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A Simple and Delicious Bone Marrow Soup with Bok Choy

Bone Marrow Soup with Bok Choy

Bone marrow soup is a nourishing and flavorful dish that both meat-eaters and vegetarians can enjoy. This recipe takes a classic soup and adds a unique twist by using roasted bone marrow. The result? A deeply flavorful broth with a richness that’s sure to satisfy.

But bone marrow soup isn’t just delicious, it’s also known for its potential health benefits. Bone marrow is a good source of iron, essential fats, and vitamins, while bok choy is packed with vitamins A and C. This combination can be a great way to boost your immune system, especially during cold and flu season.

What is Bok Choy?

Bok choy, also known as Chinese cabbage, is a versatile leafy green vegetable commonly used in Asian cuisine. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a satisfying crunch. In this soup, it adds a pop of color and freshness.

bok choy for bone marrow soup
Bok Choy for Bone Marrow Soup: Photo credit: Canva.

All About Bone Marrow

Bone marrow is the soft tissue found inside bones. It’s a delicacy prized for its rich flavor and impressive nutritional profile. Grass-fed animals boast even better flavor and nutrient content. Traditionally, bone marrow is enjoyed roasted and served with toast or crackers.

This recipe incorporates roasted bone marrow into the soup for an extra layer of flavor in the broth. Don’t worry if the idea of enjoying bone marrow on its own seems intimidating – its essence infuses the soup beautifully.

Bone marrow for bone marrow soup
Bone Marrow Soup with Bok Choy

Making the Bone Marrow Soup

Here’s a breakdown of the key ingredients in Bone Marrow Soup with Bok Choy:

Bone Marrow:

  • The soft, spongy tissue found inside bones.
  • Rich in flavor and nutrients, especially from grass-fed animals.
  • Roasted in this recipe to add depth of flavor to the broth.

Bok Choy (Chinese Cabbage):

  • Mild, slightly sweet leafy green vegetable with a crisp texture.
  • Adds a pop of color, freshness, and essential vitamins to the soup.

Aromatics:

  • Onions and Garlic: The base for building flavor in many dishes. Sautéing them releases their aromatic oils, creating a fragrant base for the soup.

Other Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes: Add a touch of acidity and sweetness to the broth.
  • Fresh Herbs (Parsley and Thyme): Brighten the flavor profile with their freshness.
  • Spices (Paprika): Adds a touch of warmth and smokiness.
  • Beef Bouillon: Concentrated beef broth boosts the soup’s savory character. For a vegetarian option, it can be substituted with vegetable broth.
  • Hot Pepper Sauce (Optional): A touch adds a spicy kick, adjust to your preference.
  • Cloves: Offer a warm, slightly sweet, and woody aroma.
  • Lime Juice: A squeeze brightens the flavors and adds a touch of acidity.
  • Cumin: Warm, earthy spice that complements the other flavors.

Don’t forget: Salt and Pepper are crucial for enhancing all the other flavors in the soup.

The beauty of this recipe lies in its simplicity. Here’s a quick rundown:

  1. Roast the Bone Marrow: Clean the bone marrow and roast it in the oven for 20 minutes for a burst of flavor.
  2. Sauté the Aromatics: Sauté onions, garlic, and bok choy in butter.
  3. Build the Broth: Add tomatoes, herbs, spices, water, and beef bouillon to create a flavorful base.
  4. Simmer and Serve: Gently simmer the soup with the roasted bone marrow, then adjust the seasonings and enjoy with crusty bread!
Bone Marrow Soup with Bok Choy
Bone Marrow Soup with Bok Choy

A Vegetarian Option for Bone Marrow Soup?

This recipe is easily adaptable for vegetarians. Simply omit the bone marrow and increase the amount of beef bouillon or vegetable broth for added flavor.

Here’s what makes this bone marrow soup so special:

  • Roasted Bone Marrow: Cleaned and roasted bone marrow adds an extra layer of flavor to the broth.
  • Bok Choy: This versatile leafy green adds a pop of color, freshness, and essential vitamins.
  • Simple Aromatics: Sautéed onions, garlic, and herbs build a fragrant base for the soup.
  • Flavorful Broth: Tomatoes, herbs, spices, and broth create a complex and satisfying base.
  • Customizable: Easily adaptable for vegetarians by omitting the bone marrow and using vegetable broth.

