Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Soup To Bring You Home

The chilly air of fall days-to-come crept in my window this morning. But instead of cursing in shivers, I smiled and nestled even more into the warm covers, thinking of all the wonderful spiced beverages I would soon be enjoying: pumpkin spiced lattes, apple cider, Mexican hot chocolate, and warm horchata. I had already begun to flip through the autumn sections of my cook books, looking for ideas to inspire and to warm our bellies in the cold nights to come.


One such meal will be today's recipe for it is one of my greatest accomplishments in the kitchen (besides perhaps, baked things). With this soup and this soup alone I conquered the chill in the air and won Dylan's heart. We sat on the couch, watching Modern Family with huge smiles on our faces, partly because of the show's hilarity, but much due to the fact that the soup has the power to seep warmth into your bones and make you feel o-so-cozy. And although I didn't say it aloud, I think that for just a minute, this one soup had brought me back home.  

Home Soup: Potato Broccoli Soup with Spicy Sausage
Serves 2-3

You Will Need:

-2 Trader Joe's Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage,
precooked and cut into 1/2 inch slices *See note
-1/2 onion diced
-1-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 1/2 Tablespoon minced rosemary
-1 large russet potato cubed
-2 cups chicken broth, plus about 1 cup extra
-about 2 cups broccoli, broken apart into small florets
-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
-1/8 cup grated Parmesan
-salt to taste

*I used Trader Joe's Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage which works like a charm and adds a kick to the soup that may not have been there otherwise. I strongly advise using this, however any spicy sausage will do. Also note, 2 sausages, NOT two packs of sausages.


1. Heat a little olive oil in a deep frying pan or in the bottom of a pot and cook the sausage until browned. Remove the sausage from the pan and put aside for later.

2. Saute the onion in a little butter in the same frying pan until softened and beginning to brown. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, another 2 minutes. Add the rosemary, potatoes, and 2 cups chicken broth.

3. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low ad simmer, uncovered for 10min. Add the sausage and broccoli, and add about 1 cup more chicken broth. Add the cheese to the top of the soup and bring it to a boil one more time, covered.

4. Stir the soup until the cheese is incorporated and salt to taste. Serve in bowls and enjoy!

This soup is garunteed to warm your toes and make you smile. Hope you try it for yourself and as always, happy cooking!

-Kristin