Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Soup...are you kidding me? (Sausage and Spinach soup)

Soup...are you kidding me?  It's hot outside!  What were you thinking?  Well, you're right...it's the hottest it has ever been in a long time. The mini heat wave has us panting and staying indoors in this A.C....where it's c-c-cold.  So, my body doesn't know how to react. It wants soup, so I just have to give it to her, right?   I can eat soup actually anytime of year and it makes sense at a time when we are so busy running around and having fun in the sun, to dump something in the pot and call it a day.  After all, we can have something cool for desert or pair it with a cool crisp salad.

My grocery store had a sale on Hillshire brand smoked sausages so I had four left over, a half a bag of frozen spinach, one ear of sweet corn, and a can of white beans.

Here's the recipe for Spicy Sausage and Spinach Soup!

One large onion chopped
2 cloves garlic
4 spicy smoked sausage links cut in rounds about 1/4-1/2" thick
2 cans reduced sodium chicken broth
1 can 15 oz white beans (I used Goya small white)
1/2 bag of frozen spinach or 2 cups chopped kale, or any greens you like.
Handful of chopped italian parsley
Two russet potatoes, peeled and sliced in 1/4 inch rounds
(any summer veggie you want to put in) I used fresh sweet corn and some matchstick carrots for a little color and a burst of sweetness.  (it's delicious!)
1/4 tsp of celery seed (I didn't have celery) if you do chop two stalks with leaves.
1 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute the sausage rounds until they get a little color, add onions until transparent, add garlic, sauted softly for a few minutes. Add spinach frozen and let get soft. Then add parsley, beans, potatoes, broth, and water and any extra veggies you chose. Bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are soft.


Stay Cool!