Soup season is upon us 🙂 I make at least one soup a week (with plenty of lunch leftovers) during the fall and winter. While many find comfort in cheesy, creamy casseroles, I find soup to be my ultimate comfort food. Lucky for me there are a TON of super healthy, veggie packed soups. One of mine and Joe’s favorites is this Sausage Spinach Soup from Cooking Light. As with most food recipes, I don’t follow the directions or measure anything, but I use it as a guide and taste test to get my final result. What I love about this soup is the spice of the turkey sausage coupled with superfoods like beans and spinach. YUM!
Here is what I started with – I used 12 oz of SPICY turkey sausage (10 oz would be 2 1/2 sausages… seriously?!?!), a full quart of chicken stock and no water, 19 oz of cannellini beans, diced tomatoes (I like them better than stewed), and dry spices.
Start with a large, heated stockpot sprayed with cooking spray. Add in the sausage (out of casing) and brown.
Once browned, add in the garlic and onion. I went with a whole onion and 3 garlic cloves.
And stir it in. Cook for a few minutes – until the onion starts to become translucent.
Then add in the beans, tomatoes, spices (salt, pepper, oregano, garlic), and chicken stock.
I also added a healthy shake of Awesome Antler Rub by Mom’s Gourmet.
Mom’s Gourmet is a local Cleveland company. They make AMAZING spice blends. I was introduced to them this summer at the farmers market. The wonderful grass-fed beef stand right next to me (SandFarm) also sold these rubs. I am addicted to this one and pretty much add it to almost everything I make 🙂 Find it at Whole Foods if you live in Cleveland! Sorry to plug more, but SandFarm beef is great! They do weekend pickups. Check out their site if you are interested.
Anyway… onto the soup 🙂 Bring everything to a boil.
Then, reduce and simmer for 3 minutes. After, add in the spinach. I just grabbed two HUGE handfuls! The more the merrier for me when it comes to greens.
Stir it around until the spinach wilts. The final soup will look like this:
I served mine up with some grated parmesan and a piece of toast. Joe made the bread yesterday and it is delish!
Are you much of a soup person? What is your ultimate comfort food?
Later and thanks for reading 🙂