Food Adventure Series: Bok Choy Soup

Howdy everybody! It’s a rainy Friday here on the East Coast of the U.S. and a great day for cooking! I don’t know why but rainy days and bad weather make me want to be in the kitchen. There’s something comforting about cooking during bad weather. Or maybe it just makes being inside worthwhile, especially when a yummy concoction is the end result.

To continue this week’s food adventure with bok choy, I made some soup (you can find it’s nutritional information from earlier in the week here).  If I haven’t already mentioned it, but I’m pretty sure I have countless times, I love soup and it’s one of my favorite things to make. (Side note, my goal for this winter is to make an awesome veggie stock.)  So let’s get started! (PS – this is a rendition of my mother’s recipe.)

Ingredients: 

  • 1 large bok choy or 2 baby bok choys
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 scallions
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 quarts of low sodium chicken broth
    • Vegan option: vegetable broth (or if you prefer to make an awesome stock, feel free)
  • Noodles (rice noodles preferably – and a gluten-free option)
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt (to taste)

Recipe:

  1. Chop the bok choy stems, carrots, scallions and celery stalks into about 1/4 inch slices (use your best judgment).
  2. Slice the leaves of the bok choy into nice long strips and set aside.
  3. In a large soup pot, pour in the broth and add the chopped bok choy stems, carrots, scallions and celery.
  4. Add about a 1/4 of a teaspoon of red pepper flakes (one shake of the red pepper shaker).  But do this to your own taste – if you like spicy, add a little more.  If you don’t like spicy, don’t add it.
  5. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 45 minutes, covered.
  6. Boil up some noodles in the meantime and set aside.
  7. After 45 minutes stir in the bok choy leaves and let them cook for a minute.
  8. In a bowl, add the noodles and ladle the broth with the veggies over top.
  9. Add a sprinkling of  some salt if you need.
  10. Let the soup cool a little and enjoy (maybe with some chopsticks)!

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