold.

medicinal in a number of ways:
- cayenne has more vitamin c than lemon, and the two of them build the immune system!
- garlic, ginger, and oregano are anti-microbial, and beat out the invading microbes before they have a chance to turn you into their playground!
- miso is probiotic, which means that it is living food (the opposite of antibiotic!) and the microbes in it help strengthen your microbial defense against the invading cold or flu!


this is a hearty and tough winter version of sick-tea.


cajun french onion broccoli jambalaya

February 4, 2013

this came out of a craving for broccoli cheese soup, french onion soup, and jambalaya. it’s all of them at the same time. easy to make vegetarian, too – just leave out the sausage and chicken, and replace with whatever veggies you have in the house that taste great in soup!


fry two onions in a soup pot.

add stock, or water and bouillon.

add a head of peeled roasted garlic, two bay leaves, and a hot chili pepper or two. (i added potatoes, too, since i have a surplus.)

boil together a half-hour or so until soup base tastes wonderful.

add cajun seasoning blend (make your own with thyme, oregano, paprika, cayenne, onion and garlic, salt and pepper,) cut-up raw chicken, chunked broccoli stems, and slices of andouille sausage.

cook about another half-hour.

add broccoli florets 3 – 5 minutes before soup is done.

top with a little cheddar.


highly recommended! hearty, rich, filling, and easy.


broccoli-pistachio soup

January 18, 2013

1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
4 cups broccoli florets, roughly chopped

4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup fresh spinach, roughly chopped
1/2 cup pistachios, shelled

2/3 cup coconut milk (+ more for drizzling)

In a skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes, until onions have softened. Add broccoli florets, sea salt and water. Bring to boil, cover and simmer until broccoli is cooked, about 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, toast the pistachios in a dry pan over low heat for 5-7 minutes. Shake the pan a few times for even toasting and to avoid burning the nuts. Set aside.

Take off the heat. Stir in the spinach and let wilt in the hot mixture. Add the toasted pistachios (keep 2-3 tablespoons aside) and the coconut milk to the broccoli spinach mixture. Then blend with a hand blender or transfer to food processor and blend until smooth.

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Chop up the remaining pistachios. Transfer the soup to serving bowls and garnish with chopped pistachios and a drizzle of coconut milk.


from anja


avgolemono (lemon chicken soup)

January 14, 2013

fantastic winter soup!



1 cut-up chicken (free range and local if you can get it; this makes up a good part of the flavor of the soup)
a giant pot filled with water
2 bay leaves
whatever you like in your chicken stock, like fennel bulb, carrot, celery, bundles of whatever herbs you like, or anything you have in the house. (fresh dill is great with lemon!)

simmer this all together on low until chicken is cooked through. remove chicken meat, keep large bones in. continue simmering and add soup ingredients.


in separate pan, saute onions, garlic, leeks, or whatever combination you like in olive oil. add whatever veggies you like in soup (potatoes, carrots, leeks, whatever) and simmer in the stock for an hour.

add a cup of rice (any kind) and continue simmering until done.

add the meat again.

in a medium bowl, whisk two eggs and a half-cup freshly squeezed lemon juice. pour two cups of hot stock into the bowl and continue whisking. add the mixture to the soup.

season with salt and pepper and serve hot.


inspired by avgolemono (but from what i understand, traditional greek avgolemono has five ingredients! go purist if you prefer.)


just a few ingredients, and it turned out delicious! a huge pot barely lasted two days. definitely a fantastic recipe. amazing how something as simple as lemon and fresh dill can add so much flavor.


cold ginger-melon soup

December 22, 2012

puree 2 cantaloupes or muskmelons

stir in
a cup of fresh orange juice
a quarter-cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

add a tablespoon of ginger juice or puree
(you can squeeze minced ginger in a cheesecloth to juice it with your hands)

refrigerate for two hours.

garnish with kiwis, strawberries, or fresh mint.


