12.09.15

WINTER SOUP RECIPE

if you read the blog regularly, you’ve probably heard me talk about my grandparent’s farm and how much it means to me. ever since i was a very young child we’ve been driving or taking the amtrak train 5 hours from chicago to quincy during the holidays. the sound of the long gravel driveway always made me happy because it meant we were almost there. my grandparents are always waiting in their yellow kitchen for us to arrive and usually there’s soup on the stove hot and ready for us. this is one of my most favorite soups that my grandma makes for us. pure indulgence comfort food! enjoy.

Ingredients:

• 32 oz chicken stock (you can also use water + beef bouillon cubes)
• 6-8 medium potatoes (skin on, scrubbed plus cubed)
• 1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 lb ground spicy Italian sausage
• 3/4-1 pound bacon
• 2 cups chopped kale
• 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
• garlic powder
• salt and pepper to taste
• top with red pepper flakes

• Brown the sausage by putting in a HOT pan and letting it sit without moving it. We use spicy sausage links and remove the casing. Use a wooden spoon to break up the sausage. Remove to a plate with paper towel to drain off the grease.

• Put in the diced onions and scrape the bottom of the pan to get the flavor into the onion. Cook down for 5-10 minutes on medium.

• Add chicken stock into the pot to deglaze. You can add in some water too if you’d like. Add cubed potatoes and cook until tender. Gently boil about 15 minutes.

• Cook bacon in a separate pan, drain off excess fat, then cut up into squares.

• Add heavy cream, garlic powder, and kale. Allowing kale to cook down, then simmer approximately 10-15 minutes to allow garlic powder, salt and pepper to cook in flavor.

• Add bacon and sausage to pot. (Keep some bacon aside to top with crispier pieces)

• Garnish with oyster crackers and red pepper flakes.

do you have favorite nostalgic recipes from your childhood? i love how even the smell of something familiar can bring back such vivid memories.

photos and styling by: ivan solis

9 COMMENTS

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    Bruna Louise says:

    It’s summer here in Brazil, but it always get cold here in the south. I’m gonna try it this week! Looks delicious!

    Jhirae says:

    Just finished my soup. It was delicious and my mother approved😊 thanks for sharing.

    Miranda says:

    Oyster crackers! I love that you use oyster crackers.

    techlazy.com says:

    I wish I had a bowl of this soup for lunch. I love the Mexican flair and the spice!

    Amanda says:

    I’m going to try it with cauliflower instead of potatoes for a low carb version! Thanks 😋

    bri says:

    ohh, let us know how it turns out!

    Peep says:

    This is Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana 😛 🙂 definitely going to try this version!

    Anonymous says:

    or use Italian sausage for better flavor

    Kristy says:

    Anyone tried using coconut milk or something non-dairy instead of the heavy cream?

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