When the weather gets cooler, I want to make soup. However, my problem is that I’ll get a vague idea of some soup I want, but I have no idea how to get there. (Hey, I’m more on the soup idea and consumption end rather than the pesky “make it” part in the middle…) Consequently, we’ve ended up with a few “almost” soups in the past, yet I keep trying.
The other day, we had some leftover Italian sausage, I decided I wanted to make soup with it, and I wanted something with cheese, too. I didn’t want to waste the sausage, so I looked up some recipes rather than performing my usual soup experimentation. I found bits and pieces of what I had in mind, and I ended up with this:
Crockpot potato-sausage soup
1.5 lb Italian sausage
5 baking potatoes, cubed
1/2 bag of frozen spinach
1/2 cup onion, chopped
Matchstick carrots (as much as you want, or as much you find sitting in the fridge)
1 - 14 oz can of chicken broth
1 - 12 oz can of evaporated milk
Shredded cheddar cheese (about 2 cups, I think, after everyone taste-tested it)
salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook sausage and onion in a skillet and drain.
2. Thaw the spinach and drain thoroughly.
3. Put the potatoes and carrots in bottom of crock pot. Then add the sausage, onion and spinach. 4. Pour the chicken broth over everything
5. Cook on low for 4-5 hrs.
6. At the end of the cooking, add the evaporated milk and cheese. Serve when the cheese is melted.
It was good! I think I’ll sautee the spinach first, next time as it seemed a little strong, but it wasn’t a show-stopper by any means.
I need some new ideas, what’s your favorite (fairly simple) soup to make? Tell us below in the comments.