Thursday, February 28, 2008

It's a Soup Night

Try as I might, I can't seem to speed spring on it's way. Although yesterday was fairly warm, it's about 17 degrees here this morning, and tonight is definitely a soup night. We're having Italian Hot Sausage and Potato Soup.

This recipe is a sort of happy accident. I had set out to duplicate a sausage and white bean soup I bought at the supermarket one day. My husband decided that he wasn't in the mood for beans, so I substituted potatoes. Here's what resulted.

Italian Hot Sausage and Potato Soup

In your soup pot, saute chopped onions, carrots and celery in two tbsp. olive oil until soft. Meanwhile, in a frying pan, brown two Italian sausage patties, or four to six sausages removed from their casings. Break up the meat as it browns. You can use hot or sweet sausage. I used hot. Yum.

After the sausage is browned, remove it from the frying pan and add it to the vegetables. In the empty pan, brown one or two potatoes, diced. When these are browned, add them to the vegetables also.

Now everything is in your soup pot. Add two cartons of chicken broth, or eight cups water and four chicken bouillion cubes. Also add one package frozen chopped spinach. Simmer till the spinach is warmed, and everything is cooked through -- about 30 minutes. Serve with lightly toasted Italian bread, dipped in a good quality olive oil.



  1. Very nice recipe, Mary! I don't eat meat, but my DH does--so he would love this! Soup...just the thing for days still chilly. Happy Day to you ((HUGS))

  2. I guess I know what I have to cook for dinner......!

    Thanks for helping me out!


    P.S. Love the bowl and spoon!

  3. Mary

    What a meal for a chilly evening! This looks delish and I might try it this weekend--I have all the ingredients! Love when I read a recipe and you have all on hand!

    Plus, it's a tried and true of yours so it must be yummy!!

    Love all the spinach floating in the soup in the pic--my kind of dish! Enoy the day!


  4. Oh, my goodness....that soup sounds so good and it looks so pretty! OOO, and what a lovely SPOON ! (heh, heh.....)
    I think we may just have this good soup tonight and I love the bread with olive oil.....yum..
    hugs, bj

  5. This soup look so yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Love the bowl, too!
    Have a good day, Janie

  6. My husband would love this-- but a question: any ideas what I could substitue the spinach with? I just don't think I could do the spinach...I know, I sound like a child, but there has to be something different we could use....

  7. Well, that recipe is going in my book! I think my husband would eat only soup if it were up to him. He will love will I. Thanks. :-) Rosie

  8. That sounds really good Mary! I've been into soups lately, will have to try this one.

  9. Yummy and I think I have everything except the celery, but I can substitute the half bulb of fennel I have left from my Fish Stew recipe ( Monday's post). That might make it even more Italiano :>)


  10. Hi screendoor!
    You might substitute another green, leafy vegetable like kale, or maybe broccoli rabe. Diced zucchini would be nice, or even french-cut green beans. Of course, you could always just omit the spinach and add a few more potatoes.

  11. Thank you for sharing, Mary, I will try it out. I don't have sausage today but maybe I can substitute it with ground beef for now.


  12. That soup sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe~looks pretty easy too! Come by for a visit, I posted an easy soup recipe too!


  13. Sounds good! Might as well embrace the season and enjoy its pleasures. It does have some, doesn't it?

  14. This sounds great! I love soup on a cold day. I made split pea soup the other day ala Anderson's restaurant and it was great. I'll send this recipe on over to my mom with the hint.......

    Keep warm!

  15. Forgot to say before, I tagged you for a meme if you'd like to play a long :-) Rosie

  16. The soup sounds delicious! I love your spring fling post below. Gorgeous plates. I know how you feel, I too am trying to hurry the next season in, but nature's a stubborn old girl isn't she! Argh! Hope you are having a lovely warm day today sweetie.
    Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

  17. Sounds delicious. We love Italian food and soup, so it's going to be a winner, I'm sure.
    Hugs, Laura

    Screen Door-
    My dear Italian neighbor Emil always used escarole in his soup. Maybe you could try that.

  18. It's a soup day in NH today too. We have had 16 inches of snow this week and are expecting 8 more tomorrow. Enough already!

  19. Thank you for the recipe! It sounds delicous. I love spinach.

  20. Looks yummy. Love potatoes every which way but raw.

    We're enjoying perfect temperatures this week. I'm trying to soak it all up because before I long, it will be a nightmare once again. Summertime in this part of California means 110 degrees for days on end. I don't handle heat very well, humid or dry.

    Hope spring comes to you very soon!

  21. Hi Mary:

    I'm not a big soup fan but it sounds lovely. It's all in the presentation and your picture certainly is inviting. Love the flatware.....


    Debbie Kay

  22. My tummy is rumbling now for some soup, that sounds very very good right about now :)


  23. Yummy!! That sounds so good! I will have to try that. Thanks!

  24. Thank you for the inspiration Mary, I made soup tonight! I'm sure sweet DH will be happy. Need all the encouragement i can get, and that's why I visit blogs of wonderful women like you!

    God Bless.

  25. Looks and sounds yummy! I love soups like this!


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