Soup Starts a Healthy Meal
South Korea is a great example of a country with strong feelings about soup. If you visit S. Korea, you will find out that soup comes in what seems like hundreds of varieties with amazing, fresh ingredients and equally amazing flavors.
Korean soup can be brothy, noodle-y or smooth and it sometimes is very hot and spicy. It can include bits of meat, seafood, tofu or egg. Or, it can be totally simple with a single kind of mushroom, seaweed or other vegetable.
Adding Soup to Your Table
Making homemade soup is a skill worth learning. Below are step-by-step instructions to get you started at making simple soup at home. Be sure to plan ahead, shop for your soup ingredients and be creative. Once your pot of soup is ready to enjoy, feel free to add it to breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Making Chicken and Rice Soup in 10 Easy Steps. Step 1: Roast a chicken in the oven until done at 325 degrees, letting the juices brown on the bottom of the pan. Step 2: Place cooked chicken onto a dinner plate to cool. Step 3: Pour about 1 cup very hot water onto the cooking pan with browned juices and stir with a spoon to dissolve everything. Save this liquid, covered, in the fridge. Step 4: After chicken has cooled about 30 minutes, remove & discard the skin and bones and save chicken meat, covered, in the fridge (you can stop here and continue the next day.) Step 5: Wash & cut up about 1 cup celery + 1 cup sliced carrots + 1 cup chopped onion + 2-3 cloves minced garlic. Step 6: Add 1/2 tablespoon canola oil to a large soup pot and heat to medium high for 3 minutes. Add cut up veggies from step 5 to the pan, stirring occasionally for 5-8 minutes until they are slightly soft. Step 7: Add 2 quarts of chicken broth (the kind with less sodium) + browned chicken juices/water from step 3 + 1/2 cup dry rice into the pot. Stir. Step 8: Add a lid to the pot and cook for about 1 hour at a simmer (very slow boil), stirring every 15 minutes. Step 9: Taste the soup and add up to 1/2 -1 teaspoon salt + 1/4 teaspoon black pepper while stirring. Step 10: Add a very large handful of chopped fresh parsley, stir and serve. Note: The cooked soup can be cooled for 1 hour, transferred to storage containers, covered tightly, and stored in the fridge or freezer. Be sure to label and date your storage containers.
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