Whole30 Soups!

Feeling a little stir-crazy because you’re trapped indoors due to the winter apocalypse? Or are you frustrated that you can’t find nourishing Whole30 eats when you’re dining out? Before you fall face-first into a pizza, simmer a big pot of soup!

Whole30 Soups Roundup! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Soup is the ultimate one-bowl meal, and my Instagram followers can attest to the fact that it’s one of my go-to weeknight family meals—regardless of the season. Unless I’m following a particular recipe, I tailor the contents of my soup to what we like to eat or whatever I have sitting in the fridge. Soup is the best clean-out-your-fridge meal ’cause almost everything tastes great simmered in a savory broth. That said, it’s always important to start with a good broth base—but you can easily and cheaply make that at home, too.

Whole30 Soups Roundup! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Folks are always asking me where to find “good bones” to make bone broth. I like to buy bone-in cuts of meat (e.g., chicken thighs, whole chickens, bone-in pork shoulder roasts, oxtails) and stockpile the bones in a freezer bag until I have enough to make a pot of soup. Also, whenever I see high-quality bones for sale at the store, I scoop ’em up and stash ’em in my chest freezer. Often, I’ll make broth with a combination of raw and cooked bones because that’s what I happen to have on hand.

Whole30 Soups Roundup! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

By the way, I don’t normally combine bones from different animals (like beef bones and pork bones)—with one exception: I mix chicken and pork bones because the resulting savory broth reminds me of the soups my mom used to make when I was growing up. 

The key to a delicious and gelatin-packed broth (one that turns into meaty Jell-O in the fridge) is to combine meaty bones (flavor!) with joint bones (collagen!). To amp up the umami in my broths, I also toss in a couple of dried shiitake mushrooms and a splash of fish sauce. I used to add vinegar to my broth, too, but not anymore: I don’t think it improves the nutrition dramatically and I don’t like sour broth. But hey: You do you.

Whole30 Soups Roundup! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Ready to get your soup on?

Here’s my slow cooker bone broth recipe and my pressure cooker recipe, but use them as general templates. These days, I only make broth in my Instant Pot because it can be done in a jiffy, with no babysitting required. Whenever my kids wake up and tell me that they have a sore throat, I dump frozen bones, water, and aromatics in the Instant Pot, and the broth is done in a couple of hours or faster.

Whole30 Soups Roundup! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

During cold and flu season, I try to keep plenty of broth on hand, so I usually throw the ingredients in the Instant Pot before I go to bed. The broth is magically ready (and kept warm in the Instant Pot) when I wake up. In the morning, I strain the soup and follow these steps to store my extra bone broth in the fridge and freezer.

Whole30 Soups Roundup! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

(If you’re too busy to make broth, no worries! You can purchase high quality broth at the store or online these days. Remember: We’re aiming for progress, not perfection!)

Once you’ve got some broth on hand, here are some wonderful Whole30-friendly soups you can make at home:

Whole30 Soups Roundup! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Go get your soup on, people!

Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index! You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my Webby Award-Winning iPhone® and iPad® app, and in my New York Times-bestselling cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel 2013).

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