Winter Soup

So, I promised I would post more and then I didn’t… I’M SORRY! But here I am with a nice heart soup jus in time for winter and this Noreaster that’s coming in!

The other day I was really craving Olive Garden, and since it isn’t close to my apartment, I decided to make something from home. Luckily, sausages had just went on sale at the store, so we had some to make Zuppa Tuscana, a spicy sausage soup!

Here we go,

Zuppa 

Ingredients

3 sausages (preferably spicy or mild) chopped

1.5 russet potatoes chopped

1/2 Onion chopped

2 cloves Garlic

1.5 boxes chicken stock (or 1 box and half the box of water)

Chard, chopped into pieces

1/4-1/2 a pint of heavy cream

Salt and pepper

1. Start off with heating the 3 sausages in a dutch oven, to do this remove the meat from the casing and chop it up and add it to a pot with a little oil.

2. Once the sausage is browned take it out and put it in a bowl, leave the oil and bits in the pot, it will add flavor.

3. Put the pot back on the heat and add the potatoes, onion and garlic. Heat just enough to start to soften the potatoes, but not all the way.

4. Cover the mix with chicken stock and water. Make sure there is enough to cover it plus some. You want about 1-2 inches of room in the pot. If you don’t have enough chicken stock you can add water. Make sure to scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon to loosen all of the good bits at the bottom.

5. Heat on the stock covered for about 15-20 min or until the potatoes are soft.

6. Once the potatoes are ready add the sausage back, the heavy cream and chard.

7. Add salt and pepper, making sure to taste for deliciousness and heat another 5-10 min.

8. Serve hot with a loaf of crusty bread for dipping and your favorite wine!

zuppa2

Enjoy!

Tips:

– If you don’t have chicken stock, you can make your own! Here’s how: Put four cups water in a bowl, add salt and pepper, 1 tablespoon onion powder and 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons thyme. Feel free to adjust the seasonings and add whatever else. Obviously it isn’t chicken stock, but it will add more flavor to the soup then just simple water!

– Try it with these Buttermilk Biscuits

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