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This is not new news. I love soup. I love eating soup and I love making soup. For me, a pot of soup is one of the most communal things I can prepare in my kitchen. It is food that’s meant to be shared.
Growing up, when we ate soup it was from a can and it was called Campbell’s. I had two favorites: Chicken Noodle and Vegetable Beef. Even as I write this, I’m humming “Mmm, mmm good.” When I was a starving college student (okay, judging by my weight during college I think’s fair to say that I was never actually starving, but I was on a budget), or when I was living on my own for the first time, Campbell’s soup was dinner more times than I can count.
So, while my love of soup has stayed the same over the years, I seldom buy canned soup anymore. I get real pleasure out of making a pot of soup so I’d rather spend a few minutes doing the prep of chopping and peeling than just buying it ready-to-serve in a can.
This latest batch of homemade soup started with leftovers from the prime rib roast we had on New Year’s Eve. I used the bones to make the beef stock that became the base for the soup. And, while for me, there’s a lot of satisfaction in making homemade stock like this, I can say the (good) stuff that you buy also makes a mighty fine soup. If you’re inclined to make your own stock, then go for it. Otherwise, just by some beef stock at the store and call it good.
I had enough leftover prime rib scraps and meat off the bone to make the first batch of this soup. This last time, I used stew meat. While nothing compares to the beef from a prime rib, in this soup the stew meat (which was chuck) was a good choice. I let the soup simmer on the stove for a few hours just to make sure the meat was tender.
Make a pot of soup, buy a loaf or two of French bread, open a bottle of wine and invite some friends over. It will be one of the easiest dinner parties you’ll ever host.
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