Photo of Lake Tahoe by L.K.
It’s pouring rain again today in Santa Barbara and a perfect day for a nice hearty soup! A few weeks ago, we went to stay with some great friends of ours who live in Lake Tahoe and they served this fantastic soup one afternoon. I ate it and promptly fell asleep on the sofa in the same room where everyone was watching a rambunctious football game.
Now THAT’S a hearty soup! We tried it again when we got home and I must say- it’s a keeper.
Mountain Comfort Soup
(Original recipe created by Khalil el Zein)
1/2 cup butter (doesn’t it sound good already?!)
4 chopped shallots
3/4 cup flour
8 cups chicken broth
3 bunches spinach leaves (aprox. 1/2 lb.) shredded
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 cup cream (plus a tiny bit more 🙂 )
1 egg yolk
A tablespoon or so of chopped basil for garnish
+ Add to taste; chopped up roasted chicken pieces (smallish cubes), mini shell pasta, very thinly sliced shitake mushrooms, roasted pine nuts (we added all of these, I suggest you do the same)
Heat butter and saute shallots for a few seconds. Add flour and whisk continuously. Gradually add chicken broth and continue to whisk until mixture is smooth. Boil for 1 minute. Add spinach, chicken, white pepper, mushrooms and any or all of the other embellishments above and cook for an additional minute (the pasta should be already boiled)
Just before serving, mix together cream and the egg yolk and fold gently into the soup and stir. Garnish with a little chopped basil
Enjoy and Nighty Night!!
This was breakfast just a few hours earlier…which could explain the complete soup coma I went into after lunch. But don’t they say you should eat every few hours???
Slim Paley photo
In addition to sharing the recipe for the soup, our friends introduced us to “Good Earth” Original Sweet & Spicy Herbal Tea; No SUGAR, no caffeine, and no artificial colour or ingredients (Ingredients
Red Rooibos, Chicory Root, Artificial Flavor, Rosehips, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Papaya, Chamomile, Panax Ginseng Leaves, Anise Seed, Ginger Root, Dandelion Root, Orange Peel and Orange Oil)
Honestly- it is SO GOOD. I’m totally addicted- I’m drinking at least two cups a day, and so is everyone else in our house. I just can’t believe how sweet it is with no sugar whatsoever. My friend is UNBELIEVABLY healthy and…oh, let’s just leave it at that for the moment because I don’t want to make you feel badly about yourself. I’ll take that one for the team. I’ve just spent 5 minutes trying to think of something wrong with her…so far, I’ve got nothing. Let’s just say that if she drinks the tea, we should all be drinking it too. Available on Amazon Grocery.
Oh, wait… I do think she had a couple of hangnails- and something tells me she’s probably crap at ironing.
Go Team Canada! 🙂