I absolutely love soups during the cold winter months, and the last few months have been no exception this year. They’re a great way to meal plan and have a ton of food ready to go for the week, they keep you warm on these freezing winter days and often provide the opportunity to get in a ton of veggies per meal.
We kept things pretty low key for Christmas, but decided we wanted a bit of a fancier dinner for Christmas Day. Luckily for us we had a beautiful duck in the freezer and decided to cook it up.
After dinner was finished, we found a recipe and made it our own! What follows is what we made from our leftovers into a delicious soup.
- 1 duck carcass
- 1 cup of chopped organic carrots
- 1 cup of chopped organic celery
- 1 cup peeled and chopped organic parsnips
- 1 large chopped organic yellow onion
- 4 cloves of chopped organic garlic
- 4 bay leaves
- Salt and Pepper
- Put all of the above ingredients (except the salt/pepper) into a large soup pot and cover with enough filtered water so the water line is a few inches above the veggies/carcass.
- Slowly bring up to a simmer and let simmer for 6-8 hours.
- Strain the broth, season with salt and pepper to taste
- 1 package of chopped organic or free run bacon
- 1 cup chopped organic celery
- 2 cups chopped organic carrots
- 2 large organic onions chopped
- 2 cups of chopped organic bok choy
- 2 cups of chopped organic mushrooms**
- 1 cup chopped organic zucchini (we used marrow squash from our garden)
- 1 cup chopped swiss chard with stems removed**
- 1 head chopped organic broccoli
- Cook bacon but do NOT let it crisp, then set aside.
- Bring stock up to a simmer in large soup pot
- Add in the carrots, celery and simmer for 30 minutes
- Then add in the mushrooms, onions, and simmer for another 20 minutes
- Add in the bok choy, mushrooms, zucchini, kale/swiss chard, broccoli and simmer until they’re cooked to your liking
- Add salt as needed (we didn’t add much though as the bacon provided most of what we liked)
- The amount and/or type of stock you use is up to you!
- Add any other veggies you’d like!
- Button mushrooms have way less health benefits than many other varieties so avoid them where possible!
- We used our garden swiss chard but really any greens…spinach, collared greens, kale, etc will do!
What’s your favourite winter soup recipe? Make sure you tag me in a picture of it on instagram and I’ll be sure to try it out!