Oh, the weather outside is frightful...
Which makes me want soup.
My family and I just got back from a trip to the sunshine state, where the average temperature was 80 and the sun was beaming. And then reality hit. Home we went to find 6 inches of snow and 15-20 degree temperatures (except today... the thermometer reads a blistering 11 degrees, and snow is falling as I type). So after being outside non stop, I find myself wanting to hunker down with a fire and a bottle of wine. And some soup. And no, my sweet angelic children (insert a touch of sarcasm there), I don't want to play outside with you (sorry not sorry). Side note... why do kids have this crazy thick skin when it comes to playing in the cold for hours yet when you tell them no for almost anything they can throw themselves on the floor in a fit of rage in an instant?
I digress. I made this soup for this blistering winter day. If you like spice and italian flavors, this is for you. Enjoy!
Creamy Italian Sausage and Spinach Soup
- 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 5 links of Shady Brook Farm Hot Italian Turkey Sausage, casings removed
- 1 teaspoon of dried basil
- kosher salt and pepper
- 5 Campari tomatoes, quartered. You could also use Roma tomatoes
- 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of milk (2 % or whole)
- 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese
- 6 cups of reduced sodium chicken broth or bone broth
- 2 cups of baby spinach
In a large dutch oven over medium low heat, add the olive oil and chopped onion and garlic. Let cook for about 5 minutes. Add in the turkey sausage and break it up while it is cooking. Season with a 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt or sea salt, a few grindings of pepper, and the dried basil. Allow the turkey sausage to brown. In a small microwaveable bowl (or saucepan if cooking on the stove), combine the milk, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, and chicken broth. You can either microwave this mixture for about 45 seconds, or if in a saucepan, warm the mixture until the cheese is just melted and set aside.
Next, add in the tomatoes to the turkey sausage and onion mix and give it a good stir. Sprinkle the flour over the meat mixture and slowly pour in the broth, milk, and cheese mix, whisking as you add a little bit at a time. Whisking slowly but surely will eliminate any flour lumps in the soup. Once all is combined, bring the burner up to medium high heat and let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes. Add in the spinach and reduced the heat to low and cook until the spinach is just wilted.
Serve immediately and add parmesan cheese and/or red pepper flakes. This is sure to warm you up on a cold day or night!