Paleo Soups – The Ultimate Guide

Morning Friends! 

We've been eating boat loads of soup.  Soups are hands down the best way to clean out your fridge and create a delicious, soul-feeding meal and therefore, I MUST share my soup wisdom with you.  I'm a total copy cat of my Mom.  I always remember her heading to the fridge and pulling out everything that could go in a soup onto the counter.  She'd survey the leftovers, meats, veggies, spices and would pull out some broth from the freezer and throw it all together.  It's good to get a visual on what you've got to work with before you embark on your soup quest. 

I've created the ultimate list of Paleo soup ingredients and put together a huge collection of ideas to get you cooking and comfy with soup!   

Choose Your Base:

  • Tomato
  • Butternut Squash
  • Beef Bone Broth
  • Chicken Broth 
  • Coconut Milk 
  • Fish Stock

Choose Your Protein: 

  • Ground Beef
  • Leftover Steak
  • Leftover Chicken
  • Sausage
  • Pot Roast 
  • Leftover ham
  • Cubed stew meat
  • Turkey
  • Pork Butt (whole or cubed)
  • Egg

Choose Your Veggies:

  • Celery, Onion, Carrot (Mirepoix)
  • Bell Pepper, Onion, Celery (Holy Trinity)
  • Kale (or other leafy green)
  • Mushrooms
  • Sweet Potatoes or Red Potatoes 
  • Green onion
  • Green Beans (technically in the legume family but are considered more of a pod)
  • Leftover Brussels Sprouts
  • Garlic
  • Asparagus (fresh or frozen)
  • Lemon/Lime Juice
  • Tomatillos
  • Jalapeños/Serrano Chiles 
  • Ginger
  • Watercress

Choose Your Spices (fresh is better!):

  • Fresh Ground Pepper and Sea Salt
  • Bay leaf (a must for any stew)
  • Herbs de Provence (great with hearty beef stews)
  • Thyme and Rosemary (great together, chicken and beef stews)
  • Basil (great with tomato soups)
  • Tarragon (great with chicken soup)
  • Cilantro (great with coconut soups)
  • Oregano
  • Lemongrass (great with coconut soups)
  • Dill (great with fish soups or chicken)
  • Saffron
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Cumin
  • Curry
  • Salt Free Cajun, Fajita or Jerk 

A few tips:

  1. Always use fresh ground pepper and sea salt.  If you can get your hands on himalayan sea salt, you're golden.
  2. Always start a soup with your aromatics.  Onions, garlic and hot chiles are examples.  You also want to sweat them, and salt them.  Here's an article.
  3. If you're using raw meat as opposed to leftovers I recommend you use the crock pot.  If you're throwing leftovers together for a soup you can just throw them in a pot on the stove.  
  4. Every soup can use a garnish before serving.  Drizzle of EVOO, cilantro, lime, raw parm if you're okay with dairy, fresh tomatoes etc. 

Some Soup Inspiration (if you need a more detailed recipe, just Google That Shit (GTS) or search my site!:

Leftover chicken and brussels sprouts soup: chicken stock base, mirepoix, spinach and brussels

Beef stew: bone broth base, mirepoix (large cut veggies), cubed stew meat, sweet potatoes, herbs de provence and bay leaf

Chicken coconut curry soup: leftover chopped chicken, coconut milk, lime, broccoli, curry powder, cilantro

Tomato basil soup: fresh heirloom tomato base, basil, EVOO and salt and pepper

Chicken verde soup: tomato base, leftover chicken, roasted tomatillos, red bell pepper, jalapeños, chopped tomatoes, cumin

Tom Gha soup: raw chicken breast (sliced), coconut milk and chicken broth base, lime, ginger, cilantro, shrooms, lemongrass and red pepper flakes, great with a fried egg on top!

Mexican style ground beef soup: beef broth and tomato base, raw ground beef, fajita seasoning, onions, bell peppers, avocado, lime, green onion and cilantro

Leftover BBQ chicken jerk stew: chicken broth base, leftover BBQ chicken, sweet potatoes, cinnamon, jerk seasoning, allspice, paprika, habanero chiles 

Leftover ham and sweet potato soup: chicken broth base, diced ham, sweet potatoes, mirepoix (finely diced), crumbled bacon

Fish stew: tomato and fish broth base, saffron threads, lemon, tilapia or trout, orange zest, fresh thyme 

Loaded veggie and garlic minestrone: beef broth and tomato base, roasted garlic, mirepoix, kale, chard, brussels, zucchini or yellow squash, broccoli, asparagus, fresh tomatoes, herbs de provence

Cauliflower cream turkey chowder: chicken broth base, ground turkey, steamed and food processed cauliflower, potatoes, dill, coconut milk, bay leaf

Egg drop soup: chicken broth base, 4 eggs, green onion, ginger

Sausage and kale soup: beef broth base, breakfast or italian sausage, kale, red pepper flakes, fresh tomatoes, walnut oil

Bean-less Chili: tomato base, ground beef, holy trinity, jalapeños, cumin, oregano, canned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, chile powder, cilantro, lime & avocado for garnish

Butternut squash soup: chicken broth base, squash, caramelized shallots, EVOO, lemon, ginger, cinnamon


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