Ox Tail Soup

I am very lucky that Cliff and I like many of the same foods. I prepare our food the way I like it, and he rarely complains. I can’t count how many times I have told him how glad I am that he likes his food the way I make it. We both like pepperoni and garlic on our pizza. We both like roasted brussel sprouts. We both like our mashed potatoes with lumps. We both like cheese platters for dinner. We both like just about all of our food smothered in mushrooms-pizza, steak, hamburgers, chicken, risotto-we want it with mushrooms! Overall, he is used to my cooking and prefers my way over other people’s. Sure, there are some things I eat that he won’t touch. For instance: lemon curd, nutella or caramel sauce by the spoonful; straight out of the jar. But that’s ok with me. It just means more lemon curd, nutella, and caramel sauce for me. It is really a win-win situation for us both.

But just because he likes most of the foods I eat does not mean that I like all the foods he likes. It has taken me a long time to admit it but I AM a picky eater. There are foods I will not try just because of the name. For instance: ox tail soup. I just cannot eat something called ox tail soup. G-rosss!! But just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean others won’t.  And because I love my husband and he loves ox tail soup, I make it for him! Aren’t I a good wife? Granted, I only make it once, maybe twice a year, but I make it!

Since I do not eat this soup, I asked Cliff to tell me what he likes about it. He said that the meat is very tender and makes the soup broth very flavorful. This was a recipe that he enjoyed as a child and for our wedding shower we were gifted with the recipe. I will warn you though; this makes A LOT of soup! So if you are not sure about it maybe halve the recipe. Cliff says I am missing out by not eating this soup. If you give it a try let me know what you think. Maybe if more people eat it I will give it a try. Maybe, no guarantees!

Here is what you'll need

Brown the ox tails in butter

Once they are brown add them to the soup pot

Add 6 quarts of water and allow to simmer for 3 hours

Add the beef bullion

And the tomatoes, celery and onions. Simmer 1 more hour.

Meanwhile, cook the noodles

Fish out all the oxtail bones. Return the vegetables and meat to the soup pot.

Remove from heat and add the noodles to the pot

If not for yourself, then make it for your husband!