Bits & Bytes – Spinach, Sausage, Potato Soup

 

This recipe is perfect for those winter evenings!
Warm, delicious and filling! 

Add a loaf of bread and/or side salad to make this a full meal. Also, if you are a vegetarian…
omit the sausage for tofu and use veggie broth! Both variations are very satisfying.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage, casing removed (omit for Vegetarians)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or use Allepo Pepper Flakes for a richer heat (optional)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 cups chicken broth (veggie broth for Vegetarians)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound red potatoes, diced
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  2. Stir in garlic, onion, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions have become translucent, about 2-3 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Stir in chicken broth and bay leaf, and bring to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in spinach until it begins to wilt, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in heavy cream until heated through, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Serve immediately. Also, it is almost better the next day… so keep your left overs!

 

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