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Quick Broth or Soup

Quick Broth or Soup

"Soups to Savor: Beans add nutrients and healthy, filler fiber ... and they're cheap" by Michael Hastings. Beans: lentils, pintos, black, kidney, cannellini, etc. One-hour broth make with ground meat: a good compromise between true, homemade stock and store-bought. If desired, replace a quart of the water with store-bought chicken broth, omit the salt and reduce the simmering time to about 30 minutes. Use this recipe for the Meatball and White-Bean Soup. Winston-Salem Journal: January 16, 2013.

  • Yield: 2 servings ( Serving Size: quarts )
  • Prep time:30 Minutes
  • Cook time:1 Hour, 15 Minutes


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalk(s) celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated or finely chopped
  • 8 ounce(s) mushrooms, chopped (optional) or 1/4 ounce well-rinsed dried mushrooms (such as porcini)
  • 1 pound(s) lean ground beef, chicken or pork, or a combination
  • 9 cup(s) water
  • 1 cup(s) white wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pinch(s) thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon(s) Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt


1. Place meat and vegetables in a soup pot over high heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.

2. Add remaining ingredients, including 1 teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil.

3. Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. Taste and add more salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce if desired. Serve the soup as is or to make a broth strain through a sieve. If making ahead, refrigerate overnight, then scrape off any fat that solidifies on the surface.

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