Updated: Feb 26, 2018
On cold winter days there's nothing better than a hearty soup, especially one that's packed full of nutrients and collagen.
This is my own recipe that I designed from various other amalgamations. I love it! It's very easy to make and I have packed so much into it including my super gut healing elixir - my #bonebroth !!
Bag of mixed stir fry veggies (I choose one that's got leafy green veggies rather than things like baby corn and mange tout)
1 can of canellini beans (I use Biona organic beans)
1 litre chicken bone broth (home-made, fresh, no yeast extract)
1 jar passata (I use dayslford organic passata)
Salt and Pepper
Makes around 1.5 litres soup. Enough for a couple days of soup for lunch for two people.
Chop onion and chorizo and fry in olive oil. Not too much as the chorizo is full of oil once hot.
Once cooked, remove chorizo and set to one side
Boil veggies then add to onion and fry until softened
Bring your bone broth to the boil. You'll have to have made this earlier. I tend to do mine after a roast and boil the bones overnight, then make my stock - I then freeze for when I need it. You can use powder of course, but I cant have due to the yeast extract which I'm intolerant to. You also wouldn't get all the health benefits if you used powder
Add softened veggies to the broth and simmer for 10-15 mins so the flavours meld
Add jar of passata and whizz up to make smooth thick soup - or leave lumpy if you prefer!
Add the tin of beans (having washed of the starchy residue from the beans first), chopped chorizo and a light sprinkling of chilli flakes to dust sparingly over the surface
Simmer the soup for 5 mins
Bone broth - why is it so damn good?
As lovely as this recipe is, the key ingredient for me is the bone broth, which is another post in itself! See my recipe for broth here I use the caracass of a chicken to make my own broth, which is simmered for 12-18 hours. When I was really unwell and couldn't eat due to the most horrendous bloating, I was convinced that my bloating was due to #leakygut which means that food particles escape through the tiny 'holes' in your intestines and leache into your bloodstream. You have to literally seal the permeable gut lining to prevent this. Bone broth can help because of the #glutamine and #collagen which will repair the minuscule perforations and act as a seal. I literally had only bone broth for a 3 day period once as I was so ill and could not eat anything without severe abdominal pain and bloating.
I now include 1 litre of broth into my diet at least once a month as a preventative measure. It's a beautiful thing to know that you're not wasting any food and that once the ligaments in that carcass left over from your roast are broken down and emulsified, you will have a gut healing elixir to keep your insides in good shape.
TOP TIP I use #applecidervinegar to help breakdown the carcass bones in the stock and release the collagen and glutamine.
“I use the caracass of a chicken to make my own broth, which is simmered for 12-18 hours. When I was really unwell and couldn't eat anything at all due to the most horrendous bloating, I discovered that my bloating could be due to #leakygut ”