6.28.2010

Harvest Vegetable Soup, with Sausage

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The turnips, they keep coming. And I'm running out of patience with them. With the last batch, I decided to make a chunky vegetable soup. I didn't think much of it, as I used whatever we had in the fridge - spicy Italian sausage, squash, chard, celery, carrots, and a potato.
I browned the sausage first. Then added garlic and the harder vegetables such as potatoes and carrots. After five or so minutes, I added the rest of the veggies and sauteed everything for five more minutes. At this time I added some oregano, a couple of bay leaves and vegetable stock.
After it came to a boil, I simmered the soup for 30 or so minutes. About 15 minutes in, I tried a spoonful and all I tasted was bitter turnips, so I kept cooking, hoping I would not have to throw this pot of soup out. But after 30 minutes, the turnips mellowed out, and tasted rather delicious. The sausage added a nice spiciness to the broth as well. During the last few minutes I added the chopped chard, and the soup came together.
The husband and I were equally surprised at how delicious the soup tasted. It was seriously good. Although this only made him bring more turnips home the following weekend.

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