Ashkenazi, Soup

Turn Heavy Cholent Into a Much Lighter Soup!

A bowl of bean, barley, and meat soup

It’s winter and we’re wanting heavier fare for Shabbos. Still, the thought of hamin or cholent weighing us down is a bit difficult after a summer of salads and cool treats. Lucky for all of us, there’s a wonderful compromise: a second meal soup full of the same yummy cholent things that make you feel just warm and sleepy enough for a nice nap, but without ending up feeling like you ate a block of cement.

I make mine with turkey necks, onions, carrots, celery, white beans, and barley in the crockpot. I used plenty of schmaltz to sauté the chopped veggies and the turkey necks, then add in a handful of soaked beans, two handfuls of rinsed barley, and a judicious tablespoon of Himalayan salt. Pour in chicken stock to cover, and voila! A yummy soup for second meal.

Try it. You’ll like it.


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