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Sweet Potato & Sausage Soup

Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup

Winter is really here in Florida. I know for most of you–you are probably rolling your eyes as you read this. But for this Florida-girl… it is cold outside! Don’t get me wrong–I welcome the cooler weather and enjoy not having through-the roof utility bills; however, I’m cold! I make soups all year round, but now I’m finding my one-pot a week soup rule has now increased to two pots.

Sweet Potato & Sausage Soup

I took a chance on this recipe. I wasn’t really sure if I was going to like this. I have never put sweet potato in a soup before this one. Let me tell you… I was missing out on life. I also tried swiss chard for the first time. I know… don’t kill me. I love my greens but for some reason I was scared of swiss chard (and I have no idea why). The swiss chard reminded me of the beet greens I sauteed a few months ago for dinner. The night I made this I felt like I may have disappointed my husband. We had consumed multiple nights of vegetarian / lighter meals. When he first walked in the door I immediately belted out… we are having soup for dinner–if it’s not enough for you I’ll make you something else afterwards. And too my surprise he responded “oh that’s perfectly ok, I’m in the mood for soup”. This is why I married him. He embraces and loves soup just as much as I do! On a side note, he downed multiple bowls of this hearty soup. He loved everything about it–including the sweet potatoes and the swiss chard. We both agree that we like swiss chard way better than we do kale!

Adapted from Everyday Food, November 2012

Sweet Potato & Sausage Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6

This hearty soup is perfect for a cold winter night. The earthiness of the sweet potatoes and swiss chard balance well against the sweet Italian sausage. Serve with crusty garlic bread and your meal is complete!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 lbs Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 2 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 cups Water
  • 3/4 cups pasta shells
  • 4 cups swiss chard
  • Parmesan cheese for serving

Directions

  1. In a large soup pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper; cook until the onion is translucent (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add the sausage to the pot, breaking it up with a spoon; cook until browned about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes, broth, and two cups water; bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 3 minutes less than package instructions. Reduce to a simmer, add the swiss chard and cook until wilted (about 4 minutes).
  4. Ladle soup in to bowls, and top with a generous serving of grated parmesan cheese.

Notes

Adapted from Everyday Food, November 2012

http://www.katiescucina.com/2012/11/sweet-potato-sausage-soup/

   

10 Responses to “Sweet Potato & Sausage Soup”

  1. kristy @ the wicked noodle posted on November 26, 2012 at 8:08 am (#)

    This looks amazing, Katie!

    • Katie replied on November 26th, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Kristy! It tastes just as good as it looks!

  2. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted on November 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm (#)

    So funny – I always offer to make my husband something else too when I make healthy light meals like this – haha. PS: I heart Swiss chard!

  3. addie | culicurious posted on November 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm (#)

    I love how chunky this soup is :) Sweet potatoes are so good in soup. One of my favorite ways to have them.

    • Katie replied on November 28th, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Yes, I love that its a heartier soup!

  4. Samantha posted on November 28, 2012 at 9:23 am (#)

    I’m colder! My car door was frozen shut this morning and snow frozen on my roof. I didn’t roll my eyes at you though… I giggled.
    This recipe is right up my alley. I love swiss chard and sweet potatoes. oh and sausage. and you!

    • Katie replied on November 28th, 2012 at 10:09 am

      LOL yikes! Yah I’m so not a snow bunny type of girl! lol.

  5. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings posted on December 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm (#)

    i’m absolutely making this!!!

    • Katie replied on December 18th, 2012 at 9:24 am

      You won’t be disappointed!

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