With winter, comes soup recipes. Hearty, healthy, tasty and nourishing goodness, all in one bowl. Whether you prefer chunky soups, or pureed creamy soups, a good soup is just wonderful on a cold winter’s day.
Although I eat a lot of vegetables these days, I am not a vegetarian, and I do still eat fish and meat.
I recently bought beef marrow bones. Growing up, in winter we often ate nourishing bone soup, and although I cannot make it like my Mom used to, I have my own version of a healthy, nourishing, naturally gluten and egg free, lekker soup.
To get all the goodness out of the bones and into the soup, I had heard to boil the soup over a lower heat, for a longer period of time. I had a morning to cook this, so I was able to do just that. If you’re pushed for time, rather bookmark and save this recipe for a rainy day. Don’t be tempted to pressure cook it. The longer, slower method really does make a difference.
No, this one is not for the vegetarians! Although the soup does contain vegetables, (yes, I’m looking at you, the staunch meat eaters :P).
Hearty, Healthy Beefy Marrow Soup (naturally gluten free, egg free, corn free, dairy free, oat free, nut free, sugar free)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 120 minutes
- 5 small beef marrow bones (500g)
- 1 medium sized carrot, chopped
- 1 medium sized potato, chopped
- 5 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1 knob of fresh ginger, sliced
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic, sliced
- Sea salt
- 3 liters of filtered water
- Place the soup bones into a large pot
- Add three liters of filtered water and bring to boil
- Whilst the bones are boiling, skim off the top
- Add about 1 tablespoon of ground sea salt
- Boil for ten minutes
- Add the garlic, ginger, potato and carrot and simmer, covered, on low heat for one hour and forty minutes
- Add the celery, and continue to simmer, with the lid off, for five minutes
- Add the bean sprouts
- Bring to a boil, and boil for 1-2 minutes
- Turn off the heat and serve
This is not a meaty soup. There was a little meat still on the bones, but the nutrients come from the actual marrow. I looked it up, and bone marrow actually has a lot more goodness than I’d realised.
According to Livestrong.com, this is one of the benefits:
Easing Digestion and Healing the GI Tract
Dr. Auer prescribes bone marrow in the form of bone broth to his patients suffering from inflammatory conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, gluten intolerance and leaky gut syndrome. He notes that, for people with digestive disorders who may have trouble digesting supplements or other certain foods, bone marrow’s collagen can provide nutrition while rebuilding damaged tissues and intestinal lining. Marrow’s immune-boosting capabilities can also speed up the healing process for people trying to overcome these conditions, he says.
So, what are you waiting for? Make a pot of beefy bone marrow soup.