Thursday, 9 February 2012

SPINACH AND SAUSAGE SOUP





















Yum, soup!  Good tasting soup, in a flavorful broth. Fresh vegetables, great seasonings, delicious and wholesome flavours!!! For protein, I added chicken broth and low-fat turkey sausage. Very easy and quick to make. 

Let's make spinach and sausage soup:



Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 stalks of celery, sliced
about 1 pound red potatoes, scrubbed, unpeeled, cut into bite size chunks
5 cups of chicken broth, low sodium, low fat
1 cup canned garbanzo beans, rinsed
1 pound low-fat turkey sausage 

4 cups spinach, washed well, roughly chopped, thick stems removed
salt and pepper to taste
some fresh sage and thyme for seasoning




Directions:
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the onions, carrots, and celery and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the potatoes, the chicken broth and the garbanzo beans.  
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. 
  • Meanwhile, squeeze the sausage from its casing, then crumble it and brown it in a skillet.  Drain as much fat as you can and set the sausage aside.  
  • When the vegetables are tender, add the spinach, sausage, herbs, salt and pepper. Bring back up to a simmer, and let cook for another 10 minutes before serving.