The Swiss Way to Make a Good Soup


There’s nothing like a blizzard in Spring to make me want soup for dinner.  My favorite weatherman Ray said we would get snow flurries with high winds all day and night, but being the type of guy he is, he didn’t come out and say, “OMG. This rare and deadly combination is coming straight for us, and there’s no where to run!!!”.  Thank you Ray for just reporting the weather.  And Thank You Dear Jesus for making the sun shine all day today, with the bluest sky, and melting all the snow.  Amen.

I learned how to cook while living in Switzerland.  I love just about everything Swiss, including the food.  Quite possible my favorite sweet treat is a nice Linzertorte…and the easy recipe for that is right here.

Those Swiss are so practical about everything!  There are packets already made up with the five vegetables needed to make a delicious soup in every grocery store.  They even put a bay leaf or two in!  Just these 5 vegetables give such a  flavorful and satisfying soup that there is really no reason to vary it, it’s the best soup base – period.  Try it and I know you will agree.

I chop up the onions, and put them in the bottom of my pressure cooker pot with a few turkey necks, or chicken wings or legs (to get that full flavor of the bone marrow) while I’m cleaning the leek, the carrots, chopping the celery root up, and the cabbage.  It’s all getting nicely carmamelized, while I add some salt, some pepper, a couple of bay leaves, and water.  I always add a spoon of vinegar too, to help bring out the marrow (you don’t  taste it in the end, by the way).

After about 20 minutes or so, the soup is ready to eat, and so are we!  A few large pieces of bread, a glass of wine, and it’s a very nourishing meal.

I hope you are enjoying the thoughts of the spring, and the longer days and light, because they are…I can feel it!

Swiss Soup Vegetables
Swiss Soup Vegetables



About Sadhvi

Sadhvi's trying to find the balance in life over 50 without having any surgery, taking any pills, or killing anyone. She doesn't want to look or feel the way she felt when she was 20 or 30. Trusting that everything is really OK unless you think about it helps her make it through each day. Also realizing that nothing can be done, and, that nothing matters really helps. Gardening (and weeding), poppies and flowers, painting on things, baking, and sharing on Oops50 helps to make it all right too.

5 thoughts on “The Swiss Way to Make a Good Soup

  1. Now I must admit that when you have a daughter to cook this for you it is made with all this and love. After her visit this soup was eaten for several days. I know it is only 5 ingredients, but somehow I could not remember all 5 – so thanks Sadhvi for reposting this for me. Hugs & Love

  2. Thanks for helping me making good soup – the easy way! A word about your ‘new look’
    Does it catch my eye – not like the old one
    I like red, but think the balloons should be 4 different colors.
    Her gray hair is not a shade I would want
    I will still read your Oops 50 – hugs

  3. Love the simplicity of this recipe…and if it’s coming from the Swiss, then it must be perfect, too. Will try it this weekend. I never buy canned soups, but I never have tried these 5 vegetables in a base. Thank You Sadhvi!

  4. I can just about smell this wholesome broth right now. Almost makes it worthwhile to have winter dragging its feet on the way out of town.

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