Today is a chilly one in the UK. A little grey, a little drizzly…all in all a soup day! I wanted to make something that includes a monton of greens with some delicious pulled ham in order to give it a full to the brim total taste explosion. I am quite certain it delivered!
I added kale to my recipe today besides about ten other things. This curly, frizzy, crispy looking cruciferous veggie that not many of us think to buy, is full of antioxidant properties for combating inflammation, some cancers and happens to have cholesterol lowering benefits, especially when steamed. The fibre-related components in kale do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. How nice!
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Green and Ham Soup
- 1 1/4 Litres filtered water
- 2 Gluten free, organic vegetable stock cubes
- 2 Scallion onions or 1 leek
- 2″ Chunk ginger root
- 4 Large cloves garlic
- 100g Pancetta chopped
- 100g Kale
- 75g Watercress
- 3 Celery stalks
- 160g Shelled peas
- 1 Courgette/zucchini
- 1 Broccoli
- Grab of chives
- Hand of mint leaves and stalks
- 150g pulled ham hock or equivalent
- Knob of organic butter
- Tablespoon of organic double cream
- Add the water and the vegetable stock cubes to a large soup pan (I use my wok) and bring to the boil
- Add the chopped scallions, ginger root, garlic and pancetta allowing to simmer
- Whilst these flavours infuse, wash and chop the soup veggies as required and add to the stock
- Cover with lid and allow to simmer for 30 minutes
- Once all the flavours have had a mingle and the greens are perfectly soft, add to your blender (don’t over blend)
- Pour the blended soup back into your pan and add the pulled ham hock, butter and cream
- Stir through and allow to warm over a low heat
- Pour into a bowl and if you feel like adding a finishing touch, blue cheese or shaved parmesan to finish work wonders.
- serve…devour…feel satisfied!
Enjoy soupykins! JL x