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Full of veggies and bacon and oh-so-much flavour, this is the kind of soup you set up in a big pot on the stove and eat for days with several crusty loaves of bread. It never gets old. Oh, and it has alphabets in it. It’s a win-win.
Put the bacon hock in a large stockpot (at least 6L size) with the tomatoes, soup legumes and water and begin to heat.
Meanwhile, use a food processor to chop the celery and the (peeled) onion, carrots and swede until they’re fairly small (about 5mm diameter). Or, if you like them chunky, chop them yourself using a knife. Add them to the pot.
Add the chicken bouillon powder, garlic, ginger, chili powder, paprika, oregano, basil and coriander. Stir well! Once the soup has come to a boil, reduce heat to a fairly enthusiastic simmer and simmer for 90 minutes.
Once the soup has simmered for 90 minutes, remove the hock and cut the skin off along with any fat. Discard the fat. Pull the meat off the bone and shred it. Return the meat to the soup. Discard the bone. Note: If using boiling bacon, just shred the meat because the fat should be minimal.
Add the alphabet pasta and simmer for another 30 minutes. Serve!
Notes: Parsnips can be used in place of a swede. Two or three ought to do the trick. Regarding soup legumes, I use a mixture of split peas, red lentils and barley. Anything along these lines will work fine!
These chicken noodle bowls are loosely based on Pho, a dish my husband and I have been fortunate enough to enjoy at our friends’ house. They do a traditional Vietnamese recipe with beef. The dish has a flavorful beef broth, topped with fresh aromatics and vegetables.
I decided to make this version for my husband who has been sick all weekend with a terrible cold. The ginger root provides a homeopathic element to the broth.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
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