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If I love borscht, what are other especially hearty soup recipes?

storychew Dec 29, 2009 01:40 PM

Thanks! I've made and pretty much mastered a good list of soups, but last night when I made borscht, I thought, wow: This gives me energy. Probably it's the iron and maybe B-vitamins, and who knows what else.

But anyhow, does anyone have suggestions for other hearty and interesting soups? I do eat meat, although veg recipes are also fine. I think my favorite flavors are from the Middle East (Morocco, Turkey, Jordan, etc.) and Eastern Europe/Russia.


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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: storychew Dec 29, 2009 01:57 PM

    when i hear "hearty" i think of the following:
    - mushroom barley (or beef with barley)
    - minestrone
    - Thai coconut curry
    - chowder
    - lentil
    - black bean
    - split pea

    you might find something appealing here:

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      vafarmwife RE: storychew Dec 29, 2009 02:28 PM

      I make a beef and cabbage soup that has kidney beans, tomatoes, and chili powder in it. It's very filling and easy to make. Let me know if you want the recipe.

      1. Rmis32 RE: storychew Dec 30, 2009 11:51 AM

        I like beets, but I've never tried eating borscht because that Pepto Bismol look put me off. Is it worth it for me to overcome this obstacle?

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          Whats_For_Dinner RE: Rmis32 Dec 30, 2009 08:55 PM

          I've only ever had the "clear" type of borscht, and I love it -- tangy but sweet and somehow just perfect for a winter night. As I know it, it's just a gorgeous dark ruby red, though it'll turn the same surreal pink colour if you add sour cream (some do, I never have.)

          Beet soup is one of those things that has a million variations, and chances are, if you like beets, there'll be a borscht recipe out there that you'll enjoy.

        2. ipsedixit RE: storychew Dec 30, 2009 11:58 AM

          Chinese oxtail soup with cabbage, carrots, celery, potatoes, and onions.

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            middydd RE: storychew Dec 30, 2009 12:12 PM

            Finnish style Mojakka. I like it with barley added.


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              MazDee RE: storychew Dec 30, 2009 04:46 PM


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                cimui RE: storychew Dec 30, 2009 09:20 PM

                I'm a big fan of (Afghan / Amenian) red lentil and apricot stew (i.e. here: http://www.recipezaar.com/Red-Lentil-...).

                Kale and white bean is also lovely. I suspect posters like LNG will have better recipes for this than me, though.

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                  MarkC RE: storychew Dec 30, 2009 09:57 PM


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