The Big Think

December 18, 2004

Soupy

Filed under: Disclosure — jasony @ 1:24 pm

I’m a soup guy. Love ’em. About a year ago I decided I’d try my hand at homemade chicken noodle soup. After a few attempts, I’ve got a recipe that’s an 8.5 on a scale of 1-10. I’m really happy with it and make it in 3 gallon batches. It’s pretty cheap and lasts for days. Good diet food, too. I refine it a little bit each time I make it. Combine with a fresh baguette on a cold day and it’s guaranteed comfort food. Yum.

I decided it was time to try a different kind a month ago. I’ve now almost got a handle on a really good beef stewp. I call it “stewp” because it doesn’t know if it wants to be stew or soup. I think next time I’ll add some corn starch to the broth and make it a thick and hearty stew. Anyway, here’s my ingredient list:

stew meat
beef broth
vegetable broth
carrots
white potatoes
green beans
peas
corn
onion
shallots
chopped tomatoes
wide noodles
seasonings (oregano, worcestershire, salt, pepper, bay leaves)

Pretty basic ingredients. I dump it all in the pot and cook until it boils, cook the meat separately, then throw that in. Boil the noodles for 10 minutes, and serve. I don’t have a good handle on the seasonings yet, though. It’s not bland, exactly, but it lacks, er, character. If you know what I mean. I think I need some more/different seasonings to get the taste just right. Maybe a shot of Jack Daniels? Might be interesting. Next time I’ll also buy some better meat and tenderize it before I cook it. I may go with sirloin or some other higher-end meat than the cheap back-of-the-cow I’m getting now. Price-wise, the 3 gallon batches I make are much cheaper per bowl than store-bought, and there aren’t any preservatives. The horrible “chili-tomato-beef-stewp” attempt was about a 4, this batch ranks a 7.5. Much better, but I haven’t reached soup nirvana yet.

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