One of my weekly menu planning strategies is to make a soup each week. This is used mostly for my lunches and dinners since I am the only one who enjoys soups other than noodle soup.
Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite veggies. They are available year round and are good in salads, or as a side. I also love them in this hearty soup.
This soup is like french onion with brussels sprouts added. I don’t always caramelize the onions, especially when I’m planing on serving it pureed. Brown soup is not always appetizing. Also adding beef stock to this soup can take it to a whole new level.
We finally found noodles that don’t turn mushy by lunch when in a thermos. These Thai Rice noodles are great. My kids have been taking soup for lunch with these noodles quite often this winter. We heat up bone broth to a rolling boil and add the noodles. The noodles only need about 3 minutes in the boiling broth. Put the hot soup and noodles in a thermos and they will be fine at lunch.
If you want to add vegetables or chicken while the soup is boiling it makes a hearty lunch, or a Pho-like dinner.
What is it about these cold dreary days that make me want to cook bright looking food? I try to cook a soup at least once a week. I have some tried and true, and then some “only if we are snowed in and have all day” recipes. This recipe falls into the “tried and true” category.
This recipe originally called for potatoes, but I do not eat night shades so I needed a substitute. When I am looking to replace potatoes, if there is not celery in the recipe then I always choose to use rutabaga. (If there was celery I would have used celery root.) I really like rutabagas and wish more people would try them. They have a nice soft texture and a somewhat sweet taste.
The other substitution from the original chowder recipe was the milk. I started out with canned light coconut milk as the liquid for this chowder. Using the canned light coconut milk makes a very smooth thick soup. Recently I have been using the SoDelicious Coconut Milk Unsweetened (green box) to cut out a few calories. The soup ends up not as velvety, but is still very tasty.
There is a tablespoon of flour used to thicken the soup. I used sweet rice flour when I made it, but you could use any gluten free flour or starch.
This soup is gluten-free, dairy-free and nightshade-free.