from the joy of cooking


update 8/14

i pureed a mess of cantaloupe with ginger juice, half a ripe nectarine, half a lemon’s juice, and a handful of frozen mixed berries. i think the orange juice must really lend a sunniness to it, because it seemed to be missing something. i think next time, i will add fresh mint and be sure to not skip the oj. it’s more of a drink than a soup. i prefer the blueberry oatmeal smoothie, but this is a good way to use up all that melon from the garden!


sop buntut (indonesian oxtail soup)

December 6, 2012

2 1/2 pounds oxtails, cut into sections at the vertebrae
3 quarts water
1 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and bruised
1 piece cinnamon stick
7 cloves
1 whole nutmeg, cracked into several pieces
1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
1 TBS sugar
2 tsp salt
3-4 carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal about 1/4-inch thick
3-4 yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1–2 ripe tomatoes, sliced into wedges
1 stalk of Chinese celery (seledri), finely chopped
2 green onions, white part only, thinly sliced
2 TBS fried shallots
2 TBS fried garlic slices
peanut or vegetable oil for frying the potatoes

In a large soup pot, bring the oxtails and water to a steady boil over high heat. Use a spoon or a fine mesh skimmer to skim off any foam that rises to the surface. After you have removed as much foam as possible, reduce the heat to medium-low and add the ginger. Cover and simmer for about an hour.

Next, add the spices, including the sugar and salt, to the pot and continue to simmer, covered, for another 30–45 minutes. The meat should be just beginning to come away from the bones. Taste the broth and add salt to taste.

While the broth simmers, prepare the carrots and potatoes. Bring a medium-sized saucepan of water to a boil. Add the carrots and boil until just tender, two to three minutes. Drain them in a colander and rinse with cold water.

Lightly fry the potatoes until they are light brown. They should be just cooked through the center. Drain on paper towels.

To serve, place some oxtail, carrots, and potatoes in a bowl. Ladle in some hot broth. Top with some wedges of ripe tomato. Sprinkle with the fried shallots, fried slices of garlic, sliced green onion, and chopped Chinese celery.

Serve with rice and sambal. Emping melinjo (melinjo crackers) are a nice accompaniment.


from javaholic


vegan coconut milk soup

December 6, 2012

cook rice and beans in a big pot with too much water, dried thai chilis, dried mushrooms, some of a can of coconut milk, a dash of peanut oil, and salt.

add bouillon or stock, a ton of ginger or galangal, whatever vegetables you have in the house roasted (i added a bunch of sweet potatoes), basil, a lot of roasted garlic, a ton of lime juice, coriander, chili-garlic sauce, and any thai-style curry paste if you have it or any thai ingredients you may have on hand like lemongrass or lime leaves, and a few drops of fish sauce if you eat it.

ignore for a long time – at least a half-hour – and then start stirring every fifteen minutes or so until powerful – two hours or so. add the rest of the coconut milk.

pepper, salt, and serve. if you like, top with cilantro.


smoky roasted carrot, sweet potato, and hot pepper soup

November 11, 2012

many carrots
some sweet potatoes
some potatoes
some hot peppers
an onion
a head of garlic
stock or bouillon
seasoned salt
paprika (smoked paprika, or whatever you have)
a chipotle pepper (optional)
juice of half a lime, or a few T apple cider vinegar
a bay leaf

roast carrots, hot peppers, and garlic on a very high heat (425, i’d think) until they are black outside. peel off some of the blackened skin. leave some on for a smoky flavor.

in a soup pot, saute onions in some kind of oil or butter or fat until they are caramelized. add a good amount of stock, or bouillon and water. add roasted veggies. stew on low heat til obliterated, or blend it.

garnish with fresh cilantro, if you have it, and plain yogurt or sour cream


inspired by this roasted jalapeno soup


awesome sweet and spicy warming winter soup. throw in whatever seasonal veggies you have lying around – it’d be great with squash. mine had turnips from a friend’s garden! i highly recommend this – easy, quick, and successfully satisfied my craving for sugary-spicy snacks!


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