Fall and Winter Hearty Soup Recipes for the Family – Win a Free Book!

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Simple, wholesome, and comforting, soup is always delicious! Help the family stay warm this winter with this hearty soup recipe.

Chicken and Pork Gumbo

Serves 6 ~ Prep 20 minutes ~ Cook 1 ½ Hours

2 chicken leg and thigh portions

7 oz. diced pancetta

2 boneless belly pork slices, rind removed and diced

1 quart chicken stock

1 bay leaf

2 red bell peppers

2 tbsp butter

1 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 celery rib, sliced

3 tbsp flour

2 beefsteak tomatoes, peeled and chopped

2 tbsp tomato puree

4 oz. thin green beans, trimmed and cut into small lengths

5 ½ oz. okra, cut in short lengths

2 sprigs of fresh thyme, chopped

2 tsp sweet paprika

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp brown sugar

A few drops of Tabasco

Salt and fresh ground pepper

8 oz. long-grain rice, cooked


  1. Put the chicken, pancetta, and pork slices in a saucepan with the stock and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer gently for 1 hour. Meanwhile, roast the peppers under a boiler for 10-15 minutes until blackened. Put in a plastic bag, let cool, then peel off the skin, discard the stalks and seeds, rinse, and dice the flesh.
  2. Strain the stock through a sieve and set aside. Life the chicken out of the sieve and place on a board. Remove all the meat from the bones and cut into small pieces, discarding the skin. Add to the pork and set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in the pan. Cook the onion, garlic, and celery for 2 minutes, stirring. Stir in the flour and cook for 3 minutes, stirring, until golden. Remove from the heat and blend in the stock. Return to the heat and bring to a boil. Add the remaining ingredients except the meat and rice. Bring back to a boil, reduce the heat, partially cover, and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in the meats, taste and season with Tabasco, salt, and pepper. Remove the bay leaf. Spoon the rice into bowls, ladle the gumbo over, and garnish with thyme.

Vary this dish by substituting smoked pork sausage for pancetta or using duck instead of chicken. Add a little file powder (made from dried and ground sassafras), if you have it.


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