It’s finally getting colder here and there were even some flurries today! I love snow, winter is my favorite season. Mostly, because I love skiing and I am so excited to try to take the kiddo skiing this year. I also love it because it’s soup/stew weather! I’ve been better about keeping some homemade bone broth in the freezer, the one I used for this recipe was a beef marrow bone broth following the recipe found in this book.
We haven’t had a ton of soup in this house because it wasn’t something that the kiddo was very interested in and I usually end up just picking out the ingredients and putting them on a plate. This time though, she was totally into it. She ate the spinach, carrots and meat like they were candy and asked for a straw to slurp up the broth because her toddler spoon wasn’t cutting it. She isn’t that into ‘white’ potatoes, but I don’t really mind. She usually avoids spinach and picks around it so I am pretty excited to find a way that she likes it. Even dear husband, who tends to not love soup (gasp! I know, right?) had a second serving. I think it was the broth that made it, maybe the home dried thyme, oh and the caramelized onions. Probably the onions. I made a similar soup in the crock pot a week later but didn’t caramelize and brown the onions and beef and it just wasn’t as good. So don’t skip those steps.
Without further gabbing, here’s the recipe. Some step by step images are below!
Here are the pictures. Sometimes, I don’t realize I want to blog a recipe until after I start cooking, so I missed the first few shots, and a few steps got lumped together because you know #multitasking and #parentingcomesfirst
1-3. Melt ghee over medium-high heat. Caramelize onions (cook until brown around the edges). Add beef and brown thoroughly.
4. Add carrots and potatoes and mix in the bone broth.
5. Add thyme and salt and pepper to preference. (That’s my ‘fresh dried’ thyme, I just crumble it between my hands as I dump it in.)
6-7. Simmer for 30 minutes (uncovered for thicker stew, cover for thinner soup). Then, mix in spinach and continue cooking until beef is tender and carrots/potatoes are soft (15-30 minutes depending on the size of your ingredients).
8. Add additional salt and pepper to taste as desired. Serve and enjoy!