It’s easier than you think to make a vegetable-filled bone broth. A smoked pork chop adds tons of flavor to this soup, and a Parmesan rind gives it extra richness.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 leeks (white and light green parts only), halved lengthwise, thinly sliced and rinsed
2 carrots, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 small celery stalks, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, smashed
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 small piece parmesan rind
2 wide strips lemon zest (removed with a vegetable peeler)
1 12-ounce bone-in smoked pork chop, diced (bone reserved)
1 9-ounce package refrigerated cheese or meat tortellini
1 small head escarole, chopped
Freshly ground pepper
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the leeks, carrots, celery and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks wilt, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups water, the chicken broth, parmesan rind, lemon zest and pork bone. Bring to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are almost tender, about 15 minutes.
Remove the parmesan rind, lemon zest and pork bone from the pot with a slotted spoon. Bring the broth to a boil over medium heat. Add the tortellini, escarole and diced pork; season with pepper. Cook until the tortellini and escarole are tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
Adding a parmesan rind to soups and stews gives them rich flavor without a lot of fat.
Eat Healthy and Stay Healthy 🙂 🙂