Saturday, March 11, 2017

Soups of the World - Spicy Pork & Greens Noodle Soup

I'm not really sure which country this is from but I had some rice noodles to use so I found this delicious looking soup recipe on Bon App├ętit. I used spring greens instead of mustard greens but everything else is pretty much the same.


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated peeled ginger
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns, crushed
  • ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds, coarsely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bunch mustard greens, torn (about 4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 8 oz. wide rice noodles

Put the pork in a mixing bowl and add the cumin, peppercorns, red pepper flakes, garlic and ginger.


Mush it all together with your hands until it's well mixed.



Now saute the pork mixture in a little oil. Break it up as you cook it to make small clumps of pork.


Chop up the greens and prepare 4 cups of chicken broth.


When the pork is browned, add the broth and simmer for 8-10 minutes.


Next, add the soy sauce and chopped greens. Cook for about 5 minutes until the greens have cooked through.


Prepare the noodles according to the packet (it only takes a few minutes) and place them in some bowls.


Spoon the soup over the waiting noodles. Serve!


This soup didn't disappoint! The spicy pork clumps were the best bit followed quickly by the crunchy hot greens. The noodles were soft and covered in delicious fragrant broth. JD said it was one of the best things he's ever eaten. It was pretty great. Impossible to eat without splashing yourself in broth though. We had to alternate between eating with a spoon and a fork. It's worth it. :)


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Soups of the World - Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

No prizes for guessing where this soup comes from! The USA are pretty great at soup recipes that emulate other foods. We've already tried lasagna soup and it was delicious. So I have high hopes for this recipe.



Ingredients:

500g minced beef
2 onions
2 cups cheese
1 can tomatoes
6-8 ready cooked bacon rashers
1/2 cup celery
1 cup carrots
2 cups potatoes
8oz cream cheese
4 cups stock
1/4 cup flour
1 cup milk
3-4 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon pepper


 Saute the minced beef and onion in a pan until cooked.


Everything gets added to a slow cooker now so start to chop up your carrot, potatoes and celery. Put it all in except for the cheese, flour and milk.



Give it a good mix, cover and leave to cook on Low for 7 hours.



10 minutes before you want to eat it, thicken it up with the flour and milk mixed together. Add the cheese and stir well. Cook for 10 more minutes until the cheese is melted. Then serve!


This wasn't the most attractive soup I've made but it was tasty nontheless! It was like nothing I've tasted before, not exactly cheeseburger like in flavour but with some elements of it. We both ate two bowls of it either way.