Wednesday, February 23, 2011

It's Soup Weather. Again.

Well, we're socked in again.  The snow blew in yesterday and fell upon us all day long.  It really was picturesque though, as they were the big, fluffy, floaty kind at one point in the day.  You know the kind you wish would fall on Christmas eve to make the perfect Christmas picture postcard effect.  But after all that fluffy niceness settled it was still snow we had to shovel.  And shovel again.  And again this morning.

So of course when this weather socks us in I start thinking a big pot of something warm and comforting with lots of leftovers so I don't have to cook the next day.  Because I'll probably be shoveling!  LOL.   I made this in the last big snow dump and it went over really well with everyone. It's savory and delicious and the chunks of sausage in it are really different and good!   Serve it with thick slices of garlic bread or cheese toast and you are good to go.  It freezes great and reheats well.



  • 1 pound pork breakfast sausage, broiled and cut into large bite size chunks
  • 2 cup carrots, chopped in large chunks
  • 2 cups chopped red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks chopped celery
  • 1 red pepper, chopped in larger size pieces
  • 1 ½  teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (16-oz.) cans white beans
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1  package frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


Heat 1 Tbsp. Oil and 1 Tbsp of sausage drippings in dutch oven.   Add carrots, onion, garlic, red pepper, celery, rosemary, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender

Add white beans, and chicken broth; bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Place 2 cups soup in blender or food processor and puree until smooth; add to soup pot. Stir in spinach, sausage and chopped tomatoes.

Heat over medium heat until sausage is heated through.

            To serve, ladle soup into bowls and garnish evenly with Parmesan cheese. 

This post is linked to Cooking Thursday hosted by Diary of a Stay at Home Mom


ellen b. said...

This soup really looks good Susanne! We're getting soup weather here, too. Probably not as dramatic as yours but enough to make people crazy...

Faith said...

Well it's soup weather (STILL!) here in NYS as well...although we didn't get snow recently...but the temps are bitter cold! My husband and I would love this soup....I'm gonna copy your recipe and make it for Friday evening.....I can always give the girls something different (they don't like sausage or spinach...i know...they don't know what's good!!) Keep warm, Susanne!!

Karen said...

This sounds delicious and hearty. I'll have to file the recipe away for our next snow, which is supposed to be this weekend.

Hope all is well at your house, Susanne!

Jen said...

Oh this looks really good!! I'm going to try this one soon. We are supposed to get more snow here in NYS so I'm going to gather ingredients for a big pot of this. Blessings!!

Donnetta said...

We also got snow... again! Almost 12 inches fell Wed. night. And now we are down into single digits. BRRR....

Thanks for the recipe.

Laura said...

Hello my friend!! Hope you are doing well. This recipe looks delicious, I've got it bookmarked :)

Oh I also wanted to tell you we finally sold our BC home, Praise God!!