Comfort. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of soup. Thankfully I’m feeling 100% again, but while I feel great I passed my cold onto my husband. On his worst days he just wanted soup for dinner.
The first night I opened up a can of chicken noodle soup for him while I still had the dinner I originally planned to make. The second night I thought I’d take advantage of his willingness to eat soup and make my own.
I had a lot of bok choy on hand from not 1 week, but 2 weeks of my produce delivery. I’d been avoiding it because normally I use it in a stir fry and I just haven’t been in the mood for that.
Then it hit me – put it in a soup. I try to get as many veggies in as I can and I knew it would wilt down a lot once cooked. I think this may be my new favorite way to eat bok choy.
Chinese Beef and Bok Choy Noodle Soup
about 5-6 servings
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated (tip: after peeling the ginger keep it in the freezer in a zip lock bag that way you always have ginger on hand when you need it)
- 3 cans (14.5 ounce each) low sodium chicken broth (homemade chicken broth would cut down on the sodium level here)
- 2 bunches bok choy greens, thinly sliced
- 8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti or angel hair
- 1 tbsp tamari
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- sesame seeds for garnish
- In a large pot over medium heat add the oil, beef, onion and ginger. Cook, stir and break up the meat until it’s just fully cooked - no longer pink. Remove from the pot and set aside.
- Add the broth, bok choy, noodles, tarami and vinegar to the pot. Bring to a boil and cook 8-10 minutes, or until the noodles are tender. Add the beef mixture to the pot and sea salt and pepper if needed.
- Serve in a bowl garnished with sesame seeds and chop sticks if desired.
- Instead of beef use ground chicken or ground turkey
- For extra heat add in some Sriracha hot sauce
- Instead of spaghetti or angel hair use soba noodles for a more authentic Chinese dish
This was actually pretty fun to eat because I used chop sticks. My chop stick skills definitely need more practice. Good thing there are left overs.