By: Kathleen Neafsey
Oh the weather outside is frightful, but this soup is so delightful! Chilly temps, snow, and biting winds got you down? Maybe it’s just the winter blahs? Whichever the case, this hearty soup will warm you inside and out. Last week’s bitter chill had me craving something warm and filling – without a lot of fuss. What started out as one idea, and snowballed (pardon the pun) into another idea may easily have become one of my favorite soups. I present to you: Sausage, Spinach, and Potato Soup! Ta-Dahhhh!
This soup offers a lot of flavor, without using a lot of ingredients. While it appears to be a rich, creamy soup, there is no cream or dairy in this recipe. All you’ll need is:
One quart of chicken broth or stock
One pound of sausage – pork, turkey, or chicken (already out of it’s casing)
One small onion, chopped
Three large potatoes ( I prefer Yukon Gold), peeled and diced
Half of one 10-ounce box of frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained
Salt and pepper to taste
Let’s begin: Place sausage and onion in a large pot on top of the stove. Break apart the sausage, and cook thoroughly till no longer pink. Remove from the pot and set aside.
While sausage is cooking, peel and dice the potatoes. Rinse well under cool water, drain.
Place spinach in a strainer and rinse with cool water to thaw. Be sure it is drained well, and pat dry with paper towel.
Add potatoes to the pot that you just used to cook the sausage. Pour in the chicken broth or stock. Cook on medium heat until almost “mushy”. Remove about one-quarter of the potatoes, and set aside.
Remove from the burner, and using either a blender, or an immersion blender, puree the remaining potatoes and broth till nearly smooth. It’s okay to still have some chunks of potato in there. Season with salt and pepper to taste – I even added about 1/4 teaspoon of sage for flavor – that’s optional on your part.
Now return the pot to the burner and add the sausage with onion, spinach, and potatoes that you’ve set aside. Stir the soup till all the ingredients are combined and heated throughout.
This is a soup that eats like a meal, and doesn’t really need any extras – but who am I to deprive you a warm, crusty loaf of bread on the side? Whatever you choose to accompany this soup, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Till next time, stay warm!!
Kathleen’s Kitchen is a column running on Kate-book.com once a month. It is written by the amazing Kathleen Neafsey, who loves trying new recipes. Follow her on Twitter @dbmomkat. And make sure to look out for her amazingly fun column, Fabri-Kate.