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Nourishing Colombian Breakfast Soup

November 21st, 2011

Many of you gave your home remedy advice on my Saturday post about feeling a little under the weather. Any of you that are friends with me on Facebook saw the photo I posted of the Nourishing Colombian breakfast soup I made Friday morning. This soup is great any day of the week, but it’s especially comforting when you’re sick.

Soup is not a common breakfast food here in America, but it is many other places around the world, including Colombia where I grew up. Serving up a bowl of this delicious soup is still one of the most warming breakfasts in our home. Mr Chiots loved it the first time I made it. There are a few different version, the one from the capital city includes milk and no potatoes. I much prefer the following version from the prairie region that I grew enjoying.


1 quart of homemade chicken stock
1 lb potatoes, cubed*
4 or more eggs
1 small yellow onion diced
3 cloves of garlic diced
4 Tablespoons of butter
2 teaspoons of turmeric
1 teaspoon or more of sea salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 or 2 scallions, sliced into small discs
chopped fresh cilantro

Melt butter in saucepan over medium/low heat, add onions, cover with lid and cook 5 minutes. Add garlic, return lid to pan and cook for an additional 5 minutes. You don’t want the onions to brown, simply to cook until translucent. Add turmeric, salt and freshly ground pepper.

Pour chicken stock into pan with onions and garlic, add cubed potatoes and cook until tender (10-15 minutes). Reduce heat to a slight simmer, break eggs into ladle and carefully drop eggs into soup, cover and cook for about 5 minutes until eggs are desired level on doneness.

Divide scallions and cilantro between four bowls. Ladle hot soup into bowls and serve. Add more salt if needed, Colombian like this soup on the salty side, I do too as I feel like it soothes the throat nicely with the extra salt when you’re sick!

*Any kind of potato will work, I prefer using potatoes that fall apart during cooking

I suppose “breakfast” might be a bit misleading, this soup would be good for any meal of the day, though I’ve never had it served to me any other time. In Colombia they serve different soups at lunch and dinner. I actually enjoy having something different for breakfast.

What do you think about soup for breakfast?

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