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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Shin Bone Soup....


After reading Dom's (Belleau Kitchen) post awhile back about his grandmother's soup, I decided to do a post on my own grandmothers soup.  Growing up my mother made this soup (which was her mother's recipe) all winter long.  This traditions is still going strong at my home.   I have been making this simple and delicious soup for more than twenty five years.  My kids have always liked the fact that every Halloween before they went trick or treating they could count on having big steaming bowls of this old fashioned family favorite.  Having never measured ingredients when making this soup,  I made an effort to measure and write everything down this time around.  Here's the recipe.
  • 2 large beef shin bone
  • 1 large onion,  diced
  • 5 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 5 carrots chopped
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 heaping tbsp. beef base
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 7 quarts of water water
  • 3/4 of a box of elbow macaroni
Into a large soup pot, add the shin bones, bay leaves, beef base and water.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.  Shin bone meat is delicious, but tough and it takes a long time in the soup pot to get it tender.

Next add onion, celery, carrots, tomato sauce, rice and simmer for another hour.

Just before serving remove shin bones from the pot and chop up the beef from the bones.  Put chopped beef back in the soup pot.  I also mash the marrow from the bones into the pot.  The beef marrow adds a ton of flavor to the soup.


Cook the elbows separately and add them to your own individual bowl of soup.  Season with salt, pepper, fresh chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!!


26 comments:

  1. Traditions passed down are the best. Especially when it comes to food. Beautiful photo of such an appealing soup. Yum.

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  2. This looks delicious! I'd like a bowl right about now! I think it would comfort me as I watch the Patriots game . . . I'm not getting a warm and fuzzy feeling . . . if ya know what I mean! And I know this soup would help!

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  3. I don't think I have ever seen a shin bone at the meat market. Is it something you would need to ask for? The soup looks divine. It is a soup night here. Actually there is split pea soup on the stove for tomorrow night. Hugs! Bonnie

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  4. It looks wonderful, I bet it tastes out of this world. I like that it was your grandmothers and then your mothers and now your recipe. I like that you just cooked without a recipe. My grandmother always told me those were the best cooks. :)
    Okay,but I don't know what a shin bone is? We have soup bones and Oxtail bones but could you tell me what that is?

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  5. I love the look of this soup! Every winter, I make soup for friends during the Lenten season ... this recipe makes a ton of soup and will make the rounds of our little community. Thanks, Susan!

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    1. Oh looks and sounds soo good ! I think its great how this recipe carried on through your family. My mum used to make all kinds of soups and stews from scratch as well and I make my own . Nothing better then a hot home made meal ! Have a wonderful evening !

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  6. Looks so good! Great picture! The macaroni and the grated cheese. I wish I had a bowl of this after the snow we had the other day, would have been nice.

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  7. This sounds great! I am going to try this recipe. Thanks so much! Kit

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  8. Never heard of this, but it sounds delightful!

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  9. this looks like a really hearty and delicious stew - great photo - perfect dish for the cold weather
    mary x

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  10. this sounds amazing and such a simple, yet lovely, family recipe!

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  11. My mouth is watering perfect for the yucky weather we are getting today

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  12. Sounds absolutely yummy. Thanks for sharing. Susan

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  13. Now that is a dish to savor. After a morning of snowshoeing nothing would taste better than a bowl of your delicious soup and a slice of my homemade bread. Hugs, Julie

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  14. This is one of my husband's favourite soup; have never seen or made it with shin bones though; gotta try it. It looks as good as I know it must be.
    Rita

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  15. Such a bowl of comfort! I wish I could dig into that bowl, now!

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  17. Oh how wonderful it sounds as the snow is falling outside.
    Cathy

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  18. Oh that is a tasty looking, and hearty sounding soup recipe.
    I'll copy it down, and put it in my 'must make' file.
    Thank you!

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  19. That looks wonderful!...I love a bowl of steamy soup in the winter!

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  20. mmmm plenty of flavour and nutrition here.... yummy....

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  21. Oh, I absolutely love the look of this! Have been dreaming of an Asian shin bone soup recently but this fits the bill too! Interesting that you've got rice and pasta in the dish at the same time. Sounds awesome! xx

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  22. This was unbelievably good! Instead of rice and noodles I added whole spelt and barley. I left out the tomato sauce and added three cloves of garlic and three cooking potatoes. I raise and sell organic grass-fed Angus beef for a living. I will be featuring this recipe (with my adaptations) as "recipe of the week" at our farmers market table. Folks tend not to buy shin bone, but I'll bet this recipe will change their mind. THANK YOU!

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