Winter Soup with Chicken, Sausage, and Spinach
This soup is so good and comforting, you won’t want winter to end.
WHAT YOU NEED
3 chicken thighs, cooked and shredded (I used the pressure cooker to cook the thighs, but any method will work)
4 German style sausages, casing removed, cut into small pieces
7 medium carrots, diced
½ of yellow onion, diced
1 bunch of fresh spinach
1 clove of garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon of butter
½ cup of heavy cream
8 cups of water or stock
splash of red wine for deglazing
HOW TO DO IT
Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a Dutch oven and brown the sausage in two batches. Don’t overcrowd the pan, we want to develop a nice fond at the bottom of the pan.
Once the all of the sausage is cooked, remove it from the pan and add the diced onion and carrots. Cook until slightly browned and softened and add the crushed garlic. Cook for another minute being careful not to burn the garlic.
Add a splash of red wine and scrape all of the bits from the bottom of the pan
Add back the sausage, add the water/stock and the cream
Bring up to a gentle simmer but do not boil. Add the chicken and spinach, heat it through and serve.
This recipe is my wife’s creation. And I am going to have a hard time describing in words how good it is! She’s never been one to care for recipes or to follow one too closely – she just adds things that she thinks will go well together and next thing you know you have a fantastic meal. Here in central Ohio the winter is slowly but surely approaching, so our desires for warm, comforting food increase dramatically. We both enjoy soup and this one is the perfect meal for a cold, snowy day. The chicken and sausage provide the heartiness, the carrots and spinach give you the vitamins, and the stock and cream smooth the texture of the soup. This is not a thick and heavy soup – it’s a super flavorful broth with all of the winter staples. If you have any leftover chicken or a pressure cooker, the whole dish comes together very quickly which is another plus if you want to make this during the week. With long cold days ahead of us, add this soup to your arsenal of comfy foods, I promise you won’t be disappointed.