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February 25, 2017

Wonton Soup

By Worker Bee
21 Comments

Primal aviaryThis Primal recipe for wonton soup will save you time and unnecessary carbs. Just skip the wonton wrappers—it’s as simple as that. Instead, roll the ground pork filling into tiny meatballs and drop them directly into a pot of simmering broth. In a few minutes, the juicy little meatballs flavored with tamari, ginger and sesame oil are done. Ladle the gluten-free won ton soup into a bowl, garnish with scallions, and dinner is served.

The broth for this wonton soup is easy to make and deeply flavorful. Just take chicken stock and simmer briefly with ginger, green onions, and kombu. Kombu is a type of seaweed sold in dried strips. It adds minerals (like iodine, magnesium, manganese and iron) to broth. It also adds very subtle umami flavor. Kombu is a great supplemental food to keep in your panty. It keeps almost indefinitely and can be added to any type of soup without noticeably affecting the flavor. It’s a really easy way to get some of the health benefits of seaweed, without actually eating seaweed.

Servings: 4

Time in the Kitchen: 35 minutes

Ingredients

Primal

  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 strip kombu
  • 2 green onions, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 2-inch piece of ginger, sliced into thin coins, plus 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 teaspoons tamari, soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 small handfuls baby spinach or baby bok choy leaves

Instructions

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In a large, wide pot, gently simmer the chicken stock with the strip of kombu, green onions, and the sliced ginger. Simmer for 20 minutes while you prepare the ground pork.

In a medium bowl, combine the ground pork, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, garlic cloves, tamari (or soy sauce, or coconut aminos), salt and sesame oil. Form the meat into small, walnut-sized meatballs, about 22 meatballs.

Drop the meatballs into the pot of simmering broth. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, until meat is no longer pink in the center.

Put a handful of baby spinach or baby bok choy into each serving bowl. Pour the hot broth and meatballs over the greens in each bowl. (The strip of kombu can be removed from the broth and discarded or chopped up and added back to the broth.)

Serve soup with sesame oil, chopped green onions and chili oil, if desired.

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Nathan
Nathan
3 months 2 days ago

I always keep some kombu in my panty.

Mike
3 months 1 day ago

I think you should explore your relationship with your kombu. (Or just check your spelling!!!)

Nathan
Nathan
3 months 1 day ago

Maybe you should double-check the article, boss.

Julian
Julian
2 months 26 days ago

Ha! Is that a kombu in your panties or are you just happy to see me?

Elizabeth Resnick
3 months 2 days ago

Mind completely blown…why did I never think of this?!!! Who needs wonton wrappers anyway? Love this flavor combo, and I have everything on hand…even kombu that I picked up a month ago and haven’t used. Just have to grab some ground pork. Making this tomorrow night. Can’t wait!!!!

Andrea
Andrea
3 months 2 days ago

This recipe is insulting to any chef or home cook who has both bothered to learn the technique behind filled pastas and then invested the time and care in making them, let alone anybody who identifies with the ethnic group you are trying to appropriate. Call your recipe what it actually is, “Asian-inspired pork meatball soup”, since there isn’t an actual wonton in sight.

Shary
Shary
3 months 1 day ago

I’m quite sure Mark didn’t intend to insult anyone with this Paleo twist on wonton soup. Not sure at all, however, why you’ve chosen to get so upset about it.

John
John
3 months 1 day ago

Some serious hostility here for no reason. Why would you bother posting this?

Will Wilkin
3 months 1 day ago

But its “better than regular wonton soup!”

matt
matt
3 months 1 day ago

wah wah, did mark hurt your feelings. Drama Queen

Nathan
Nathan
3 months 1 day ago

Your term “Asian-inspired” is inherently insulting and ignorant. Asia comprises many countries and their cultures, including India, Pakistan, and Turkey, to name just a few. Asians don’t all look the same, and we don’t all eat the same food either. Check your privilege, racist!

pam
pam
12 days 20 hours ago

i’m not insulted
but i do agree that it’s a misnomer. should call it meat ball soup (my mom used to make it & you can use many other vegi for variations)

cheers

Elizabeth Resnick
3 months 1 day ago

Ok, had to chime back in. Eating this as we speak. Amazing. Will become one of my go-to recipes. So easy and honestly better than regular wonton soup! The meatballs are addictive. Next time I will probably make double the amount of meatballs and keep the broth the same.

Cindy Locher
3 months 1 day ago

Wonton soup is one of my favorites and this is a great twist on a classic. I’m going to try this; I think the whole family will appreciate it. I’ve got the “rest of the gang” 80+ % sold on the Primal WOE! LOL!

Jack Lea Mason
Jack Lea Mason
2 months 29 days ago

To add more umami, add dried bonito flakes or dried shrimp to the ground pork when making the meatballs. Then in respect to that wonton refers to a noodle based encasement, roll the meatballs in rice flour before boiling to make a micro wonton layer.

Rich
2 months 13 days ago

My girlfriend is making this as I type! I’ll let you know how we get on, Rich

Sophie
Sophie
2 months 10 days ago

Made this this evening as written, only replacing pork with ground chicken. It was wonderful!(added snowpeas, sprouts and mushrooms

Jenny
Jenny
2 months 2 days ago

My 8 year old, who is VERY picky, said, “I hope we can have this more often” !

Mike
Mike
1 month 26 days ago

For those who are offended by the use of the word “wonton,”…my clever wife suggests using the term “non-ton.”

Pamela
18 days 2 hours ago

Perfect! Eager to taste the pork balls. I would also love to try the variation with ground beef.

Julia Kruz
12 days 15 hours ago

That is an amazing recipe. Great soup to tried out after a vigorous workout. Thanks for sharing Chelsea. Also German Potato Soup is Amazing!!! Thanks for the recipe

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