You have learned by now that we love soup. In the backcountry soup provides all of the nutrients necessary to fill empty bellies, replenish dehydrated bodies and warm cold appendages. Just as important, it ensures the energy necessary to repeat footstep after footstep tomorrow.
I can’t think of a reason that soup can be a wrong choice when backpacking. Thus, we are sharing a universal recipe that you can personalize for the season and contingent on what you have available in the pantry. An exceptional way to pack your food bag.
Follow these easy steps for your next backcountry meal:
Step One. Choose Your Ingredients.
• Choose A Fat. Think butter, lard, olive oil or avocado.
• Choose A Base. Bouillon (i.e. chicken, beef, vegetable or tomato) or milk/cream.
• Choose A Protein. Package, dehydrated or fresh (i.e. chicken, tuna, ground beef) or beans (i.e. white, kidney, black, lentil).
• Choose Veggies. Onion is found in most soups but don’t stop there use whatever you have and whatever you like. Don’t forget the benefit of keeping envelopes of dehydrated veggies on hand.
• Choose A Carbohydrate. Often the girth of a soup (i.e. noodles, rice, cous-cous)
• Choose Spices. Traditionally salt and pepper but there are more options to choose from. Here are a few popular flavor combinations:
• Celery seed, marjoram, thyme, parsley, and sage go well with chicken.
• Marjoram, rosemary and thyme go well with beef.
• Basil, oregano or fennel can be a nice addition to tomato-based soups.
• Chilies need chili powder and perhaps cumin.
• Cream soups might benefit from a dash of parsley or thyme.
Step Two. Time to Cook.
• In your cook pot sauté the aromatic vegetables (i.e. onion, garlic, carrot) in your chosen fat.
• Add base, protein, veggies and carbohydrates – cook time will essentially be the required time for carbohydrates to be to consistency of choice.
• Add seasonings slowly, tasting and adjusting as necessary.
• If using cream or milk add just before serving and heat through.
Step Three. Serve.
• If you are by yourself eat from your pot – no need to wash another dish.
• If you are with someone you really like – eat from the same bowl, no battling spoons for the last bite.
• If you are with more than one – portion equal shares.
• Best if served with bread – makes the washing of the bowl much, much easier.
Recipe adapted from Simple Bites – http://www.simplebites.net/healthy-fats-make-healthy-children/.