Twisted Italian Soup

I don’t know about you but I love a good, stick-to-my-tummy soup on a fall or cold winter day.  Add a nice glass of wine and you won’t see me until the next morning!  Here’s a soup I made one day for my family while I was developing a new, whole grain, cornmeal cornbread recipe (but please, use your favorite cornbread recipe).

For this recipe, I started by browning some Italian sausage, both hot and sweet.  I then drained the meat and set it aside.  Next, I drizzled a little oil in the pot and added my onions and garlic.  Once the onions were translucent I added chunk, fresh rutabagas, diced carrots, and half of a sweet potato which I diced also.  I browned the root vegetables for about 5 to 7 minutes and then added my broth using enough broth to cover the vegetables.

I cooked this for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to harmonize.  Next, I added fresh, chopped thyme, dried parsley, turmeric, a variety of canned, rinsed beans and peas (cannellini, chick peas, black-eyed peas) and a can of whole, peeled tomatoes.  I used my potato masher to smash a few of the beans, peas and tomatoes.  Doing this will act as a thickener without having to add flour or cornstarch, but if you feel better using either, do so.

I returned the meat to the pot and added a little more broth to cover all the ingredients.  Lastly, I covered the pot with a tight-fitting lid and allowed the soup to cook until the beans and peas were tender and the desired flavor had been reached.  In the last 5 minutes of cooking, I added sea salt, fresh, ground, black pepper and chopped, fresh kale.

Optional:  A small amount of heavy cream at this point may be added to the pot for a richer soup.  I served it over a slice of my new cornmeal cornbread and shared some with my neighbors!  I needed the feedback.

For this soup, I really did not measure the ingredients because I make it slightly different each time (trying out a new herb, adding tomato sauce instead of tomatoes, adding potatoes…it just depends). Try it out and use as much or as little of any ingredient you choose.  Send me feedback! I’d love to hear from you.

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