Thursday, July 29, 2010

Soup Recipe, with a kick!

I looooove tortilla soup. Though, actually i've never actually HAD tortilla soup - i just make up soup recipes that i refer to as being tortilla soup. There are never tortillas involved.

Usually i throw together some hominy, Rotel, chicken or turkey meat (or no meat) and some stock and spices to make a yummy, brothy, spicy soup refreshing on hot or cold days. This evening i created a soup full of ingredients from the garden and homemade turkey stock. I formed ground turkey into balls for a little textural excitement, and served with a dollop of sour cream. This made the perfect amount for two hungry humans - could be spread out to 3 or even 4 servings as a side dish.

Zesty Summer Soup with Turkey Meatballs
  • 1/2 pint condensed turkey stock
  • 2 or so pints water
  • Several small red onions (garden fresh onions really make me cry!)
  • 2 cloves diced garlic
  • 2 serrano peppers, red ripe and diced
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves roughly torn
  • Double handful Porter Improved (could use roma) tomatoes, quartered
  • Salt, pepper, cumin, hot smoked paprika - season to taste
  • Ground turkey
    • 1 package ground turkey
    • Splash Worchestershire sauce
    • 1-2 T taco seasoning (i use Colorado Spice Company, no msg)
    • Salt, pepper, cumin, chilly powder
  • Handful of whole wheat orzo pasta

Place  all veggies and liquid into a medium pot and bring to a boil - simmer, covered until broth takes on some kaffir taste, about 15-20 minutes. Add meatballs and cook until they all float and are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add orzo 10 minutes before serving. Be sure and dip that ladle all the way to the bottom to get even dispersal of goodies.

You could add many other veggie options, and sub the ground turkey for shredded rotisserie type chicken leftovers or even beef or pork meatballs. I just love making soup - it's really so much easier than you would think, and just about anything is possible. I really see no reason to buy canned or cartoned soups from the store - make your own! It'll taste even better!

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