Sausage and Potato Soup
Most soups follow the same general cooking technique:
- Brown any meat and aromatic vegetables (usually onions, celery, carrots, and/or garlic) in oil
- Add liquid (chicken, beef, or vegetable stock, or water)
- Add slow-cooking vegetables (such as potatoes and other root vegetables) or beans
- Cook until the vegetables are tender
- In the last few minutes of cooking, add pasta, grains, or greens, and cook until just tender.
This sausage and potato soup is a basic one that is easy and tasty. Once you’re comfortable making it as written here, you can vary it to your liking by changing the components added at each of the steps listed above.
- 2 teaspoons vegetable, canola, or olive oil
- 8 oz summer sausage or fresh sausage, whatever kind you like
- 1 onion, chopped small*
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped*
- 6 cups chicken, beef, or vegetable stock
- 8 oz potatoes, cut into small bite-sized pieces*
- 4 oz frozen or fresh greens, such as spinach, kale, or chard (optional)*
- ½ cup dry alphabet pasta, orzo, macaroni, or other small pasta shape (or quinoa**, if available)
- Black pepper
In a large pot, heat the oil. Add the sausage and cook until browned. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown. Add garlic and cook for one minute more.
Add the stock and potatoes. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are nearly tender, 8-15 minutes depending on the size and type of the potatoes.
If using frozen greens, add to soup (you don’t need to thaw them first) and wait until the soup returns to a simmer before adding the pasta or quinoa. If using fresh greens, add them at the same time as the pasta or quinoa. Cook until the pasta is tender (see package for cooking time). Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
*All of these can be grown here in Nebraska and stored (frozen, in the case of greens) for long periods.
** Quinoa is a small seed that’s cooked like a grain. It’s a very healthy complete protein, and it has a slightly nutty flavor. It may be available in large grocery stores.