Hearty Soups Made with Water Kefir!

There are a million delicious things you can cook with wine, but after a while all that wine gets expensive, and that’s not even including the wine to drink with your food!  What can you use that’s more affordable and just as delicious?

Water kefir, of course!

Our tibicos drink is fermented like wine and can be used as a substitute for wine while cooking.  It is delicious in soups and sauces, or even as a marinade.  We’ve put together a few recipes for you to try out:

 

Pasta e Fagliole (serves six)

*With a bonus pork rib meal!

 

This pasta, tomato, and pork soup is an Italian classic!  The recipe traditionally calls for white wine, but water kefir is just as delicious.

 

Ingredients:

Rack of pork ribs

6 cups water

2 tablespoons rosemary

1 can beans (cannellini is traditional, but we used black beans)

2 cups egg noodles

1 bottle tomato sauce

2 bottles Original TibiBev water kefir/tibicos

1 cut onion

1 cup chopped carrots

1 chopped beet

 

  1. First, you need to make the broth. We put the rack of pork ribs in the slow cooker and filled it with water about halfway.  We added rosemary and salt and cooked it on high for 8 hours. We had this as a meal by itself with some vegetables and then had dinner for two nights!  If you don’t like leftovers, you could make the broth the same day.  Place the meat and seasonings in a pot with about 6 cups of water.  Simmer at low boil for about 2 hours or until meat is tender.  Take the bones and gristle out of broth, but you don’t need to skim the fat out unless you would like.
  2. Flake the meat and remove the gristle. Place the remaining broth and meat in a pot and add 2 bottles of Original TibiBev water kefir/tibicos.  Heat at high simmer.
  3. Add the cut onions, carrots, and beet.
  4. Wash the canned beans and add to soup.
  5. Let simmer for five minutes and then increase heat to high until boiling.
  6. Once soup is at a rolling boil, add egg noodles.
  7. Reduce heat back to simmer.
  8. Once soup has stopped boiling, add tomato sauce. Let cook for five minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

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French Onion Soup (serves two)

 

This is a soup that is loved all over the world, where the delicate, elegant onions meet cozy, hearty cheese and bread.  It’s incredibly easy to make at home and one of the best comfort foods available!

 

Ingredients:

2 bottles Original water kefir/tibicos

Salt

1 large onion (or 2 smaller onions)

4 slices of bread (or 2 croissants)

Cheddar cheese

 

  1. In a slow cooker, add 2 bottles of Original water kefir/tibicos and salt. Cut up the onions.  Cook on high for 5 hours.  If you wouldn’t like to use a slow cooker: place the ingredients in a pot and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. While the soup is cooking, put cheddar cheese on the toast or croissant and toast in the oven.
  3. When you’re ready to serve, place the grilled cheese toasts in the bottom of the bowls and spoon the soup on top.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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Super-Easy Pumpkin Soup/ Sauce

Here’s an easy recipe that can be used either as a light soup, or as a pasta sauce!

  1. 1 can pumpkin puree
  2. 1 bottle Ann Payne’s Water Kefir
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 2 tablespoons butter

Combine all the ingredients, but save back 1/3 of the bottle of water kefir.   Heat gently over low- medium heat.   When the butter melts, and the mixture is gently bubbling, turn off the heat and stir in the remainder of the water kefir.

Adding 1/3 of the bottle at the last minute preserves enzymes and beneficial bacteria, to help with digestion . . . Enjoy!

Easy Pumpkin/ Kefir as a sauce, over gnocchi and shredded ham — delicious!

 

 

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