Monday, December 23, 2013

Loaded Potato and Sausage Soup

The only thing I like about winter in New England is the comfort foods I seem to constantly make. When it's grey and dank outside, and dark at 4:30 pm, a gal's got to feel good indoors right? And that's my goal from December to February. Here's a new soup, Italian inspired, that's hearty and delicious and promises to warm you inside and out. And it's another simple, quick fix.

Loaded Potato and Sausage Soup
Serves about 6

5 sweet Italian chicken sausages
1-1/2 T canola oil
2 Russet potatoes peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 medium onion diced
3 carrots diced
2 celery ribs diced
1-1/2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1 can (14.5 oz) fat free low sodium chicken broth
1 can (14.5 oz) water
1 can (14.5 oz) low sodium diced tomatoes
1 can (10.5 oz) 98% fat free low sodium cream of chicken soup
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp crushed red pepper (use less if you're serving children)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
pinch of salt
1 cup frozen corn defrosted
3 oz fresh spinach
parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)

In large skillet, brown your sausages. I like to keep my heat at medium to medium low. As they start to brown, I poke a few fork holes in each sausage, add a bit of water, cover the pan and let cook until they are almost cooked through. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. When cool, slice into 1/4 inch disks and set aside.

Prepare your potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery. In large soup pot, add your canola oil. Heat on low and add onions, carrots and celery. Cook a few minutes and add the Old Bay. Stir to incorporate the seasoning. Cover and cook on low for about 5 minutes until veggies begin to soften. Now add your cooked sausage and potatoes.

Mix them with the softened vegetables and get ready to open some cans. Add the chicken broth, water, diced tomatoes and and the cream of chicken soup. Bring to a simmer and lower the heat and cook covered on a low simmer for 10 minutes. Add your spices- oregano, red pepper flakes, garlic powder and salt. Cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until potatoes are just about done. Now add your corn and fresh spinach. Turn off the burner, cover and let sit for 5 minutes. You're loaded Potato and Sausage Soup is done. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired and dig in with some nice crusty bread. It's the perfect utensil to soak up the creamy, rich broth. And you don't need to serve any vegetables with this meal, 'cause they're all in the soup!

As much as I dislike winter in New England, this sure is a fine dish to welcome in the start of the season. And on that note, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all!


Melissa said...

Linda, only you could come up with a "loaded" soup that's healthy and beautiful! Great recipe, pinning.

Linda said...

Melissa- you are too kind. Love you

Donna Thiemann said...

Linda, Thank you for posting this! You make my life so much easier and you encourage me to cook heart healthy too. This soup looks so good! Running out the door with spoon in hand!

Linda said...

Donna I hope you make this, it sure is yummy. And if you want to load it up even more, add a drained, rinsed can of cannelini beans. It's a bit over kill I admit, but you sure won't be hungry afterwards, lol:)