Here are some tips for making delicious soup:

Broth is Key:

  • Use good quality broth or stock as the base. Homemade is great, but store-bought low-sodium broths work well too.
  • Consider the type of soup you’re making. Beef broth is great for savory soups, while vegetable broth works well for vegetarian options.

Sauté for Depth of Flavor:

  • Don’t skip sautéing your aromatics like onions, garlic, and herbs in butter or oil. This simple step adds richness and depth of flavor to the entire soup.

Seasoning is Essential:

  • Salt enhances all the other flavors in your soup. Taste throughout the cooking process and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with other seasonings like pepper, herbs, spices, a squeeze of citrus, or even a splash of acid like vinegar.

Simmering is Your Friend:

  • Most soups benefit from simmering. This allows the flavors to meld and develop, resulting in a more complex and satisfying soup.
  • A gentle simmer is key – avoid a rolling boil which can make vegetables mushy and toughen meat.

Texture Matters:

  • Think about the kind of texture you want for your soup. Do you want it chunky with large pieces of vegetables and meat, or smoother with blended ingredients?
  • Add ingredients like noodles, rice, or pasta during the last stage of cooking to ensure they don’t become mushy.

Leftovers are Golden:

  • Soup often tastes even better the next day! The flavors continue to develop, making it even more delicious.
  • Many soups freeze well, so you can easily enjoy them for future meals.

Bonus Tip for Bone Marrow Soup: Get creative with leftovers! Leftover soup can be transformed into a whole new dish. Use it as a base for stews, add cooked pasta or rice for a quick lunch, or even get creative and turn it into a creamy soup by blending it with milk or cream.

So next time you’re looking for a soul-warming and delicious soup, try this Bone Marrow Soup with bok choy. It’s sure to become a new favorite!

Bone Marrow Soup with Bok Choy

Bone Marrow Soup with Bok Choy

Craving a comforting soup? This Bone Marrow Soup with Bok Choy is easy to make & packed with flavor. Roasted bone marrow adds depth to the broth, while bok choy offers vitamins & a pop of color. Vegetarian option included!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dinner, Lunch
Servings 2
Calories 424 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb bone marrow
  • salt for bone marrow
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup onions sliced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic chopped
  • 4 cups bok choy about 4 larges leaves cleaned and sliced small
  • ½ cup tomatoes diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme fresh, leaves only
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons beef bouillon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Noubess Original Hot and Spicy Sauce
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice fresh
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt to taste
  • pepper for bone marrow
  • pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Remove bone marrow from packaging. Gently rinse in cold water with vinegar. Pat dry and arrange on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the marrow and baked in an oven at 230°C / 450°F / Gas Mark 8 for 20 minutes.
    Bone marrow
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot on medium-high heat, add butter, onion, garlic, and bok choy. Cook for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add tomato, parsley, thyme, paprika, and water and bring to a boil. Add beef bouillon, hot pepper sauce, and cloves and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Gently add bone marrow. Add lime juice, ground cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. Gently stir and let soup cook for 20 to 25 minutes on low to medium heat. Serve hot with bread.
    Bone Marrow Soup with Bok Choy

Notes

Here’s what makes this bone marrow soup so special:
  • Roasted Bone Marrow: Cleaned and roasted bone marrow adds an extra layer of flavor to the broth.
  • Bok Choy: This versatile leafy green adds a pop of color, freshness, and essential vitamins.
  • Simple Aromatics: Sautéed onions, garlic, and herbs build a fragrant base for the soup.
  • Flavorful Broth: Tomatoes, herbs, spices, and broth create a complex and satisfying base.
  • Customizable: Easily adaptable for vegetarians by omitting the bone marrow and using vegetable broth.

Nutrition

Calories: 424kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 6gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 511mgPotassium: 544mgFiber: 3gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 6994IUVitamin C: 75mgCalcium: 190mgIron: 4mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword Comfort foods, soup
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Corn Allergy:

Always choose ingredients without corn or corn derivatives.

First published June 17, 2013 – Recipe and article updated with edited photos and Noubess Hot and Spicy Original Sauce.

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