Winter storm Jonas is bearing down upon us here on the East Coast, and I decided there is never a more perfect time for making a big pot of hearty, nourishing soup! I wanted one that was easy to digest, nutritious, low in fodmaps, and tasty!
Put some favorite tunes on and lets get chopping. The vegetable prep is the longest part of making this soup, but it doesn’t have to be boring! Here’s the recipe!
Hearty and Nourishing Vegetable Bison Soup
2 Pounds of Ground Bison
3 Slices of No Sugar Added Bacon
4 Cups of Broth, Beef, Chicken or Vegetable
6 Endive, washed and sliced
2 Cups Carrots, peeled and sliced
6 Scallions, green parts only sliced
3 Small Zucchini, diced
1 Fennel Bulb, washed and diced
1/4 Cup Dry White Wine, optional
2 Tablespoons of Garlic Infused Olive Oil
2 1/2 Teaspoons of Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt, divided
1 1/2 Teaspoons Black Pepper, divided
1 Teaspoon Dried Parsley
1 Teaspoon Dried Tarragon
1 Teaspoon Dried Chives
1/4 Teaspoon Dried Dill
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice, added before serving
In a large sautee pan, cook your bacon until crisp, then drain on paper towel and set aside to cool. Drain off the extra bacon grease in the pan, and add your ground bison to the same pan. Add the salt and pepper, and cook over medium high heat until brown and crumbly, stirring often. Meanwhile prepare your vegetables by peeling and dicing them.
Add the cooked beef to a large stock pot, and crumble the cooled bacon on top. Dry the sautee pan the beef was in with paper towel, then return it to your burner, and add 2 tablespoons of garlic infused olive oil. Heat over medium high heat, and add your vegetables. Sprinkle the vegetables with an additional teaspoon of salt and a 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Cook the vegetables until the endive has wilted and the vegetables are just beginning to soften. Add the white wine and cook for one minute.
While the vegetables are cooking, add the dried herbs to the bison in the stock pot. Add the wilted vegetables to the stock pot on top of the bison and herbs. Pour in 4 Cups of broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer on low for 40 minutes.
This makes a large pot of hearty, satisfying soup for a cold winters day, and it feels good in your belly, warming you from the inside out! Enjoy!