Broth and meat
1. In a large stock pot, cover bones with water. Place on stove over high heat and bring to full boil.
2. Remove from heat, discard water, rinse and drain bones.
3. Return bones to stock pot, cover with 8 quarts water, and bring to a full boil over high heat.
4. Lower heat to medium low and add brisket. Cook at a simmer for three hours, skimmimg foam and oil as needed. Add water as needed to maintain original volume.
5. Remove brisket and set aside, then continue cooking bones until liquid volume is reduced to about 3/4 of the orignal amount.
6. Remove broth from heat, and let cool, then remove and discard bones.
While waiting for the broth to cool, shred the meat into strips about 2 inches long by 1/8 inch thick.
7. Mix meat strips with all meat seasoning ingredients, then place in refrigerator for 24 hours.
8. Place broth in refrigerator for 24 hours.
1. Soak the noodles in cold water for about one hour before you begin the final cooking. Drain and rinse.
2. Rinse bean sprouts in cold water, trimming “tails” and removing any loose shells.
3. Crack eggs into a mixing bowl and break all yolks, then swirl two or three times to get streamers of yolk into the whites.
1. Cut onion in half from top to bottom, then slice each half into about 1/8 inch thick slices.
2. Slice peppers on a diagonal.
Cut green onions on a diagonal in about 1 inch sections.
1. Remove broth from refrigerator and skim off any fat solids.
2. Place on stove over high heat and return to a full boil.
3. Add gossari, meat mixture, bean sprouts, fine ground chili powder, and optional onions, if desired, to the beef broth and cook on high heat for 20 minutes (25 minutes if skipping optional peppers).
4. Add optional peppers if desired and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
5. Add noodles and egg to soup and cook for another 5 minutes.
6. Remove from heat and transfer to a large family or individual serving bowl(s), garnish and serve.
This soup is an equally wonderful way to use up all the leftover veggie odds and ends in your fridge, or to celebrate the freshest produce in season by buying it specifically for the dish (and if you get a CSA box, it can serve both purposes). Whatever vegetables you use, this is an easy, nutritious, and delicious meal, and endlessly customizable. Fresh pesto makes a great, vibrant garnish, but you could also simply sprinkle on a bit of grated Parmesan and cracked black pepper.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Softened vegetables, including onions and bell peppers, amped up with spices like chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne, form the base of this tortilla soup. Chicken broth and tomatoes are added, along with soft corn tortillas that meld into the liquid to make a hearty, thick meal. Finally, shredded chicken is stirred in, and everything is garnished with crunchy tortilla strips, sour cream, shredded cheese, and scallions (avocados, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro would all work too).
Classic Tomato Soup
This comforting tomato soup is super easy and super delicious. Canned San Marzano tomatoes marry with soft, sautéed onions and garlic, a pinch of red pepper, and chicken broth to create a soothing, savory bowl. Finished with a bit of cream, this is begging for a grilled cheese sandwich on the side. But really, it tastes great with lots of things, as well as on its own (though a basil and Parmesan garnish doesn't hurt).
Easy Lentil Soup
This easy lentil soup is healthy, filling, and delicious. It happens to be vegetarian, too, and is packed not only with tender yet toothsome lentils, but carrot, celery, onion, spinach, and tomato. A little bay leaf, fresh thyme, and a splash of red wine or sherry vinegar perks everything up. Perfect with a loaf of good, crusty bread!