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Tag: beef broth

‘stone soup’ for lunch! . . .


It’s gotten a little chilly out so instead of making a salad for lunch, I decided to put together a soup from whatever I happened to have on hand in the fridge and pantry. I call this “stone soup” like the folk tale about French soldiers who stirred up a big kettle of water and put some clean “magical” stones in it. Soon, curious villagers began to contribute to the “broth”: vegetables from the root cellar, grains from the barn, sides of beef until there was a hearty soup to be shared by everyone.

This soup is somewhat like that: I found a small piece of onion and zucchini in the vegetable bin which I chopped up along with half a carrot. There were a couple of still fresh broccoli florets in a pack that was ready to be thrown out. Into the pot they went along with a can of DelMonte diced tomatoes and a Knorr beef broth packet. Added water and it looked pretty thin. Poured in a handful of raditiore pasta, the crinkled, pretty pasta that quickly expanded as it cooked.

And what do you know? I soon had a soup that looked and tasted like a true minestrone soup for lunch! Nice to have a warm bowl on a chilly Fall day.


serving bone broth . . .

For anyone who might be thinking of trying this at home, I thought it might be helpful to see what the broth looks like when it is stored and served.

bone-broth-servingsThis photo shows containers holding approximately 3 cups of broth in each one. The one in the middle is fresh from the freezer where you can see a congealed layer of fat on the top. It comes out easily after running a knife around the edge and looks a little like wax.

The container on the right shows the gelatinous broth before it is thawed completely. And the cup on the left contains warm broth.

By the way, it tastes good. Enough flavor to make it satisfying to drink. It’s also not too bland. I’m waiting to see whether I go through all three containers today or not.

Probably will. Worth it too.