Thursday, January 15, 2015

Soup For a Winters Day

This is perfect weather for a winter's day soup. A healthful and hardy meal to help you with your New Years Resolutions. While you have to do some cutting, this soup is so very easy.

Even more is the wonderful taste that you can only get with a homemade soup. Too bad the air freshener people can't bottle an aroma like this! Of course then you would be hungry all of the time.
So lets clear the deck and get to work!
Here is an old song to help the time pass.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¾ cup chopped carrot
  • 1 chopped shallot
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces chicken-apple sausage, casings removed
  • 2 tablespoons medium-grind cornmeal (polenta)
  • 5 cups Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • 4 cups packed stemmed and coarsely chopped spinach


Do your cutting. 

When you get to the spinach, remember no one wants a slimy leaf dripping off of their spoon. Wash the spinach well, dry and make small piles on the cutting board. Using a pizza cuter, wheel through the leaves leaving small strips. This will give an elegant look to your soup.

Slice the chicken-apple sausages on an angle to release more flavor.
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven on the stove top over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, shallot, garlic, salt, and black pepper. 

Cook, stirring, until the onion becomes translucent, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes

Drain off the excess fat, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the pan. Stir in the cornmeal. Add the stock, stirring, and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Stir in the greens and cook for 15 minutes more, or until tender.

Ladle into bowls and garnish with grated Parmigiano cheese if you like.

This make such a nice warm tummy full for my Master. Nothing aids sleep like a warm tummy!


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

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