I'm all about a one pot dinner. Sheet pan, instant pot, whatever. In this (extended) Covid season I'm always on the hunt for a solid healthy family meal that will support our immunity.
Recently I find I would rather spend my days at the beach or watching movies with the kiddos, I just don't want to cook that much. Soups have kinda been my jam lately and here's my most recent creation. I hope you love it as much as we have.
Heat a large pot on medium heat then add:
6 slices of smoked bacon, sliced into small slivers
2 Tbsp olive oil
Sauté until that bacon is 80% crispy then add in:
2 leeks, thinly sliced and chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped and washed
1/2 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups diced pumpkin, any kind you want!
1 cup carrots, diced
Put the lid on that pot and let that sauté away for about 10 mins- this adds so much flavor just to let it cook like this before you add the stock.
Now add in:
6 cups of Chicken Stock
2 cans of White Beans, I like Cannelloni
3 cups of finely sliced Kale
Salt and Pepper to taste
Zest of 1 Lemon
Lay about 3 springs of Thyme and 2 springs of Rosemary just on top of the broth. You can remove those at the end, they'll flavor the soup beautifully.
Let this simmer with the lid off for 20-30 minutes. The stock will reduce a bit and that flavor will jut go into overdrive delicious.
I love to serve this soup with a dollop of Creme Fraise and freshly grated Raw Mild Cheddar Cheese. Don't forget to make Lynn's 4 Ingredient Bread to go along with this beautiful family meal.